Britain's foreign secretary on Thursday said Hong Kong could still take a "meaningful step" towards democracy after mass protests posed the most serious test to the city's stability since its handover to China.
The number of mainland Chinese visitors to Hong Kong during the Lunar New Year holidays fell for the first time in about 20 years as they have felt increasingly unwelcome amid political unrest in the city.
Carnivals and fireworks are Hong Kong's trademark Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations but tens of thousands of people also travel to a remote village to hurl oranges at a tree in hopes of making their wishes come true.
Hong Kong leader CY Leung, nicknamed the "wolf" by critics, said residents of the Chinese-controlled city should be more like sheep after a year "rife with differences", including months of sometimes violent pro-democracy street protests.
Indonesia wants to stop women going abroad as domestic workers to preserve the country`s "dignity" after the high-profile case of an Indonesian maid abused and treated like a slave in Hong Kong, local media reported on Monday.
A Hong Kong woman was acquitted Thursday of slicing into her maid`s finger with a knife, in the latest case to highlight concerns about the abuse of foreign domestic workers in the international financial hub.
Thailand`s toppled former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been banned from travelling overseas because graft charges carrying up to a decade in jail will be formally laid against her later this month, officials said Monday.
A disappointing turnout at Hong Kong`s first democracy rally since the end of mass street demonstrations shows the city is suffering from "protest fatigue" and new longer-term strategies are needed to drive reform, analysts say.