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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Chinese teenager abducted by Islamist militants, say Philippine police

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 10:55am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Six armed men abducted an 18-year-old Chinese man in the southern Philippines on Thursday evening, local police said, suggesting the kidnappers were Islamist insurgents who fund their struggle with ransom payments. “Most likely, they were Muslim militants,” Police Superintendant Jose Bayani Legados Gucela of the Philippine police’s ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590735/chinese-teenager-abducted-muslim-militants-say-philippine-police
  2. News - China Insider - Occupy

    Poetry reading for Hong Kong protesters prompts detentions in Beijing

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 05:34pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Police in Beijing detained at least seven people over a poem reading meeting last week in support of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. They are among the dozens of people who have been reportedly detained in China as the country’s online censors mount their largest-scale censorship operations so far this year. Two women and five men, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1612157/hong-kong-poem-recital-leads-detentions-beijing
  3. News - China Insider - CORRUPTION

    Hunan city targets 'hometown clubs' to curb nepotism and favouritism

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 01:36pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com As China’s corruption crackdown is spreading to lower levels of government and cities rush to clean up their act, one town in southern China has attempted to purge age-old institutions that even predate the Communist Party. The municipal administration of Chenzhou, a city in Hunan province bordering Guangdong, has prohibited its employees ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1600826/hunan-city-targets-hometown-clubs-curb-nepotism-and-favouritism
  4. News - Hong Kong - OCCUPY CENTRAL

    'Off-the-grid' messaging application FireChat continues to ride Occupy boost

    Posted Oct 07th 2014, 02:50pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com FireChat, a mobile messaging application that does not rely on data networks or Internet connections to operate, has seen explosive growth in Hong Kong since it became the app of choice last week in the city's Occupy Central pro-democracy movement.  Over the last week, FireChat has been downloaded 460,000 times in the city, according ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1611322/grid-messaging-application-firechat-continues-ride-occupy-boost
  5. News - China Insider - Ethnic tensions

    Pregnant police officer among eight killed in Xinjiang stabbing spree: reports

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 02:04pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Unconfirmed reports suggest that another stabbing spree in China’s western Xinjiang region last Friday has claimed up to eight lives, including a pregnant police officer. Citing two local village leaders, Radio Free Asia said the attack in Pishan County in Xinjiang’s Hotal Prefecture killed eight people: six government employees and two ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1616141/pregnant-police-officer-among-eight-killed-xinjiang-stabbing
  6. News - China Insider - MEDIA

    No inch of compromise over Occupy Central in Chinese state media commentaries

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 08:03pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Articles in Chinese state media on Wednesday indicate that the Central leadership in Beijing has no intention of considering giving in to the demands by Hong Kong demonstrators and allow genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong in 2017. A commentary in the People’s Daily, the Chinese Communist Party’s leading newspaper, on Wednesday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1606265/no-inch-compromise-over-occupy-central-chinese-state-media
  7. News - China Insider - POLITICS

    TIMELINE: Zhou Yongkang's fall from grace

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 01:46pm by Patrick Boehler, Erin Hale

    ... Patrick Boehler and Erin Hale Tracing China's disgraced security tsar's career from his ancestral home in Jiangsu to the Zhongnanhai Communist Party leadership compound in Beijing On Tuesday, China announced that former security tsar Zhou Yongkang is being investigated for graft, making him officially the target of the country's highest-profile corruption ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1562507/timeline-zhou-yongkangs-fall-grace
  8. News - China Insider - soft power

    Beware the ‘chubby blue guy’: Chinese dailies warn public against Japan's ‘Doraemon’

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 06:16pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com A few state-run newspapers in the western Chinese city of Chengdu earned themselves a barrage of ridicule after they warned that the Japanese cartoon series Doraemon is just another tool used by the Japanese government to cover up its war atrocities. “We have to be clear about the strong political meaning behind [the cartoon], ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1601029/beware-chubby-blue-guy-chinese-dailies-warn-public-against-japans
  9. News - Hong Kong - CYBERSECURITY

    Apple issues China iCloud security warning

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 11:04am

    ... Associated Press and Patrick Boehler Caution urged after Chinese users report seeing warnings they had been diverted to an unauthorised website when they attempted to sign into their accounts Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1622000/apple-issues-china-icloud-security-warning
  10. News - China - SECURITY

    Spiked batons, neck-chains and shock shields: Report slams China's 'tools of torture' trade

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 07:00am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com The human rights advocacy group Amnesty International has criticised China in a new report for failing to regulate the production and international trade of excessively violent law enforcement equipment such as spiked batons or thumb cuffs. The report, released on Tuesday by Amnesty and the industry consultancy Omega Research Foundation, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1598026/spiked-batons-neck-chains-and-shock-shields-report-slams-chinas-tools

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