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Hong Kong needs tougher laws to tackle wildlife crime say researchers

Fpo - Hong Kong is thriving as a transnational wildlife smuggling hub because its laws are not strong enough to tackle organised crime running the lucrative trade, researchers said Friday.

Goldman Sachs fined US$350 million in Hong Kong over 1MDB

Fpo - Global financial titan Goldman Sachs was fined US$350 million by Hong Kong's securities watchdog on Thursday for its role in the massive 1MDB Malaysian bribery scandal, the latest in a growing list of global punishments the firm faces.

Why are Hong Kong and Taiwan bickering over the fate of a murderer?

Fpo - Hong Konger Chan Tong-kai admits to murdering his pregnant girlfriend in a Taipei hotel room nearly two years ago. He has even said he is willing to return to Taiwan and face trial. Yet he remains a free man. Why?

Cathay Pacific to close Cathay Dragon subsidiary, slash workforce

Fpo - Cathay Pacific is to slash up to 5,900 jobs and shutter its Cathay Dragon subsidiary, the Hong Kong carrier said Wednesday, joining a growing list of airlines making swingeing cuts as they reel from the coronavirus pandemic.

'A moving current': Thai protesters adopt Hong Kong tactics

Bangkok - Umbrellas as shields, secure chat groups and hand signals as warnings of a pending police crackdown -- Thailand's pro-democracy protesters have taken inspiration and lessons from their counterparts in Hong Kong.

Alibaba fintech arm gets nod for record IPO listing in Hong Kong

Bejing - The financial arm of Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba received Monday a green light from Chinese regulators to list in Hong Kong, according to data published online, another step towards the biggest IPO in history.

Hong Kong activist 'Grandma Wong' says held 14 months in mainland China

Fpo - An elderly woman who disappeared midway through Hong Kong's democracy protests last year resurfaced in the financial hub on Saturday after 14 months away, saying she had been detained on the Chinese mainland.

Back in the pink: Hong Kong dolphins enjoy rare quiet as pandemic halts ferries

Fpo - Rare pink dolphins are returning to the waters between Hong Kong and Macau after the coronavirus pandemic halted ferries, but scientists remain deeply concerned about their long-term survival in one of the world's busiest sea lanes.

China warns Canada against granting Hong Kongers sanctuary

Ottawa - A top Chinese diplomat warned Canada Thursday against granting asylum to Hong Kong democracy protesters, adding that doing so could jeopardize the "health and safety" of Canadians living in the southern Chinese financial hub.

Hong Kong, Singapore agree 'travel bubble'

Fpo - Hong Kong and Singapore on Thursday said they had agreed "in principle" to set up a bubble allowing residents to travel freely between the two financial hubs as long as they test negative for the coronavirus.

Trudeau slams China on human rights, 'coercive diplomacy'

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned China on Tuesday that its "coercive diplomacy," repressive measures in Hong Kong and detention of Uighur Muslims are counterproductive for itself and the rest of the world.

Hong Kong leader postpones policy speech after Beijing summons

Fpo - Hong Kong's leader on Monday announced she had postponed a policy speech after being ordered to travel to mainland China for meetings with central government officials.

Hong Kong scientists say anti-microbe drug successful against coronavirus

Fpo - An affordable anti-microbial drug used to treat stomach ulcers and bacterial infections has shown promise in combatting the coronavirus in animals, scientists in Hong Kong announced Monday.

Hong Kong faithful pray for future under security crackdown

Fpo - Cardinal Joseph Zen fled the communist takeover of China as a teenager and found sanctuary in Hong Kong, a bastion of religious freedom that he now fears could disappear under Beijing's tightening grip.

Stolen $300m Mao scroll found 'cut in half': Hong Kong police

Fpo - A stolen poetry scroll written by Mao Zedong and valued at hundreds of millions of dollars has been recovered, Hong Kong police said Wednesday -- but not before it was cut in half.

Rare flawless diamond fetches US$15.7m in Hong Kong auction

Fpo - An exceedingly rare 102-carat flawless white diamond sold for $15.7 million at an online auction in Hong Kong on Monday evening.Described as "completely flawless" by auctioneer Sotheby's, the 102.

China anniversary arrests as Hong Kong leader hails 'return to peace'

Fpo - Dozens of democracy supporters were arrested in Hong Kong Thursday for defying a protest ban as the city marked China's National Day and its leader hailed Beijing's new security law for restoring stability to the restive finance hub.

China approves arrest of Hong Kong 'speedboat fugitives'

Bejing - Chinese authorities formally approved on Wednesday the arrests of 12 Hong Kong activists caught last month while allegedly trying to flee the city for Taiwan.

Families of detained Hong Kongers petition Beijing office

Fpo - Relatives of 12 Hong Kong fugitives detained in the Chinese mainland after trying to flee the financial hub petitioned Beijing's office in the city on Wednesday, pleading for their loved ones to be returned.

HK activist Joshua Wong arrested again, vows to fight on

Fpo - Prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was arrested Thursday for taking part in a protest at the height of the city's pro-democracy unrest last year, but he vowed to continue resisting China’s crackdown on dissent.

HK activist Joshua Wong arrested for 2019 'unlawful assembly'

Fpo - Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was arrested on Thursday in relation to a protest at the height of the city's pro-democracy unrest last year, his lawyer said.

Families fear for Hong Kong fugitives in China custody

Fpo - On the night he made a failed attempt to flee to Taiwan by speedboat, 16-year-old Hong Konger Hoang received a phone call, signalling it was time to leave at once.

HSBC shares hit 25-year low on report of China 'unreliable list'

Fpo - Shares in banking giant HSBC plunged to a 25-year low Monday on fears it could be added to a Chinese list of firms deemed a threat to national security and following news it had been accused of allowing fraudulent activity to go unpunished.

Hong Kong gay couples win legal victory over inheritance law

Fpo - Hong Kong's high court on Friday ruled that same-sex couples should receive equal treatment under inheritance law, in a step forward for LGBT rights in the finance hub.

Anonymous site ramps up 'doxxing' campaign against HK activists

Fpo - Since her personal phone number was posted online, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Carol Ng has received menacing calls from strangers and been bombarded with messages calling her a "cockroach".She is not alone.

$500 million burglary nets stamps and calligraphy in Hong Kong

Fpo - A brazen Hong Kong burglar made off with a collection of stamps and calligraphy worth a reported $500 million in a daylight heist, a police source said Wednesday.

Swiss photographer not responsible for Hong Kong protest assault: lawyers

Fpo - A Swiss photographer who closed a door on a Chinese mainlander moments before he was assaulted during last year's Hong Kong democracy protests should not be held responsible for the attack, his lawyers argued Wednesday.

Two dozen Hong Kong activists in court over banned Tiananmen vigil

Fpo - Hong Kong activists denounced Beijing and called for democracy in a courtroom on Tuesday as two dozen high profile campaigners appeared over a banned vigil to mark the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Families fear for Hong Kong 'speedboat fugitives' in China custody

Fpo - Relatives of Hong Kongers captured by China's coastguard as they tried to flee the city by speedboat said Saturday they feared their loved ones had disappeared into the authoritarian mainland's Communist-controlled judicial system.

Under Beijing's watchful eye, Joshua Wong treads fine line

Fpo - Not a day goes by without Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong wondering how long it will be before the police's new national security unit comes for him.
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