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2006-05-03 07:55:00

By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG -- Mark Williams, one of Hong Kong's top marathon runners, has had enough of the city's dirty air and is leaving for New Zealand with his wife and two young children in July. "I'm glad I am going. The air's not going to improve. In the eight years I have been here, it's got worse," the 35-year-old school teacher told Reuters. "When I go running, I have to run in places that are not polluted ... and there are fewer and fewer places to run," he said, adding that the need...

2005-12-23 22:58:47

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has accused the United States of interfering in its internal affairs, criticizing it for comments calling for Hong Kong to speed up political reforms and allow direct elections. "Affairs concerning Hong Kong ... are China's internal affairs leaving no room for foreign interference," the official Xinhua news agency late on Friday quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang as saying. "The U.S. side has once and again made rash comments on Hong Kong affairs...

2005-12-15 03:11:11

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Want to learn a thing or two about free trade? Read the works of renowned 18th century economist Adam Smith, or simply visit Hong Kong. That advice from the city's last British colonial governor is being drowned out this week by the chanting and yelling of thousands of anti-free trade protesters who have converged on the southern Chinese city for a meeting of world trade ministers. The demonstrators have taken over a city park and are marching...

2005-10-15 22:50:59

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Suspected Muslim militants killed a Buddhist monk and two teenage boys and set fire to a temple in Thailand's restive south, police said on Sunday, in separatist violence that has claimed more than 900 lives. The militants who attacked the Buddhist temple in the southern Pattani province late on Saturday had slit the 76-year-old monk's throat, said a police report obtained by Reuters. The charred bodies of the two teenagers were found in the temple, said the...

2005-10-12 20:53:07

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has rejected a U.S. report criticizing its repression of human and religious rights as a distorted attack and meddling in the country's internal affairs. Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan expressed China's "resolute opposition" to the report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China released on Tuesday. Kong said the report to Congress and the president distorted facts, continued to attack China on human rights, religion, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong...

2005-09-30 06:13:03

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The Hong Kong government on Friday appealed a court ruling last month that a law which prohibits sex between consenting males below 21 was a violation of human rights. A spokesman for the territory's judiciary said no date had been fixed yet. Michael Vidler, the lawyer for a 20-year-old homosexual who challenged that law in court, said he was surprised the government was challenging the ruling. "My client will continue to fight for his rights and the rights of...

2005-09-15 04:49:24

KUANTAN, Malaysia (Reuters) - Australia, Britain, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore signaled the growing importance of Asian maritime security on Thursday, starting their annual war-games with a strong focus on naval exercises. Twenty-six naval ships, one of the biggest fleets assembled in the 34-year-old joint exercise, gathered in the South China Sea, off Malaysia and Singapore, for drills increasingly designed to tackle terrorism rather than wage conventional war. "Terrorism can...

2005-07-18 19:20:48

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- When faced with a challenging situation, a bicultural person may decide how to respond based on the cultural mindset that is active at the time, researchers have concluded. College students in Hong Kong, for example, who were prompted ahead of time with icons of Chinese culture were more likely to cooperate with friends than were students who had been cued with American cultural icons, according to Ying-yi Hong of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hong and a...

2005-07-16 22:08:04

By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG (Reuters) - Very few people in Hong Kong recognized depression as an illness until the end of 2003 when popular television actress Victoria Lam openly admitted her condition, which had by then destroyed her career. Vivacious, beautiful and successful, Lam found herself breaking into tears for no apparent reason and locking herself at home for days on end in 2002. She had no idea what was wrong with her until a close friend took her to a psychiatrist. "I didn't want...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'