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War of words between Chinese firm and Sri Lanka escalates over Colombo Port City

Artist's impression of the proposed Colombo Port City project. Photo: SCMP pictures

The war of words over the stalled Colombo Port City project escalated yesterday as China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) called the Sri Lankan government’s recent statement on the matter “factually incorrect”.

Tuesday, 31 March, 2015, 9:41pm 1 comment

Hundreds more Chinese citizens evacuated by the navy from war-torn Yemen

Chinese evacuees from Yemen arrive at Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport in Ethiopia. They arrived in Ethiopia on their way back to China Monday night. Photo: Xinhua

China said on Tuesday that it had evacuated more than 500 of its citizens from Yemen amid the growing violence in the Middle Eastern country.

31 Mar 2015 - 8:16pm 1 comment

ADB sees potential for cooperation with China on ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative

Stephen Groff, vice-president of the ADB. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) sees potential for cooperating with China in its “One Belt, One Road” initiative to bolster regional infrastructure links, and welcomed new institutions that wanted to support development projects.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:03pm

Pac-Man in Lan Kwai Fong: Google Maps rolls out arcade game feature for April Fool's Day

Google Maps users can play the classic arcade game Pac-Man anywhere in the world, including in Hong Kong's Central district. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Visitors to Google Maps on April Fool's Day will be able to take advantage of a new feature which allows them to play the classic arcade game Pac-Man on streets around the world.

1 Apr 2015 - 1:27am More on Google

Apple launches iPad and iPhone trade-in scheme across Greater China

A couple look at an Apple iPhone 6 at an Apple store in the China Central Mall in Beijing, China. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple customers in China will be able to trade-in their old iPhones and iPads in order to upgrade to the latest models, a spokeswoman told the South China Morning Post.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:58pm More on Apple

Solar-powered plane arrives in China ahead of toughest leg in round-the-world flight

Swiss pilots Andre Boschberg (left) and Bertrand Piccard receive a warm welcome in Chongqing. Photo: AP New

A trailblazing solar-powered plane, seeking to complete the world's first round-the-world journey using just the power of the sun, touched down in central China early today.

31 Mar 2015 - 9:55pm 1 comment

Xiaomi continues 'internet of things' push with new smart scale and power strip

Xiaomi's new smart scale pairs with its fitness and health smartphone tracking app. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China's largest smartphone manufacturer has expanded its drive into customers' homes with five new products, including a smart scale and a smart power strip.

31 Mar 2015 - 8:01pm More on Xiaomi

Father of Singapore blogger critical of Lee Kuan Yew apologises for son’s behaviour

Amos Yee (right) is accompanied to court by his father. The teenager compared Lee Kuan Yew to Jesus Christ, and made disparaging remarks about Christians, the police said. Photo: AFP Update

The father of teenage Singaporean blogger Amos Yee has tearfully apologised for the behaviour of his son, who was charged with offences yesterday over an expletive-laden online critique of Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity.

31 Mar 2015 - 11:06pm 32 comments More on Lee Kuan Yew

WhatsApp rolls out voice calls for Android, iOS coming soon

WhatsApp users on Android can now send voice messages as well as text. Photo: Bloomberg

Users of WhatsApp, the hugely popular mobile messaging service bought last year by Facebook for US$22 billion, will soon be able to make phone calls through the app.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:31pm 1 comment

Chinese officials forced to take driving lessons after chauffer-driven cars taken off them

A fleet of government cars and drivers wait to take delegates to the National People's Congress in Beijing four years ago, before the curbs on wasteful spending were introduced. Photo: AFP

Many senior government officials in China have had to learn to drive after their chauffer-driven cars were taken off them as part of efforts to curb wasteful and extravagant spending, state media reported.

31 Mar 2015 - 9:49pm

Japan ‘cautious’ about joining China-led development bank as deadline to sign up looms

The Japanese government remained cautious about joining a planned Chinese-led Asian development bank on Tuesday, hours before the deadline China has set for accepting founding members.

