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The Latest: Hong Kong offers free testing for all residents

The Latest: Hong Kong offers free testing for all residents

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BERLIN — Officials in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have shut down two schools after new cases of coronavirus were confirmed only days after the northeastern German state became the country’s first to resume classes. The dpa news agency reported Friday that a high school in Ludwigslust was shuttered after a teacher tested positive for the virus and a primary school in Graal-Mueritz was closed after a student was confirmed to have COVID-19. The sparsely populated state has been Germany’s least affected by the pandemic, with 910 positive tests for COVID-19 and 20 virus-related deaths among its 1.6 million residents. Schools fully reopened on Monday with no mask or distancing requirements, but with children divided into fixed groups for classes in an effort to compartmentalize possible out
China condemns Germany’s Hong Kong extradition suspension

China condemns Germany’s Hong Kong extradition suspension

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China has condemned Germany’s decision to suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong and accused Berlin of a “serious breach of international law.”ByThe Associated PressAugust 1, 2020, 8:49 AM2 min readBERLIN -- China has condemned Germany's decision to suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, accusing Berlin of a “serious breach of international law.” Germany's foreign minister announced the suspension Friday following the disqualification of 12 pro-democracy candidates from legislative elections and a subsequent decision to postpone the elections. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam cited a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory in postponing the vote. The Chinese Embassy in Berlin expressed “strong indignation and firm opposition to the wrong rem
Hong Kong delays election due to spike in COVID-19 infections

Hong Kong delays election due to spike in COVID-19 infections

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Elections for Hong Kong's parliament - previously scheduled for September 2020 - will be postponed due to a spike in coronavirus cases.Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam said the election will now be held on 5 September 2021, and the decision is aimed at "safeguarding people's health". She said it was the "hardest choice" she has made in the past seven months, adding that the government has the support of the Chinese government in making the decision.Hong Kong is dealing with a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, registering more cases this week than at any other point during the pandemic. The city recorded 3,273 infections as of Friday, more than double the tally on 1 July. Image: Carrie Lam said it was the 'hardest choice' she has made in the past...
Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from election

Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from election

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Hong Kong authorities have disqualified 12 pro-democracy candidates from upcoming elections, deepening political tensions in the Chinese territory.Opposition legislators had hoped to obtain a majority in the Legislative Council (LegCo) in September's poll after Beijing's imposition of a highly controversial national security law.Among those barred are high-profile activists Joshua Wong and Lester Shum.The government said the candidates were not fit to run for office.It said they could not be considered to be abiding by the constitutional duty required of lawmakers if they: advocated for, or promoted, Hong Kong's independence solicited intervention by foreign governments in Hong Kong's affairs expressed "an objection in principle"...
UK suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

UK suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

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The UK has suspended an extradition treaty with Hong Kong following the imposition of controversial new security laws on the territory by China.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the "necessary and proportionate" measure in a statement to the House of Commons on Monday. The UK will also extend to Hong Kong the arms embargo it has applied to mainland China since 1989, Mr Raab said. Image: There are fears the new Chinese law will undermine Hong Kong's freedom "The extension of this embargo will mean there will be no exports from the UK to Hong Kong of potentially lethal weapons, their components or ammunition," the foreign secretary told MPs."It will also mean a ban on the export of any equipment - not already banned - which might...