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Obama administration fights claims of incompetence as Snowden saga continues

By Andy Sullivan and David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has spent the past few weeks arguing it can wield power responsibly after Edward Snowden unveiled its sweeping spying programs. Now the administration must prove it can wield power effectively. As the 30-year-old leads the world’s lone superpower…

China skirts Snowdon’s claims the U.S. is spying on China

By Ben Blanchard and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) – China refused to be drawn on Thursday on revelations of U.S. electronic surveillance and on the American in Hong Kong who leaked the information, and a senior source said Beijing does not want to jeopardize recently improved ties with Washington.…

Hong Kong joyfully welcomes giant inflatable rubber duck after maintenance

Hong Kong on Tuesday joyfully welcomed the return of a giant inflatable rubber duck, which drew tens of thousands of visitors before it was abruptly deflated for maintenance for almost a week. The southern Chinese city has taken the 16.5-metre-tall (54-feet) yellow inflatable duck, conceived by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman,…

Hong Kong light railway accident injures 50

Up to 50 people were injured when multiple cars derailed on Hong Kong’s light railway in the north of the city, throwing passengers onto the floor. “There was a derailment on the light rail and right now, there are 40 to 50 injuries,” a police spokeswoman told AFP.…

Son charged over Hong Kong ‘heads-in-fridge’ murder

Two men including the son have been charged with murder after an elderly couple were gruesomely killed in Hong Kong, as a search continues for their missing body parts. The couple’s severed heads were reportedly found by police in a refrigerator at a bloodstained apartment on the outskirts of the…

Hong Kong moves to stop baby formula smuggling

A Hong Kong regulation came into force Friday barring people from crossing into mainland China with large quantities of baby formula following chronic shortages which have fuelled anti-Beijing sentiment. Formula is popular with mainland Chinese because of concerns about the safety of food processed in China after a series of…

Hong Kong’s buffalo provide a divisive link to the region’s past

A short journey from the skyscrapers at the hectic centre of Hong Kong, water buffaloes lumber over jungle-clad hills and through secluded villages where they once worked as farm animals. But after years roaming through the same areas, some have been moved to a nature reserve in a far-flung corner…

Year of Snake sees serpent sales soar in Hong Kong

As Hong Kong prepares to usher in the Year of the Snake, an increasing number of the reptiles are slithering their way into local households, with sales of the uncuddly pet rocketing. Keeping snakes has become increasingly popular in the densely-populated city in recent years as animal lovers seek out…

Hong Kong customs discover 2,600 live snakes in boxes marked as fruit

Hong Kong customs authorities investigating a shipment from Thailand marked as fruit were shocked to discover the consignment instead contained 2,600 live snakes, officials said Friday. Customs intercepted the air cargo shipment of 2,400 common rat snakes and 200 cobras on Tuesday and returned them on Thursday, a government spokeswoman…

Colonial flags fly in Hong Kong as anger grows over Chinese rule

Sixteen years after Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, public discontent with Beijing is swelling and protesters have been rallying around an unexpected symbol — the British colonial flag. Tens of thousands have taken to the streets in recent months in marches against Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who took over…

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