Political Unrest
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Iraqi protests intensify

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/22/19, 10:58 am

Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and guns on Friday for the second day when protesters tried to break past a security barricade in Baghdad. On Thursday, another 10 protesters died and more than 100 others sustained injuries.

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Hong Kong prepares for election

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/22/19, 10:29 am

Authorities in Hong Kong reimposed a mask ban on Friday and prepared to deploy police officers to polling stations for this weekend’s district council elections. The territory’s High Court, which struck down the ban as unconstitutional this week, allowed the temporary restrictions due to “the highly exceptional circumstances that Hong Kong is currently facing.” Voters will select officers for the 452 seats in the semi-autonomous territory’s 18 district councils.

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U.S. passes Hong Kong rights bill

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/20/19, 11:34 am

China on Wednesday threatened “strong countermeasures” after the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill the day before to protect human rights in Hong Kong. The bill will now go to the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed similar legislation last month. If approved, the measure will impose sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for rights abuses and require an annual review of the semi-autonomous territory’s trade status with the United States.

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