Trio acquitted of forcing teenager to make a sexually themed video and of assaulting her

Two men and one woman were on Wednesday acquitted of using threats to force a friend to make a sexually explicit video and of assaulting her with a mobile phone, clothes hanger and lit cigarette. Sha Tin Court Magistrate Lau Yee-wan acquitted So Wing-sum, 19, Ng Ka-fung, 22, and Fung Chung-wai, 27, of a string […]

Talks to bring hungry mainland Chinese tourists for lunch at struggling Hong Kong shopping centre near border before starting shopping trips

Mainland Chinese tourists arriving in Hong Kong could first be taken to a struggling shopping centre close to the Shenzhen border for food to reduce pressure on some downtown areas and complaints by residents, the government says. Bernard Chan Pak-li, undersecretary for commerce and economic development, revealed the discussions on the plan while answering questions […]

Sun Hung Kai pays US$1.43 billion for Kai Tak residential plot in subdued tender that underscores downbeat market

Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong’s biggest developer, has won a government tender for the fourth plot of residential land on the old runway at Kai Tak, paying HK$11.26 billion (US$1.43 billion) for the parcel at the city’s former airport. At HK$17,360 per square foot, the winning price for Kai Tak Area 4C Site 3 […]

Another Singaporean to fill top academic post in Hong Kong, with ex-NUS law dean Tan Cheng Han tipped to head CityU School of Law

Another high-profile Singaporean will be appointed to a top academic post in Hong Kong – this time former National University of Singapore law dean Tan Cheng Han, as the head of City University’s school of law – the Post has learned. The 53-year-old expert in company law will be the second Singaporean to head a […]

Four arrested as Hong Kong police seize US$3.19 million worth of cocaine in village house near border

A new drug production centre operating in a remote village house near the border with mainland China was closed down by police with the arrest of four men and the seizure of HK$25 million (US$3.19 million) worth of cocaine and half-finished products, police said on Wednesday. Superintendent Ng Wing-sze of the Narcotics Bureau said initial […]

First-ever Hong Kong legislator to give birth in office, Eunice Yung celebrates birth of baby girl

Hong Kong politician Eunice Yung Hoi-yan on Wednesday became the first sitting legislator to give birth, when her 3kg baby girl was delivered. In a text message from St Teresa’s Hospital, Kowloon City, the New People’s Party vice-chairwoman said her caesarean section went smoothly. Her party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee posted a photo of […]

Hong Kong police seize more than a tonne of illegal fireworks and firecrackers near border checkpoint

More than a tonne of illegal fireworks and firecrackers smuggled into Hong Kong from mainland China were confiscated by police in an outdoor container yard near the Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint in the run-up to the Lunar New Year. With the help of a sniffer dog from the force’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau, the […]

Man walks free from Hong Kong court after daughter admits making up rape allegations against him

A man accused of repeatedly molesting and raping his teenage daughter walked free from a Hong Kong court on Wednesday, two days after the girl admitted making up the allegations to frame him. The 15-year-old told the High Court she had lied out of anger over the father’s favouritism towards her brother, going as far […]

Huge increase in investigations by Hong Kong authorities into suspected breaches of UN sanctions in last five years

Investigations by Hong Kong authorities into suspected breaches of United Nations sanctions have multiplied by 14 in recent years, from 13 cases in 2014 to 181 last year. But no charges were laid in relation to contravening UN sanctions in that time, as the government dealt with such cases by deregistering suspect companies or denying […]

Pro-democracy activists stage flash mob protest outside Hong Kong’s Legislative Council during first reading of Chinese national anthem law

Pro-democracy activists from a youth group staged a guerilla protest at government headquarters on Wednesday, unfurling a black banner against a bill being tabled in the legislature to outlaw abuse of China’s national anthem. While lawmakers finished the first reading of the bill without incident in the Legislative Council, the government condemned and reported to […]

Troubles mount for 80-year-old builder Hsin Chong – defaults on US$150 million bond, files for provisional liquidation and faces delisting

Hsin Chong Group Holdings, the Hong Kong construction major behind the iconic Ocean Park and former Kai Tak Airport, could be delisted in July after filing for provisional liquidation earlier this week. The development came just before the company defaulted on a US$150 million bond due on Tuesday. The Supreme Court of Bermuda approved Hsin […]

Cold awakening for Hong Kong, as temperatures plunge amid deadly winter flu season

Hongkongers rushed to work in their coats and scarves early on Wednesday morning as the temperature fell to an average of 13 degrees Celsius. The city can expect only slightly warmer weather next week, with the minimum temperature to rise above 16 degrees next Wednesday, according to the Hong Kong Observatory’s forecast. Air temperatures in […]

Luxury home sales in Hong Kong hit record US$24.6 billion last year, says Centaline report

Sales of luxury homes in Hong Kong smashed all previous records last year, according to research by Centaline Property Agency. But whether that momentum can be maintained in 2019 will depend on the outcome of the US-China trade war, analysts warned. The number of homes that sold for HK$20 million (US$2.55 million) or more climbed […]

No land, no time and no room to fail: will Carrie Lam deliver on housing, where past Hong Kong leaders fell short?

For more than two decades, Hong Kong has been stuck between moaning about the crash of the property market and agonising over unaffordable home prices. Take former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen for example. Rising from the gloom of a major crash that hit the city around 1998, he helped prop up prices by launching […]

Lawyers’ group calls on Hong Kong justice minister to delegate prosecution decisions to top prosecutors

The city’s professional body for barristers has called on the justice minister to establish protocol and delegate prosecution decisions to the top prosecutor, after the justice department controversially dropped a case against former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying. The remarks by the Bar Association come six days before Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah attends […]

Check every one of your windows, The Mira Hong Kong ordered, after falling panel hits and kills mainland Chinese woman

Authorities in Hong Kong have ordered a five-star hotel to inspect all its windows within a month, a day after one of them fell 16 floors and killed a woman. That came as police broadened their investigation, looking into maintenance records kept by The Mira Hong Kong. The Buildings Department said on Tuesday it had […]

Farmers evicted under new town project can continue livelihood on allocated public land but not build homes, Hong Kong officials say

Farmers and their families who get evicted under a new town project will be allowed to continue their livelihood elsewhere on designated plots but not live there, Hong Kong’s development officials said on Tuesday. This was despite mounting calls to allow such residents, who live in squatter homes and tend to crops daily, to keep […]

Hong Kong police officer fined after being found guilty of stealing HK$8,000 left behind at ATM

A Hong Kong police officer was fined HK$15,000 (US$1,912) by a court on Tuesday after he was found guilty of stealing HK$8,000 left behind by a forgetful ATM user. Lau Yuen-ming, 39, took money from an ATM next to the one he was using on Fuk Lo Tsuen Road in Kowloon City on July 5, […]

Union calls for 8 per cent pay rise for Hong Kong bus drivers ahead of talks with operators

A leading union representing over 10,000 drivers at Hong Kong’s five franchised bus companies have demanded an 8 per cent pay increase this year, ahead of a series of pay talks with the respective companies. Unionists said the companies were making profits and that higher pay was needed to attract newcomers to the sector. Cheung […]