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HSBC and Huawei CFO reach agreement on document publication linked to extradition case
HSBC and Huawei Technologies’ Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou have reached an agreement in a dispute about the publication of documents relating to U.S. fraud allegations against her, their lawyers told a Hong Kong court.
Bernie Madoff, the one of the few Ponzi schemers that landed in prison, has died.
Bernie Madoff masterminded one of the biggest investment fraud in U.S. history, ripping off tens of thousands of people of as much as $65 billion.
Three years jail for asking voters to cast blank ballots
The government announced today that a new offence will be introduced to prohibit any person from inciting another person not to vote, to cast a blank or invalid vote by way of public activity during an election period. Violators may face...
Johnson & Johnson vaccine delayed in Europe due to safety concerns
Johnson and Johnson has delayed the rollout of its Covid vaccine in Europe after regulators in the United States called for a pause because of safety concerns.
Government should not be undermining Hong Kong’s business strengths
With 21-day quarantines hurting aviation and a stamp duty increase dampening stock market competitiveness, perhaps more businesspeople should join governance.
US Recommends "Pause" In Use Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Over Clot Fears
The US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control are assessing the "potential significance" of six reported cases of a rare blood clot in patients who have received the shot,
Biggest winners in electoral revamp: traditional pro-Beijing groups and unions
A key amendment that raised eyebrows was the composition of a newly created 60-seat sector for grass-roots associations in the Election Committee.
Investors target booming digital art market despite ‘heist’ fears
Last month much of the traditional art world had not heard of Mike Winkelmann. Then the digital artist sold a piece that only exists online for £50 million at a Christie’s auction. Beeple, as he is professionally known, is now the third ...
Former microbiologist with Centre for Health Protection faces misconduct, fraud charges
Joseph Kam, 63, faces a total of seven charges – four of misconduct in public office, two of fraud and one of using a false instrument.
Wirecard’s Regulator Faces Criminal Probe as Scandal Expands
The scandal over the collapse of Wirecard AG expanded as German financial regulator BaFin faces a criminal probe into how it oversaw the payment processor and whether some of the agency’s staff illegally traded the stock.
HK textbook removes wrong description about ‘Republic of China’ as education sector cleans illegal, separatist content
A liberal studies textbook designed for sixth graders in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was found to have revised its content about the Chinese civil war (1946-49) by removing an incorrect description about the "Republic of ...
Malta: Lawyers remain laggards in adopting money laundering risk assessment tools
Only 57% of lawyers had a business risk assessment (BRA) in place last year, placing them last in a list of sectors that includes credit institutions, gaming companies, trust services providers, notaries and accountants.
59,000 pirated test papers seized
Customs have made their largest seizure of pirated electronic files, with over 59,000 containing infringing question banks for primary schools, intended to be sold online.
Cyprus Launches New Registry that Identifies Company Owners
Trying to combat its reputation as a money-laundering haven, Cyprus has launched a new registry that requires companies to reveal their true beneficiaries – a measure the country said it has adopted to improve transparency and comply wit...
Should governments rethink their coronavirus vaccine rollouts?
China's top health official had admitted domestically produced jabs have low rates of protection.
Peek inside The Britely – The new LA club from the interior designer behind Annabel's Mayfair
The chandelier-filled maze was impeccably designed by the same mastermind behind Annabel’s club in London
Hong Kong ex-opposition lawmaker Dennis Kwok reveals he has quit Civic Party
Lawyer says on Facebook he has formally applied for resignation, but does not reveal his whereabouts, with recent news emerging he had fled to Canada.
Quote of the Day
Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.
Lands Department’s digital map products made free to public
Good news for those interested in all things planning, legal and political where land ownership etc is concerned.
Hit the Road in Spring's Best Menswear
This spring, take a trip in style. Even if there’s no particular destination.
Give and take on jobless subsidy
Discussions on canceling the MPF offsetting mechanism will have to be suspended if the government is to pursue a subsidy for the unemployed, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong said.
UK adds Pakistan to 21 high-risk states list
The UK government has added Pakistan to the list of undesirable 21 high-risk countries with unsatisfactory money laundering and terrorist financing controls.
Five councillors fly out of Hong Kong
Five more district councillors have followed Ted Hui Chi-fung's footsteps and left Hong Kong - with some of them leaving before tendering their resignation, Eastweek magazine reports.
New Zealand central bank launches new enforcement department
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) said on Tuesday it was expanding its regulatory resources with a new standalone enforcement department focusing on compliance in the banking, insurance and anti-money laundering sectors.
