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  1. Hong Kong’s security chief has stopped short of saying whether residents commemorating the Tiananmen Square crackdown in future will be in trouble, after city authorities were quoted to have adopted Beijing’s labelling of the 1989 student-led movement as a “counter-revolutionary rebellion” that sought to subvert the country.Asked if the description effectively meant it would be illegal for...
  2. What is really behind the recent stock market volatility in Hong Kong, especially the plunge in property share prices?It could be a perfect storm, coming at a time when Beijing has reportedly had enough of the city’s housing shortage and a clampdown may be looming to force local developers to speed up home building, while the market is shaken by the unprecedented debt crisis of Hong Kong-listed...
  3. September in Hong Kong this year is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record with the city experiencing 16 very hot days even before the month has even ended, which is already six more than the previous high 12 years ago.Leung Wing-mo, the former assistant director of the Hong Kong Observatory, attributed the soaring temperatures to the combined effects of climate change and the powerful...
  4. The rise and fall of the Tibetan empire could be closely linked to sun cycles, according to an international study.Unusually weak solar activity around 600AD brought more rain and snow to the Tibetan plateau, found the researchers, with the wetter climate helping create Tubo, the first unified empire in Tibet, in the mid-7th century.By the 9th century, however, ultra-strong solar winds had...
  5. China reported nine locally transmitted Covid-19 cases on Saturday, the lowest number since the latest outbreak started about two weeks ago, as the country stepped up disease control measures ahead of the week-long National Day holiday.Five of the local cases were in Xiamen, in southeastern Fujian province, with the rest reported in the northeastern Heilongjiang province – three of those in...
  6. It’s just after 6.30pm on September 17, and the first deafening bangs of the night are reverberating under the bridge at the Din Daeng intersection in Bangkok as tear gas is fired. Young protesters in motorcycle helmets are flitting through the smoke to launch projectiles at Thai riot police and goad them to come closer.The nightly dance ends in clashes as police armed with batons and rubber...
  7. Hong Kong’s finance chief has told the United States to respect China’s sovereignty and stop meddling in the city’s affairs, as he lauded the central government’s lengthy list of what it said was Washington’s attempts at interference.Writing in his weekly blog on Sunday, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po also said while the Beijing-imposed national security law helped restore social stability...
  8. The risk of military conflict between China and the US remains relatively low despite the two powers’ disagreements over the South China Sea and broader rivalry, a military think tank has concluded.Defence and maritime experts also said extensive interaction between the two militaries over the years had helped to ensure restraint rather than either instigating aggression.The chance of a surprise...
  9. In the three months since 62-year-old Native American rug weaver Ella Mae Begay vanished, the haunting unanswered questions sometimes threaten to overwhelm her niece.Seraphine Warren has organised searches of the vast Navajo Nation landscape near her aunt’s home in Arizona state, but is running out of money to pay for petrol and food for the volunteers.“Why is it taking so long? Why aren’t our...
  10. Hong Kong’s 82-year-old Central Market reopened last month as the city’s latest revitalised heritage spot, but history buffs are disappointed that too little has been done to reflect events there during World War II.Although there are galleries on the history of the three-storey building, the exhibits focus mainly on what happened before and after the Japanese occupation of the city from 1941 to...