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  1. Xiamen Air seizes on direct links with hourly Taiwan flights plan

    Posted Jun 04th 2008, 12:00am by Charlotte So

    ... Charlotte So in Istanbul China Southern Airlines' 60 per cent-owned subsidiary Xiamen Airlines will be among the first to take advantage of direct links between the mainland ... is our main focus as Xiamen is the nearest point between the mainland and the island,' said Mr Hu, who believes that direct links between the two could be established by next month. He ...

  2. News - World - SURVEILLANCE

    Edward Snowden granted three-year Russian residence permit

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 10:42pm by Reuters

    ... Agencies in Moscow Three-year permit will put him a year away from Russian citizenship as former NSA contractor settles into life in Moscow Snowden granted Russian residency Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by the United States for leaking extensive secrets of its electronic surveillance programmes, has been given a three-year residence permit by Russia, his ...

  3. News - Asia

    South Korean police raid Christian complex linked to ferry owner for second day

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 12:28pm

    ... the church complex three weeks ago, but came away empty-handed, amid reports that Yoo may have fled overseas. Yoo is the patriarch of the family behind the Chonghaejin Marine Co., which owned ...

  4. News - China - RELIGION

    Inside a 'cult': Chinese husband goes undercover in religious sect linked to McDonald's killing

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 07:07pm by LAURA ZHOU

    ... immortality," he said. The authorities have launched a further crackdown against the group after the killing of Wu in Zhaoyuan on May 28. Five people were jailed for between three and 3-1/2 years in Xi county near Xinyang, Henan province for editing and handing out leaflets about the church, Xinhua reported. Four women in Huanren county in Liaoning were jailed for between three and four years ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - TRANSPORT

    Cost of high speed rail link swells to HK$80b in light of two-year delay

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 04:50am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com MTR is adding HK$13 billion to price tag following announcement of two-year delay, says lawmaker, and he claims estimate is optimistic High-speed rail link ... at MTR as saying. The claim was made as MTR contractors were said to be facing cash-flow problems as a result of the delay- which has pushed back completion of the high-speed link from West ...

  6. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Groundwater monitoring system 'three years away'

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 05:04am by Li Jing

    ... Li Jing jing.li@scmp.com Groundwater monitoring system 'three years away' The mainland is considering revising its 20-year-old standards for groundwater and will launch a new network to monitor quality in three years, according to an official with the Ministry of Land and Resources. Zhang Zuochen, a deputy head of the ministry-affiliated China Institute ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - TRANSPORT

    Shops at Hung Hom Station closing ahead of transfer point construction

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:14am by BRIAN YAP

    ... at Hung Hom Station have been forced to close until early 2016, as the first phase of modification work on a key transfer station in the Sha Tin to Central Link project is scheduled to take place ... The HK$5 billion modification project on the southern and northern parts of the station as well as the section in between will be carried out in three stages, each expected to take about a year ...


    Guangzhou district chief linked to fallen party boss is hauled away for graft probe

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 04:26pm by He Huifeng

    ... He Huifeng huifeng.he@scmp.com Colleagues said to be 'shocked' by Yang Yanwen's disappearance days ago An associate of disgraced former Guangzhou party boss Wan Qingliang was reportedly taken away for graft probe, a sign that the investigat ...

  9. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Fast links to mainland speed growth of central Taiwan's hub city

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 03:29am by Ralph Jennings

    ... links to mainland boost Taichung The economy of central Taiwan's biggest city, Taichung, is growing about 9 per cent a year on three legs: closer links with the mainland, new transport systems to strengthen those links, and a massive speculative construction boom. The city has seen its investors return from the mainland because they can now cross the Taiwan Strait more easily, ...

  10. Business - Companies

    ADB, 2 private-sector firms start US$400m climate-linked investment fund

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 10:15am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com ADB joins US$400m climate venture The Asian Development Bank has entered into a Hong Kong-based joint venture with two private-sector firms to make private equity investments in environmentally supportive, low-carbon deal ...




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