Maid's residency defeat
HONG KONG - A landmark ruling allowing the city's 290,000 foreign domestic workers the right to gain permanent residency has been overturned on appeal. Three High Court judges rejected last September's ruling by a lower court. The ruling had backed the application by Filipino maid Evangeline Banao Vallejos (pictured) to settle permanently, as other foreign residents can after seven years.
She is to take her case to the Court of Final Appeal.