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Maids Win Right to Apply for Hong Kong Residency

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong’s High Court has granted a maid from the Philippines the right to apply for permanent residency, in a landmark decision for foreign domestic helpers in China’s special administrative region. The High Court ruled immigration laws barring foreign maids from applying for permanent residency violate Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, called the Basic Law. All other […]

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Hong Kong Official Steps Down, Seen Angling for Top Post

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong chief secretary Henry Tang has stepped down from his post, fueling speculation that he will mount a bid to become the territory’s next chief executive. Tang is believed to be Beijing’s preferred candidate to succeed current chief executive Donald Tsang when he steps down in June. But Tang told reporters Wednesday that he […]

Apple Opens First Store in Hong Kong

Posted September 24th, 2011 at 3:22 am (UTC-5)
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Apple Incorporated opened its first store in Hong Kong Saturday, with hundreds of fans of the electronics giant pouring in on the first day. The store, located on two floors in Hong Kong’s upscale International Financial Center Mall, is Apple’s sixth outlet in China. It launched just a day after the doors opened on another […]

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Police Make Hong Kong’s Biggest Cocaine Bust

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong police say they seized 560 kilograms of cocaine and arrested eight people in the territory’s largest-ever cocaine bust. The chief of the police narcotics bureau said some of the drugs could have been destined for other countries. Police said five men and three women were arrested in a series of raids that began […]

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2 Hong Kong TV Execs Resign Over Jiang Zemin Reports

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Two senior Hong Kong television executives have resigned, two months after an apparently false report that former Chinese President Jiang Zemin had died. Asia Television confirmed the resignations of the two officers , who earlier took responsibility for the report. ATV reported on the Jiang death for several hours on July 6, before retracting the […]

Sovereign States Get Legal Immunity in Hong Kong

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Companies will no longer be able to sue sovereign countries in Hong Kong courts to recover debts. China’s top legislature on Friday affirmed an earlier court ruling barring a group of investors from trying to recover debts owed by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal issued the initial ruling in […]

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Hong Kong Hostage Survivor Demands Apology from Philippines

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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A survivor of last year’s bus hostage tragedy in the Philippines says victims are still waiting for an apology and compensation from Manila. Lee Ying Chuen is the mother of a Hong Kong tour guide who was killed in the incident, which left eight Hong Kong tourists and their attacker dead after a botched rescue […]

Hong Kong Immigration Case Sparks Fierce Debate

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Hong Kong court is hearing a challenge to the territory’s immigration law that could possibly clear the way for almost 300,000 foreign domestic workers to acquire permanent residency. Current law permits foreigners who have lived in Hong Kong for seven years to apply for permanent status, earning the right to vote and open a […]

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Child Hunger is Cited as Growing Problem in Hong Kong

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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A new study commissioned by Oxfam found tens of thousands of children are regularly going hungry amid the glitter and prosperity of Hong Kong. The study, performed by Hong Kong University and released Thursday, found children go hungry in one-sixth of families living below the poverty line. That includes more than 140,000 families in the […]

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China’s Li Announces Expanded Yuan Trading in Hong Kong

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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China Wednesday announced measures to make it easier for Hong Kong companies to invest in mainland securities, the latest step in a continuing drive to make the yuan an international currency. Vice Premier Li Keqiang announced an initial quota of more than $3 billion for foreign investors based in Hong Kong seeking to purchase yuan-denominated […]

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