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Yahoo! ArtsOct 27, 2020
Hong Kong activist Tony Chung detained while trying to seek asylum at US consulate
Hong Kong's new national security unit on Tuesday arrested three pro-democracy activists, including Tony Chung Hon-lam, a leading figure of a now-defunct political group that had called for independence. Mr Chung, 19, was near the US consulate where he reportedly intended to seek asylum when he was apprehended by police officers. Yannis Ho and William Chan, before also involved in the same group, Studentlocalism, were arrested in the afternoon. Hong Kong police said in a statement that the trio were arrested for allegedly inciting secession in breach of a sweeping national security law, as evidenced by online posts made on Studentlocalism's social media accounts. "Most laws in the real world apply to the online world," police said. "If anyone breaks the law that person shall be held criminally responsible. The public should by no means defy the law." In late June, Studentlocalism halted operations in Hong Kong with plans to shift overseas in advance of the national security law coming into effect over concerns that their activities would be suppressed. The law, which criminalises acts deemed by Chinese authorities as secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign collusion, was an effort by the ruling Communist Party to restore order in Hong Kong after months of mass pro-democracy protests. Four activists are believed to have entered the US consulate on Tuesday, reported the South China Morning Post, a newspaper in Hong Kong. The US embassy in China has not commented on the s

Yahoo! ArtsOct 27, 2020
US-India 2 2: Crucial defence deal signed
Stronger India-US ties are aimed at countering China's influence in the region, experts say.

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