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Thousands in Hong Kong praise Trump with ‘Thanksgiving’ rally as more protests loom

We really appreciate the effort made by Americans, says one protester, as city braces for another weekend of protest Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong, some draped in American flags, have staged a Thanksgiving rally in the heart of the city after the approval by Donald Trump of human rights legislation aimed at protecting them. The rationale for us having this rally is to show our gratitude and thank the US Congress and also president Trump for passing the bill, said 23-year-old Sunny Cheung, a member of the student group…

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Hong Kong: protests prompt huge turnout for local elections

Residents stand in long queues to have their say in polls expected to be a proxy referendum on pro-democracy campaign Hong Kong residents have turned out in unprecedented numbers for local elections that many in the city are treating as a proxy referendum on months of anti-government protests. Hour-long queues stretched outside many polling stations and by early afternoon Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/24/hong-kong-protests-prompt-huge-turnout-for-local-elections

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US official says China trade deal possible but Trump won’t ignore Hong Kong

Robert OBriens comments add to growing worries Chinese crackdown on protests could complicate efforts to end trade war US national security adviser Robert OBrien said on Saturday an initial trade agreement with a Chinese crackdown on anti-government protests could further complicate the efforts by Washington and Beijing to end a prolonged trade war that has roiled global markets and undercut global economic growth forecasts. We were hoping to have [a phase one] deal done by the end of the year. I still think thats possible, OBrien told reporters at a…

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Will Ballots or Bullets Decide Hong Kongs Upcoming Elections?

HONG KONGYou have bullets. I have the right to vote. Those were words found on banners and posters hoisted during peaceful demonstrations when one million, then two million people marched toward the government headquarters here in June. The message was simple: If youre fighting for democracy, dont forget to register to vote, and be sure to show up when its time. But before the ballots, the bullets have started flying. A trigger-happy and ill-trained police force is constantly itching for a skirmish, this week placing a shot point-blank into a…

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Elizabeth Warrens project is to remake capitalism. What can British politicians learn from her? | Will Hutton

Both Labour and the Lib Dems would do well to study her crusading manifesto For 40 years, western democracies have been gripped by the doctrine that unalloyed capitalism works. In 2019, the debate has moved on. Capitalism may rule the planet, but it plainly needs fixing. Disaffection is obvious and rising, variously behind the story of riots in campaign calling for Capitalism. Time for a reset, confident that few in the business world or economics profession will dare challenge the proposition. In August, overtaking him. Capitalism certainly needs a reset…

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Hong Kong: violence follows calls for Trump to ‘liberate’ territory

Protesters clash with police in shopping districts after rally to petition US to resist Beijing Hong Kong police have fired teargas to disperse protesters in the upmarket Causeway Bay shopping district, after demonstrators rallied at the US consulate calling on Donald Trump to liberate the territory. Police had clashed with protesters in the Centraldistrict as the demonstrations in Hong Kong entered their 14th week. Protesters dispersed to nearby Admiralty, the bar district of Wan Chai and on to Causeway Bay. Riot police fire teargas to disperse protesters around the Causeway…

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Inside Beijings Toolbox to Crush Hong Kong

SHENZHEN/HONG KONGFor more than two weeks, rows of armored vehicles have been parked outside and within the walls of a stadium in Shenzhen. A contingent of the Peoples Armed Police, a paramilitary force that specializes in riot control and security matters, has been stationed within the sporting ground. The Global Times, one of the Chinese governments state-run media outlets, says that remind Hong Kongers of the 1989 military crackdown at Tiananmen Square, its natural to wonder: is Beijing about to send in its own forces, maybe even the PLAthe Peoples…

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How Hong Kong maids became caught in a humanitarian tsunami

Migrant workers who become pregnant by their employers face dismissal, homelessness and a swift return home The sun had not yet risen in Hong Kong when Sally*, a domestic worker, was woken and told she needed to leave immediately. As she lay on the sofa, confused, Sally saw her employer standing over her with a piece of paper he wanted her to sign. It was a resignation letter he had written for her. She was being let go because she was pregnant. Her employer, a German man in his 50s,…

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Hong Kong protests: government vows to push ahead with extradition bill

Leader Carrie Lam refuses to withdraw law, which critics fear could be abused by Beijing The leader of Hong Kongs government has said she remains determined to pass a proposed extradition law despite China. Opponents of the law say it is being pushed by the Chinese government, and fear that Beijing will use it to extradite activists, dissidents and other political opponents who will end up in Chinas opaque and politicised courts. Striking a defiant tone on Monday, Hong Kongs chief executive, Carrie Lam, said: This bill is not initiated…

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Amazing Videos of New Years 2019 Fireworks Around the World

Cities around the world love to ring in the new year with unbelievable public fireworks displays for everyone to enjoy. Below you will find some of our personal favorites from London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Dubai. Enjoy and happy new year to you all! LONDON NEW YEAR’S FIREWORKS 2019 Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/2019/01/new-years-2019-fireworks-around-the-world/

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Urban Density: My Photo Series That Shows The True Side Of Living In Hong Kong

In these ‘Urban Density’ series, I explore the urban landscape of Hong Kong And Macau. Like Hong Kong, Macau is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, and crowded apartments similar to Hong Kong can be found. #1 reply #2 reply View More Replies… #3 reply View More Replies… #4 reply View More Replies… #5 reply #6 reply View More Replies… #7 reply View More Replies… #8 reply reply View More Replies… #11 reply View More Replies… #12 reply View More Replies… #13 reply View More Replies……

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One of the Worlds Hottest Short Sellers Is Changing Tactics

Earlier this month, Soren Aandahl scored one of his biggest victories as a short seller when he dramatically took down the leader of a world-famous brand. In some ways, the parted ways with Glaucus Research Group this year and set up his own investment firm, Blue Orca Capital, this was a deliberate evolution that reflects, in part, Aandahl’s desire to broaden the focus of his investments. There are difficulties taking bearish positions in smaller, lesser-known firms as there’s often a limited supply of shares to borrow — a precondition in…

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This Stock’s 9,500% Rally Created a Town of Millionaires

At most big companies, it’s pretty clear who the millionaires are: top executives, rainmakers, science whizzes with PhDs. But at China’s Bloomberg. The previously unreported value of their holdings has ballooned as Sunny Optical’s shares surged more than 9,500 percent since June 2008, trouncing even Netflix Inc.’s 7,500 percent gain. Founded more than three decades ago by a former appliance-factory worker with a high school education and less than $10,000 of borrowed cash, Sunny Optical is now a $22 billion behemoth that supplies lenses to the likes of Samsung and…

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Bitcoin Falls on Fears of Regulatory Trouble for Big Crypto Exchange

Japan’s FSA warns Binance for operating without a license Biggest cryptocurrency fell 4.5% after news first reported told Bloomberg in January that it was working to acquire a license in Japan, but the warning could complicate those efforts. Zhao said on Thursday that the exchange is “engaged in constructive dialogue” with the FSA. While Binance was founded in Hong Kong last year, Zhao has said that his company does not currently have a legal headquarters anywhere in the world.

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U.S. Regulators Subpoena Crypto Exchange Bitfinex, Tether

U.S. regulators are scrutinizing one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges as questions mount over a digital token linked to its backers. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission sent subpoenas on Dec. 6 to virtual-currency venue Bitfinex and Tether, a company that issues a widely traded coin and claims it’s pegged to the dollar, according to a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. The firms share the same chief executive officer. Tether’s coins have become a popular substitute for dollars on cryptocurrency exchanges…

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