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Sentencing Twist: Hong Kong Activists Now Going to Prison

Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, Alex Chow originally given community service

(Newser) - A court has overturned the earlier sentences of young Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders and sentenced them to prison in connection with huge pro-democracy protests in 2014, the AP reports. Last year, Wong and student leader and disqualified lawmaker Nathan Law were sentenced to community... 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 »

China's Hottest New Toy Shoots Needles

Parents are no fans of the mini-crossbows

(Newser) - Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China—and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials, reports the AP . Several cities including Shenzhen and Qingdao have reportedly banned sales of the palm-sized contraptions, which sell for about $1 and are powerful... 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 »

Activists Fear Arrest After New Hong Kong Leader Picked

Committee choose pro-Beijing candidate Carrie Lam

(Newser) - Hong Kong activists say police are planning to arrest student leaders and other prominent figures involved with the huge 2014 "Umbrella Movement" pro-democracy protests. The Demosisto political party said Monday that police want to charge nine people with committing a public nuisance. The crackdown, which comes more than two... 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 »

'Never Have I Seen a Man Fallen From Such a Height'

Donald Tsang sentenced in misconduct case involving luxury apartment

(Newser) - A former leader of Hong Kong was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison for misconduct after failing to disclose plans to rent a luxury apartment for his retirement from a businessman applying for a broadcasting license, the AP reports. It was a stunning downfall for Donald Tsang, 72, who... More »

Cops: 18 Hurt in Hong Kong Subway Arson

'Incoherent' man lit firebomb during rush hour

(Newser) - A man was arrested in Hong Kong Friday night for allegedly lighting a firebomb in a subway car during rush hour, injuring 18 people, two of them critically. Police said there was no evidence to indicate the fire was a terror attack. Police District Commander Kwok Pak-chung said the 60-year-old... 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 »

'American Psycho' Jury Sees Chilling Video

'I just killed, murdered this woman here,' banker says

(Newser) - A jury in Hong Kong watched chilling video Tuesday of a British banker describing how he tortured and killed an Indonesian woman he met in a bar, saying he repeatedly raped her and "tortured her badly." In the video he shot, Rurik Jutting, who is on trial in... 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 »

Thailand Detains Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activist

Bangkok believed to have acted on request from Beijing

(Newser) - Thai authorities, reportedly acting on a request from Beijing, detained a Hong Kong teen pro-democracy activist on his arrival at Bangkok's airport late Tuesday in the latest sign of what rights groups say is China pressuring neighbors as it tries to quash dissent, the AP reports. Joshua Wong, who... 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 »

Pro-Democracy Candidates Win Big in Hong Kong

They rode anti-China sentiment to victory

(Newser) - Hong Kong pro-democracy candidates have won enough seats in a pivotal legislative election to retain veto power. Pro-democracy candidates on Monday secured more than the 24 seats needed in the 70-seat Legislative Council to give them the power to block attempts by the city's government to enact unpopular or... 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 Crackdown Sparks 'Fish Ball Revolution'

Cops tried to get rid of New Year food stalls

(Newser) - Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes Monday night as protesters and police, who fired warning shots into the air, clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies, with dozens injured and arrested. The violence is the worst in Hong Kong... More »

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