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'A Shocking New Low for Hong Kong'
'A Shocking New
Low for Hong Kong'

'A Shocking New Low for Hong Kong'

Cardinal, 90, is among 4 arrested under national security law

(Newser) - Human Rights Watch calls it a "shocking new low for Hong Kong." Cardinal Joseph Zen, one of the most senior Catholic clergy members in Asia, was arrested Wednesday under the national security law Beijing imposed on the territory after pro-democracy protests in 2019, the BBC reports. The 90-year-old...

Hong Kong Actor Found Dead in Quarantine Hotel

Kenneth Tsang had more than 200 acting credits

(Newser) - Veteran Hong Kong actor Kenneth Tsang has died while in a COVID-19 quarantine hotel in the city. Tsang was best known internationally for his action roles in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day, John Woo’s The Killer in 1989, Rush Hour 2 in 2001 starring Jackie Chan...

Hong Kong's Carrie Lam Is Stepping Down

Her popularity declined during crackdown over pro-democracy protests

(Newser) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Monday she would not seek a second term after a rocky five years marked by huge protests calling for her resignation, a security crackdown that has quashed dissent, and most recently a COVID-19 wave that overwhelmed the health system. Her successor will be picked...

Hong Kong to All Residents: Please Test for 3 Days Straight
In Hong Kong,
a Big Ask on COVID

In Hong Kong, a Big Ask on COVID

City wants all 7.4M residents to voluntarily test for COVID for 3 days in a row next week

(Newser) - Hong Kong authorities on Saturday asked the entire population of more than 7.4 million people to voluntarily test themselves for COVID-19 at home for three days in a row starting next week. The announcement by Chief Executive Carrie Lam came as the southern Chinese city is struggling to contain...

China Battles Biggest COVID Surge Since Wuhan

City of 17.5M has been locked down

(Newser) - As much of the rest of the world is lifting COVID restrictions, China is battling to contain its worst wave of the virus since Wuhan in 2020. Shenzhen, a tech business hub in southern China that's home to 17.5 million people, was locked down on Sunday, and Jilin,...

China Locks Down City of 9M
China Locks Down City of 9M

China Locks Down City of 9M

Massive Hong Kong outbreak may have peaked

(Newser) - China on Friday ordered a lockdown of the 9 million residents of the northeastern city of Changchun amid a new spike in COVID-19 cases in the area attributed to the highly contagious omicron variant. Residents are required to remain home, with one family member permitted to venture out to buy...

Hong Kong Faces Grim COVID Dilemma
Hong Kong Faces
Grim COVID Dilemma

Hong Kong Faces Grim COVID Dilemma

Cases have surged out of control, but living with COVID is not an option

(Newser) - Before the pandemic and a harsh crackdown on dissent upended life in Hong Kong, the territory was often considered China's "window on the world." But now, with omicron infections raging out of control, Hong Kong finds itself trapped between two worlds: The West, where countries are loosening...

Hong Kongers Rebel Against Order to Hand Over Hamsters

Government told them to turn in pets to be euthanized

(Newser) - Hong Kongers are rebelling against a government order to hand over their hamsters . After a woman and 11 hamsters in the pet shop she worked in tested positive for COVID, authorities said Tuesday that anybody who bought a hamster on or after Dec. 22 should hand it in to be...

Hong Kong Blames COVID Outbreak on Hamsters

2K small animals in the city are now to be culled

(Newser) - Hong Kong will cull 2,000 small animals after reporting what could be its first-known case of animal-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2. A 23-year-old pet shop employee diagnosed as "the city's first untraceable delta infection in more than three months" is thought to have been infected by one of...

Hundreds of Cops Raid Office of Hong Kong News Website

Pro-democracy voice Stand News has now shut down

(Newser) - A vocal pro-democracy website in Hong Kong shut down Wednesday after police raided its office and arrested six current and former editors and board members in a continuing crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Stand News said in a statement that its website and social media are no...

Hong Kong's 'Pillar of Shame' Taken Down

It was last monument to Tiananmen massacre

(Newser) - A monument at a Hong Kong university that was the best-known public remembrance of the Tiananmen Square massacre on Chinese soil was dismantled and removed in the early hours of Thursday, wiping out the city's last place of public commemoration of the bloody 1989 crackdown. For some at the...

Dozens Trapped on Skyscraper Roof During Hong Kong Blaze

Fire was under control by the afternoon

(Newser) - Dozens of people were trapped on the rooftop of a Hong Kong skyscraper after a major fire broke out on Wednesday, as firefighters rushed to rescue them and put out the blaze, the AP reports. The fire started in the early afternoon at the World Trade Centre on Gloucester Road...

China, or Disney, Did a Number on Homer
China, or
Did a Number
on Homer

in case you missed it

China, or Disney, Did a Number on Homer

'Simpsons' is now streaming in Hong Kong, but one episode is missing

(Newser) - When Disney+ debuted in Hong Kong earlier this month, viewers were able to stream 32 seasons of the Simpsons. Or nearly all 32 seasons. As it turns out, one particular episode is missing, and it just happens to ridicule China. Coverage:
  • The show: The missing episode, which originally aired in

This Is the World's Most Expensive City

Israel's Tel Aviv tops the Economist Intelligence Unit's list

(Newser) - Looking to bust out of this joint and set down roots elsewhere in the world? If you're planning an expat move to one of the cities on the Economist Intelligence Unit's most recent list, you'd better bring some extra cash. Per the BBC , the Economist Group's...

JPMorgan CEO Regrets Joke About Chinese Government

Jamie Dimon said bank would probably outlast Chinese Communist Party

(Newser) - JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon says "he truly regrets" a quip he made this week about JPMorgan outlasting the Chinese Communist Party. At an event in Boston Tuesday, Dimon said, "I was just in Hong Kong and I made a joke that the Communist Party is celebrating its...

Report: US Officials to Turn Their Backs on Winter Olympics

Sources say diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games has been formally recommended to Biden

(Newser) - The Biden administration is likely planning a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in February in response to human rights abuses in China, according to a report. Several sources tell Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin that a formal recommendation has been made to President Biden that the US refrain from...

University of Hong Kong Wants 'Pillar of Shame' to Go

Creator requests immunity from national security law to remove pro-democracy symbol

(Newser) - The Danish sculptor behind one of the last pro-democracy symbols in Hong Kong is asking authorities for legal protection so he can remove it at the request of the University of Hong Kong. The Pillar of Shame, a 26-foot-tall copper sculpture depicting torn and twisted bodies—created in honor of...

Undercover Squid Game Cop Busts Taxi Drivers

Another officer dressed as a vampire in Halloween crackdown on overcharging

(Newser) - Squid Game costumes were big around the world this Halloween—including in Hong Kong, where a police officer dressed as a guard from the hit South Korean show to arrest taxi drivers for overcharging passengers. Sources tell the South China Morning Post that another officer dressed as a vampire for...

'With a Heavy Heart,' Amnesty International Is Leaving Hong Kong

Group says draconian security law has made it impossible to operate freely

(Newser) - The human rights group Amnesty International says it will close its two offices in Hong Kong this year, becoming the latest non-governmental organization to cease operations amid a crackdown on political dissent in the city. The group said its local office in Hong Kong will close this month and its...

On China's National Day, HK Cops Break Up 4-Person Protest

Demonstrators chanted pro-democracy slogans

(Newser) - Police in Hong Kong halted a four-person pro-democracy protest on China’s National Day Friday amid an expanding crackdown on free speech and opposition politics. Chanting and carrying a placard calling for the release of Hong Kongers arrested in the crackdown and chanting pro-democracy slogans, the four members of the...

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