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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…

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…

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