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 Hostesses serve tea to delegates during the opening session of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. Photograph:   Leo Ramirez/AFP via Getty Images

China’s legislators unveiled a deeply controversial national security law on Friday aimed at tightening Beijing’s hold on Hong Kong, a move that spark(...)

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, speaks while wearing a protective mask during a news conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photograph: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

Simmering discontent in Hong Kong is coming to the boil again. No longer inhibited to the same extent by pandemic fears, angry citizens are returning (...)

Martin Lee (81) leaves a police station in Hong Kong on Saturday, after being released on bail. Photograph: AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Hong Kong police arrested 15 activists, including veteran politicians, a publishing tycoon and senior barristers, in raids on Saturday in the biggest(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. Photographer: Oliver Contreras/ Sipa/ Bloomberg

The White House is proposing a roughly $850 billion emergency stimulus to address the economic cost of the new coronavirus in the US, sources said. T(...)

South Korean soldiers from the Armed Force CBR Defense Command wearing protective gear enter a building for disinfection work at a closed apartment complex after 46 residents were confirmed to have the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Daegu, South Korea. Photograph: Yonhap / AFP / South Korea OUT  via Getty Images

From Singapore to South Korea, countries across Asia have been mobilising for weeks in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Some have (...)

Medical staff members in protective gears arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, on Tuesday. Photograph: AP

South Korea has declared “war” on the coronavirus as cases inside the country approach 5,000 and the World Health Organization chief warns the world i(...)

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Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways asked its 27,000 employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave, saying preserving cash was key for the carrier and (...)

A health worker checks the temperature of a man entering the subway in Beijing, China. Photograph: Betsy Joles/Getty Images

Hong Kong said on Tuesday it would stop issuing permits to mainland Chinese tourists and drastically reduce cross-border travel as the number of Wuhan(...)

Swiss police on duty in Davos. Photograph: EPA

Russian plumbers do not tend to summer in Davos. Even those with diplomatic passports. Five months before world leaders began their pilgrimage to the(...)

Demonstrators form a human chain during a protest on Nathan Road in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday.  Photograph: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

Thousands of protesters briefly blocked one of Hong Kong’s main roads on New Year’s Eve after forming human chains across the city and marching throug(...)

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