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Last remnants of Hong Kong pro-democracy camp cleared

The last remnants of the tent city that once blocked a major highway through Hong Kong during mass pro-democracy protests was cleared away by city authorities Wednesday. The camp of around 150 tents outside the legislature — complete with flower pots, a study area and large colorful banners — was ...

Jun 18, 2015

Hong Kong vetoes China-backed electoral reform proposal

Hong Kong’s legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package that had been criticized by opposition prodemocracy lawmakers and activists as undemocratic, potentially easing the prospect of fresh mass protests. The vote came earlier than expected, with only 37 of the legislature’s 70 ...

Jun 18, 2015

South Korean lawmakers approve new premier

South Korea’s ruling party-controlled legislation on Thursday approved President Park Geun-hye’s choice for prime minster, ending a lengthy merry-go-round at the country’s No. 2 job caused by political wrangling and corruption scandals. The National Assembly on Thursday approved the appointment of Hwang Kyo-ahn by ...

Jun 17, 2015

Beijing relays more details on South China Sea facilities

The Chinese government on Wednesday rolled out more details of the building work it is undertaking in the disputed South China Sea, listing lighthouses, communications stations and other facilities for civilian and emergency use. China stepped up its creation of artificial islands last year, ...

Hong Kong democracy groups rally as key vote looms

Jun 15, 2015

Hong Kong democracy groups rally as key vote looms

Prodemocracy campaigners took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday, but in far smaller numbers than expected, before a vote on a political reform package that has divided the city and sparked mass protests. The controversial electoral road map, which lays out how Hong ...

Jun 14, 2015

China to drop entry permit requirement for Taiwan residents

China plans to drop the entry permit requirement for Taiwan residents visiting the mainland, the official Xinhua News Agency cited a senior Chinese politician as saying on Sunday. Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, made the ...