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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 »

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 »

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