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Hong Kong Holds Key Legislative Polls

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong is awaiting results of legislative polls that will shed light on how much support there is for pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps. Residents cast their ballots on Sunday, directly choosing more than half of the legislative seats for the first time since Beijing regained control of the former British colony in 1997. Voters will […]

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Hong Kong Relents on Patriotism Classes on Poll Eve

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong residents went to the polls Sunday to vote for a new legislature, a day after the government scrapped plans to introduce a compulsory Chinese patriotism school curriculum that tens of thousands of people protested. Nearly 3.5 million people are eligible to vote for 40 of the 70 seats in the new council, possibly […]

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Tens of Thousands Protest ‘Patriotic’ Education in Hong Kong

Posted July 29th, 2012 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents have joined a protest against a government plan for Chinese patriotism classes in local schools. The protesters Sunday called on the government to drop the plan, which they fear will lead to the brainwashing of children with Communist propaganda. Organizers said the march from the city’s Victoria Park […]

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Thousands Protest in Hong Kong as New Chief Executive Sworn In

Posted July 1st, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday as the territory marked its 15th year under Chinese rule and a new leader was sworn in during a ceremony led by Chinese President Hu Jintao. The march, which organizers said had close to 400,000 participants, was widely peaceful amid a heavy […]

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Hong Kong’s New Chief Executive Sworn In

Posted July 1st, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong’s new chief executive has been sworn in to lead the territory’s seven-million people. Security was tight as Chinese President Hu Jintao swore in Leung Chun-ying, exactly 15 years after the territory passed from British to Chinese rule. Mr. Hu expressed China’s support for Hong Kong as a free society, saying Chinese officials remain […]

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Hong Kong’s New Chief Executive Sworn In

Posted July 1st, 2012 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong’s new chief executive has been sworn in to lead the territory’s seven-million people. Security was tight as Chinese President Hu Jintao swore in Leung Chun-ying, exactly 15 years after the territory passed from British to Chinese rule. Leung is a wealthy property consultant who takes over from Donald Tsang. Leung has already attracted […]

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Hong Kong Tycoons Deny Wrongdoing

Posted April 3rd, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Two of Asia’s wealthiest tycoons say they are innocent of suspected bribery, after their arrests last week in Hong Kong as part of one of the city’s largest graft probes in decades. Billionaire brothers Raymond and Thomas Kwok spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since their arrests March 29. They said they have done […]

Two Billionaire Hong Kong Brothers Arrested in Graft Case

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong’s anti-graft agency has arrested two of the world’s wealthiest tycoons on suspicion of bribery. Billionaire brothers Thomas and Raymond Kwok control Hong Kong’s biggest real estate empire and have built some of the most famous towers on the city’s skyline. They were detained for questioning Thursday, as was a former top government official, […]

Hong Kong’s Elite Choose City’s Next Leader

Posted March 25th, 2012 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong’s election commission met Sunday and chose former real estate executive Leung Chun-ying as the city’s next chief executive. The 1,200 business leaders and other members of the territory’s elite gave Mr. Leung 689 votes, well above the 601 needed to win the election. His closest rival, Henry Tang, won 285 votes, while 76 […]

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Hong Kong Appeals Historic Domestic Workers’ Residency Case

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong’s government is appealing a landmark court ruling that could eventually lead to foreign maids winning permanent residency in the territory. Hong Kong’s mini-constitution allows foreign residents to apply for permanent residency after they have lived in the city for seven years — a right denied to Hong Kong’s nearly 300,000 foreign domestic helpers. […]

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