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China’s exploding meth market

Chinese factories are pumping out crystal methamphetamine to eager buyers across the Asia Pacific. As Tara Joseph reports, organized crime rings are making millions of dollars from the trade every year, fueling drugs use across the region.

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China’s drugs watchdog struggles as senior staff lured away by industry

Officers from Shanghai Food and Drug Administration conduct a seizure at Husi Food factory in Shanghai July 20, 2014. A watchdog closed Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a local unit of OSI, and seized meat products suspected of being beyond their expiration date, according to a statement on Monday from the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration. Picture taken July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: FOOD BUSINESS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTR3ZGF9
Officers from Shanghai Food and Drug Administration conduct a seizure at Husi Food factory in Shanghai July 20, 2014. A watchdog closed Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a local unit of OSI, and seized meat products suspected of being beyond their expiration date, according to a statement on Monday from the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration. Picture taken July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA – Tags: FOOD BUSINESS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA – RTR3ZGF9

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Promises of higher salaries and greater freedom at work are luring officials from China’s high-profile drugs watchdog to the companies they had regulated, a  blow just as the country looks to tighten oversight and drive innovation.

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The Hello Kitty Murder
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The Hello Kitty Murder: Hong Kong’s most sordid crime in a decade

Detectives were skeptical when a pretty 14-year-old girl turned up at a Tsim Sha Tsui police station in May 1999 saying she was being haunted by the ghost of a woman she had helped torture, kill and butcher a year earlier.

But when they followed up her claims and visited a third-floor apartment in Hong Kong’s shoppers’ paradise, Granville Road, they uncovered what many police and lawyers consider Hong Kong’s most sordid and revolting crime in almost a decade.

Words by Tom Hilditch

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