HONG KONG - Hong Kong's embattled leader on Saturday suspended a hugely divisive bill that would allow extraditions to China in a major climbdown after a week of unprecedented protests and political unrest. The international finance hub was rocked by the worst political violence since its 1997 handover to China on Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters were dispersed by riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets. Those clashes came three days after chief executive Carrie Lam refused to be budged by a record-breaking rally in which organizers said more than a million people marched through the streets calling for the bill to be scrapped. After days of mounting pressure -- including from her own allies -- Lam relented on Saturday, announcing that work on the bill would be halted with no deadline set for its introduction. The decision is a rare concession from the city's pro-Beijing leaders who have successfully faced down demands from pro-democracy demonstrators in recent … [Read more...] about Hong Kong leader suspends extradition bill after huge protests
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HONG KONG: Their motto has been "Asia's Finest" since colonial times, but videos of Hong Kong police beating unarmed protesters have fuelled public anger and sparked accusations of brutality.Tens of thousands of demonstrators occupying city streets scattered when police used tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and bean bag rounds on Wednesday (Jun 12).Police insisted the force was necessary to fend off protesters throwing bricks and metal bars.But critics said officers used localised violence by small groups of hardcore activists to launch an unprecedented operation against the much larger mass of peaceful protesters who had taken over parts of the city on Wednesday.Criticism of police tactics poured in Thursday as videos of the clashes went viral.The Hong Kong Bar Association slammed the "deployment of wholly unnecessary force against largely unarmed protesters who did not appear to pose any immediate threat to the police or the public at large."The group said the police "may well … [Read more...] about Police face mounting brutality claims after Hong Kong clashes
HONG KONG: Thousands of candles flickered under leaden Hong Kong skies on Tuesday evening, and among those holding them were Chinese mainlanders, determined to breach the censorship and taboos that surround paying tribute to Tiananmen’s fallen back home. Hong Kong’s annual vigil is the only place in China were mass commemorations can be safely held, the huge crowds in Victoria Park a testimony to freedoms that are denied to so many on the Chinese mainland. Inside China itself the anniversary was marked with a wall of silence and extra security, with authorities arresting activists and tightening internet censorship ahead of the politically sensitive anniversary. Yet Chinese mainlanders still made their way across the border to attend Hong Kong’s commemoration. There they heard fiery speeches calling for the end of one-party rule — and learnt more about an event authorities in China have tried to scrub from the public’s consciousness. One woman from … [Read more...] about Mainlanders defy authorities to attend Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil
Are you one of those tech-savvy travelers who wish to explore tech-friendly destinations or enjoy unique experiences like riding a self-driving vehicle? Below are five advanced cities you should definitely consider visiting, according to travel e-commerce company Booking.com: Silicon Valley, the United States Aloft Cupertino hotel in Silicon Valley, United States. (Booking.com/File) Located in the southern sphere of San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley has become a dream destination for tech-savvy travelers as it hosts plenty of start-up and technology companies. Visitors can usually be seen taking photos in front of some of the world's most renowned office buildings or visit places like the Tech Museum of Innovation and NASA’s Ames Research Center. Interested in staying at a high-tech hotel? Make a reservation at Aloft Cupertino near Apple’s main offices. It features a robotic butler that will bring you towels or snacks in your room. Shenzhen, … [Read more...] about Five must-visit destinations for tech-savvy travelers
DELHI: Severe cyclone Fani, which blasted ashore Friday (May 3) in India, is expected to pack a frequently underestimated yet lethal threat: storm surge.The surge happens when sea levels rise dramatically during a storm, sending a destructive wall of water gushing over people and property on land.Here are key questions and answers on the phenomenon:HOW DOES IT WORK? Storm surge is not the result of rainfall or flooding, rather it happens when powerful winds push ocean water rushing toward land.The phenomenon is an "abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted ... tides," according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Indian forecasters said a surge of 1.5m could hit the eastern state Odisha, where the monster cyclone is forecast to make landfall.WHY IS IT SO DANGEROUS? In previous storms, people have failed to flee because they did not grasp the storm surge's deadly threat.That was the case for 2013's Super … [Read more...] about What is a storm surge and why is it so dangerous?