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Tom Lasseter

Revolution 101: For hardened teens of Hong Kong protests, violence is one way forward

Dec 13 2019

HONG KONG Fiona's rebellion against the People's Republic of China began slowly in the summer months, spreading across her 16-year-old life like a fever dream. The marches and protests, the standoffs with police, the lies to her parents. They'd all built on top of her old existence until she found herself, now, dressed in black, her face wrapped with a homemade balaclava that left only her eyes and a pale strip of skin visible. Her small hands were stained red.

Special Report: How Hong Kong's greatest tycoon went from friend of China to punching bag

Nov 27 2019

HONG KONG In January of 1993, an ambitious Chinese Communist Party boss, a 39-year-old official with chubby cheeks and a mop of black hair, visited Hong Kong. He was seeking out the city’s rich among the shimmering skyscrapers, hoping to secure investment in Fuzhou, the second-tier city he ran in mainland China. His name was Xi Jinping.

Exclusive: In face of criticism, Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing says he’s getting used to ‘punches’

Nov 27 2019

HONG KONG Li Ka-shing, the city’s most prominent tycoon, said he is getting used to “the unfounded verbal and text punches” thrown at him in recent years.

‘Fire magicians’ and medieval weaponry: a Hong Kong university under siege

Nov 19 2019

HONG KONG For three days last week, anti-government protesters camped out at Hong Kong's sprawling Polytechnic University prepared for what they feared might be a bloody, even deadly, battle with police.

Backstory: Finding some solace amid the bloodshed in Christchurch and Colombo

May 03 2019

COLOMBO The island nations of New Zealand and Sri Lanka are separated by some 6,600 miles (10,600 km) of ocean. But in just over a month's time, each has seen mass killings that generated similar headlines.

'Black sheep': The mastermind of Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombs

Apr 26 2019

KATTANKUDY, Sri Lanka Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Zahran was 12 years old when he began his studies at the Jamiathul Falah Arabic College. He was a nobody, with no claim to scholarship other than ambition.

RPT-INSIGHT-"Black sheep": The mastermind of Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombs

Apr 26 2019

KATTANKUDY, Sri Lanka, April 26 Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Zahran was 12 years old when he began his studies at the Jamiathul Falah Arabic College. He was a nobody, with no claim to scholarship other than ambition.

Special Report - Shattered sanctuary: In Christchurch, an imam seeks to rebuild

Mar 21 2019

CHRISTCHURCH Ibrahim Abdelhalim was at his mosque last week in the Linwood neighborhood of Christchurch, New Zealand, delivering a prayer as he usually does on Friday afternoons. The 67-year-old grandfather had already spoken about "tasting the sweetness of faith" as a Muslim obedient to God and willing to serve humanity.

New Zealand begins funerals for mosque shooting victims, PM visits school

Mar 20 2019

CHRISTCHURCH The bodies of victims from New Zealand's mosques mass shooting were carried in open caskets on the shoulders of mourners into a large tent at Christchurch's Memorial Park Cemetery on Wednesday - the first burials of the 50 victims. | Video

'You are safe now': moments of heroism in Christchurch massacre

Mar 17 2019

CHRISTCHURCH/WELLINGTON As New Zealanders struggled to cope with the deadly mayhem in Christchurch, stories of heroism have emerged from the tragedy, including a worshiper who chased away the gunman armed only with a credit card machine. | Video

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