As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water’s edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift.
Southern China and Vietnam were bracing Friday for the arrival of Typhoon Rammasun after the massive storm killed at least 54 people in the Philippines.
Heavy rains and landslides over the past week have killed at least 45 people in southern China and left 21 others missing, the country’s Ministry of Civil Affairs and an official said Thursday.
In a rare scene of disorder, Hong Kong authorities cleared out hundreds of protesters who blocked part of the city’s financial district early Wednesday, a high-profile reflection of rising anxiety over Beijing’s tightening grip on the little enclave of incomplete democracy at the southeastern edge of Communist China.
Hong Kong police have arrested more than 500 people holding a sit-in a day after tens of thousands in the former British colony joined a massive march to push for democracy.