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Facebook and Twitter block ‘Chinese campaign’ on Hong Kong protests

Facebook and Twitter block ‘Chinese campaign’ on Hong Kong protests

Technology
Facebook and Twitter are cracking down on what they say is a China-backed disinformation campaign to "undermine" ongoing protests in Hong Kong.Huge demonstrations have been staged in the former British territory in recent months over proposed legislation that would allow authorities to detain and extradite people wanted in countries Hong Kong did not already have agreement with, including mainland China. Although the controversial bill has since been suspended, a refusal to completely withdraw it has seen the protests continue and escalate - with organisers estimating that at least 1.7 million took part in a rally on Sunday. ...
Protesters gather in Hong Kong for anti-government rally

Protesters gather in Hong Kong for anti-government rally

World
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Hong Kong's Victoria Park and surrounding streets for an "extremely peaceful" anti-government rally.A couple of underground stations were closed to prevent overcrowding because so many people were arriving. Many of them wore black and carried umbrellas, which have become a symbol of the protests. Image: Protesters gathered in Victoria Park Drenched by heavy rain, they chanted "cheer for Hong Kong" and "free Hong Kong".Medical tents were set up amid concerns about potential violence. Advertisement Goggles and masks were handed out, as well as saline solution, to counter the effects of tear gas.:: There is a pa...
Hong Kong protests: ‘We don’t want to leave but may have no choice’

Hong Kong protests: ‘We don’t want to leave but may have no choice’

Business
Hong Kong seemed an obvious place for co-founders Jamie Wilde and Taylor Host to set up their artificial intelligence start-up.They had lived there for several years and knew the financial hub well. "It's a business-friendly jurisdiction, easy to build a professional team and it's easy to raise financing here," British-born Mr Wilde says.The co-founders set up Miro in Hong Kong in 2017. The firm uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to gather data for sportswear companies to enable them to target consumers more effectively.Business was looking up, sales were growing and investors from the US were keen to invest in the start-up. But then Hong Kong got hit by a double whammy: it became caught in the cross-fire of the US-...
Hong Kong protests: Trump suggests ‘personal meeting’ with Chinese president

Hong Kong protests: Trump suggests ‘personal meeting’ with Chinese president

World
US President Donald Trump has suggested a "personal meeting" with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the political crisis engulfing Hong Kong. In a tweet Mr Trump said he had "ZERO doubt" that Mr Xi could "humanely solve the Hong Kong problem".He also tied the protests to a US trade deal with Beijing, in the face of ongoing trade tensions."Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!" he tweeted. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump I know President Xi of China very well. He is a great leader who very much has the respect of his people. He is also a good man in a “tough business.” I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to qui
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

World
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...