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Rugby Sevens celebrations marred by inconvenient toilet malfunction

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which manages the stadium, apologised for the lack of flushing water. Photo: Nora Tam

Conditions at Hong Kong Stadium took a turn for the worse yesterday after the toilets broke down during the Rugby Sevens revelry.

Saturday, 28 March, 2015, 10:05pm 4 comments More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015

South China now favoured way out of country for IS recruits: terrorism expert

Two Uygur women armed with knives were shot dead in Guangzhou's Baiyun district the night before the Guangzhou Railway station knife attack. The area has become a meeting place for Uygurs in recent months.

China's southern seaboard has replaced the mountainous and tightly guarded western frontier as the preferred route for Islamic extremists to slip recruits out of the country, according to a leading expert on terrorism.

28 Mar 2015 - 7:55am 1 comment

Hong Kong Sevens 2015 live blog - Day 2

The obligatory streaker. At least have the balls, pardon the pun, to get the whole lot out. Photo: Felix Wong

Follow all the action live from Hong Kong Stadium on day two of the city's biggest sporting event

28 Mar 2015 - 7:39pm 1 comment More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015

China’s Vice-President Li Yuanchao to attend Lee Kuan Yew's funeral

Vice-President Li Yuanchao will attend the state funeral of Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore. Photo: Reuters

Vice-President Li Yuanchao will be the most senior Chinese official to attend the state funeral of Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore, while President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang will not attend, Beijing has confirmed.

28 Mar 2015 - 3:04am 1 comment More on Lee Kuan Yew

Japan ruling party lawmaker meets Chinese president Xi Jinping

File photo of Toshihiro Nikai, Executive Council Chairman of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Photo: Reuters Update

A lawmaker from Japan’s ruling party on Saturday spoke with China’s President Xi Jinping amid a slight easing of tensions between the two countries.

28 Mar 2015 - 6:17pm More on Sino-Japanese relations

Crash co-pilot was a psychiatric patient and planned a big gesture, girlfriend tells reporter

Germanwings airplanes on the ground at Dusseldorf airport on Friday. Photo: Reuters

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps told his girlfriend he was in psychiatric treatment, and that he was planning a spectacular gesture that everyone would remember, the German daily Bild reported on Saturday.

28 Mar 2015 - 6:33pm

Malaysia arrests opposition figures to thwart protest demanding release of their leader

Supporters of Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim hold placards during a protest demanding his release in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday after three of their leading members were arrested. Photo: AFP

Malaysian police arrested three leading opposition politicians in a bid to thwart a protest march on Saturday demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, his party said.

28 Mar 2015 - 8:17pm

Terrorists ‘recruited Uygur students at Guangzhou university’

South China Normal University in Guangzhou, where it is believed that extremists were recruiting Uygur students to fight in the MIddle East. Photo: SCMP Pictures Exclusive

Uygur students in Guangzhou have been warned to stay away from "outsiders" after several were recruited by a suspected religious extremist and had been missing since last year, various sources told the South China Morning Post.

28 Mar 2015 - 5:38am 2 comments

The Philippines dismisses China’s concerns over South China Sea military repairs

The Philippine's President Benigno Aquino (right) and China's ambassador in Manila Zhao Jianhua (left) shake hands at a Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce conference on Friday. Photo: EPA

The Philippines dismisses China’s concerns over South China Sea military repairs PHILIPPINES Reuters in Manila The Philippines has dismissed concerns by China over its plan to repair military facilities in the South China Sea, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday, insisting Manila has so

28 Mar 2015 - 4:35pm

Mercurial Thai junta ruler becoming well-known for his poorly-chosen words

Thai general-turned-prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: Reuters

Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched – or even executed. Such is life for members of the press covering Thailand’s notoriously testy military ruler.

28 Mar 2015 - 4:01pm

Hong Kong actively seeking to join Asian infrastructure bank, says financial secretary

Hong Kong is seeking actively to join the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-led regional version of the World Bank that has been attracting more countries to sign up as founding members.

28 Mar 2015 - 4:07am 13 comments

Chinese leader Xi Jinping spells out ambitious Asia vision at Boao Forum

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Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference.

28 Mar 2015 - 11:55am 5 comments
The cockpit door locking system of an Airbus A320. Photo: Reuters

Airlines race to require two crew in cockpit after Germanwings crash

28 Mar 2015 - 11:59am 4 comments
A TVB Journalist came under attack during a rally organised by Blue Ribbon Movement in Tsim Sha Tsui in October, 2014. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong press freedom index falls amid attacks on journalists, self-censorship

28 Mar 2015 - 4:22am 39 comments
Top 7 weirdest reviews for Hong Kong attractions on TripAdvisor

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28 Mar 2015 - 3:00pm 8 comments
In this Nov. 27, 2014 image from video, Tun Lin Maung sits with a group of slave fishermen from Myanmar behind a fishing company building in Benjina, Indonesia. Photo: AP

Thousands of foreign fishermen, many enslaved, are stranded on Indonesian islands

