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After five banker deaths in January, a sixth: J.P. Morgan exec jumps in Hong Kong

Across the world, bankers are plummeting to their deaths. In the latest of a series of fatal falls,  a 33-year-old J.P. Morgan employee leapt from the roof of J.P. Morgan’s Hong Kong headquarters on Tuesday, above, plunging thirty stories to his death. The employee’s role at the bank was unknown. Witnesses…

Hong Kong culls 20,000 birds in H7N9 virus scare

A cull of 20,000 chickens was under way in Hong Kong Tuesday after the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus was found in poultry imported from mainland China, days before Lunar New Year. Fears over avian flu have grown following the deaths of two men from the……

Hong Kong housewife arrested for ‘abusing’ Bangladeshi maid

A Hong Kong housewife was arrested for allegedly assaulting her Bangladeshi maid, police said Monday, in the latest in a series of cases highlighting the abuse of foreign domestic helpers. The arrest of the 58-year-old mother-of-two, identified in media……

Hong Kong confirms second human H7N9 bird flu case in a week

Hong Kong health authorities on Friday confirmed a new human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu, the second case to come to light in less than five days. An 80-year-old man has been infected and is hospitalised in the southern Chinese city, Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection controller…

Rare Leica camera sells for $620,000 in Hong Kong auction

An Asian buyer purchased a rare Leica camera, one of only four of its kind in the world, for $620,000 at a Hong Kong auction, auctioneers said Saturday. The 1932 Leica Luxus II fetched HK$4.84 million ($620,000) late Friday in an auction where about 80 cameras and accessories went under…

Hong Kong seizes elephant tusks worth $1 million

Elephant tusks worth more than $1 million were seized by Hong Kong customs after being discovered hidden under bags of soya in shipments from West Africa, officials said Thursday. In what officials called an “intelligence-based” operation last month, the southern Chinese city’s border control found 189 tusks in three containers.…

Hong Kong hunkers down for massive Typhoon Usagi

Severe Typhoon Usagi barrelled towards Hong Kong on Sunday, shutting down one of the world’s busiest sea ports and throwing flight schedules into disarray from Europe to the United States. Usagi packed winds of 165 kilometres (103 miles) per hour as it closed in on China’s densely populated Pearl River…

Ancient banyan tree in Hong Kong succumbs to fungus, development

AFP – A 400-year-old banyan tree in Hong Kong will be cut down, authorities said Friday, after being hit by a fungal disease brought on when a park development starved its roots of oxygen and nutrients. Nestled in the heart of the city in Kowloon Park, the tree, Hong Kong’s…

‘Super Ironwoman’ saves drowning man in Hong Kong typhoon

A runner was hailed as “Super Ironwoman” after she plunged into Hong Kong’s typhoon-whipped waters to save a drowning man, local media reported on Thursday. Louise Chow was jogging along the waterfront on Wednesday when she spotted dozens of people gathering to watch the attempted rescue of the man from…

Taiwan’s Kaohsiung wants to upstage Hong Kong bigger duck for its harbor

Taiwan’s second largest city has announced plans to display a larger version of the giant inflatable yellow duck that captivated Hong Kong — upstaging similar plans by another city on the island. In a surprise announcement, the southern city of Kaohsiung said an 18-metre-tall (59-foot) version of the duck created…

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