Peter Popham

Peter is a foreign correspondent and feature writer with The Independent who has done long stretches in Japan, India and Italy.

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A cartoon depicting the Chinese President Xi Jinping hangs above protesters’ tents on a street in Hong Kong yesterday

HSBC board member: slaves waited for the vote, so why can’t Hong Kong?

Protesters demand apology from senior banker who is also mainland politician

East German border guards stand on a section of the Berlin wall in front of the Brandenburg gate on November 11, 1989

Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall fell, Hungary’s PM thinks it is Western capitalism that is in its death throes

Despite his unpopular proposal to tax the internet, Viktor Orban is a wily, authoritarian leader succeeding in many of his aims

Guy Scott greets Zambia’s defence and security chiefs after taking over as acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Michael Sata, the President of Zambia, died in a London hospital yesterday after a lengthy illness

Italy’s decision to end Mare Nostrum will put the lives of thousands of migrants and refugees at risk

Last month, 500 migrants were deliberately killed at sea. The traffickers laughed as their customers flailed and drowned before their eyes

Hong Kong's protests are still going strong despite increasingly violent tactics being used by the police

China's newly educated middle class is the biggest threat yet to party rule

Sooner or later, the Chinese will come to realise that communist autocracy has reached the end of the road

A man screams at a police officer

Hong Kong protests: Hongkongers fight for what makes their city unique

With little accountability, the city’s government focuses on keeping Beijing happy. But now it is time to hear citizens’ concerns

Nobody knows for sure how old Kim is: was he born in 1982, 1983 or 1984? The regime has not deigned to clarify the point

Where’s Kim Jong-un? Ill, deposed, overthrown - or just plain bored? What has really happened to North Korea's truculent young dictator?

North Korea’s young dictator has not been seen in public for 37 days, sparking rumours about his whereabouts which include – given the significant events that have occurred in the meantime – his possible overthrow

A protester sleeps in the street outside the Hong Kong government building

These student protests in Hong Kong will continue to run on and on

Growing affluence and education among the mainland’s middle class has produced a powerful urge for change along Hong Kong’s lines

Hong Kong protests: Many return to work, but a hard core of protesters continue the struggle

‘I’m tired. When I think I’m fighting for Hong Kong, I get power again’

Pro-democracy demonstrators occupy a street in the Mong Kok district of Hong Hong, where some locals have objected to their presence and violence involving Triad gangs has erupted

Hong Kong protests: Day of reckoning dawns as pro-democracy demonstrators told to leave streets

The city’s chief executive has told demonstrators to end their week-long protest after hinting that he may call in troops from the mainland to help clear the streets as Beijing watches events closely. Peter Popham reports from Hong Kong

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