28 Mar 2015 - 9:26am
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‘Who’s the real leader?’: Joshua Wong in Fortune top 10 as CY Leung gets thumbs down

27 Mar 2015 - 6:42pm 82 comments
The MTR Corp last week announced HK$220 million of concessions for travellers this year, in the form of a discount of 10 per cent on a passenger's second trip of the day. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong MTR passengers face 4.3pc fare increase from June

28 Mar 2015 - 4:18am 5 comments
Frogmen searched the waters near the old Wan Chai Ferry Pier on Friday to investigate the suspected shipwreck. Photo: Dickson Lee

Suspected shipwreck discovery in Hong Kong could delay major construction project

28 Mar 2015 - 4:19am 6 comments
HKTV is chaired by Ricky Wong Wai-kay.  Photo: Jonathan Wong

HKTV still hopeful of free-to-air television licence despite HK$240m loss

27 Mar 2015 - 6:33pm 3 comments
Sri Lanka's finance minister Ravi Karunanayake. Photo: AFP

Sri Lanka fires fresh salvo at Chinese firm over Port City project

28 Mar 2015 - 12:25am 1 comment
A tearful Singaporean mother and her daughters tell the media what Lee Kuan Yew, the nation's first premier, meant to them. Photo: Reuters

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28 Mar 2015 - 9:41pm 1 comment

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28 Mar 2015 - 6:55am
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Cleaning up China's coal power

Our energy solutions should drive progress towards a rise in global living standards, strong economies, and a clean environment. GREG BOYCE

China's long march towards economic expansion has gone hand in hand with urbanisation, which is a powerful engine for sustained growth. In 1950, about 13 per cent of China's citizens lived in cities. By 2011, that share had grown to 50 per cent.

27 Mar 2015 - 5:25pm 2 comments

Focus

The woman declared the world's best teacher cares nothing about test scores

Nancie Atwell, with former US president Bill Clinton and United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, at her award ceremony. Photo: AP GDN

Nancie Atwell's school in the rural town of Edgecomb, in the US state of Maine, is no ordinary place of learning. Then again, Atwell is no ordinary teacher.

27 Mar 2015 - 3:10am

Harry's View

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The Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which manages the stadium, apologised for the lack of flushing water. Photo: Nora Tam RUGBY SEVENS

Rugby Sevens celebrations marred by inconvenient toilet malfunction

Conditions at Hong Kong Stadium took a turn for the worse yesterday after the toilets broke down during the Rugby Sevens revelry.

For almost five hours from 10.30am, the stadium – catering to 40,000 boisterous rugby fans – was devoid of flushing water due to a burst pipe.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:05pm 4 comments More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015

China

Mao Chaofeng, deputy governor of Hainan, says he is confident of debt repayments at all government levels. Photo: CNS FINANCE

Hainan province downplays debt problems as its capital city asks for help

Officials in Hainan province have downplayed concerns over local government debt despite a plea for help by its capital city Haikou, which said it might be unable to meet its repayments.

28 Mar 2015 - 5:28am

Asia

Nita Ambani was appointed to the board of Reliance Industries by Mukesh Ambani, the second-richest Indian. Photo: AP INDIA

Indian businessmen promoting their wives as deadline looms for every board to have one female director

As Indian companies scramble to meet a deadline to appoint women to their boards, some wealthy business owners have a solution that meets the letter if not the intention of the law: appointing their wives.

28 Mar 2015 - 9:39pm

World

Germanwings airplanes on the ground at Dusseldorf airport on Friday. Photo: Reuters Aviation accidents

Crash co-pilot was a psychiatric patient and planned a big gesture, girlfriend tells reporter

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps told his girlfriend he was in psychiatric treatment, and that he was planning a spectacular gesture that everyone would remember, the German daily Bild reported on Saturday.

28 Mar 2015 - 6:33pm
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Rapper Kanye West here to make waves

With a new album and a fashion line, pop culture's most polarising figure Kanye West is here to make waves.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:52pm

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England-based Irish jockey Richard Hughes and Sole Power (second left) win the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan, with Douglas Whyte and Peniaphobia placing second and American galloper Green Mask (along the rails) in third. Amber Sky managed to place fourth (far left). Photos: Kenneth Chan RACING

Close but no Cigar for Hong Kong's elite at Dubai World Cup

Celebrating 20 years since the charismatic American horse won the inaugural Dubai World Cup, it was close but no Cigar for the seven-strong Hong Kong team at Meydan on Saturday night.

29 Mar 2015 - 2:10am
NOONAN'S VIEW TIM NOONAN

Flushed with success but hard act to follow

Contrary to the seemingly hedonistic excesses on display, there are still a few virgins left in the stadium. This I know for a fact because my brother-in-law and his son are here for the first time. Greg is stupid for rugby and his son, Seb, has come along with him from Ireland to celebrate his 25th birthday.

29 Mar 2015 - 1:32am More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015
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28 Mar 2015 - 11:27pm

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