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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam formally withdraws controversial extradition bill
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam - Photo: Ann Wang/REUTERS

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam formally withdraws controversial extradition bill

04/09/2019
16:20
Reuters
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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill that has plunged the city into its worst political crisis in decades

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill that has plunged the city into its worst political crisis in decades, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.
 

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