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Nov 4, 2014

Macau October gaming revenues fall 23 percent, drop worst on record

HONG KONG (Reuters) – October was the worst month on record for casino revenues in the world’s biggest gambling hub Macau as China’s pervasive war on corruption, combined with fewer tourists and slowing economic growth, dampen the appetite to wager.

Gambling revenues for the month fell some 23 percent year-on-year, the sharpest drop since the former Portuguese colony started keeping records, government data showed on Tuesday.

Nov 4, 2014

Macau Oct gaming revenues fall 23 pct, drop worst on record

HONG KONG, Nov 4 (Reuters) – October was the worst month on
record for casino revenues in the world’s biggest gambling hub
Macau as China’s pervasive war on corruption, combined with
fewer tourists and slowing economic growth, dampen the appetite
to wager.

Gambling revenues for the month fell some 23 percent
year-on-year, the sharpest drop since the former Portuguese
colony started keeping records, government data showed on
Tuesday.

Nov 3, 2014

British banker charged with murder of two women in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A 29-year-old British banker appeared in a Hong Kong court on Monday charged with two counts of murder after police found the bodies of two women in his apartment, including one inside a suitcase on a balcony.

Rurik George Caton Jutting, looking stony-faced and unshaven and wearing a black T-shirt and dark-rimmed glasses, said he understood both charges. The brief hearing was adjourned until Nov. 10, without Jutting entering a plea.

Nov 2, 2014

Macau Oct gaming revenues set for worst drop on record

HONG KONG (Reuters) – October is set to be the worst month on record for casino revenues in the world’s biggest gambling hub Macau as China’s pervasive war on corruption, combined with fewer tourists and slowing economic growth, dampen the appetite to wager.

Gambling revenues for the month are expected to have fallen some 20-23 percent year-on-year, analysts say, the sharpest drop since the former Portuguese colony started keeping records.

Oct 24, 2014

Hong Kong protesters set for the long haul at self-sustaining village

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong protesters have created a self-sustaining village within a month of taking their call for democracy to the streets, setting up changing rooms, tents for hire, a study area, first-aid stations and even their own security patrols as they ready for the long haul.

What started out as hastily built barricades against police pepper spray and tear gas, relying mainly on cling film and umbrellas, has evolved into a fully fledged campus with carpeted stairs, water coolers, WiFi and gas-fueled generators supporting mobile phones, desk lamps and amplifiers.

Oct 21, 2014

Hong Kong students, officials set for first talks on political crisis

HONG KONG, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Senior Hong Kong government
officials will meet student leaders for the first time on
Tuesday in an attempt to defuse more than three weeks of
pro-democracy protests which have brought parts of the Asian
financial centre to a standstill.

Hopes are low for any breakthrough during the evening talks
- which will be broadcast live – with both sides refusing to
give ground in resolving the worst political crisis in the
former British colony since it was handed back to China in 1997.

Oct 19, 2014

Hong Kong crisis deepens after weekend clashes, talks set for Tuesday

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week, with the government having limited options to end the crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront police.

Dozens of people were reportedly injured in two nights of clashes that began late on Friday in the densely populated Mong Kok district of the Chinese-controlled city, including 22 police. Four people were arrested early on Sunday, police said.

Oct 15, 2014

Hong Kong police use pepper spray on protesters, arrest 45

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police arrested 45 pro-democracy protesters in the early hours of Wednesday, using pepper spray on those who resisted, as they cleared a major road in the Asian financial center that had been barricaded with concrete slabs.

The police operation was the toughest against largely student protesters in more than a week, and came after demonstrators swarmed into a tunnel on a key four-lane thoroughfare late on Tuesday, halting traffic and chanting for universal suffrage in the Chinese-controlled city.

Oct 15, 2014

Hong Kong tensions rise as police use pepper spray on protesters, arrest 45

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police arrested 45 pro-democracy protesters in the early hours of Wednesday, using pepper spray on those who resisted, as they cleared a major road in the Asian financial centre that had been barricaded with concrete slabs.

The police operation was the toughest against largely student protesters in more than a week, and came after demonstrators swarmed into a tunnel on a key four-lane thoroughfare late on Tuesday, halting traffic and chanting for universal suffrage in the Chinese-controlled city.

Oct 14, 2014

HK police use sledgehammers and chainsaws to dismantle protest barriers, reopen major road

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of Hong Kong police used sledgehammers and chainsaws to dismantle pro-democracy barricades near government offices and the city’s financial center on Tuesday, reopening a major road for the first time since protests began two weeks ago.

In a setback to protesters, traffic flowed freely along Queensway Road after their sit-in and barricades were cleared from the road. But other major protest sites remained in tact in the Admiralty and Mong Kok districts and pro-democracy demonstrators were defiant.