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Object spotted in sea not from the missing AirAsia plane: Indonesian vice president

Bracing for the worst, a relative of a QZ 8501 passenger weeps at the Surabaya airport as the second day of search operations for the missing jet yields little answers. Photo: Reuters

An object spotted during a sea search for an AirAsia plane was not from the missing AirAsia jet, Indonesia’s vice president said Monday.

Monday, 29 December, 2014, 10:27pm 11 comments More on AirAsia flight QZ8501

Police bust prostitution rings offering 'breastfeeding for adults' services

A photograph published by The Beijing News of one of the women allegedly involved in the websites.

Fifteen people have been arrested on prostitution charges over their alleged involvement in websites that hired mothers with newborn babies to breast feed adults.

29 Dec 2014 - 1:46pm 11 comments

Policeman in China suspended after 'assaulting woman who later died'

The police officer stands over Zhou Xiuyun after she collapsed. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Officer said the woman was ‘playing dead’ after alleged assault in Taiyuan in northern China.

29 Dec 2014 - 4:00pm

China faces crucial year as President Xi Jinping's pushes ahead with reform plans

President Xi Jinping (centre) at APEC. Photo: Simon Song

As President Xi Jinping heads into 2015 - the Communist Party chief's third year in the top office - he should be more comfortable with his status, having emerged as the most powerful leader in the post-Mao era.

29 Dec 2014 - 8:42am 5 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

South Korean doctors probed for taking 'party' photos while patient gets plastic surgery

One of the staff blows out a birthday cake while an unconscious patient is lying on the operating table. Photo: Donga News website New

South Korean health authorities said today that they are investigating a plastic surgery clinic in Seoul after photographs emerged online showing medical staff partying in an operating theatre.

29 Dec 2014 - 5:16pm

China's leaders 'fear Hong Kong will be a base for subversion'

Professor Lau Siu-ka says the central government believed many Hongkongers did not understand its policies and tended to focus only on the "two systems" side of the equation. Photo: Sam Tsang

State leaders' fear that Hong Kong will become a 'base for subversion' is driving their push for a stronger understanding of 'one country, two systems', an academic at a Beijing-backed think tank says.

29 Dec 2014 - 9:32am 51 comments

Hong Kong government to release 10-year plan to cut energy consumption in buildings

Green Building Council chairman Conrad Wong hopes the government will adopt its target set two years ago for reducing energy consumption. Photo: Nora Tam

The Environment Bureau is expected to release a 10-year energy-saving roadmap early next year, including an official target to cut buildings' electricity consumption, a government source said.

29 Dec 2014 - 8:36am 9 comments

10 die in building accident at Beijing school

The emergency services at the scene of the accident in the capital. Photo: SCMP Pictures Update

Workers constructing a sports stadium at the site died after scaffolding collapsed

29 Dec 2014 - 2:03pm

Tencent ready to launch China's first private internet bank, WeBank

A screenshot of WeBank's website. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chinese Internet giant Tencent on Monday launched the website for what will likely be the country's first ever private internet bank. China began a trial programme early this year that would allow five new private banks to be set up.

29 Dec 2014 - 3:54pm More on Tencent

North Korea invited to high-level talks with South as foreign disputes weigh on Pyongyang

South Korea's Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae (right) has offered to hold the meeting in January 2015. In this photo from October, he meets with North Korean official Hwang Pyong-so. Photo: Xinhua

A top South Korean official today offered to hold high-level talks with North Korea next month, as Pyongyang battles growing pressure over human rights and a fresh cyber row with the US.

29 Dec 2014 - 1:29pm

Family of 10 missed vanished AirAsia flight after mix-up over ticket

An Indonesian family of 10 said they had a miraculous escape when they arrived too late to catch AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

29 Dec 2014 - 4:35pm 1 comment More on AirAsia flight QZ8501

Eight officials sacked after pork from diseased pigs sold for food in China

Eight officials in Gaoan in the eastern province of Jiangxi in China have been sacked after a state media report that pork from diseased pigs was sold by traders.

29 Dec 2014 - 1:50pm 1 comment More on China Food Scandals
Clergy taking part in an officially sanctioned Christmas service in Beijing this year. Members of illegal churches, not recognised by the authorities, often meet in people's homes. Photo: Associated Press

The Chinese Christians forced to celebrate Christmas in secret

29 Dec 2014 - 3:41pm 3 comments
Relatives of passengers from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 speak to a policeman as he makes a phone call outside the Foreign Ministry in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Relatives of Flight 370 passengers still pressing for answers

29 Dec 2014 - 8:55am
Wang Zuoan says names and addresses for "all Buddhist and Taoist venues" would be published within two years. Photo: SCMP

China to list legal places of worship, ‘root out’ illegal activities: state media

28 Dec 2014 - 1:13am 10 comments
Choi Chi-man (inset) in a photo from his LinkedIn page.

Hong Kong resident among passengers on missing AirAsia flight

29 Dec 2014 - 4:36pm
INFOGRAPHIC: The 1,234 satellites orbiting earth

INFOGRAPHIC: The 1,234 satellites orbiting earth

29 Dec 2014 - 12:20pm
Beijing's public transport system cost 20 billion yuan (HK$25.25 billion) to operate last year.

Fewer people take Beijing subway on first day of fare increase

29 Dec 2014 - 8:45am 1 comment
Zhang Dejiang (third from left), chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, takes part in a panel discussion on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing names new culture chief to drive soft-power push

29 Dec 2014 - 5:50am 4 comments
Japan's Yosuke Takagi (left) and China's Xie Zhenhua at the eighth Japan-China Energy Conservation Forum in Beijing. Photo: Kyodo

China and Japan find common ground on the environment

29 Dec 2014 - 5:50am
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government plan to draw bills aimed at facilitating the administrative processes needed to deploy Japanese troops abroad.

