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China, Hong Kong scrap cross-border travel quota, COVID test

Feb. 03, 2023 00:45 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Travel between Hong Kong and China will no longer require COVID-19 PCR tests nor be held to a daily limit, authorities announced Friday, as both places seek to drive economic growth. Hong Kong’s tourism industry has suffered since 2019 after months of political...

Hong Kong woos tourists with air tickets and vouchers

Feb. 02, 2023 04:15 AM EST

Hong Kong (AP) — Hong Kong will give away air tickets and vouchers to woo tourists back to the international financial hub, racing to catch up with other popular travel destinations in a fierce regional competition. During the pandemic, the city largely aligned itself with...

Asian stocks rise after Fed sees inflation improving

Feb. 01, 2023 23:01 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets gained Thursday after the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy is moving toward lower inflation but more interest rate hikes are planned. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney advanced. Oil prices rose. Wall Street's benchmark...

Hong Kong bans CBD, forcing businesses to shut or revamp

Jan. 31, 2023 22:06 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong banned CBD as a “dangerous drug” and imposed harsh penalties for its possession on Wednesday, forcing fledging businesses to shut down or revamp. Supporters say CBD, or cannabidiol, derived from the cannabis plant, can help relieve stress and...

Former Shanghai bookseller's wife hit with 'exit ban'

Jan. 31, 2023 01:19 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese police have prevented a woman from returning to her home in Florida in an effort to compel her husband to return to China, she wrote in a letter he made public. The case appears to be the latest example of Chinese authorities placing an “exit ban” on a...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jan. 30, 2023 17:34 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 29 The Washington Post on violent policing No decent citizen could fail to be appalled by the video, released Friday, showing Memphis police officers beating a 29-year-old Black man,...

Hong Kong protests Biden extension of deportation protection

Jan. 27, 2023 06:30 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong has protested President Joe Biden’s two-year extension of a program that protects residents of the semi-autonomous Chinese city living in the U.S. from deportation, accusing Washington of “demonstrating sinister intentions and hegemonic bullying.” ...

Hong Kong to ban CBD, label it a 'dangerous drug'

Jan. 27, 2023 00:40 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will ban CBD starting Wednesday, categorizing it as a “dangerous drug" and mandating harsh penalties for its smuggling, production and possession, customs authorities announced Friday. Supporters say CBD can treat a range of ailments including anxiety...

Biden extends deportation protection for Hong Kong residents

Jan. 26, 2023 21:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed off on a two-year extension of a program that protects Hong Kong residents in the U.S. from deportation, renewing the protection until January 2025. Biden first authorized the program, the Deferred Enforced Departure for...

Sheriff: Gunman didn't know Monterey Park dance hall victims

Jan. 26, 2023 12:45 PM EST

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — The 72-year-old gunman who sprayed bullets into a Southern California ballroom dance hall, killing 11 people, had no known connection to the victims and investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the massacre, the Los Angeles County sheriff said. ...