EU online drive with Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip ‘failed to illustrate values’
Hong Kong lawmaker and executive councillor slams move as betrayal of diversity, pluralism and freedom of expression.
Brussels faces soaring costs for Pfizer's Covid vaccine
Contracts for 900m jabs are now being signed at a price of €19.50, the Bulgarian prime minister claimed
China is aiming to achieve the historic release of the “digital yuan” in 2022 to coincide with the Beijing Winter Olympics. By creating the world’s first sovereign digital currency, China aims to challenge the preeminence of the dollar s...
Police seek arrest of Italian middleman in Vatican property deal
Italian magistrates have issued an arrest warrant for Gianluigi Torzi, a financial broker caught up in a scandal involving the Vatican’s purchase of a building in an upscale London area, police said on Monday.
Sixteen Hongkongers arrested in police swoop on bookmaking syndicate
The suspects, aged 21 to 56, arrested on Monday and Tuesday, include three from triad backgrounds.
Bank of Ireland is first to allow asylum seekers open accounts
Bank of Ireland will allow asylum seekers to open bank accounts from May 14.
ICAC charges former CHP consultant over HK$4.2 million misconduct case
A former consultant of the Centre for Health Protection was charged by the Independent Commission Against Corruption for abusing his capacity for personal gain worth over HK$4.2 million.
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New lockdown in Sham Tseng
Surprise lockdowns are back after almost four weeks, with Block Two of Lido Garden in Sham Tseng shut down tonight.Three of today's Covid-19 cases live in the Lido Garden block.Authorities cordone...
The world's most powerful passports for 2021
The gap in travel freedom is its biggest in decades and disparities in vaccination access between countries could make the situation even worse, says a new report.
CNN Director Admits on video that they faked Trump and Biden coverage as a “propaganda” to “take down Trump”.
CNN Director: “[Trump’s] hand was shaking...We brought in so many medical people to tell a story that was all speculation -- that he was neurologically damaged, and he was losing it...We were creating a story there that we didn't know an...
The 'Iron Man' body armour many of us may soon be wearing
Imagine wearing high-tech body armour that makes you super strong and tireless.
Hong Kong quarantine rules set to relax for vaccinated aircrew, sources say
The changes are expected to benefit cargo flights first, which could de-escalate a row with FedEx and the US government over the quarantine rules.
Testing Elon Musk's Starlink: Is It Really a Rural Internet Game Changer? | WSJ
SpaceX's new Starlink satellite internet service is being touted as a rural internet game changer. WSJ spent time with a few beta testers in a very remote area of Washington state to see if it's truly the solution to the global broadband...
Customs confiscate gas masks and helmets, arrest eight
Customs arrested eight people after raiding three locations, seizing strategic commodities including gas masks and helmets.
Iran Used Fake Instagram Accounts To Try To Kidnap Our Citizens: Israel
The Israeli claim came hours after Iran accused its arch-enemy of orchestrating an attack on a key nuclear site and vowed "revenge".
Two outlets of chain restaurants face two weeks ban
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department banned two outlets of fast food restaurants, Fairwood and Cafe de Coral, after they found out staffers didn’t ensure their customers register when entering.
Canary Wharf May Scrap Planned Office Skyscraper for Apartments
The main landlord in London’s Canary Wharf financial district is considering scrapping plans for a new office skyscraper and building a 60-story apartment tower instead.
Wellcome’s price freeze plan extends for another six months
Supermarket giant Wellcome said its initiative to freeze the price for over 350 daily necessities will be extended for another six months till September.
The Lost House by Sir David Adjaye
The home’s industrial facade is easily overlooked-but step through the door and you’ll find a sublimely sunlit, matte-black interior.
Development projects threaten migratory birds, green group warns
Conservationists are calling on the government to do more to preserve wetlands, after a study found that fewer and fewer migratory birds are returning to Hong Kong, RTHK reports.
5 Tips for Choosing the Right Anti-Aging Cream
Everyone knows the power of an anti-aging cream, but heres what you should be looking for when shopping for yours.
Epoch Times defiant after Hong Kong printing press ransacked
A Hong Kong newspaper linked to a spiritual group banned in China said Tuesday it would "never back down" after a gang of sledgehammer-wielding men ransacked its printing presses, AFP reports.
Now is a good time to debate Hong Kong tax rises
The divide between rich and poor has been widening, even during a global pandemic; let’s at least consider whether corporations and the wealthy should contribute more.
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