Three of the police officers  charged in connection with the beating of a protester arrive at  court in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

A Hong Kong court has jailed seven police officers for two years each for beating a handcuffed protester at the height of the Occupy pro-democracy pro(...)

Leung Kwok-hung, known as “Long Hair”, brings a cut-out of a monkey bearing the likeness of Hong Kong’s chief executive CY Leung  into the chamber before Mr Leung’s final policy address to the legislative council on Wednesday. Photograph: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

Independence is not an option for Hong Kong, outgoing chief executive CY Leung said in his farewell speech, as attentions in the territory now turn t(...)

The oceanographic survey ship, USNS Bowditch, which deployed the underwater drone seized by a Chinese navy warship in the South China Sea last week. Photograph: US navy/Reuters

China and the US have held talks about returning an American underwater drone taken by a Chinese naval vessel last week, but the incident has highligh(...)

Hong Kong’s unpopular leader  Leung Chun-ying said that he would not run again for office. The decision comes as Chinese Communist Party leaders have expressed anger at growing support for parties calling for independence and self-determination in the former British colony. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, said on Friday he will not run again for office and will stand down when his first term (...)

Hong Kong activists Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Joshua Wong talk to journalists outside a court on Wednesday. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Hong Kong government prosecutors have failed in their bid to have jail sentences imposed on three student leaders for storming government headquarters(...)

Previously missing Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee gestures as he holds a press conference with local lawmaker Albert Ho at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on June 16th, 2016. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Lam Wing-kee, one of the five Hong Kong booksellers who vanished last year into Chinese police custody, said he had been abducted, held for eight mont(...)

A protester chants slogans as she take to the streets before the 27th anniversary of the military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square  in Hong Kong, China. Photograph:   Bobby Yip/Reuters

In searing heat, organisers were putting the finishing touches to the stage at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park, where tens of thousands are expected to gath(...)

A band performs as large banners with anti-smoking messages hang from the Bird’s Nest Stadium during a programme to mark World No Tobacco Day in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

China, home to the world’s biggest population of smokers, is gearing up to introduce a national smoking ban in public places, but there are report the(...)

Ken Tsang (centre)  arriving at Kowloon City Magistrates Court for his trial over charges of assaulting police officers in Hong Kong. His supporters held up yellow umbrellas, the symbol of Hong Kong’s democracy movement. Photograph: Alex Hofford/PA

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang, who was allegedly beaten by police during the 2014 pro-democracy protests and footage of the attack went v(...)

Pro-democracy activists carry pictures of the visiting chairman of the standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress, Zhang Dejiang, along with detained Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaob and his wife Liu Xia, in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

A giant banner calling for Hong Kong democracy was pulled from a mountainside, a photographer’s towel in contentious pro-democracy yellow was confisca(...)

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