US Bill supporting Hong Kong rights heads to Trump’s desk

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A Hong Kong police officer shoots a young protester at point-blank range.

'I am by myself, all my peers have left, but I am too scared to escape, ' said Yan, a man in his 30s who said he had been helping in the canteen used by the protesters during the siege. About 1,000 have either surrendered or been arrested.

"The black force say they want to fight for freedom but now people can not even express their views freely".

He said Congress voted "to protect American interests and hold China accountable for its misconduct".

Lee and some candidates kicked black footballs at a campaign event in a symbolic banishing of the black-clad protesters.

The company has indicated to prospective institutional investors that its shares will be priced at 176 Hong Kong dollars ($22.48) each, the sources told Reuters and Bloomberg.

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The party is contesting 181 of the 452 district council seats, a low-level neighbourhood election held every four years. For the first time, all the seats will be contested. Mr Ho was singled out by China as one of the "gang of four" behind the city's protests. A live video of the protest was broadcast by Apple Daily newspaper. The demonstrations have morphed into wider calls for democratic reform and accountability for alleged police brutality.

Hong Kong police deploy a long-range acoustic device (LRAD) that allegedly induces dizziness and nausea among protesters.

In a video posted on YouTube from Singapore's Changi Airport, Yeung said he has been warned to refrain from any criminal conduct.

Since Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule in 1997, under the express guarantee that its autonomy be preserved, the United States has dealt with the city as a separate entity from mainland China in matters of trade, investment, and immigration.

The University of British Columbia said it has cancelled its second term for exchange students in Hong Kong while it ensures the remainder of its students in the protest-racked region can get out.

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index declined 0.6% to 23,148.57 after customs data showed the country's exports falling 9.2% in October from a year earlier, with sharp declines in shipments to China, South Korea and the U.S.

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He went to hospital for treatment, the report said. The court will sentence him on December 19.

Meanwhile, China has ordered the United States not to interfere with the ongoing protests, after Congress unanimously passed a bill meant to back the protesters in Hong Kong and reexamine support for the city's government.

It requires the USA president to annually review the favourable trade status that Washington grants to Hong Kong, and threatens to revoke the coveted status that the semi-autonomous Chinese territory enjoys with the United States if its freedoms are quashed.

If the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act passes the House and is signed into law by President Donald Trump, it would ask Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to certify at least once a year that Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to qualify for special USA trading consideration that bolsters its status as a world financial centre.

The committee pointed out that the most pressing task for Hong Kong at present is to bring violence and chaos to an end and restore order, which represents the broadest will of Hong Kong people and the largest human rights in Hong Kong.

"The move signaled ever closer relations between the global shipping industry, - which ICS represents - the Government of China and the China Shipowners" Association.

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