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Hong Kongers Hold First Protest in Years

Strict rules included cap on numbers, numbered tags for all marchers

(Newser) - Dozens of people on Sunday joined Hong Kong's first authorized protest since the lifting of major COVID-19 restrictions under unprecedentedly strict rules, including wearing a numbered badge around their necks. The rules set out by the police, who cited security reasons, came as the financial hub was promoting its...

Winnie the Pooh Slasher Film Pulled From HK Cinemas

Censorship may be to blame

(Newser) - Public screenings of a slasher film that features Winnie the Pooh were scrapped abruptly in Hong Kong on Tuesday, sparking discussions over increasing censorship in the city. Film distributor VII Pillars Entertainment announced on Facebook that the release of Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey on Thursday had been canceled...

Hong Kong Lifts Mask Mandate After 959 Days

Chief executive says city is 'resuming normalcy'

(Newser) - Hong Kongers traveling to work Wednesday morning might see something unusual—each other's unmasked faces. Chief Executive John Lee said Tuesday that as of the next day, the city would no longer require masks to be worn on public transport or in outdoor and indoor public areas, the New ...

Gruesome Discovery Ends Search for Missing Model

Dismembered body of Abby Choi found in Hong Kong; ex-husband, in-laws are arrested

(Newser) - Days after a model was reported missing in Hong Kong, police have made a grisly discovery and arrested her ex and three former in-laws. Authorities say they discovered parts of 28-year-old Abby Choi's body in a rented apartment, along with an electric saw and other equipment that might typically...

Man Behind Gene-Edited Babies Is Back

He Jiankui aims to study gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in Hong Kong

(Newser) - A Chinese scientist who set off an ethical debate five years ago with claims that he made the world’s first genetically edited babies said Tuesday that he hopes to research rare hereditary diseases in Hong Kong, per the AP . He Jiankui shocked the world in 2018 when he announced...

License Plate Reading 'R' Sells for $3.2M

'R' plate in Hong Kong is considered lucky: CNN

(Newser) - A Hong Kong resident hoping to find good fortune in the new year just paid $3.2 million for a personalized license plate boasting a single lucky letter. The "R" license plate sold in a Lunar New Year auction hosted by the Transportation Department on Sunday fetched the second-highest...

Hong Kong Has a New 'Dangerous Drug': CBD

The possession, use, and sale of it is now criminalized

(Newser) - Elsewhere in the world, a loosening of drug laws—and a big tightening. The latter refers to Hong Kong, which as of Wednesday now criminalizes the possession, consumption, and selling of the "dangerous drug" cannabidiol, or CBD. As CBS News notes, that means CBD has the same classification as...

Butcher Fatally Injured After Pig Wakes Up

Hong Kong slaughterhouse worker was injured by his own cleaver

(Newser) - A butcher in a Hong Kong slaughterhouse was killed, apparently by his own cleaver, after a pig that he had shot with an electric stun gun unexpectedly woke up. Authorities say the 61-year-old worker at Sheung Shaui slaughterhouse on the northern outskirts of Hong Kong had been about to kill...

Christie's Abruptly Axes T. Rex Auction

US firm noticed skeleton, which Christie's was to auction off in Hong Kong, borrowed a lot from 'Stan'

(Newser) - A 15-foot-tall T. rex skeleton that was unearthed in Montana had been set to be put on the auction block later this month. Now, Christie's has yanked the bone set nicknamed Shen from the Hong Kong sale, after an American fossil firm questioned some of the skeleton's parts....

Those Weren't Bottles of Water That Arrived in Hong Kong

City makes biggest-ever meth bust, seizing $140M worth of liquid meth labeled as 'coconut water'

(Newser) - Hong Kong customs seized 2 tons of liquid methamphetamine in the city's biggest-ever meth bust, authorities said Saturday. The drugs, which were seized Oct. 23, had been concealed in bottles labeled as coconut water in a cargo shipment that arrived in Hong Kong by sea, according to a government...

