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Protesters throw back tear gas fired by the police in Sham Shui Po district in Hong Kong Sunday. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong police again fired tear gas at protesters, as thousands of people defied a ban to rally on the streets in several districts and at the international airport Sunday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Activists have been repeatedly met with tear gas by riot police, as Hong Kongers mark the 10th straight weekend of protests. The former British colony retained a high degree of autonomy when it was returned to China in 1997 — including the freedom to protest and an independent judiciary. Hong Kongers worry that’s all crumbling as the Chinese Communist Party tightens its grip on the territory, per Axios' Dave Lawler.

The big picture: In a repeat of Saturday night's clashes with riot police, officers repeatedly fired tear gas at demonstrators — this time, mostly in the working class district of Sham Shui Po, according to Reuters. In nearby Cheung Sha Wan, protesters threw objects at police who fired back with tear gas.

  • By Sunday afternoon, over 1,000 protesters peacefully gathered at the airport arrivals hall, chanting "Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our time." Reuters reports thousands more suffered through searing heat to gather at the city’s Victoria Park, including elderly people and families with children.
  • Police said they arrested 16 people during Saturday's protests on charges that include unlawful assembly and possession of an offensive weapon, taking the total number of arrests to more than 600 since protests began in June, according to Reuters.
  • Demands include greater freedoms from China and the resignation of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam.

Background: The movement started as a protest against a bill that would have allowed the extradition of Hong Kong residents to the mainland to stand trial. Lam declared the bill "dead."

  • Hong Kongers remain concerned the bill could still be introduced, with protest leaders noting, "We cannot find the word 'dead' in any of the laws in Hong Kong or in any legal proceedings in the Legislative Council."

What they're saying: Joshua Wong, the pro-democracy protest leader who became a symbol of Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement, tweeted Sunday that demonstrators are demanding the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill and the implementation of universal suffrage. Per Wong, they're also calling for:

  • Authorities to retract the proclamation that the protests are riots.
  • Charges to be dropped against arrested protesters and an independent investigation into "police brutality."

Editor's note: This article has been updated with the latest details on the protests.

Go deeper: Podcast: Behind the Hong Kong protests

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Trump pressures Barr to release so-called Durham report

Bill Barr. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump and his allies are piling extreme pressure on Attorney General Bill Barr to release a report that Trump believes could hurt perceived Obama-era enemies — and view Barr's designation of John Durham as special counsel as a stall tactic, sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Speculation over Barr's fate grew on Tuesday, with just 49 days remaining in Trump's presidency, after Barr gave an interview to the Associated Press in which he said the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread fraud that could change the election's outcome.

CDC to cut guidance on quarantine period for coronavirus exposure

A health care worker oversees cars as people arrive to get tested for coronavirus at a testing site in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The CDC will soon shorten its guidance for quarantine periods following exposure to COVID-19, AP reported Tuesday and Axios can confirm.

Why it matters: Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which can occur before a person knows they're sick or if they're infected without feeling any symptoms. The current recommended period to stay home if exposed to the virus is 14 days. The CDC plans to amend this to 10 days or seven with a negative test, an official told Axios.

  • The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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CDC panel: COVID vaccines should go to health workers, long-term care residents first

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Health-care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line to get coronavirus vaccines in the United States once they’re cleared and available for public use, an independent CDC panel recommended in a 13-1 emergency vote on Tuesday, per CNBC.

Why it matters: Recent developments in COVID-19 vaccines have accelerated the timeline for distribution as vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna undergo the federal approval process. States are preparing to begin distributing as soon as two weeks from now.