Tear gas, rubber bullets fired as HK returns to chaos Jul 22, 2019 0 506 12345 AFPHong KongHong Kong descended into chaos Sunday night as riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti-government protesters hours after China’s office in the city was daubed with eggs and graffiti in a vivid rebuke to Beijing’s rule.Acrid clouds of tear gas wafted through the city’s densely packed commercial district as police battled masked protesters after another huge protest march, with seemingly no end in sight to the turmoil engulfing the finance hub. A group of masked, stick-wielding government supporters also descended on a group of protesters in a train station, beating multiple people including reporters who live-streamed the assaults.Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history by weeks of marches and sporadic violent confrontations between police and pockets of hardcore protesters. The initial protests were lit by a now-suspended bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. But they have since evolved into a wider movement calling for democratic reforms, universal suffrage and a halt to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory.Tear gas and rubber bullets have become frequent while the city’s parliament was trashed by protesters earlier this month -- as Beijing’s authority faces its most serious challenge since Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES India set for fresh Moon launch attempt after first lift-off bid was aborted Jul 22, 2019 0 636 8 dead as female suicide bomber hits hospital in twin Pakistan attacks Jul 22, 2019 0 628 Imran urges US investors to benefit from Pakistan’s economic potential Jul 22, 2019 0 190 Soldier killed in ceasefire violation by India, says Pakistan Islamabad: A Pakistani soldier has been killed in fresh exchanges of gunfire with Indian border forces in the disputed Kashmir region, according to the army in Islamabad. Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the .. US has no intention of setting up military base in Sri Lanka: Envoy Reuters COLOMBO The United States wants a special forces cooperation agreement with Sri Lanka to sidestep bureaucracy and has no intention of setting up a military base in the country, the American ambassador to the .. Indonesian soldier killed in fresh Papua attack Jakarta: An Indonesian soldier was killed in a gun battle with separatist rebels in the restive province of Papua as he guarded a building site, the military has said. A group of soldiers had been watching over the ..