Calm broken as clashes break out in Hong Kong malls Dec 16, 2019 0 664 12345 AFPHong KongHong Kong police used pepper spray and made multiple arrests on Sunday as small groups of black-clad pro-democracy protesters targeted some of the city’s malls, ending a rare lull in violence.Flashmob protests and vandalism broke out in multiple locations, prompting riot police to use pepper spray and make arrests in at least two shopping centres as members of the public heckled the officers.AFP reporters in a Sha Tin mall saw a secondary school girl and a 16-year-old boy arrested, the pair shouting out their details as officers led them away.Earlier in the afternoon an elderly woman was knocked over in the same mall after a fight broke out when a shopper tried to stop protesters from spraying graffiti.Masked activists had also trashed restaurants run by Maxim’s, a catering giant owned by a tycoon that has become a frequent target because his daughter has criticised the pro-democracy movement.The skirmishes are the first to break out in three weeks.Hong Kong has been upended by six months of massive pro-democracy protests that have seen violent battles between police and hardcore demonstrators, as well as regular transport disruption.The past month had seen a lull in the violence and vandalism after pro-democracy parties won a landslide in local council elections. Last Sunday an estimated 800,000 marched peacefully through the streets. But public anger remains as Beijing and city leader Carrie Lam show no sign of giving further concessions despite the election success. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Lebanon’s interior minister orders probe after protest violence Dec 16, 2019 0 159 Backer of Iraq anti-govt protests killed in Baghdad Dec 16, 2019 0 162 Turkey’s Erdogan meets Libyan leader as regional tensions rise Dec 16, 2019 0 185 Libya closes Egypt embassy indefinitely citing ‘security’ reasons Cairo: Libya’s embassy in Egypt was closed indefinitely from Sunday, the mission said on its Facebook page citing security concerns. It however flatly denied in a separate statement reports suggesting that some .. Boko Haram fighters gun down 19 herders in northeast Nigeria Kinshasa: At least 30 people have died following a landslide at a gold mine in north-eastern Congo, authorities said on Sunday. Provincial mining minister Dieudonne Apasa told dpa that 30 bodies had been recovered from .. Hong Konger ‘missing’ after crossing China bridge checkpoint AFP Hong Kong Hong Kong’s immigration department said on Sunday they have received reports a man went missing on a cross-border mega bridge to the gambling hub of Macau that currently hosts a Chinese mainland police .. Schools closed in Iran as heavy smog causes pollution spike Tehran: Air pollution forced schools to close on Sunday in parts of Iran including Tehran, as the capital lay under a thick cloud of smog considered hazardous to health. The pollution level in the capital was “unhealthy .. Israeli diplomat rebuffs anti-Semitic claim against German envoy DPA Berlin Jeremy Issacharoff, the Israeli ambassador to Germany, has defended Germany’s UN ambassador against accusations of anti-Semitism. “We can have differences at times on policy issues and that does not mean .. At least 22 people killed by rebels in latest eastern Congo attack Goma: At least 22 people have been killed in the Beni territory of eastern Congo, the latest in a number of fatal attacks in the region this month, authorities confirmed on Sunday. The attack took place in the village of ..