Former Hong Kong Leader Says Protests Won’t Force China’s Hand

Hong Kong’s controversial former leader said it was “senseless” to think mass protests could force Beijing’s hand, amid months of increasingly violent rallies against China’s grip on the city. “It’s extremely senseless and irresponsible for political figures in Hong Kong and outside Hong Kong to think that somehow by bringing hundreds of thousands of people into the streets of Hong […]

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French Minister Blames Thugs for Yellow Vest Violence in Paris

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner blamed radicalized thugs for violence that erupted in Paris on Saturday during protests marking the first anniversary of the “Yellow Vests” movement. Police and rioters clashed into the evening in the French capital, with authorities detaining 173 people and deploying tear gas and water cannons. “There weren’t many protesters yesterday, rather there were brutes and […]

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Los Angeles Fire Hits Area Near Universal Studios, Griffith Park

In this article A brush fire broke out in California’s Hollywood Hills, burning a three-acre area close to Los Angeles tourist spots such as the Universal Studios and Griffith Park. Firefighters are “actively battling flames in moderate to heavy brush,” Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said in a post on the organization’s website, adding that there were no […]

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Larry Summers Slams Rich Cities’ Use of Investment Incentives

In this article Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said the federal government should prohibit richer U.S. states and cities from offering incentives to attract private investment. “It is a crime that Boston can provide bigger incentives to General Electric than can communities with higher unemployment and more social distress,” Summers said at a conference organized by the Federal Reserve Bank […]

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Goldman Says Up to $4 Billion Moved From Hong Kong to Singapore Amid Unrest

In this article The potential benefit to Singapore from the turmoil in Hong Kong: $4 billion. That’s the upper end of an estimate from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. of the money investors have moved to Singapore amid escalating political protests in the former British colony. The New York-based bank estimated that there has been a maximum outflow of Hong Kong […]

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Joshua Wong Vows to Keep Fighting After Arrest: Hong Kong Update

In this article Tensions spiked in Hong Kong ahead of what could be a 13th straight weekend of protest, as police arrested several top opposition figures including Joshua Wong after banning a mass march scheduled for Saturday. The moves signaled a harder line by the government against the largely leaderless protest movement, which began in June over a bill allowing […]

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China Says Hong Kong Unrest `Beyond Scope’ of Peaceful Protest

China said violent protests in Hong Kong wouldn’t be tolerated, in the Beijing government’s most high-profile response to unrest rocking the Asian financial hub. The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, which answers to China’s cabinet, reaffirmed its support for the city’s government and police in a rare briefing Monday in Beijing. Office spokesman Yang Guang said the country remained […]

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