Protester Dragged Into Chinese Consulate in UK, Beaten

UK expresses 'deep concern' over assault of Hong Kong pro-democracy protester

(Newser) - British police have opened an investigation into the assault of a Hong Kong pro-democracy protester who says he was dragged into the Chinese Consulate in Manchester and beaten up during a demonstration. Britain's foreign secretary summoned China's second-most senior diplomat in the UK on Tuesday to express the...

Hong Kong Arrests 'Seditious' Harmonica Player

He played British national anthem, protest song to crowd gathered to mourn queen

(Newser) - As Hong Kongers gathered outside the British consulate Monday night to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, a man was arrested for allegedly seditious harmonica playing. The man played songs including the British national anthem and the unofficial protest anthem Glory to Hong Kong to the crowd as the...

In Hong Kong, Mourning Queen Doubles as Dissent

People have been lining up for hours to pay their respects to 'boss lady'

(Newser) - Hundreds of Hong Kong residents are lining up in front of the British Consulate General for hours each day to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, leaving piles of flowers and handwritten notes. The collective outpouring of grief after her death on Sept. 8 is perhaps the most ardent...

Hong Kongers Face Jail Over Kids' Books of Wolves, Sheep

Judge said tales had 'seditious intent,' incited hatred of authorities

(Newser) - Hong Kong, once considered a bastion of free speech, has found five people guilty of publishing "seditious" children's books in 2020 and 2021. After a two-month trial, a national security judge ruled that the "seditious intent" of three picture books published by the five speech therapists was...

Taiwan's Military to Get Giant Boost From Billionaire

Robert Tsao says he'll fund training of 3.3 million civilian 'warriors' in 3 years

(Newser) - A Taiwanese tycoon says he's donating a billion Taiwan dollars, or about $32 million, to train an army to fight against a Chinese invasion. Wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet to signify what he said was a growing threat to Taiwan from the Chinese Communist Party, Robert Tsao—founder...

Hong Kong's Population Shrinks
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Hong Kong's Population Shrinks

Crackdown on pro-democracy movement may have played a role

(Newser) - Hong Kong’s government says its population has shrunk for a second year as anti-virus controls hampered the inflow of new workers and births declined, but it made no mention of an exodus of residents following a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement. The population as of mid-2022 declined by 1....

Eating Banned at Hong Kong Food Festival

Munich's Oktoberfest, however, is returning with no restrictions

(Newser) - Announcements in Hong Kong and Germany this week show a sharp contrast between their current approaches to the pandemic. In Hong Kong, the annual five-day Food Expo begins next week, with exhibitors from around the world—but for the second year in a row, eating has been banned, RTHK reports....

Giant Screen Falls on Dancers at Boy Band Concert

One Hong Kong dancer suffered severe neck injuries

(Newser) - Screams of excitement turned to screams of horror when a giant screen fell on dancers at a boy band concert in Hong Kong Thursday night. Two of the dancers were injured. Authorities say one man is in intensive care with neck injuries and is in serious condition and another is...

Xi Celebrates Hong Kong's 'Return to the Motherland'

Chinese leader defends crackdown as territory marks 25th anniversary of handover

(Newser) - China’s leader Xi Jinping marked the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return in a speech Friday emphasizing Beijing’s comprehensive control over the once-British colony under his vision of the "one country, two systems" framework. He also sought to counter criticism that the political and civic freedoms...

Restaurant That Supposedly Sank May Still Be Afloat

Clarification from owners of HK's iconic Jumbo says it's 'still in the waters' in South China Sea

(Newser) - A clarification has been issued on a floating Hong Kong restaurant that appeared to have met its demise earlier this week while being towed to Cambodia for refurbishing—though the clarification isn't terribly clear, either. Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises Limited, owner of the 46-year-old Jumbo Floating Restaurant, now suggests the...

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