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MPs: Britain should have done more over Hong Kong

Mass demonstrations took place as Hong Kong residents demanded free elections in 2017. Credit: Reuters

The British government should have done more to support Hong Kong's efforts for democracy, MPs have said in a highly critical report.

The Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committe rebuked ministers for their "mild" response to China's decision to block a fact-finding mission to the former British colony.

The committee added it was "profoundly disappointed that the Foreign Office did not summon the Chinese ambassador after the move.

China said the planned visit - due to take place amid mass pro-democracy protests - would have been an unwanted intrusion on internal affairs.

Sir Richard Ottaway, chair of the committee, said the move was part of a "troubling pattern" during which Hong Kong's moves toward free elections - promised in the Sino-British declaration of 1984 - appeared to be undermined by Beijing.

"We are concerned that the FCO's lack of clarity in expressing its views on political and constitutional developments in Hong Kong may be damaging the UK's reputation there," he said.

'Animal cruelty' unseen by William during China visit

This footage may embarass Prince William, who was in China to fight against the illegal wildlife trade and protect elephants.

But in the same animal sanctuary he visited, but unseen by him, one area is said to house elephants which are made to perform for visitors' amusement.

There are allegations of mistreatment in the training process, in which the animals are made to spin and play football.

ITV News' Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:

William meets elephant as China tour nears end

William approaches Ran Ran during the visit. Credit: Tim Ewart/ITV News

Prince William had a run-in with an elephant named Ran Ran during a visit to Yunnan Province in China this morning.

The Duke of Cambridge had the encounter during a visit to Dai communities, who co-exist in the region with wild elephants.

It comes on the final day of William's tour of China, during which he is also due to visit an elephant rehab sanctuary and reflect on his trip in a speech at a wildlife conference.

Speaking after the walkaround, William said he would discuss the issue of ivory trading - an issue on which he has campaigned previously - in a speech later of the day.

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Prince meets young footballers as China tour continues

The Duke of Cambridge today met youngsters at a school in Shanghai where premier league football coaches are working to promote the game among the students.

The Prince was shown around by Paul Hughes, a former coach at Reading, Millwall and Southampton football clubs, who is helping to coach the students under a British Council-run scheme called Premier Skills.

He went on to visit a Shanghai festival showcasing British design, ingenuity and technology before rounding off his day by meeting Paddington Bear at the Chinese premiere of the movie.

ITV News' China Correspondent Lucy Watson reports:

Bus crashes off road and plummets down cliff, killing 20

Twenty people have been killed and two are fighting for life in hospital after a passenger bus veered off a mountain road and tumbled down a cliff in China.

The bus veered off a highway and tumbled down a cliff Credit: CCTV

The bus, which had 33 members of an opera troupe on board, was travelling towards Linzhou city from Xinxiang city when it crashed off the highway late last night.

Eleven others needed hospital treatment for injuries suffered in the tragedy.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the accident.

Twenty people were killed in the crash Credit: CCTV

Kid high-fives Prince William as Royal joins in football practice

Prince William was on the receiving end of a double high-five today as one excited child came dashing across a football pitch to greet him during a Royal tour of a football training camp in China today.

The prince who was visiting a training camp in Shanghai, where schoolchildren learn football skills from coaches trained by England's Premier League, even stopped to kick a ball with the youngster following his enthusiastic greeting.

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