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Hong Kong: Unexploded World War II Bomb Found at Construction Site

Date: June 20th, 2012 | No Comments

More than 200 residents and workers had to be evacuated June 19 when an unexploded, World War II-era bomb was uncovered at a construction site in the Fortress Hill area on the north side of the island. Police also closed surrounding roads so that bomb-squad experts could safely detonate the old British artillery shell, sending [read more]

Hong Kong: Assailant Throws Acid on Shoppers

Date: June 10th, 2009 | No Comments

For the third time in six months, an unidentified assailant threw acid into a crowd of shoppers in Mong Kok district in Kowloon, injuring 24 pedestrians, none seriously. The attack occurred on the same street as a similar attack in May. Mong Kok is the smallest district in Hong Kong and reputed to be the [read more]

Hong Kong: Crackdown on Shops that Cheat Tourists

Date: April 18th, 2007 | 1 comment

Shops that cater to tourist groups have been swindling mainland Chinese visitors with fake jewelry, so the Hong Kong government is cracking down with what may be the world’s most stringent consumer protection policy. The measure will extend the period for unconditional returns from 14 days to six months and eliminate the requirement that the [read more]

Hong Kong: Smoking Ban Clears the Air

Date: January 3rd, 2007 | No Comments

A smoking ban in many public places went into effect Jan. 1, making Hong Kong an unusually smoke-free city by Asian standards. The ban covers workplaces, restaurants, even beaches, sports stadiums and large areas of parks. The ban does not include bars or nightclubs, mahjong or massage parlors, or bath houses. These establishments are exempt [read more]

Hong Kong: Air Pollution Makes Hong Kong Less Appealing

Date: April 4th, 2006 | 2 comments

Hong Kong is losing its luster for expatriates because of steadily increasing air pollution, according to a report by ECA International, a company that researches living conditions in the world’s top cities for corporations. Most of the bad air blows in from Guangdong province and little has been done to mitigate it. Despite the drop [read more]

China: Acid Hurler Hits Hong Kong’s Kowloon Again

Date: January 13th, 2010 | No Comments

Some 30 people, including children, suffered burns when an attacker threw two bottles of acid into the popular Temple Street night market in Kowloon, Hong Kong Jan. 9. The incident follows a pattern of attacks over the past 13 months that have injured at least 100 people. The acid attacks have usually taken place in [read more]

Hong Kong: Airport Strikes Could Cause Delays

Date: December 31st, 2008 | No Comments

A three-hour strike by more than 500 baggage handlers caused major delays to scores of flights Dec. 27 and another strike could occur in the new year. Union officials refused an offer to reinstate half of the annual bonus usually paid to its workers, but agreed not to strike again before negotiations resume Jan. 5. [read more]

Hong Kong: Airport to Screen for Liquids

Date: March 7th, 2007 | No Comments

On March 21, Hong Kong airport will begin screening carry-on bags for liquids, bringing its policies into line with International Civil Aviation Organization guidelines. Passengers will be able to bring containers of liquids no larger than 3.5 ounces that must fit in a clear plastic re-sealable bag no larger than 1 liter. Exceptions will be [read more]

Pacific Rim: Taiwan Earthquake Damages Undersea Cables

Date: January 3rd, 2007 | No Comments

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Taiwan Dec. 26 and damaged undersea telecommunications cables, affecting internet, banking and telephone services around the Pacific Rim. Much of the service has been restored but repairs to the cables are expected to take as long as a month. Internet access may be slow or unavailable in so [read more]

Hong Kong: Protests Expected at WTO Meeting

Date: December 6th, 2005 | No Comments

Thousands of people took to the streets in a peaceful demonstration for democracy Dec. 4 despite warnings from senior Chinese officials not to protest. The crowd, estimated at between 63,000 and 250,000, marched to demand one-person, one-vote elections in Hong Kong. Chinese authorities refuse to establish a timetable for such a vote, in part because [read more]

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