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Hong Kong passes China national anthem bill amid protests by democracy lawmakers

04 Jun 2020

HONG KONG Hong Kong passed a bill on Thursday that would criminalise disrespect of China's national anthem, a move critics see as the latest sign of Beijing's tightening grip on the semi-autonomous city. | Video

UPDATE 1-Hong Kong April retail sales tumble 36% as virus hammers demand

01 Jun 2020

HONG KONG, June 1 Hong Kong's retail sales slumped by 36% in value terms in April from a year earlier, falling for the 15th consecutive month, pummeled by the outbreak of the coronavirus that has put many retailers on the brink of collapse.

Hong Kong and Beijing officials defend security laws, citing threat of terrorism

25 May 2020

HONG KONG China's foreign ministry office in Hong Kong and the city's security chief on Monday defended proposed national security laws by describing some acts in mass pro-democracy protests last year as terrorism.

Hong Kong security, police chiefs warn of growing 'terrorism' as national laws loom

25 May 2020

HONG KONG Hong Kong's security and police chiefs said "terrorism" was growing in the city, as government departments rallied on Monday behind Beijing's plans to introduce national security laws after thousands took to the streets to protest against the move. | Video

UPDATE 1-Hong Kong economy slumps at record rate, virus clouds outlook

15 May 2020

* Outlook dim despite easing of virus restrictions (Adds government comments, details)

Hong Kong March retail sales plunge 42% due to coronavirus

05 May 2020

HONG KONG Hong Kong's retail sales fell by 42% in March from a year earlier, as travel restrictions kept tourists away and most residents steered clear of shops and restaurants for fear of catching the coronavirus.

UPDATE 1-Hong Kong February retail sales post record fall on coronavirus spread

31 Mar 2020

* Feb retail sales value drops 44% y/y, 13th month of decline

UPDATE 1-Hong Kong January retail sales fall for 12th month due to coronavirus

02 Mar 2020

* Jan retail sales value drops 21.4% y/y, 12th month of decline

Hong Kong December retail sales fall for 11th month as protests take toll

04 Feb 2020

HONG KONG Hong Kong's retail sales extended their freefall in December as months of often violent anti-government protests scared off tourists and shoppers, hitting spending and threatening the survival of many businesses.

Hong Kong suspends four more border crossings to curb spread of virus

04 Feb 2020

HONG KONG Hong Kong's leader announced the closure of four more border crossings with mainland China on Monday, leaving just three checkpoints open, but stopped short of demands for the entire border to be closed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

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