Political Unrest
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Hong Kong under pressure

Hong Kong | Tensions mount as police and protester clashes escalate, with China threatening intervention
by June Cheng
Posted 8/08/19, 04:50 pm

The images coming out of Hong Kong paint a stark picture: Police in riot gear shooting tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds of young protesters. Protesters tearing bricks from the sidewalk to throw at police, starting fires outside police stations, and forming blockades on the roads. Pro-Beijing men in white T-shirts beating protesters with bamboo rods. 

Well-educated Hong Kong youths are learning lessons not taught in school: how to extinguish tear gas canisters, which helmets can best protect against projectiles, and how to administer first aid for tear gas exposure.

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Kashmir crisis deepens India, Pakistan rift

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/08/19, 11:55 am

India’s decision to revoke the autonomous status of the disputed Kashmir region has disrupted travel and trade with Pakistan. The Pakistani Ministry of Railways stopped train service to India on Thursday. A day earlier, Pakistan said it would recall its ambassador to India and suspend trade relations.

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U.S. fears for Hong Kong travelers’ safety

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/08/19, 10:35 am

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning Thursday for Hong Kong because of persistent mass protests there. The warning urges travelers to avoid the protests and exercise increased caution “due to civil unrest.” Australia, Britain, Ireland, and Japan have taken similar steps.

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