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Rat Disease Jumps to Human for Second Known Time

Hong Kong woman had rat hepatitis

(Newser) - Health officials are closely watching developments in Hong Kong, where the second known case of rat hepatitis jumping to humans has been recorded. Researchers first identified a case of rat hepatitis E in a 56-year-old man last month. The second case involves a woman who lived about a mile away... More »

China Officially Opens Mega-Bridge

34-mile bridge links mainland, Hong Kong, Macau

(Newser) - China on Tuesday opened the world's longest sea-crossing bridge , a feat of engineering carrying immense economic and political significance. Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a ceremony in the mainland city of Zhuhai to open the 34-mile-long bridge linking it to the semi-autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau.... More »

Big Day Is Here: World's Longest Sea Bridge Set to Open

But only certain drivers will be allowed on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge

(Newser) - Worries about its structural integrity haunted the world's longest sea bridge earlier this year, but the HZMB now appears to be set to open. CNN reports the $20 billion Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge will officially have its ribbon cut Tuesday, nine years after construction on the bridge started, at... More »

This Rat Disease Has Infected a Human for the First Time

The case happened in Hong Kong

(Newser) - For the first time ever, a strain of hepatitis E that heretofore only affected rats and ferrets has infected a human. The case occurred in Hong Kong, where a 56-year-old man living in public housing contracted the disease, the South China Morning Post reports. It's a "wake-up call,... More »

China Won't Let Navy Ship Dock in Hong Kong

Tensions seeping into military arena

(Newser) - A rep for the US Consulate in Hong Kong ended her statement on an optimistic note: "We have a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, and we expect that will continue." But that track record won't involve a port call in October. In... More »

Hong Kong Government Bans Pro-Independence Party

Move raises fears Beijing is tightening grip

(Newser) - Authorities in Hong Kong on Monday took an unprecedented step against separatist voices by banning a political party that advocates independence for the Chinese territory on national security grounds. John Lee, the territory's secretary for security, announced that the Hong Kong National Party will be prohibited from operation, the... More »

Head-Smacking Moment for Airline, Its Brand-New Plane

It's Cathay Pacific, not Paciic, guys

(Newser) - Proofreaders are important. That's the message Cathay Pacific is likely contemplating today after incredulous travelers spotted one of its new planes on the tarmac at Hong Kong International Airport, the airline's name misspelled in large letters on the side of the aircraft (see a picture here ). Missing... More »

Bizarre Yoga Ball Murder Case Reaches Its End

Khaw Kim-sun is found guilty in deaths of wife, daughter

(Newser) - Three years after anesthesiology professor Dr. Khaw Kim-sun's wife and 16-year-old daughter were found unresponsive in a Mini Cooper in Hong Kong, Khaw has been convicted of their murders and was on Wednesday sentenced to life in prison. The case received international attention due to its bizarre mechanics : The... More »

Destruction in Its Wake, Typhoon Slams Into China

Building seen swaying in Hong Kong amid winds of up to 118mph

(Newser) - Typhoon Mangkhut, which CNN labels "the world's strongest storm this year," barreled into southern China on Sunday after lashing the northern Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 36 people dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide. Ahead of the massive... More »

Mother Nature Is About to Put Longest Sea Bridge to the Test

Super Typhoon Mangkhut will show what the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge can withstand

(Newser) - At 34 miles, it's the world's longest bridge to cross a sea—an impressive $20 billion effort that will soon undergo its first major challenge from Mother Nature. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is right in the sights of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, a powerful storm system that's headed... More »

NYC No Longer Has the Most Super-Rich People

That honor transfers to Hong Kong

(Newser) - Looking to hobnob with the rich but not necessarily famous? Although New York City used to be where you'd be find the largest population of super-rich people in the world, Hong Kong has taken over the top spot this year, CNNMoney notes. That's per a new report from... More »

Prof Told Students All Was Well. Then Cops Found the Body

Cheung Kie-chung of the University of Hong Kong charged Wednesday in wife's murder

(Newser) - A professor at the University of Hong Kong emailed students Tuesday morning to calm them regarding a police presence at the residence hall in which he lived with his family and served as warden. "They are here to investigate a missing person case," wrote Cheung Kie-chung, who'd... More »

Alleged Weapon in Double Murder: Gas-Filled Yoga Ball

Hong Kong professor accused of killing wife and daughter via carbon monoxide leak

(Newser) - He told co-workers he was going to kill rabbits, and he told police that he only meant to get rid of rats—but prosecutors say a Hong Kong professor used a rather odd weapon to instead murder his wife and teen daughter. That alleged weapon: a yoga ball filled with... More »

Plane's Scary Descent Linked to Pilot's Decision to Vape

Air pressure dropped as he adjusted AC system to keep vapor in check

(Newser) - "When I close my eyes, I see the oxygen masks dangling in front of me." That's the lingering anxiety of a passenger on a recent Air China flight that plummeted thousands of feet after oxygen levels dropped. A senior official from the Civil Aviation Administration of China... More »

The Secretive Gambling 'Nerd' Whose Algorithm Won $1B

So says Kit Chellel in his fascinating piece on horse-racing wiz Bill Benter

(Newser) - Nearly 15% of the people in Hong Kong placed wagers on a huge horse-racing competition on Nov. 6, 2001—but it was American Bill Benter, who'd put in more than 51,000 bets with an associate, who won the Triple Trio by predicting the top three horses in three... More »

Officials: Mega-Sea Bridge Meant to Look Like It's Falling Apart

Erosion-preventing concrete blocks for China-Hong Kong-Macau bridge appear to be floating away

(Newser) - The construction of the world's longest sea bridge, a nearly decade-old project already bogged down by lawsuits, money problems, and other holdups, now has another complication to contend with: Some say parts of the bridge are "floating away," per the Guardian . The new issue for the 34-mile... More »

18 Killed, Nearly 50 Injured in Double-Decker Bus Crash

Bus was returning from horse-racing track in Hong Kong

(Newser) - At least 18 people were killed and nearly 50 more injured when a double-decker bus carrying spectators and workers from a horse-racing track crashed Saturday in Hong Kong, the BBC reports. According to CNN , images from the scene show the bus on its side with its top apparently torn off.... More »

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 »

16 Killed in South China's Worst Typhoon for Decades

Macau flooded after direct hit from Hato

(Newser) - Hato, the most powerful typhoon to hit south China in more than half a century, left at least 16 dead as a sudden deluge swamped the gambling hub of Macau, submerging streets and stranding residents. Macau said Thursday that eight people were killed in the former Portuguese colony, including two... More »

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 »

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