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Billionaire Kwok brothers arrested in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong dentist helping to uncover the mysteries of the Pyramids

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Hong Kong Sex Festival calls for "group marriages"

Organizers of the Fifth Hong Kong Sex Cultural Festival suggest more open-minded marital arrangements, like group marriages, as a solution to high divorce rates in modern society.
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You may now kiss the other bride. (MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Bored to death by mind-numbing marital monogamy?

That's no reason to ditch the idea of marriage, suggest the organizers of the Fifth Hong Kong Sex Cultural Festival.

Marriage as an institution apparently isn't completely dead. It just needs to be "altered" a bit to fit the modern times.

It their words, the "traditional relationship between one man and woman is getting outdated."

Simply put, marriage needs an upgrade.

Here is the premise of their proposal: With almost one in every two couples getting divorced these days, the traditional marriage scenario clearly no longer works. And because unsatisfactory sex is among the top reasons behind divorce, Hong Kong Sex Association president and festival organizer Stanislaus Lai Ding-kee is suggesting people should be open to "alternative systems for relationships out there like polyamory that may be possibly better than the traditional monogamous relationships," The Standard reports

Polyamory is a practice where individuals are consensually open to loving more than one person at a time.

Generally, this practice is frowned upon in countries influenced by conservative Christian and romantic values on sex, because they recognize monogamy as the only way to go about love. In other words, they force people to cheat. (See above: mind-numbing marital monogamy.)

That's where "group marriages" come in, apparently. The article doesn't explain the logistics of a group marriage, but I envision it like a form of a loving, genital-sharing agreement with a small and trustworthy group of people. 

And, if you think about it, you could probably do all the booking online.

It could work like "marital Zipcar."  

Say you are signed up for a marriage group in New York. You are bored of you proverbial old Buick and are looking for something "compact and cuddly" for Saturday night.

Unless Jimmy, the hipster from Harlem, has already booked the Mini convertible, it's all yours. And next weekend, you could go for the SUV, for variety's sake.

Then, I suppose, you come back to the Buick at some point? And everyone lives happily ever after.

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Favorite to lead Hong Kong, Henry Tang, blames wife in underground palace scandal

"It was my wife's idea," says HK chief executive candidate of illegal 2,000 foot basement.
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The media use cranes to photograph the illegal 'basement palace' of former Hong Kong Chief Secretary Henry Tang, one of the potential candidates in the upcoming chief executive election in Hong Kong (ChinaFotoPress/AFP/Getty Images)

The man tipped to be Hong Kong's next Chief Executive, Henry Tang, has tearfully blamed his wife, after an illegally-built basement found at their house prompted a media frenzy.

AFP says local tabloids described the basement as a 2,000 foot 'underground palace' with a theater, a gym, a Japanese-style bath and a wine cellar.

On Thursday, shortly after rumours of the basement surfaced, journalists and protesters descended on the civil servant's home, BBC's China correspondant reported.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-17/hong-kong-leader-contender-tang... ">Bloomberg describes a chaotic scene, with photographers and cameramen using cranes to capture pictures of the basement through a glass-bottomed swimming pool.

On Friday, Tang (59) convened a press conference, and announced he would not be withdrawing his candidacy over the scandal.

"I apologise to all Hong Kong people," he reportedly said.  "It was my wife's idea and I knew they were illegal. Since we were experiencing a low ebb in our marriage...I did not handle the matter swiftly. I take full responsibility for the incident."

His wife of 27 years, Lisa Kuo Yu-chin, also addressed reporters, with the Hong Kong's Standard saying she 'spilled tears of regret', explaining that she had wanted to provide a comfortable living environment for her family. 

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Hong Kong: Mainlanders are like locusts

Resentment over wealth fuels the battle between Hong Kong residents and Chinese from the mainland.
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A girl holds a Hong Kong newspaper with an anti-mainland China advertisement with a picture of a locust looking over the Hong Kong cityscape on Feb. 1, 2012. (Aaron Tam/AFP/Getty Images)

The escalating feud between Hong Kong residents and Chinese from the mainland reached a new level on Wednesday, when Hong Kong internet users who pulled together nearly $13,000 published a full-page newspaper ad comparing Chinese from the mainland to locusts threatening to overrun the territory.

The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reports that the inflammatory ad, published in today's Apple Daily, was paid for by a group of Hong Kong natives upset, among other things, over the growing number of Chinese mothers who travel to Hong Kong to give birth. Chinese mothers have strained Hong Kong's hospitals in recent years with a new wave of birth tourism to the island.

But the tensions go far beyond just anger over medical services. Cultural differences and resentment over wealth seem to be at the core of the battle, which cuts both ways.

Most recently, a Beijing professor discussing a viral video that showed a subway fight between Hong Kong and mainland residents referred to Hong Kongers as "running dogs" of the British empire and "bastards."

More from GlobalPost: Outrage in Hong Kong over "dog" comments

Hong Kong, which returned to China from British control in 1997, still retains a certain degree of autonomy and with that, a higher standard of living that cities within China proper, from world-class shopping to medical care. As China's wealth has grown and its rich become hungry consumers, Chinese citizens have flocked to Hong Kong. The locals' resentment toward impolite guests from the mainland has risen accordingly over the years.

"[Mainlanders] have already crossed our bottom line," a user of the internet forum that funded the locust ad told the SCMP. "Why are mainland mothers flooding in to take up resources in public hospitals, getting our benefits and social welfare? Why do mainlanders ... refuse to follow our rules and order? We can't accept that."

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Kong Qingdong, Chinese professor, sparks outrage in Hong Kong

Even 15 years after Hong Kong was passed from the British back to China, friction flares and cultures clash between Hong Kong dwellers and mainland Chinese.

$42 million of Megaupload's assets frozen in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has frozen $42 million in Megaupload's assets, as the worldwide FBI Internet piracy investigation into the file-sharing website continues.
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