Sri Lanka’s ousted president says he ‘took all possible steps’ to prevent crisis

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa speaks during day two of COP26 at SECC on November 1, 2021 in Glasgow. Andy Buchanan | Pool | Getty Images News | Getty Images Sri Lanka’s ousted president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled overseas this week to escape a popular uprising against his government, has said he took “all possible … Read more

Sri Lanka declares curfew in capital Colombo

Protests in Sri Lanka have been raging over the government’s abuse of the nation’s worst economic crisis since independence in 1948. Ishara S. Kodikara | Afp | Getty Images Sri Lanka has declared a curfew in the capital of Colombo that will last till 5am on Friday. The government of acting president Ranil Wickremesinghe imposed … Read more

Sri Lanka protesters storm president’s house amid economic meltdown

People wait in a queue after receiving tokens to buy petrol due to fuel shortage, amid the country’s economic crisis, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 27, 2022. Dinuka Liyanawatte | Reuters Thousands of protesters in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital Colombo stormed the president’s official residence and his secretariat on Saturday amid months of mounting public … Read more

People are leaving Hong Kong and here’s where they’re going

They stuck it out during the 2019 political protests. Then they lasted through nearly two years of pandemic. But this year, they say they’ve had enough. Residents of Hong Kong are leaving the city in droves in 2022 – not because they want to, several told CNBC, but because Covid restrictions and what they see … Read more

Hong Kong residents moving to Singapore, snapping up rental homes

Stifled by strict Covid restrictions in Hong Kong, residents from the financial hub are continuing to move to its rival, Singapore. Roslan Rahman | AFP | Getty Images SINGAPORE – After eight years in Hong Kong, Jonathan Benarr is giving up that city for a new set of attractions – in Singapore. “Hong Kong was … Read more

100,000 apply to live in United Kingdom

Hong Kongers held demonstrations in ten different cities in the UK to protest against the one year anniversary of the promulgation of the Hong Kong National Security Law and the Centennial anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images LONDON – It’s been nine months since Adrian Leung and his … Read more

Hong Kong’s omicron spike tests its zero-Covid approach

On February 16, 2022, patients lay in hospital beds waiting for medical treatment in a temporary holding area outside Caritas Medical Center in Hong Kong. Leung Man Hei | Nurphoto | Getty Images Lam has insisted, however, that there are no plans for a “widespread city lockdown.” “As far as Hong Kong is concerned, we … Read more

$21 billion package to support Covid-hit economy

A road in Hong Kong on Feb. 15, 2022. Paul Yeung | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Hong Kong government announced Wednesday it will be spending more than 170 billion Hong Kong dollars ($ 21.8 billion) to fight the pandemic and support the economy, a day after authorities said virus control measures will be extended … Read more

Canada police seen getting tough as trucker protests continue

As the protest against the Canadian government’s health measures and vaccine mandates entered an eleventh day on Monday, police have threatened to clamp down after facing criticism for lack of action that has crippled the national capital. The “Freedom Convoy” consisting largely of truckers began as a movement against a Canadian vaccine requirement for cross-border … Read more

Thousands protest vaccine mandates in Canada, further fraying nerves

Thousands of people demonstrated in Canadian cities, including the Toronto financial hub, on Saturday as mostly peaceful but noisy protests against vaccine mandates spread from Ottawa, the capital. The “Freedom Convoy” began as a movement against a Canadian vaccine requirement for cross-border truckers, but has turned into a rallying point against public health measures and … Read more