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Monday, October 6, 2014
An auction in Hong Kong Saturday broke the world record for the most expensive lot of wine ever sold, with 114 bottles of Burgundy going for HK$12,556,250 (US$1.6 million), Sotheby's said.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Standoffs get ugly at HK protests
Standoffs between Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters and their antagonists grew increasingly ugly Saturday, as the two sides traded insults and at times taunted police. The city's leader said streets occupied by the protest must be cleared by Monday.
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The annual congress of the International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists and Novelists) — a global group of writers including Nobel laureates — has condemned Beijing for human rights abuses and for banning the languages and literatures of the Tibetans and China's Uighur minority.
The relative decline of Chinese tourists to Southeast Asia is to an extent a story of paradise lost — but is perhaps more so a testament to new paradises found.
Some of Hong Kong's 7 million residents are protective of the mostly young pro-democracy protesters. Others support the demands for wider political reforms, but have grown weary of the hassles of blocked streets and closed schools. And there are some who opposed the mass display of public dissent from the start. People spoke on Saturday about joining or watching the downtown occupation that some have dubbed the “Umbrella Revolution.”
Women pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are being targeted with sexual assaults and harassment, demonstrators and an international human rights group said as violence broke out in two of the city's busiest shopping districts.
Chinese consumers have become more concerned about healthy lifestyles and eating habits, which also drives the market to shift to those more natural and healthier food products, according to a report by the United Kingdom-based research firm Mintel Group Ltd.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Beijing supporters attack protest camps
Hong Kong student leaders on Friday said they called off talks with the government after angry scuffles erupted at their huge pro-democracy demonstrations, saying police had allowed “triad” criminal gangs to attack their protest camps.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Hong Kong protesters set for talks; govt HQ shut
Hong Kong protest leaders on Friday welcomed an offer by the territory's leader of talks to defuse the crisis over demonstrations seeking democratic reforms, though they continued to demand he resign and maintained barricades around government headquarters, frustrating staff going to work.
Hong Kong leader refuses to step down
Tensions in Hong Kong soared Thursday after police were seen unloading boxes of tear gas and rubber bullets close to the city's besieged government headquarters as the authorities urged pro-democracy demonstrators to disperse “as soon as possible.”
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