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Pro-China side thwarts HK lawmakers' oath redo
Chaotic scenes erupted at Hong Kong's legislature Wednesday as pro-Beijing lawmakers prevented a pair of newly elected representatives advocating independence for the Chinese region from getting a second chance at taking their oaths.
The major shareholder in Australia's largest casino operator voiced concerns on Tuesday after the Chinese government announced that a senior executive and two other Australians had been detained in an investigation of suspected gambling crimes, in an apparent crackdown on overseas tours for high rollers.
Tibet's thangkas find new fans across China
Her eyes riveted to the canvas, Wulan meticulously applies color to an image of the Buddha, using pigments made of crushed pearls, turquoise and agate.
A swimmer drowned Sunday in Hong Kong and another was left in critical condition as they took part in the city's annual cross-harbour swim, which attracts world-class international competitors.
A swimmer drowned Sunday in Hong Kong and another was left in critical condition as they took part in the city's annual cross-harbor swim, which attracts world-class international competitors.
The Chinese government may not be interested in developing horse racing but the Hong Kong Jockey Club is keen to cultivate more owners from mainland China, their Senior International Racing Consultant told AFP.
Three elephants rescued from Yunnan water tank
Rescuers in China used helicopters and a digger to free three wild Asian elephants -- including one young calf -- from a water tank where they were helplessly trapped for more than two days, state media said.
A woman plays a computer game at the new online video game competition center at Shanghai's Buynow shopping mall on Thursday, Oct. 13. As Beijing pushes for online video game competitions to become an official sports category, electronic notebook-maker Clevo Group (藍天電腦集團) announced that it would devote resources to expanding its gaming products and said it would set up its own gaming competition team.
Pro-democracy lawmakers defy China at Hong Kong oath taking
A swearing-in ceremony to kick off Hong Kong's legislative session descended into farce Wednesday as newly elected pro-democracy lawmakers intentionally mangled their oaths in a show of defiance against Beijing.
Imprisoned Uighur scholar given Martin Ennals human rights prize
A group of leading rights organizations has awarded its annual prize for human rights defenders to imprisoned Chinese Muslim minority economics professor Ilham Tohti, shining new attention on a case that has brought strong international condemnation.
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