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Hong Kong Appoints a ‘More Decisive’ Police Commissioner

China’s State Council in Beijing on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Chris Tang Ping-keung as police commissioner for Hong Kong. Tang, nominated to the position by Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, was hailed in Chinese media as a “more decisive” top cop than outgoing Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung, who has held the position since 2015.

HONG KONG, CHINA - NOVEMBER 19: New Hong Kong police chief Chris Tang Ping-keung visits Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in the Hung Hom district on November 19, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong slipped into a technical recession on Thursday after anti-government demonstrations stretched into its fifth month …

Iran Mobilizes Half a Million Paramilitary Fighters to Suppress Protests

Iran on Tuesday claimed “calm has been restored in the country” following protests triggered by a massive hike in gasoline prices, but the Internet remained down and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced it was mobilizing half a million members of a brutal paramilitary force known as the Basij to control the streets.

Iranian Arabs who are members of the paramilitary Basij force march in a military parade marking the 35th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. President Rouhani lauded his country's military …

Chinese Airlines Cut Flights to Hong Kong

Chinese airlines are dramatically reducing, or even completely halting, flights to Hong Kong due to civil unrest on the island. Hong Kong’s airport, which has been the scene of a few demonstrations over the past five months, was once the busiest hub in Asia and one of the busiest airports in the world.

Hong Kong curbs airport links as protesters vow 'stress test'

Reports: Iranian Protesters Burn Down 100 Banks, Shops in Gas Protest

Protests in towns and cities across Iran continued Monday despite the use of lethal force against demonstrators by the regime plus a nationwide Internet blackout. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated terrorist organization, threatened “decisive” action if the protests do not end soon.

Protestors attend a demonstration after authorities raised gasoline prices, in the northern city of Sari, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire. (Mostafa …

Chinese Troops Take to the Streets of Hong Kong for the First Time

Soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army were deployed on the streets of Hong Kong over the weekend for the first time in five months of increasingly rancorous protests. The troops were unarmed, dressed in plain clothes, and assigned primarily to clean up debris and roadblocks created by protesters. Chinese officials and state-run media insisted the deployment was welcomed by the people of Hong Kong and Western media reports to the contrary were hysterical over-reactions.

ONG KONG, CHINA - AUGUST 29: The Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) military vehicles move into Hong Kong in the early hours of Thursday, as The Xinhua news agency reported it was a routine annual rotation on August 29, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Pro-democracy protesters have continued demonstrations across Hong …

Hong Kong Police Turn University Campus into War Zone

The campus of Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) became the focal point of the protest movement on Tuesday, degenerating into a veritable war zone as police battled protesters, flooded the grounds with tear gas, fired rubber bullets, and rolled in a water cannon truck that splattered demonstrators with blue dye.

HONG KONG, CHINA - November 13: Pro-democracy protesters ride a four-wheel bike outside of a MTR station during a demonstration as fire fighters check on site at Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Anti-government protesters organized a general strike since Monday as demonstrations …

Chinese State Media Urge Hong Kong Police to ‘Shoot Down the Rioters’

Communist Chinese media on Tuesday praised the Hong Kong police for their “restraint” in dealing with “radical protesters” – even though the island is currently boiling with outrage over the death of a student and the caught-on-video shooting of a protester –  and urged police to “shoot down the rioters,” with assistance from the People’s Liberation Army if necessary.

Riot police secure a road in the Central district of Hong Kong on November 11, 2019. - A police officer shot a masked protester in an incident shown live on Facebook and a man was set on fire November 11 during one of the most violent days of clashes in …

Hong Kong Police Shoot Protesters at Close Range

Hong Kong police fired both tear gas and live rounds at protesters on Monday. One of the protesters was hit in the chest or abdomen by a live bullet fired at point-blank range by a uniformed police officer, resulting in immediate public outrage and even more energetic protests.

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Singapore Censors Discussion of Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong restaurateur and YouTube celebrity Alex Yeung is under investigation by Singapore police for holding a discussion of the Hong Kong protests in a Singaporean bar last month, purportedly a violation of Singapore’s strict regulations on public assembly.

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Iraqi Protester Set Fire to Lawmaker’s House

Iraqi protesters burned down the home of Zainab Khazraji, a member of the Iraqi parliament, on Tuesday night. Local media reports said there was no apparent reason for targeting Khazraji and no political message was sent along with the vandalism.

Iraqi security forces confront demonstrators on Martyrs' Bridge (Jisr Al-Shuhada) in the capital Baghdad on November 7, 2019, amid ongoing anti-government protests. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images)

Islamists Flood Pakistani Capital Demanding Islamist PM Imran Khan Resign

Thousands of demonstrators poured into Islamabad from across the country on Friday, including massive marches organized in the cities of Lahore and Karachi earlier this week. The protesters are largely hardline Islamists who want Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government to resign, ostensibly because they believe his 2018 election was illegitimate.

Supporters of Islamic political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) react as they listen to the speech of their leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman during an anti-government "Azadi (Freedom) March" in Islamabad on November 1, 2019. - Thousands of Islamists rallied in Islamabad on November 1 as several huge marches from across Pakistan …

Report: Iran Terrorism General in Iraq to Help Repress Protests

Senior Iraqi officials revealed on Wednesday that Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian “Quds Force” unit that masterminds terrorism and repression beyond Iran’s borders, was sent to Baghdad in the early hours of the current protest movement to strategize with Iranian security personnel. In fact, Soleimani appears to have taken over the Iraqi government’s deadly response to the protests. 

In this Sept. 18, 2016 photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Revolutionary Guard commanders in Tehran, Iran. As Saudi Arabia holds a naval drill in the …

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri Resigns Again

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s turbulent tenure apparently came to an end on Tuesday with his second resignation. His first was delivered, and then retracted, during a memorable episode in November 2017 when he was more-or-less kidnapped by the Saudi Arabian monarchy and forced out of office. This time Hariri resigned to thunderous cheers on the streets of Lebanon, so it looks like he is gone for good.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri (C) attends the opening ceremony of the second 'Kuwait Financial Forum' in Kuwait City on October 31, 2010. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)