31 Mar 2015 - 4:48pm 1 comment

Top tech leaders and innovators to converge on Shanghai for Consumer Electronics CEO Summit

Top technology leaders and thinkers will meet in China's largest city later this year for a major trade show and summit, showcasing the importance of the world's largest economy to the global tech industry.

31 Mar 2015 - 3:07pm
An attendee tries out a pair of headphones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show will come to Shanghai for the first time this year. Photo: AFP

Global tech events expand to China amid fast rise of both local buyers and manufacturers

31 Mar 2015 - 8:07am
Many Hongkongers find it troublesome to type in Cantonese on smartphones. Photo: EPA

Why Cantonese keyboard is one of the most popular tools in Apple's Hong Kong app store

31 Mar 2015 - 1:26pm 3 comments
The unfinished residence of disgraced PLA general Gu Junshan pictured in Puyang, Henan province in January, 2014. Photo: Reuters

China orders military to keep barracks simple, guard against excess

31 Mar 2015 - 8:15pm
US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, left, meets Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. Photo: AFP

China suspends bank technology restrictions opposed by US

31 Mar 2015 - 1:17pm
The Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Taipei. Taiwan's decision on the eve of Tuesday's deadline for submissions. Photo: EPA

Taiwan in last-minute bid to join AIIB as founding member

31 Mar 2015 - 6:36pm 10 comments
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'I made out with 40 girls': Meet the Kim Jong-un impersonator who scored big at the Sevens

31 Mar 2015 - 4:51pm 2 comments
G20 leaders and partner groups wave during a group photo at the annual G20 summit in Brisbane last November. Photo: Reuters

Xi Jinping ‘among 31 world leaders’ to have personal details leaked in G20 security breach

31 Mar 2015 - 1:21am 2 comments
Pedestrians walk past cranes and residential buildings standing under construction in Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

China eases property curbs as stimulus hopes spark bull run in equities

31 Mar 2015 - 7:34am 1 comment
US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (L) shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang before their meeting in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew presses China to open markets in Beijing talks

30 Mar 2015 - 5:28pm 1 comment
ICBC undershot expectations to notch 5 per cent profit growth for last year after logging a more than 10 per cent gain in 2013. Photo: AFP

China's biggest banks learn to cope with sluggish growth

31 Mar 2015 - 4:57am

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The Germanwings tragedy makes clear that cabin practices and the training and experience of co-pilots should also be reviewed. Photo: AFP

After Germanwings tragedy, it's time to review the rules governing pilots

1 Apr 2015 - 12:48am
Without protection of rights, it is difficult for original content providers to justify outlaying resources and manpower on research and compilation of material that is then published by others, sometimes without due acknowledgment. Photo: AP

In digital era, original news content needs copyright protection

1 Apr 2015 - 12:48am

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Hong Kong must move now on third runway or risk falling far behind

Without the third runway, the growth of the Hong Kong hub will be stifled. IVAN CHU

We are facing a stark reality as the current two-runway system at Hong Kong International Airport gets perilously close to reaching full capacity.

31 Mar 2015 - 5:50pm 4 comments

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Germwanwings crash has brought renewed focus on mental health of pilots and difficulties facing airlines

A French rescue worker inspects the remains of the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash. Photo: Reuters AGENCIES

Germanwings crash has raised disturbing questions about the difficulties airlines face to monitor the mental health of their employees.

31 Mar 2015 - 4:22am 3 comments

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Iris Tam and Victor So at yesterday's URA board meeting, a day after she quit.Photo: Nora Tam DEVELOPMENT

Email lifts lid on discord at top of Hong Kong urban renewal body

The managing director of the Urban Renewal Authority revealed in an email to staff on Tuesday that she left because of "fundamental differences" with its chairman over its direction, to which the chairman responded that "our social mission has not changed".

1 Apr 2015 - 1:11am

Asia

Amos Yee (right) is accompanied to court by his father. The teenager compared Lee Kuan Yew to Jesus Christ, and made disparaging remarks about Christians, the police said. Photo: AFP RELIGION

Father of Singapore blogger critical of Lee Kuan Yew apologises for son’s behaviour

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The father of teenage Singaporean blogger Amos Yee has tearfully apologised for the behaviour of his son, who was charged with offences yesterday over an expletive-laden online critique of Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity.

