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Hong Kong ‘on path of no return’ as violent protests hit busy airport

Hong Kong ‘on path of no return’ as violent protests hit busy airport

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By Russell Hope, news reporter Pro-democracy protesters and riot police have clashed for a second day at Hong Kong airport - one of the world's busiest transport hubs.Thousands of demonstrators, many wearing black and covering their faces, barricaded entrances with luggage trolleys - and at least 120 flights were cancelled after check-ins were suspended. At the peak of Tuesday's violence, officers swinging batons and armed with pepper spray entered the terminal, with a policeman pulling out a gun at one point. Image: Police struggled to take control of the airport from protesters The police seemed overwhelmed at times - and were pelted with bottles as they tried to restore order.Sky's chief corres...
Hong Kong airport cancels flights due to protests

Hong Kong airport cancels flights due to protests

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Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Hong Kong Airport Authority has canceled all flights on Monday as the island's airport has been engulfed with thousands of anti-government protesters. The authority made the announcement at about 5 p.m., stating that airport operations have been "seriously disrupted." "All flights have been canceled," it said in the statement. "All passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible." The announcement was the third of the day after stating 50 minutes earlier that only departures were canceled and before noon that only those with airline tickets would be allowed in the departure hall of Terminal 1 for the next 24 hours. "All check-in service for departure flights has been suspended," the airport authority said. "Other than the departure flights...
Hong Kong protests: Demonstrators gather at the airport

Hong Kong protests: Demonstrators gather at the airport

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Demonstrators have gathered at Hong Kong's airport, marking the start of three days of unauthorised rallies in the Chinese territory. Activists dressed in black sat in the arrivals hall waving banners to raise awareness among international visitors.Protests have gripped Hong Kong for weeks, beginning with anger at an extradition bill and morphing into demands for greater freedoms. The former British colony is part of China but enjoys more autonomy.It has a free press and judicial independence under the "one country, two systems" approach - freedoms activists fear are being increasingly eroded. The background you need on the Hong Kong protests Were triads involved in Hong Kong violence? They have called for an independent inquiry ...
Gold bars found in South Korea airport trash pose legal quandary

Gold bars found in South Korea airport trash pose legal quandary

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June 3 (UPI) -- South Korean authorities are facing a dilemma following the discovery of more than 2 pounds of gold bullion in a trash receptacle at Incheon International Airport. The seven gold bars were discovered on April 28, 2018, at about 5 p.m. by an airport custodian, according to South Korea's customs office and Seoul police agency on Monday, Newsis and News 1 reported. The gold bullion is estimated to be worth nearly $ 300,000 at current exchange rates. Police said they have identified three suspects who were attempting to smuggle the precious metal from Hong Kong to Japan, using a route that involves a transfer at Incheon, South Korea. The suspects were using the route to circumvent tougher inspections that are reportedly in place at Japanese ports of entry for arrivals from H...
Libya crisis: Air strike at Tripoli airport as thousands flee clashes

Libya crisis: Air strike at Tripoli airport as thousands flee clashes

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The UN has condemned an air strike that closed the only functioning airport in Libya's capital, Tripoli, on Monday.Flights at Mitiga International Airport were suspended and passengers were evacuated. No casualties were reported.The UN blamed the air strike on forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, a commander from the east who is trying to seize the capital.A spokesman for Gen Haftar's forces said civilian planes had not been targeted, Reuters news agency reports.Gen Haftar, who leads the Libyan National Army (LNA), declared an offensive to take control of Tripoli from Libya's UN-backed government last week. Why is Libya so lawless? Who is military strongman Khalifa Haftar? Prime Minister Fayez a...