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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 »

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 »

Rare Cold Snap Kills Dozens in East Asia

In Hong Kong, 'frost chasers' had to be rescued

(Newser) - The US East Coast wasn't the only place struggling with winter weather over the weekend: An unusually cold weather front has been blamed for killing 57 mostly elderly people in Taiwan's greater Taipei area. The cold wave abruptly pushed temperatures to a 16-year low of 39 degrees Fahrenheit... 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 »

Vocal Miss World Canada Barred From Entering China

Human rights activist Anastasia Lin denied entry in Hong Kong for pageant in Hainan

(Newser) - Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year's pageant in the southern island province of Hainan. Chinese-born Anastasia Lin said she was unable to board her connecting flight from Hong Kong after a Chinese official told her... 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 »

'We'll Be Back,' Vow Hong Kong Protesters

Cops haul away activists to clear main protest site

(Newser) - Hong Kong police hauled away demonstrators who refused to leave the main pro-democracy protest camp today and tore down their tents in a final push to retake streets occupied by pro-democracy activists for two and a half months. The first person arrested was carried away by four officers by her... More »

Why Hong Kong Protesters Just Blocked a Main Road

Wanted to keep government officials from getting to work in this morning

(Newser) - Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police today as they tried to surround Hong Kong government headquarters to revitalize their flagging movement for democratic reforms after camping out on the city's streets for more than two months. Protesters carrying umbrellas—which have become symbols of the pro-democracy movement—battled police armed... More »

Hong Kong Arrests Pro-Democracy Leaders

At least 116 arrested as police clear protest site

(Newser) - Hong Kong authorities removed street barricades from a pro-democracy protest camp in a volatile district today, part of a two-day operation in which police arrested more than 100 people, including key student leaders. Police in helmets swiftly cleared obstructions, including tents, from the two-month-old protest site in Mong Kok, across... More »

Protesters Help Clear Part of Hong Kong Protest Camp

Many demonstrators shift tents in response to court order

(Newser) - Backed by a court order, workers removed some barricades today from a Hong Kong democracy protest site where activists have camped out for nearly two months in a standoff with authorities. Student-led demonstrators, who have been protesting for greater democracy in the former British colony, did not resist: Some had... More »

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