‘Pink Star’ diamond fetches record $71.2 mn in Hong Kong
05 April 2017 | 4:59 am
A giant diamond named the "Pink Star" breaks the world record for a gemstone sold at auction fetching $71.2 million in Hong Kong.
Russia sanctions focusing on its $5 billion diamond industry is on the agenda as the seven leading democratic economies come together in Hiroshima, Japan. China's economic influence is also up for discussion.
The Civic Party, one of the main democratic groups in the Chinese territory, said its members had agreed to wind up their activities. Almost three years ago, Beijing introduced a security law limiting their activities.
June 4 marks the 34th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China. Usually, Hong Kongers take the lead in commemorating this event with massive candle light vigils. But, since China imposed its national security law in 2020, public criticism of the regime in Beijing has become dangerous.
Choy had been accused of making false statements to access vehicle registration records for a documentary. The film covered the 2019 attack on pro-democracy protesters.
Three years ago, Beijing imposed a set of new laws on Hong Kong that dissolved many civil liberties. "We've lost our freedom and all forms of protests are now criminalized," a former Hong Kong legislator told DW.
Coco Lee, who was the first Chinese-descent singer to grace the Oscar stage in 2001, had been suffering from depression for a few years. She had fans around the world.
Cheng Wing-chun is accused of replacing China's national anthem with a popular Hong Kong protest song in a YouTube video. A 2020 law in Hong Kong makes insulting the Chinese national anthem illegal.
A top court in the semi-autonomous territory has turned down an effort to ban the protest song "Glory to Hong Kong." The anthem emerged from the city's widespread pro-democracy protests in 2019.
Sotheby's in London presents 'Freddie Mercury: A World of his Own,' an exhibition and auction of the rock star's kaleidoscopic personal collection.
Hong Kong police have been cracking down on pro-democracy activists and civil liberties since China imposed a sweeping national security law.
Officials said Soaloa could be the strongest typhoon to make landfall in the region encompassing Hong Kong and other major cities since the founding of the current Chinese state.
A landmark case on LGBTQ rights saw Hong Kong's top court rejecting a bid for full marriage equality of same-sex couples. However, the judges also said the government needed to create a legal framework for the issue.
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