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As recession takes hold, Hong Kong banks worry about risk of easier mortgage rules

3:07am GMT

HONG KONG Even as Hong Kong has reduced down-payment requirements to help young professionals and families to buy homes, banks are beefing up mortgage application standards to ensure that a recession does not saddle them with bad loans, bankers and mortgage brokers said.

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as transport chaos grips city

12 Nov 2019

HONG KONG Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas at a university campus on Tuesday and residents of the Asian financial centre struggled to get to work as territory-wide transport disruptions wreaked commuter havoc and activists planned flash protests. | Video

Hong Kong violence prompts reminder that China troops close at hand

12 Nov 2019

HONG KONG Hong Kong police shot and critically wounded a protester and a man was set on fire on Monday in violence that prompted leader Carrie Lam to denounce "enemies of the people" and drew a chilling warning from a senior Chinese newspaper editor. | Video

Hong Kong mourning for student spirals into street violence

08 Nov 2019

HONG KONG Candlelight Hong Kong vigils mourning a student who died on Friday after a high fall during a pro-democracy rally quickly spiralled into street fires, bursts of tear gas and cat-and-mouse clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police. | Video

Hong Kong mall clash ends in bloody knife attack and bitten off ear

03 Nov 2019

HONG KONG Hong Kong anti-government protesters crowded a shopping mall in running clashes with police on Sunday during which a man with a knife slashed several people and apparently bit off part of a local politician's ear. | Video

Hong Kong protesters trash Xinhua agency office in night of violence

02 Nov 2019

HONG KONG Police fired tear gas at black-clad protesters across Hong Kong on Saturday after they set fire to metro stations and vandalised buildings including China's official Xinhua news agency in some of the worst violence to hit the city in weeks. | Video

Hong Kong bars activist Joshua Wong from district poll

29 Oct 2019

HONG KONG Hong Kong authorities disqualified prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong on Tuesday from standing in upcoming district elections, a move likely to sow discord among anti-government demonstrators as an illegal Halloween march looms. | Video

Hong Kong leader says expects city to record negative growth in 2019

29 Oct 2019

HONG KONG Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she expects the Asian financial hub to record negative economic growth for the full 2019 year, as the city grapples with five months of often violent anti-government protests.

Hong Kong firms, lacking riot insurance, pick up pieces from protest damage

21 Oct 2019

HONG KONG Hong Kong's businesses will likely foot the bill for vandalism inflicted over the past four months during the territory's most violent protests in living memory as few of them bought insurance coverage for riot damage, industry insiders said.

Jeers force Hong Kong leader to abandon address with no olive branch on offer

16 Oct 2019

HONG KONG Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam had to abandon her policy speech because of jeering lawmakers on Wednesday but later offered no direct olive branch to pro-democracy protesters, hoping instead to ease resentment by building more public housing. | Video

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