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Hippos in Danger Because of Desire for Their Teeth

Mismanagement in trade of hippo teeth a bad sign: researchers

(Newser) - It isn't only elephants that are suffering from humans' insatiable thirst for ivory. A new study notes hippopotamuses, already predicted by some to disappear within 100 years, may be dying at unexpected rates to fuel the trade of ivory ornaments made from hippo teeth. Since 1975, 1.7 million... More »

Hong Kong Is Almost Completely Trashed

City says its landfills will be totally full in next few years

(Newser) - Hong Kong's 7.4 million denizens create a lot of trash—15,000 tons of garbage are disposed of every day. But at only 427 square miles, the city is quickly running out of space to put all that garbage. In a close look at a smelly subject, Motherboard... More »

After a Tax Break Is Decimated, Tesla Sales Disappear

Nearly 3K Teslas were registered in Hong Kong in March. In April, 0

(Newser) - The weekend brought photos of Tesla's first Model 3 sedan to roll off the production line, but it wasn't all positive news for the automaker. The Wall Street Journal on Sunday posted an analysis of data out of Hong Kong that suggests just how severe an effect the... More »

Hong Kong Parking Spot Sets World Record Sale Price

$664K

(Newser) - A parking space in Hong Kong has set a world record, selling for $664,200, the South China Morning Post reports. The 188-square-foot spot is on the first floor of a luxury apartment complex near the harborfront and was purchased by an executive director of an investment firm, AFP reports.... More »

18 Injured When Escalator Suddenly Reverses, Speeds Up

The 150-foot escalator is one of the longest in Hong Kong

(Newser) - At least 18-people were injured Saturday in Hong Kong when a 150-foot-long escalator suddenly stopped and reversed, speeding up as it sent shoppers tumbling, the South China Morning Post reports. The escalator travels between the fourth and eighth floors of the shopping mall at Langham Place; it's one of... More »

Hong Kong Billionaire Has Mysteriously Gone Missing

Mystery deepens on whereabouts, reason for alleged abduction of Xiao Jianhua

(Newser) - A website rumor was just the start of a mystery that involves a missing Canadian billionaire and a possible abduction from a ritzy Hong Kong hotel by Chinese cops. The BBC reports on Xiao Jianhua, who was reported missing over the weekend and has been the subject of conflicting reports... More »

Cub Reporter Who Scooped Start of WWII Dies at 105

Clare Hollingworth had been on the job less than a week when she saw Germans on Poland's border

(Newser) - A young reporter for the Daily Telegraph was journeying from Poland to Germany in August 1939 when she spotted what would turn out to be the "scoop of the century": German troops huddled along the border, per the BBC . Adolf Hitler invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939 , jump-starting World... More »

The World's 10 Richest Countries

The US just makes the list

(Newser) - While some countries are rich in culture and history, others are actually rich. 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the world's 25 wealthiest countries based on gross national income, which it says is a "more useful measure of national wealth" than gross domestic product. The site... More »

Millennials Elected to Office in Hong Kong Barred by China

Parliamentary committee head calls them 'traitors' for fighting for independence, altering oaths

(Newser) - China has turned a blind eye to much of what Hong Kong does, because an international treaty spells out that the former British colony is entitled to a "high degree of autonomy," per the New York Times . But China finally put its foot down Monday to block two... More »

Hong Kong Too Crowded for Sex: Young Politician

She complains, "If we want to look for a room to bang in, we fail"

(Newser) - Twenty-five-year-old Hong Kong politician Yau Wai-ching isn't concerned with your typical boring political issues, TIME reports. Yau is concerned with sex. She recently asserted that rising debt among young people, coupled with the density of housing in Hong Kong, has made it almost impossible for young people to find... More »

In Hong Kong, Snowden Hid 'Where No One Would Look'

Refugees took him into their squalid apartments

(Newser) - Over eight days in 2013, Edward Snowden leaked NSA documents from a five-star hotel in Hong Kong. But he spent the remainder of his days there, before appearing in Russia, in places far less glamorous. Revealing the path to Snowden's escape for the first time, refugees tell the National ... More »

Man's Homemade Robot Looks Suspiciously Like Scarlett Johansson

It took him 18 months and $50,000 to build

(Newser) - A 42-year-old man in Hong Kong spent $50,000 to realize a childhood dream: making a robot modeled on a Hollywood star, Reuters reports. Ricky Ma wouldn't say which Hollywood star his fembot was modeled on, but—as Engadget puts it—"that's obviously Scarlett Johansson." Jezebel... More »

Hong Kong Busts Man Accused in Murder of 2 Nephews in LA

Extradition could be tricky

(Newser) - Police in Hong Kong on Sunday arrested a Chinese national suspected of killing his two teenage nephews at their Southern California home on Friday and then fleeing to Beijing. US authorities also believe Deyun Shi, 44, attempted to kill his wife, Reuters reports. Police say Shi learned Thursday that his... More »

Pregnant Woman Hides in Airport for a Week

Authorities say she was desperate to give birth in Hong Kong

(Newser) - A mainland Chinese woman was so desperate to give birth in Hong Kong that she spent a week camped out in the airport after deliberately missing a connecting flight to Guangzhou, authorities say. Children born in Hong Kong to mainland women gain the right of abode there, and authorities have... More »

Men Who Planned to Air China Prez's Affairs Go Missing

Some believe Lee Bo was kidnapped in Hong Kong

(Newser) - Politicians are accusing Chinese agents of illegally interfering in Hong Kong to apprehend a bookseller critical of Beijing—the fifth to have vanished in recent months. A missing person report for Lee Bo, a 65-year-old shareholder of Causeway Bay Books, was filed on Thursday, just a few months after four... More »

Hong Kong Dumps China's 'Fake Democracy'

It's a result 'we are unwilling to see,' Beijing warns

(Newser) - "Democracy" where you choose from a list of government-approved candidates isn't worthy of the name, 28 out of 70 legislative council members in Hong Kong have decided—enough to shoot down the controversial voting plan from Beijing that sparked massive protests last year. The rejection means that the... More »

Mom Gets 6 Years Over Abused Maid Living in Closet

Law Wan-tung starved, beat Indonesian maid over 8 months

(Newser) - Even in jail, Law Wan-tung is likely to have better living conditions than the Indonesian domestic servant she abused over eight months in 2013. A judge has sentenced the 44-year-old Hong Kong woman to six years in jail; she had been convicted of 18 of 20 abuse charges she faced... More »

China Seizes $13K Worth of Toilet Paper Showing Hong Kong Leader

Apparently Leung Chun-ying isn't so popular

(Newser) - China has taken a strong interest in the intimate details of Hong Kong hygiene. Officials in China's south have seized some 8,000 rolls of toilet paper marked with the face of Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's chief executive, the AP reports. That amounts to about $12,900 worth... More »

94 iPhones Strapped to Smuggler

Chinese customs officers noticed his funny walk

(Newser) - Walking through customs with the gait of Iron Man may not exactly work out—who knew? Customs officers at Futian Port in China stopped a guy who had an odd walk and allegedly found 94 hidden iPhones strapped to his body, Gizmodo reports. According to a Chinese social media site... More »

Hong Kong Money Van Spills $4.5M

Police implore people who stopped to scoop up cash to return it

(Newser) - "They looked like schoolkids who knew they were being naughty" is how one witness described the scene on a Hong Kong roadway to the South China Morning Post . What those dozens of people were doing: scooping up cash scattered in the street after a security van transporting what may... More »

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