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Asia Pacific

Indonesian coffee farmers struggle as prices hit 8-year low

The world’s third-largest growers of the Robusta variety of coffee beans say they will go bankrupt if prices do not improve.

Hong Kong protests

Tear gas fired as Hong Kong protesters and police clash

Standoff in a working-class neighbourhood descends into violence, breaking an uneasy peace that had lasted several days.

Hong Kong police fire tear gas in renewed clash with protesters

Hong Kong

China releases UK's Hong Kong consulate staffer

Simon Cheng returns to Hong Kong after 15-day detention, police say, as city braces for more anti-government protests.

China releases UK's Hong Kong consulate staffer

Asia Pacific

North Korea test-fires missiles again after joint drills end

The suspected short-range ballistic missile tests are the seventh weapons launch in a month.

North Korea test-fires missiles again after joint drills end

AJ Impact

Markets sink as Trump presses US companies to leave China

Stocks dive as US president makes Twitter threats and announces higher tariffs in response to new Chinese import taxes.

Markets sink as Trump presses US companies to leave China

Asia Pacific

Hong Kong protests: City airport blocks future rallies

Court ruling came before protesters could storm streets again.

Podcast

Hong Kong's long game to secure democracy

Protests continue to grow after nearly three months of unrest in the territory.

Hong Kong's long game to secure democracy

AJ Impact

China to impose tariffs on $75bn in US soya beans, cars and oil

Import taxes to take effect in two stages in September and December, including 25 percent hike for American automobiles.

China to impose tariffs on $75bn in US soya beans, cars and oil

Asia Pacific

30 passengers missing after Indonesia ferry fire

Vessel was carrying 277 people from Tanjung Perak port in East Java's Surabaya when it caught fire late on Thursday.

30 passengers missing after Indonesia ferry fire

AJ Impact

Hong Kong unions urge Cathay Pacific to end staff intimidation

Hong Kong unions accuse Chinese aviation officials of dismissing airline staff over involvement in anti-gov't protests.

Hong Kong unions urge Cathay Pacific to end staff intimidation

Asia Pacific

Japan PM Abe: S Korea move to end intelligence pact damages trust

Tokyo summons Seoul's top envoy to protest against decision as two Asian neighbours and US allies continue to squabble.

Japan PM Abe: S Korea move to end intelligence pact damages trust

Hong Kong

Canada bars consulate staff from travelling outside Hong Kong

Advisory comes days after China confirmed it has arrested British consulate worker Simon Cheng.

Canada bars consulate staff from travelling outside Hong Kong

AJ Impact

Turmoil in Hong Kong’s streets and markets worries investors

Hong Kong's protests are forcing analysts to lower their growth projections for the Chinese territory.

Turmoil in Hong Kong’s streets and markets worries investors

Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong braces for fresh protests as activists target airport

Court extends order prohibiting demonstrations at the Hong Kong airport as multiple protests are expected on Friday.

Hong Kong braces for fresh protests as activists target airport

AJ Impact

China's coal demand to peak around 2025, global usage to follow

A report by a state-owned think-tank says China's coal usage will drop as renewables and nuclear energy rise.

China's coal demand to peak around 2025, global usage to follow