HK protesters boo Chinese anthem, as leader warns against interference Sep 11, 2019 0 655 12345 ReutersHONG KONGAnti-government protests that have roiled Hong Kong for more than three months spread to the sports field on Tuesday, as many local fans defied Chinese law to boo the country’s national anthem ahead of a soccer World Cup qualifier against Iran.The latest sign of unrest in the former British colony followed another weekend of sometimes violent clashes, in which police firing tear gas in cat-and-mouse skirmishes with protesters who at times smashed windows and started fires in the streets.Earlier on Tuesday, the city’s Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, had warned against foreign interference in Hong Kong’s affairs, adding that an escalation of violence could not solve social issues in the Asian financial hub. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland. But many Hong Kong residents fear Beijing is steadily eroding that autonomy.Weeks of protests over a now withdrawn extradition bill have evolved into a broader backlash against the government and greater calls for democracy. At Hong Kong’s main stadium on Tuesday night, a sizeable contingent of the crowd of more than 10,000 football fans jeered and held up “boo” signs as China’s anthem played before the game, while others chanted “Revolution of our time” and “Liberate Hong Kong”. Disrespecting the national anthem is an offence in China.Other fans sang “Glory to Hong Kong,” a song that has become a rallying cry for more democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. “We hope we can unite Hong Kong,” said one of those booing, Ah Wing, wearing a red Hong Kong team shirt and glasses. “Even if we lose, we’ll keep going. That’s what we do against strong teams, against strong enemies.” Some local fans continued to chant protest slogans during the match, which saw Iran beat Hong Kong 2-0.During a rally at the US consulate on Sunday, thousands of demonstrators, some waving the American flag, called for help in bringing democracy to Hong Kong. The protesters urged the US Congress to pass legislation that would require Washington to make an annual assessment of whether Hong Kong was sufficiently autonomous from mainland China to retain special US trade and economic benefits. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES India locates missing Moon lander Sep 11, 2019 0 718 Taliban vow to fight on after Trump says talks are ‘dead’ Sep 11, 2019 0 249 Bangladesh cuts mobile internet access in Rohingya camps Sep 11, 2019 0 231 Pakistan warns of ‘genocide’ in Kashmir, India hits back Reuters GENEVA Pakistan’s foreign minister told the United Nations human rights forum on Tuesday that India’s military presence in the disputed Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir raised the spectre of genocide. .. Trump says Pakistan-India conflict over Kashmir less heated now, reiterates offer to mediate Washington: US President Donald Trump said that the conflict between Pakistan and India over Kashmir was “a little less heated” now than it was two weeks ago. Speaking to media before departing from the White House in .. Taliban take complete district in northern Afghanistan Kabul: The Taliban have taken control of the whole of a district in Afghanistan’s northern Takhar province, local officials said on Tuesday. The centre of Takhar’s Yangi Qala district was overrun by the Taliban on Monday .. Death toll from dengue in the Philippines hit 1,021 in 8 months dpa Manila More than 1,000 people have died from dengue in the Philippines in the first eight months of the year, the health department said Tuesday. Nearly 40 per cent of the 1,021 victims who died from the disease between .. Hundreds of schools shut as massive forest-fire haze blankets SE Asia AFP Jambi, Indonesia Huge fires are raging across vast swathes of Indonesia’s rainforests -- some of the world’s biggest -- with toxic smog shutting hundreds of schools in Southeast Asia, officials said Tuesday. .. North Korea fires ‘projectiles’ after offering talks with US Seoul: North Korea on Tuesday fired projectiles into the sea, South Korea’s military said, hours after Pyongyang said it was willing to hold working-level talks this month with the United States. Negotiations between ..