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Thousands march in Hong Kong to condemn attack on ex-newspaper editor

By Alice Woodhouse and Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters rallied outside the Hong Kong's government headquarters on Sunday to condemn a knife attack on a former newspaper editor and to voice support for press freedom amid growing concern over Beijing's influence in the media.

Tycoon says protests could damage Hong Kong's reputation

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, one of the wealthiest men in Asia, warned on Friday that planned protests to shut down Hong Kong's central business district later this year would damage the Asian financial hub. Li, who has deep ties to China's ruling Communist Party, uses his annual news conferences to announce company results and also, at times, as a platform to espouse controversial positions.

Hong Kong man guilty of Transformers director extortion

A Hong Kong man was sentenced to more than two years in jail on Wednesday for attempting to blackmail "Transformers" director Michael Bay during filming for the blockbuster's latest installment. Mak Chi-shing, 27, an air conditioning technician, approached Bay in October and demanded HK$100,000 (US$12,900) on the first day of filming in the city's Quarry Bay district for "Transformers: Age of Extinction".

Hong Kong man guilty of Transformers director extortion

A Hong Kong man was sentenced to more than two years in jail on Wednesday for attempting to blackmail "Transformers" director Michael Bay during filming for the blockbuster's latest installment. Mak Chi-shing, 27, an air conditioning technician, approached Bay in October and demanded HK$100,000 (US$12,900) on the first day of filming in the city's Quarry Bay district for "Transformers: Age of Extinction".

Hong Kong forecasts fastest economic growth in three years

Hong Kong's economy is expected to expand at its fastest pace in three years in 2014, the government said Wednesday, while slashing public welfare spending as it cautioned over global economic headwinds and projected a narrowing budget surplus. Financial Secretary John Tsang forecast growth of between three and four percent, up from 2.9 percent in 2013, as he announced a 40 percent cut in welfare spending even as the government struggles to quell popular discontent over the city's high living costs and widening wealth gap.

Hong Kong growth to pick up but Fed uncertainty clouds global outlook, finance chief says

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's economic growth will pick up this year but remain under its long-term average, the Asian business centre's finance chief predicted on Wednesday, warning that the global outlook is uncertain as the U.S. scales back monetary stimulus. In his annual budget speech, Financial Secretary John Tsang forecast that Hong Kong's economy would grow 3-4 per cent in 2014, boosted by additional government spending aimed at reducing income inequality. That's up from 2.9 per cent in 2013 but lower than the 4.5 per cent average over the past decade.

Mild budget surplus for Hong Kong amid calls for fiscal prudence

By James Pomfret and Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's economy is expected to grow 3 to 4 percent this year as the financial hub known for its amped up capitalism debates the sustainability of its longer-term finances amid calls to boost welfare spending and narrow the wealth gap. In his budget speech focused on maintaining Hong Kong's competitiveness, Financial Secretary John Tsang said the city's GDP grew 2.9 percent last year compared with 1.5 percent in 2012, and will likely expand between 3 and 4 percent in 2014.

Hong Kong officials criticise anti-Chinese protest

Hong Kong officials blasted a rowdy anti-China protest that brought chaos in a key shopping district over the weekend, and saw demonstrators shouting abuse at mainland tourists, branding them "locusts". A jeering crowd of around 100 activists rallied against Chinese visitors shopping in a bustling street in the Tsim Sha Tsui district on Sunday. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying condemned the protest on Canton Road, which forced some shops to close temporarily.

Hong Kong officials criticise anti-Chinese protest

Hong Kong officials blasted a rowdy anti-China protest that brought chaos in a key shopping district over the weekend, and saw demonstrators shouting abuse at mainland tourists, branding them "locusts". A jeering crowd of around 100 activists rallied against Chinese visitors shopping in a bustling street in the Tsim Sha Tsui district on Sunday. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying condemned the protest on Canton Road, which forced some shops to close temporarily.

H.K. gov't condemns protest against Chinese tourists

The Hong Kong government on Monday condemned a public rally held Sunday targeting mainland travelers that forced the temporary closure of high-end stores in a posh shopping area popular with tourists. "The harassment of the tourists...is very regrettable and we strongly condemn this sort of action," Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So said. "The action tarnished Hong Kong's international image and can be only bad for Hong Kong," So said.
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