United States becomes latest country to issue travel advisory over Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong (CNN)The United States has become the latest country to issue a travel warning over Hong Kong’s ongoing protests, which have at times turned violent and seen parts of the city brought to a standstill. Similar warnings have been issued by other countries including Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan and Singapore. Although the warnings recommend travelers exercise a high degree of caution, countries are not yet advising visitors to avoid Hong Kong altogether. For the past nine weeks, Hong Kong has been rocked by large-scale and sometimes violent protests that were sparked by a now-shelved bill that would have allowed people in the city to be extradited to China. The demonstrations — which have shown no sign of abating …

Why Hong Kong’s young protesters feel they’re running out of time in fight for democracy

Hong Kong (CNN)When protesters in Hong Kong targeted the Chinese government’s headquarters in the city, social media users in China were united in outrage. What began as protests over a now-suspended extradition bill have broadened to cover a host of demands, including calls for greater democracy and more government accountability, that many feel they are running out of time to achieve. Even as democratic values have increasingly come under threat around the world, and many voters in democracies are increasingly expressing apathy or despair, young Hong Kongers are determined to continue a fight for freedom which began decades ago under British rule, before time runs out and Hong Kong becomes just another Chinese city. “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of …

Australian man caught with $140 million of meth after crashing into parked police car

(CNN)An Australian man has been caught with a $140 million methamphetamine haul hidden in boxes after he crashed into a parked police car. The man has been charged with large commercial drug supply and negligent driving. Police are also conducting a forensic examination of the van. Last month, Australian authorities made the country’s largest onshore methamphetamine seizure when police found 1.6 tons of drugs hidden in a shipment of stereo speakers from Thailand. Authorities said the record drug bust had an estimated street value of $1.2 billion Australian dollars, which is equivalent to $837 million US dollars. Along with meth, 37 kilograms of heroin was also found stashed in vacuumed-sealed packages inside the speakers. In January, US authorities confiscated almost …

Xinjiang’s Uyghurs didn’t choose to be Muslim, new Chinese report says

Hong Kong (CNN)China has delved back centuries in an attempt to justify its controversial policies in the far-western region of Xinjiang, where experts say up to 2 million Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities have been held against their will in vast detention centers. “The Uyghur conversion to Islam was not a voluntary choice made by the common people, but a result of religious wars and imposition by the ruling class,” the report said. “Islam is neither an indigenous nor the sole belief system of the Uyghur people,” it added.