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Hong Kong hosts Valentine's Day with 25,000 LED roses in Central
It's like a romantic scene out of one of South Korea's sappy soap dramas -- tens of thousands of illuminated roses forming an impressive backdrop for the lead actor and actress to declare their love for each other.
 
A cold snap gripped Hong Kong on Sunday, with residents shivering as temperatures plunged to the lowest point in nearly 60 years and frost dusted the mountaintops of a city accustomed to a subtropical climate.
 
Mainland Chinese travelers took around 120 million outbound trips in 2015, according to government estimates, a 12 percent increase from the year before, as the country's growing middle class spends more on tourism.
 
China confirms missing Hong Kong publisher in mainland
The chief editor of a Hong Kong publisher of books banned in mainland China who disappeared three weeks ago has been located in the mainland, Chinese officials told Hong Kong authorities.
 
Rights activists dismiss HK bookseller 'confession'
Rights campaigners dismissed an apparent confession by a missing Hong Kong bookseller paraded on mainland Chinese state television as "worthless" and a "smokescreen" Monday as the city's leader distanced himself from the case.
 
HK activists call for release of booksellers
Thousands of protesters marched through central Hong Kong Sunday, demanding the release of five missing booksellers who are feared to have been detained by authorities in mainland China.
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The United States is "disturbed" by reports of the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers from the Chinese semi-autonomous city, a U.S. State Department spokesman said Friday.
 
A gargantuan gold-painted statue of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong has suddenly been demolished, apparently for lacking government approval, state media said Friday, days after images of it went viral.
 
Missing HK bookseller's wife drops police report
The mystery surrounding five missing Hong Kong booksellers known for titles banned in mainland China deepened after one purportedly wrote a letter saying he was fine and helping with an investigation on the mainland, prompting his wife to drop a missing person's report.
 
'Only HK authorities' can enforce laws in HK: Leung
Hong Kong's leader said he was "very concerned" Monday over the disappearance of five booksellers known for publications critical of the mainland Chinese authorities after a prominent lawmaker accused mainland security officers of kidnapping the men.
 
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