Japan to draw up law to speed the deployment of troops

29 Dec 2014 - 6:09am 2 comments
Annette Lu goes on a hunger strike.

Taiwan's former vice-president Annette Lu embarks on hunger strike

29 Dec 2014 - 5:50am

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With the elderly expected to account for a third of the population by 2041, recurrent government expenditure to maintain the same service quality is estimated to increase by 6.5 per cent every year, from HK$52.4 billion to HK$285 billion. Photo: Sam Tsang

Public must be persuaded to pay for private health insurance

29 Dec 2014 - 7:48am 1 comment
Fathers play an important role in the emotional nurturing and raising of children from an early age.

Hong Kong's improved paternity leave law doesn't go far enough

29 Dec 2014 - 11:01am

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New rules for wage negotiation in Guangdong will smooth labour relations

Wages are rising, but real wages still lag behind output growth. Photo: Reuters YOSHITERU URAMOTO

It should be a good New Year for business in Guangdong. From January 1, workers and employers in the province will benefit from a new system to settle - and even prevent - workplace disputes, based around structured collective bargaining.

29 Dec 2014 - 8:34pm

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Kennedy Town MTR station opens but not everyone is happy with the pace of change

Passengers rush into Kennedy Town MTR station during the opening yesterday of the West Island Line, connecting Sheung Wan to Kennedy Town. Journey times for commuters should be drastically reduced. Photo: Dickson Lee TIMMY SUNG

This morning, Kennedy Town commuters will troop onto the MTR's new West Island Line, ready to enjoy a smooth, seamless ride to their offices in the city.

29 Dec 2014 - 8:46am

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Business

Citic Securities is the mainland’s top listed broker by market capitalisation. Photo: Reuters FUND RAISING

Citic Securities to issue 1.5 billion new shares to boost capital

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The mainland’s biggest stock brokerage, Citic Securities, said it plans a new public issue of up to 1.5 billion Hong Kong-listed H shares to supplement capital to help expand businesses including margin trading.

29 Dec 2014 - 8:31am
CHINA

China likely to miss trade and investment targets

The mainland looks set to miss its five-year targets for the first time in decades as policymakers switch their focus to quality rather than the pace of growth for the world's second-largest economy.

29 Dec 2014 - 6:59am More on Chinese Economy

Property

Potential buyers at a residential sales event. Property prices are seen falling in the event of interest rate rises. Photo: David Wong PROPERTY

Hong Kong home prices hit record, outlook cloudy pending rate rise

Hong Kong home prices surged to a record high this year, ignoring the government's introduction of tough measures designed to cool the red-hot property market, as the rally extended for a fifth straight year.

27 Dec 2014 - 3:55am 3 comments
Occupy Central songwriter Lo Hiu-pan at the protest site in Admiralty. Photo: May Tse

Umbrella movement anthem may become Hong Kong's song of the year

When Lo Hiu-pan wrote a song in reaction to the tear-gassing of pro-democracy protesters a few months ago, he never imagined it would become one of the most representative anthems of Hong Kong's "umbrella movement".

29 Dec 2014 - 5:22pm 1 comment More on LIFE

Arts project encourages visitors to tour old district and take part in creative activities

29 Dec 2014

The top arts stories of 2014

27 Dec 2014
Wuyi Da Hong Pao Rock tea (2005), which had an estimated value of  HK$250,000 in this year's Hong Kong tea auction

China's premium-tea prices have cooled, but it's still boom time for some

Hong Kong's first auction of premium teas captured imaginations far and wide last year, when interest was piqued by the sky-high asking prices. One 20kg box of narcissus oolong tea was valued at nearly HK$1 million.

29 Dec 2014 - 11:09am More on LIFE

Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

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How to spice up Christmas dinner: top chefs offer their tips

23 Dec 2014 1 comment
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Gmail service shut down in China amid mounting pressure against Google

Gmail was completely blocked in China recently, suggesting that authorities may have plugged some gaps that previously allowed internet users limited access to Google’s e-mail service.

29 Dec 2014 - 5:48pm 1 comment

From ransomware to cyberwar, 2015 will be a perilous year for Internet security

28 Dec 2014

Taking the slow food life to space, Italian style

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Indian bowler Ishant Sharma hits Shaun Marsh with a short ball during the fourth day of the third test in Melbourne. Photo: AFP CRICKET

Shaun Marsh helps Australia set tough target for India

An unbeaten half-century by Shaun Marsh put Australia in a strong position on Monday, setting India a near-record task if they are to win the third cricket test.

29 Dec 2014 - 10:34pm

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