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Occupy Central to hold referendum in June for democratic resolution

A civilian group that threatens to occupy Hong Kong's central business district if the government does not endorse democracy in the coming leadership election said Thursday a civil referendum will be held in June to pick a final proposal for government's consideration.

Two workers killed after 56-storey plunge in Hong Kong

Two construction workers in Hong Kong plunged 56 storeys to their deaths Tuesday, fire authorities said, after the scaffolding they stood upon snapped in two. The accident took place as the pair renovated a residential building in the upscale Mid-Levels neighbourhood of the former British colony, one of the world's most vertical cities known for its strong safety record.

Former top Hong Kong official proposes political reform package

Hong Kong's former No. 2 in government on Thursday unveiled a set of proposals to reform the leadership election method in a way that would allow all eligible voters to participate in the nominating process Former Chief Secretary Anson Chan proposed a nominating committee of 1,400 members that would include 317 to be directly elected by Hong Kong's 3.4 million eligible voters, while any candidate who secures the nomination of one-tenth of the committee members could run for the office of chief executive.

Petite Hong Kong store sells at record price

A tiny Hong Kong store measuring just 130 square feet (12 square metres) has sold for more than $23 million, as prices reach astronomical levels in a city ranked the most expensive for retailers in the world. The southern Chinese territory was accorded the title by commercial real estate giant CBRE in February, as prime rents surpassed those of the most exclusive addresses in New York, London and Paris.

Alibaba's Tsai says will 'never' change partnership structure for Hong Kong IPO

By Paul Carsten and Anne Marie Roantree HONG KONG (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding <IPO-ALIB.N> will not change its partnership structure in order to list on the Hong Kong stock exchange, Executive Vice Chairman Joe Tsai told Reuters in an exclusive interview in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Nine arrested over chopping attack on Hong Kong journalist

Nine men have been arrested in connection with the chopping attack on a former editor of a Hong Kong newspaper that sparked concerns over press freedom, police said Wednesday. Two triad-connected suspects were arrested on the Chinese mainland, while seven "accomplices" were arrested in a raid in Hong Kong, police commissioner Andy Tsang told reporters. They are suspected of involvement in the brutal attack in broad daylight on veteran journalist Kevin Lau last month.

Daring 'urban explorers' get high on history

Dangling his feet off the edge of a skyscraper more than 50 storeys above the streets of Hong Kong, Jonathan Tsang looks as relaxed as if he was kicking back in his own living room. For most people the view below would be a dizzying, terrifying spectacle. But for 25-year-old Tsang, it brings a sense of calm. "The population is really dense and sometimes it's just kind of suffocating to the point where you need some time to yourself," he said. "That's mostly why I come up here."

China warns Hong Kong against taking foreign voting model

A Chinese official warned Thursday of possible "disastrous results" if Hong Kong adopts a foreign electoral system as it mulls political reform, according to a report. Changes to the political system are a highly charged issue in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city, regularly sparking protests in favour of greater democracy. China has promised the former British colony it will be able to elect its next leader in 2017, but has ruled out demands that voters should be able to choose which candidates can stand for the post.

Fast Retailing gains in Hong Kong debut, aims for bigger China profile

By Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing Co Ltd climbed 7 percent in its Hong Kong trading debut - a listing aimed at raising its profile in China where it plans to expand aggressively as part of its bid to become the world's top clothing firm. Though Hong Kong depositary receipts (HDRs) for foreign firms will usually yield little in the way of active market liquidity, some global companies have made the move, seeing it as more of a marketing exercise to appeal to local retail investors.

China's constitution drafter Xu Chongde dies at 85

Xu Chongde, a Chinese scholar who helped draft China's first Constitution after the Chinese Communists came to power in 1949 as well as the basic charters of Hong Kong and Macao, died Monday at age 85, his family and the Renmin University of China said Tuesday. Xu's daughter-in-law told Hong Kong's RTHK radio and television station that he had a heart attack at his Beijing home Monday night and was later pronounced dead in hospital.
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