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Fury after Hong Kong journalist attacked in Beijing

Fpo - A Hong Kong journalist was arrested and left injured while trying to interview a human rights lawyer in Beijing Wednesday, the second violent incident against the city's reporters in China within a week.

Hong Kong student leader draws fury in China over anthem

Fpo - A Hong Kong student leader has been declared an "enemy of the people" by Chinese state media for speaking out over a new law against disrespecting the national anthem, in what critics say is another attack on freedom of speech in the city.

'Superman': Hong Kong's richest tycoon Li Ka-shing

Fpo - Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, 89, who officially retired Thursday, started his career selling plastic flowers and spent seven decades building a vast business empire spanning from container ports to telecommunications.

Hong Kong's 'Superman' Li Ka-shing bows out

Fpo - Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing on Thursday brought down the curtain on a storied career, saying he had done "the best I can".

Out for the count? Hong Kong's battered independence movement

Fpo - It was only two years ago that thousands gathered near government headquarters in the heart of Hong Kong for an energetic rally in support of independence from China.

China seizes record 1.3 tonnes of cocaine

Bejing - Chinese police have seized 1.3 tonnes of cocaine from South America in the country's biggest ever haul of the drug, authorities said.

Rare Modigliani nude sets world record $150m estimate

Fpo - A painting of a nude by Amedeo Modigliani is expected to fetch $150 million, the highest ever pre-sale estimate for an artwork at auction, Sotheby's said Tuesday as the work was unveiled in Hong Kong.

'Godfather' of gambling: Macau magnate Stanley Ho

Fpo - Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho, who has announced his retirement from his flagship company SJM, made his riches by transforming neighbouring Macau from a sleepy Portuguese outpost into the world's biggest casino hub.

Duterte sorry for Hong Kong deaths in 2010 hostage crisis

Fpo - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday formally apologised over the deaths of eight Hong Kong tourists in a 2010 Manila hostage crisis that soured ties with the Chinese territory.

Rare Picasso self-portrait expected to fetch $70 million

Fpo - A rare Picasso believed to be a self-portrait created when he was under threat of deportation to a Nazi concentration camp is expected to fetch US$70 million at auction, Christie's said Friday as the work went on view in Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff

Fpo - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific will end its 70-year-old skirts-only rule for female uniformed staff after the flight attendants' union Thursday won the right to wear trousers.

Hong Kong shops defy ban on trade in pangolin scales

Fpo - On a winding Hong Kong street where shops keep a dizzying array of dried produce, one highly valued ingredient is still being sold despite being subject to an international ban: deep-fried scales of endangered pangolins.

Ex-England star Michael Owen to launch own cryptocurrency

Fpo - Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen is launching a cryptocurrency in his own name, joining other famous sportsmen including Manny Pacquiao in a new venture to connect with fans.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific posts HK$1.26 bn loss for 2017

Fpo - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific on Wednesday announced a HK$1.26 billion ($161 million) net loss for 2017, marking the first back-to-back annual loss in its 71-year history.

Cardinal Zen: The Hong Kong firebrand taking on Beijing

Fpo - Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen has earned a reputation as a fighter -- and the octogenarian's latest battle pits him against Vatican officials and Beijing over a deal he believes would devastate the Catholic Church.

Blow for Hong Kong democrats in key elections

Fpo - Hong Kong's democracy camp failed to claw back all their lost seats Monday in controversial by-elections as the city's pro-Beijing establishment further cements its grip.

Scuffles in Hong Kong at key vote for democrats

Fpo - Hong Kong's best-known young activists were heckled by Chinese nationalists in tense scenes Sunday as the city's pro-democracy camp tries to claw back lost seats in controversial by-elections.

Hong Kong goes to polls in crunch vote for democrats

Fpo - Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp will try to claw back lost seats as polls opened early Sunday in controversial by-elections that have exposed the heart of the city's political divide.

Wary Taiwan eyes growing shadow of China's Xi

Taipei - President Xi Jinping's vision of a resurgent Chinese nation raises a huge red flag for democratic rival Taiwan, with the pressure set to rise now Xi has a lifetime to realise his ambitions.

China signals hardened stance on Hong Kong, Taiwan

Bejing - China signalled Monday it was hardening its stance on dissent in Taiwan and Hong Kong, where it faces growing frustration with the increasingly authoritarian government of President Xi Jinping.

Hong Kong court rejects bail for fugitive wanted in India

Hong Kong - A fugitive wanted by Indian police for crimes ranging from a jailbreak to financing terrorism was denied bail in Hong Kong Friday, where he is charged with a multi-million dollar robbery.

Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl seen topping $25 mn at auction

Hong Kong - An extremely rare Qing Dynasty bowl -- one of only three known to exist -- is expected to fetch US$25.6 million and could even break the record for Chinese ceramics, auction house Sotheby's said Thursday.Measuring 14.

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

Hong Kong - China has confirmed the first human case of H7N4 bird flu, prompting Hong Kong to issue a health warning for those travelling to the mainland during the busy Lunar New Year holiday.

Feng shui masters predict claws out in Year of Dog

Hong Kong - As the Chinese zodiac switches into the Year of the Dog later this week, Hong Kong feng shui experts predict anything but a walk in the park for global leaders.

Hong Kong police probe deadly bus accident

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police said Sunday they were investigating a deadly bus accident that left 19 people dead and scores more injured, with the bus driver arrested for dangerous driving.

19 dead, 60 hurt as Hong Kong double-decker bus overturns

Hong Kong - The driver of a double-decker bus that overturned in Hong Kong killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 60 was arrested on Saturday evening for dangerous driving, police said.

At least 18 killed, 50 injured as bus topples over in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - The driver of a double-decker bus that toppled over in Hong Kong killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 50 others on Saturday evening has been arrested for dangerous driving, police said.

Publisher detained in China 'confesses', blames Sweden

Shanghai - Detained book publisher Gui Minhai has surfaced nearly three weeks after disappearing into police custody in China, confessing wrongdoing and accusing his adopted country Sweden of manipulating him like a "chess piece".

Hong Kong cardinal says Vatican deal with China 'evil'

Hong Kong - A war of words between a Hong Kong bishop and the Vatican escalated Friday with the outspoken Cardinal Joseph Zen calling the Pope's warming ties to Communist China "evil".

British double murderer loses Hong Kong appeal bid

Hong Kong - A British banker jailed for life for the horrifying murder of two Indonesian women at his upscale Hong Kong apartment in a cocaine-fuelled rampage has had his appeal rejected, a court ruled Friday.
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