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HK court rejects landmark residency bid by maids

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Hong Kong's top court on Monday threw out a landmark case that would have given hundreds of thousands of foreign maids the right to seek permanent residency, ending a legal battle that split the city. 

Eman Villanueva, spokesman for the Asian Migrants' Coordinating Body, addresses the media outside the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong on March 25, 2013. Hong Kong's top court on Monday threw out a landmark case that would have given hundreds of thousands of foreign maids the right to seek permanent residency, ending a legal battle that split the city.

In rejecting the bid to give maids the same residency rights as other foreigners, the Court of Final Appeal ruled that there was no need to refer the case to Beijing for a final say, which would have sparked new controversy.

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