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Hong Kong seizes $1m of rhino horn in record airport haul

Fpo - Two men carrying at least 24 severed rhino horns were arrested in Hong Kong airport by customs officers who said it was their largest ever seizure of rhino contraband smuggled by air passengers.

Lawmakers warn Hong Kong's China extradition plans a 'Trojan horse'

Fpo - Plans by Hong Kong to allow extraditions to Taiwan, Macau and mainland China following a high-profile murder case could become a "Trojan horse" for Beijing to pursue critics, pro-democracy lawmakers warned Wednesday.

Hong Kong seizes record eight tonnes of pangolin scales

Fpo - A record eight tonnes of pangolin scales found in a container from Nigeria was unveiled by Hong Kong officials Friday, underscoring the city's central role in the booming illegal wildlife trade.

Erik Prince's FSG inks preliminary Xinjiang training deal

Fpo - A Hong Kong-listed security firm founded by a former US Navy SEAL has signed a preliminary deal with authorities in China to build a training centre in Xinjiang, where Uighur Muslims have experienced a huge security crackdown.

Feng shui masters say Trump secrets could be nosed out in Year of Pig

Fpo - As the Chinese zodiac turns into the Year of the Pig next week, feng shui masters are predicting turbulence and division for world leaders at home -- not least President Donald Trump, who risks having past secrets revealed.

Macau denies entry to Hong Kong former activist leader

Fpo - A former leader of Hong Kong's student-led Umbrella Movement protests has been refused entry to Macau as a "public security" threat in what critics said was a new escalation in Beijing's drive to curb the movement of dissidents.

From sizzle to fizzle: Hong Kong's red-hot property market cools

Fpo - For young Hong Kongers like Wilson Leung getting a foothold on the city's property ladder has long been a near impossible task but with the notoriously overpriced housing market facing a downturn, they now have a chance of realising their dream.

Hong Kong scientists claim 'broad-spectrum' antiviral breakthrough

Fpo - Hong Kong scientists claim they have made a potential breakthrough discovery in the fight against infectious diseases -- a chemical that could slow the spread of deadly viral illnesses.

Hong Kong unveils law banning insults to Chinese national anthem

Fpo - Hong Kong unveiled a proposed law Wednesday to punish anyone who disrespects the Chinese national anthem with up to three years in jail, as Beijing ramps up pressure on the semi-autonomous city to fall into line.

One dead, two missing after oil tanker blaze off Hong Kong

Fpo - One man was killed and two others declared missing after an oil tanker caught fire while it was being refuelled off Hong Kong on Tuesday, sending a huge cloud of dark smoke billowing into the air.

One dead in oil tanker blaze off Hong Kong

Fpo - At least one person has died after an oil tanker caught fire off Hong Kong on Tuesday, police said, sending a huge cloud of dark smoke billowing into the air.

A first class gaffe: Cathay to honour cheap ticket error

Fpo - Scores of savvy travellers will be sipping heavily discounted champagne in first class recliners on Cathay Pacific flights this year after the airline agreed to honour tickets that were mistakenly sold at a fraction of their value.

Hong Kong democracy camp kicks off 2019 with protests

Fpo - Hong Kong's embattled democracy advocates kicked off 2019 with a large street rally on Tuesday, lamenting what they said had been a grim year for freedoms and steeling themselves for fresh battles with Beijing.

Hong Kong democrats 'furious' over new election ban

Fpo - A Hong Kong legislator has been barred from standing in a local election after being accused of supporting independence from China, sparking fury Monday among the city's pro-democracy camp who warn of tightening ideological control.

Five dead, 32 injured in Hong Kong coach crash

Fpo - Five people were killed and 32 injured when a coach carrying Cathay Pacific staff to Hong Kong's airport collided with a taxi on Friday, police said, with passengers thrown from the coach's windows on impact.

China halts activities of baby gene-editing scientist

Bejing - A Chinese scientist who stoked criticism over his claim that he had created the world's first genetically-edited babies faced mounting pressure Thursday as China ordered a halt to his scientific activities and warned he may have broken the law.

China orders halt to baby gene-editing activities: state TV

Bejing - China's science ministry has ordered that people involved in the controversial baby gene-editing experiment halt their activities, a government official told state media Thursday.

Science conference slams 'deeply disturbing' baby gene-editing claim

Fpo - A scientist who upended a Hong Kong conference with his claim to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies cancelled a fresh talk and was heavily criticised by organisers Thursday, who labelled him as irresponsible.

Gene-edited babies and cloned monkeys: China tests bioethics

Fpo - A Chinese scientist's claim that he created the world's first genetically-edited babies has shone a spotlight on what critics say are lax regulatory controls and ethical standards behind a series of headline-grabbing biomedical breakthroughs in China.

Sotheby's latest auction house to end rhino horn sales

Fpo - Sotheby's on Saturday became the latest international auction house to end the sale of rhino horn artefacts, withdrawing antique lots from an upcoming event in Hong Kong following an outcry from environmental groups.

US carrier visits Hong Kong amid heightened China tensions

Fpo - An American warship and carrier strike group visited Hong Kong Wednesday in a move seen as a conciliatory gesture by China ahead of next week's crunch meeting between the global superpowers' presidents.

Australia formalises ban on Hong Kong bid for gas pipeline

Sydney - Australia has officially rejected a bid of more than US$9 billion from Hong Kong giant CK Group for the country's biggest gas pipeline company, saying it would be against its "national interest".

Hong Kong democracy leaders plead not guilty in Umbrella Movement trial

Fpo - Three leading Hong Kong democracy campaigners pleaded not guilty on Monday to public nuisance charges over their involvement in massive rallies calling for political reform, as room for opposition in the semi-autonomous city shrinks under an assertive ...

Hong Kong democracy leaders plead not guilty in Umbrella Movement trial

Fpo - Three leading Hong Kong democracy campaigners pleaded not guilty on Monday to public nuisance charges over their involvement in massive rallies calling for political reform, as room for opposition in the semi-autonomous city shrinks under an assertive ...

Hong Kong lawyers demand explanation over journalist ban

Fpo - Hong Kong's powerful bar association, a group of the city's top lawyers, has upped pressure on the government to explain the blacklisting of a British journalist in what was widely seen as an unprecedented attack on press freedom.

Cathay apologises over data breach but denies cover-up

Fpo - The top two executives at Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific on Wednesday apologised for the firm's handling of the world's biggest airline hack that saw millions of customers' data breached but denied trying to cover it up.

Cathay says 'most intense' period of data breach lasted months

Fpo - The world's biggest airline data breach, affecting millions of Cathay Pacific customers, was the result of a sustained cyber attack that lasted for three months, the carrier admitted, while insisting it was on alert for further intrusions.

Pioneering democracy trio prepare for trial in Hong Kong

Fpo - Three leading Hong Kong democracy campaigners go on trial next week over their involvement in massive rallies calling for political reform, as room for opposition in the semi-autonomous city shrinks under an assertive China.

Great for writers, terrible for citizens: The world according to Irvine Welsh

Fpo - Twenty-five years ago Irvine Welsh's debut novel "Trainspotting" burst out of the housing schemes and back alleys of post-industrial Scotland in a whirlwind of drugs, sex and violence that horrified and delighted critics alike.

Exiled China author in Hong Kong as arts centre agrees to host talks

Fpo - Dissident Chinese author Ma Jian arrived in Hong Kong Friday vowing to speak at the city's literary festival as a major arts centre that had pulled out of hosting him changed its mind.
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