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  1. News - World - THE VATICAN

    Vatican says conclave for next pope may come early

    Posted Feb 17th 2013, 11:56am by Associated Press in Vatican City

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City The Vatican raised the possibility Saturday that the conclave to elect the next pope might start sooner than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15 to 20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant. Vatican spokesman the Reverent Federico Lombardi said that Vatican rules on papal succession are open ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1152273/vatican-says-conclave-next-pope-may-come-early
  2. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    ‘Will this happen in Hong Kong?’ Inside the shutdown of Beijing’s Independent Film Festival

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:03pm by Vivienne Chow

    ... directorial debut last Saturday. But the police crackdown on China’s largest independent film festival not only ruined the opportunity, it also filled him with fear of what might happen in Hong Kong one day. “They could shut down the festival, snatch your property and beat you up in broad daylight without explaining anything to you,” the 23-year-old independent director told the South ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581712/will-happen-hong-kong-inside-shutdown-beijings-independent-film
  3. News - World

    Chinese Scots as divided as rest of country over independence

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 11:41pm by KATHLEEN NUTT

    ... Kathleen Nutt in Glasgow Like the rest of Scotland, its Chinese community is split on whether to back union or independence Chinese Scots play part in go-it-alone debate Yen Hongmei Jin knows exactly how she's going to vote when Scotland goes to the polls next month for its historic referendum on independence. The young mother-of-two believes firmly that Scotland should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581832/chinese-scots-divided-rest-country-over-independence
  4. News - China - PATRIOTISM

    China considers 'Martyrs' Day' to honour those who died for independence

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 12:42pm by Cary Huang

    ... independence heroes China is considering a proposal to set September 30 as Martyrs’ Day to commemorate those who gave their lives for the nation in an attempt to promote patriotism at a time when people’s belief in communism seems to be fading. Martyrs’ Day will honour those who gave their lives for national independence and prosperity since the first Opium War with the British in 1840, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1581105/proposal-would-commemorate-chinas-martryrs
  5. News - World - SCOTLAND

    Salmond wins final TV debate before Scottish independence referendum

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 05:20pm by Reuters in Glasgow

    ... “smoked” by Salmond. Salmond, the leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), got more cheers in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, than Darling, 60, who attracted the odd groan ... Reuters in Glasgow Snap poll showed nationalist leader easily won TV debate seen as last chance to reach wide audience Scotland’s pro-independence leader Alex Salmond easily won a final TV ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580823/salmond-steamrollers-final-tv-debate-scottish-referendum
  6. News - World

    Gaza Strip attacked by Israeli air force after rocket fire

    Posted Jun 24th 2013, 01:29pm by Agence France-Presse in Gaza City

    ... Agence France-Presse in Gaza City Attack followed rocket fire from Palestinian territory into southern Israel The Israeli air force (IAF) attacked targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday, following rocket fire from the Palestinian territory into southern Israel, sources from both sides of the conflict said. “In response to the numerous rockets launched at Israel in the past ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1267825/gaza-strip-attacked-israeli-air-force-after-rocket-fire
  7. Lifestyle - Books

    Ancient manuscripts tell of proud, independent people

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 07:13am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill Ancient manuscripts tell of proud, independent people The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History by Rian Thum Harvard University Press The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History may ... and is used by those who want a separate state. Instead, he uses "Altishahr", a politically neutral word that means "six cities" and covers the area traditionally inhabited ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1579146/ancient-manuscripts-tell-proud-independent-people
  8. News - World

    One month to Scottish independence vote, Yes camp in tough fight

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 11:26am by AFP

    ... to go until Scotland votes on independence from Britain, polls suggest the plan will be defeated, leaving First Minister Alex Salmond and the 'yes' camp in an uphill battle to secure ... independence. Most opinion polls show 45 t050 per cent support for Scotland remaining part of the United Kingdom, with backing for independence ranging from 35 to 39 per cent. But it is thought that up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575353/one-month-scottish-independence-vote-yes-camp-tough-fight
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Gaza strikes kill 4 militants as 68 rockets hit Israel

    Posted Oct 24th 2012, 03:23pm by Agence France-Presse in Gaza City

    ... Agence France-Presse in Gaza City Tensions soared around Gaza on Wednesday after Israeli air raids killed four militants and Palestinian armed groups fired 68 rockets at southern Israel, ... early on Wednesday killed a third militant and injured another near the southern city of Rafah, medics said. During the morning, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry also said another militant who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1068695/gaza-militants-fire-40-rockets-israel-3-hurt-police
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    Hong Kong Monetary Authority's lack of independence queried in IMF study

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 02:57am by DON WEINLAND

    ... queries key pointof HKMA independence The IMF has called into question the independence of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) from the chief executive at a time of growing concern over the city's exposure to mainland borrowers. In a financial sector assessment aimed at gauging the Hong Kong banking system's compliance with Basel III rules, the International Monetary Fund said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1555923/hong-kong-monetary-authoritys-lack-independence-queried-imf

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