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Ex-Property Consultant Elected Hong Kong Chief Executive

Former government adviser and property consultant Leung Chun-ying won Hong Kong's leadership election on Sunday, after the most divisive vote since the city reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.

Leung, 57, will replace outgoing chief executive Donald Tsang in June after winning 689 of the votes from the 1,200-strong election committee that chooses the southern Chinese city's leader, according to an official count.

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Hong Kong Protest over Chief Executive Election

Thousands of pro-democracy activists took to the streets of Hong Kong Saturday demanding universal suffrage and expressing anger at the city's system of choosing its chief executive.

The protesters walked through the center of the southern Chinese city to government headquarters, brandishing banners and chanting slogans including "no small circle election" and "give me direct elections", local TV news showed.

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Nine Hurt as Cathay Pacific Evacuates Plane in Shanghai

A Cathay Pacific plane aborted its take-off from a Shanghai airport Friday after smoke was detected in the cabin, forcing an evacuation of the aircraft and injuring nine, the airline said.

Cathay said 351 passengers and 19 crew were evacuated from the Boeing 747 aircraft, which was taxiing at the Chinese city's Pudong International Airport for a flight to Hong Kong when the incident occurred.

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Google Constructs New Data Centers in Asia

Google on Thursday began construction of a new data center in Hong Kong, the first of three planned for Asia as the Web giant expands to meet the region's growing thirst for information technology.

The facility, Google's first outside the United States and Europe, will cost US$300 million and is being built on 2.7 hectares (6.7 acres) in the Tseung Kwan O industrial estate in Kowloon, the firm said.

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U.S. Director Coppola Likens Film with Wine-making

U.S. film director and multi-Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola on Sunday likened movie-making to his other great passion, wine, as he attended a prestigious trade fair in Asia's new wine hub Hong Kong.

The director of modern classics such as "Apocalypse Now" and "The Godfather" trilogy told reporters at the opening of the Winefuture expo that the process of producing a fine wine had features in common with directing a great film.

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70 People Injured in Hong Kong Ferry Accident

A high-speed catamaran ferry has slammed into a mooring pillar outside Hong Kong, injuring more than 70 people, including a 70-year-old woman who is in critical condition.

The ferry was carrying 140 passengers Friday when it struck the pillar on the island of Cheung Chau as it departed for the heart of the Chinese territory's business district.

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Hong Kong Police Make Record Cocaine Bust

Hong Kong police said Sunday they have made the southern Chinese territory's largest ever cocaine bust, seizing more than half a ton of the drug, worth around $77 million.

Authorities said drugs officers raided separate locations over the weekend, including a warehouse in the city's suburbs, finding a total of 567 kilograms (1,250 pounds) of cocaine.

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Hong Kong Arrests Man over Stock Exchange Hacking

Hong Kong police said on Friday they had arrested a 29-year-old man over a cyber attack on the city's stock exchange website which halted trading in the shares of seven companies.

Police said they detained the man on Thursday, seizing five computers, two mobile phones and other items, a police spokesman told Agence France Presse.

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3D Porn Film Beats Avatar at Hong Kong Box Office

A Hong Kong movie billed as the world's first 3D porn film has broken the city's first-day box office record previously set by Hollywood blockbuster Avatar, the porn movie's publicist told Agence France Presse on Thursday.

"3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy" notched up HK$2.8 million ($360,000) on its first day last week, outpacing director James Cameron's science fiction epic which drew HK$2.6 million, The film has grossed more than HK$15 million since its release, she added.

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