31 Mar 2015 - 11:06pm 32 comments More on Lee Kuan Yew

Business

Artist's impression of the proposed Colombo Port City project. Photo: SCMP pictures INVESTMENTS

War of words between Chinese firm and Sri Lanka escalates over Colombo Port City

The war of words over the stalled Colombo Port City project escalated yesterday as China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) called the Sri Lankan government’s recent statement on the matter “factually incorrect”.

31 Mar 2015 - 9:41pm 1 comment
YUAN

China’s CIPS payment system to boost yuan use, hand foreign banks a share

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China’s launch of its international payment system (CIPS) this the year should end the monopoly that China’s yuan clearing banks enjoy, giving foreign banks a share of the mushrooming yuan clearing business.

31 Mar 2015 - 8:01pm

Property

Vanke's residential property in Fuyang district, Hangzhou. Vanke sold 1.05 billion square metres of property last year. china property

Vanke profits up 4.2pc to 15.75 billion yuan

Profits at the mainland’s largest listed real estate firm, China Vanke, rose 4.2 per cent to 15.75 billion yuan (HK$19.61 billion) last year as the property market continued to slow.

31 Mar 2015 - 5:05pm
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Kaisa misses earnings report deadline

Kaisa, the troubled Shenzhen-based property firm, said in a regulatory filing that it would miss the deadline to file its 2014 annual results.

It said it would need more time to “ascertain the cash flow position of the company”. Trading of the company’s shares was suspended.

31 Mar 2015 - 5:07pm
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Apocalypse Kowloon: artist creates dystopian world based on a Hong Kong he's never seen

Apocalypse Kowloon: artist creates dystopian world based on a Hong Kong he's never seen

A French graphic artist has reimagined Hong Kong as a dystopian, post-apocalyptic metropolis inhabited by giant robots and cyberpunk characters - without ever visiting the city. The artworks could spawn a comic book, he hopes.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:47pm

'I made out with 40 girls': Meet the Kim Jong-un impersonator who scored big at the Sevens

31 Mar 2015 2 comments

Three insider's tips for Hong Kong music lovers

31 Mar 2015
Bombarding onions with irradiating ions drastically reduces content of its tear-inducing enzyme. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Onions won't make you cry any more, thanks to Japanese scientists

The sobbing of a chef as she chops onions in the kitchen could be a thing of the past thanks to one Japanese company, which says it has produced a tear-free vegetable.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:21pm

Hong Kong hosts California burger chain In-N-Out's second pop-up

31 Mar 2015 4 comments

How to grow your own herbs in humid Hong Kong

31 Mar 2015 1 comment
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DNA studies shed light on genetic mixing across four continents

The internet and modern genetics have been a pair of high-wattage searchlights slicing through one of the darkest periods of modern human history: more than three centuries of conquest, slave trade and population displacement in the Americas.

29 Mar 2015 - 8:58am

Nitrogen emissions in smog threatens to 'massacre' world's forests: Chinese scientists

29 Mar 2015 3 comments

Destroying the soil is going to be the death of us if we're not careful

29 Mar 2015

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Sport

Rory McIlroy got a huge appearance fee to play in the 2012 Hong Kong Open, but he failed to make the cut. Photo: USA Today Sports FUNDING

Financial boost likely for Hong Kong showpiece golf and tennis opens

Golf and tennis are in line to receive millions of dollars in funding from the revamped Mega Events Fund for each sport's showpiece tournaments later this year, a top Hong Kong government official said.

1 Apr 2015 - 12:20am

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Vivienne Tam's tale of two cities: from Hong Kong girl to New York success story

Vivienne Tam's tale of two cities: from Hong Kong girl to New York success story

Hong Kong's most iconic design export, Vivienne Tam tells Jing Zhang about bridging the East-West fashion divide, and why she had to move to New York to make it in her hometown.

28 Mar 2015 - 11:27pm 5 comments

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