Hong Kong airport authority cancels flights over protests

Tourists remain in airport during demonstration, with flights to resume on Tuesday Hong Kong protesters have shut down one of the worlds busiest airports in a dramatic escalation of the mass demonstrations that have plunged the city into its worst political crisis in decades. The unprecedented cancellation of all flights followed the fourth consecutive day of protests at the airport and amid increasingly threatening statements from Beijing. A Chinese official said terrorism was emerging in the city, while in Hong …

Hong Kong’s lawyers march against ‘political prosecutions’

Around 3,000 legal professionals pile pressure on justice department in ninth week of protests Thousands of Hong Kongs legal professionals have staged a march to put pressure on the citys Department of Justice over what they say are political prosecutions of protesters, after Lily Kuo and white shirt attack in Yuen Long, compared to the speed of charging so-called rioters, theres a difference in how police handle the case. JL was part of the thick line of legal professionals dressed …

Hong Kong protests descend into chaos during citywide strike

Police fire teargas and rubber bullets in clashes with thousands of demonstrators Lily Kuo and an attack on commuters last month in Yuen Long by suspected gang members. One witness, a 33-year-old hotel employee who only wanted to give his surname, Cheung, said a group of about 20 men with wooden rods, some in white T-shirts, had approached the protesters. Both sides were shouting at each other and they rushed toward us and beat us hitting with wooden rods and …

Anger as Hong Kong protesters appear in court on rioting charges

Detained protesters, including teenage students, each face up to 10 years in prison A pilot, a nurse and several teenage students were among 40 people who appeared in a Hong Kong courtroom on Wednesday facing up to 10 years in jail on rioting charges over their role in mass protests that have convulsed the city since June. Anger at the potential heavy sentences brought hundreds of demonstrators to the courtroom doors in support of the group inside, chanting revolution of …

Trump’s threat of new China tariffs sparks backlash from US retailers

Industry warns of job losses and higher consumer prices after president targets another $300bn in imports US retailers were lining up on Thursday night against Donald Trumps threat to impose tariffs on a fresh $300bn of Chinese imports in September, if a August 1, 2019 Moodys Investors Service swiftly warned that the extra tariffs would prove to be an economic burden amid decelerating growth. The escalation of trade tensions will increasingly weigh on the global economy and supply chains in …

China calls for Hong Kong to swiftly punish radical protesters

Beijing offers full support to regions leader in rare remarks from government office China has offered its full support to Hong Kongs embattled leader and its police force, and said violent protesters must be swiftly punished, in rare remarks by the government office that oversees policy towards the territory. Hong Kong has been rocked by two months of Lily Kuo and now delayed bill that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China, but most recently the anger has …

Deutsche Bank ‘faces US investigation’ over work for Malaysia’s 1MDB fund

Report says justice officials examining if bank broke foreign corruption or money-laundering laws US officials are investigating whether the crisis-hit Deutsche Bank violated foreign corruption or anti-money-laundering laws in its work for the Malaysian state fund 1MDB, according to reports. It follows the banks plans to scrap its global equities unit, cut some fixed-income operations and slash 18,000 jobs globally Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday, citing sources. Much of the $6bn raised by the now-defunct sovereign fund during its …

Fresh Hong Kong protests planned for Friday

Calls for new demonstrations come as government fails to respond to a list of protester demands Hong Kong is braced for another round of demonstrations after the government failed to respond to a list of protester demands including an investigation into police brutality and the withdrawal of an extradition bill by a Thursday afternoon deadline. After cut-off set by protest leaders passed without word from the government, messages began circulating on social media calling people to come to central Hong …