HK universities cancel semester amid campus violence Nov 15, 2019 0 686 12345 DPAHong KongUniversities across Hong Kong cancelled classes until the end of the year on Thursday amid unprecedented violence on multiple campuses.The move comes two days after clashes between anti-government protesters and police at the Chinese University of Hong Kong saw more than 1,000 cannisters of tear gas fired and numerous petrol bombs thrown. Hong Kong has now entered its 23rd week of mass protests against Beijing.Initial calls for the withdrawal of an extradition bill have morphed into demands for democratic reforms and an independent probe into police violence. Students and staff have been ordered to stay away from university campuses until the end of the year when the semester concludes amid fears of further clashes.All classes at the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Baptist University have been cancelled.At the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, protesters have set up barricades and blocked the Hung Hom Cross Harbour Tunnel, a major link between the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island. Photos and videos posted on social media showed protesters had set up a security check at the university’s entrances and were conducting bag searches to prevent undercover police from entering the campus.A campus swimming pool had been turned into a testing site for molotov cocktails. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Kuwaiti PM, cabinet step down after disputes with parliament Nov 15, 2019 0 1681 Ceasefire takes hold after two days of deadly Israel-Gaza fire exchanges Nov 15, 2019 0 218 Hundreds of Lebanese mourners lay to rest ‘martyr of revolution’ Nov 15, 2019 0 313 Tear gas grenades kill Iraq protesters as govt feels heat AFP Baghdad Four protesters were killed by tear gas canisters in Baghdad on Thursday as security forces tried to snuff out the largest grassroots movement to sweep Iraq in years. Iraq’s political elite has come under .. Russia reinforces new Syria base on Turkish border, says State TV AFP Moscow Russia has begun moving helicopters and other equipment to a new Syrian base on the Turkish border, state TV reported on Thursday, weeks after US forces left the area. Two Mi-35 attack helicopters and a .. Death toll in Australia bushfires rises to four AUSTRALIA: The death toll from devastating bushfires in eastern Australia has risen to four after a man’s body was discovered in a scorched area of bushland, police said on Thursday. Three others have perished in .. 70-year-old dies in HK after being hit by brick at protests Hong KONG: A man has died in hospital in Hong Kong after being hit by a brick during the protests that have rocked the city, Hong Kong media reported on Thursday. The South China Morning Post cited a spokesman for the Prince of .. Donors promise $10bn for women’s health at Kenya global summit Nairobi: Governments, corporations and charities have pledged $10 billion to improve women’s health during a global summit that ended on Thursday in Kenya, well below the amount the UN says is needed. Countries ..