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Xi Jinping urges Macau to rein in casinos as Beijing looks to stem the flow of illicit funds through the city

Xi Jinping urges Macau to rein in casinos as Beijing looks to stem the flow of illicit funds through the city

President Xi Jinping has urged Macau to put its gambling house in order by exerting greater control over the casino industry which has turned the city into the world's biggest gaming location.

Sunday, 21 December, 2014, 3:56am 1 comment More on Macau

Xi Jinping tells Macau to stick to 'one country, two systems' - in veiled swipe at Hong Kong

President Xi Jinping sits down with students at Macau University's new Hengqin Island campus as officials look on. Photo: AFP

President Xi Jinping pushed national education and his desire for young people to understand "the true meaning'' of the "one country, two systems" model to the forefront as he ended his two-day visit to Macau.

21 Dec 2014 - 3:01am 20 comments More on Xi Jinping

China arrests US aid worker over NGO activities helping North Koreans

North Korean children play with a photojournalist's camera. Peter Hahn, the US man arrested by China, reportedly ran bakeries to help feed North Korean children. Photo: AP

China has arrested an American aid worker based near its border with North Korea, a sign authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the region.

21 Dec 2014 - 3:24am

War of words between mainland firms highlights lack of patent protection

Dong Mingzhu labelled smartphone maker Xiaomi as "thief".

A war of words between the bosses of several major Chinese companies highlights a lack of intellectual property protection and business ethics on the mainland, industry experts say.

21 Dec 2014 - 5:35am

Paralysed dogs walk again in breakthrough spinal cord experiment by Chinese scientists

Scientists hope the pioneering surgery will one day enable people who are confined to wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries to regain control of their legs. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese scientists hope a pioneering surgery that helped paralysed dogs walk again will one day enable millions of people who are confined to wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries to regain control of their legs.

21 Dec 2014 - 5:35am 1 comment

Macau's young march during Xi Jinping's visit in wake of Occupy

Pro-democracy locals march under police escort. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement has inspired the younger generation in Macau to press for universal suffrage in their own city, young locals joining a pro-democracy rally say.

21 Dec 2014 - 3:56am More on Macau

Kwok brothers' corruption case overshadows birthday plans of Hong Kong family's matriarch

Kwok brothers' corruption case overshadows birthday plans of Hong Kong family's matriarch

It is the most anticipated date on the calendar for the inner circle at Sun Hung Kai Properties. But executives of the property giant are still guessing when the 85th birthday of the Kwok family's matriarch will be celebrated.

21 Dec 2014 - 7:27am More on Rafael Hui Si-yan

Stranger than fiction: how Kim Jong-un had last laugh over Seth Rogen movie

Illustration: Craig Stephens

A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about The Interview, the likelihood of trouble seemed remote.

21 Dec 2014 - 6:44am

Chinese buyers fall in love with Seattle real estate

Janie Lee shows a property to her client Wei Hongbin. Photo: AP

Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state.

21 Dec 2014 - 8:02am More on International Property

Walking tour offers insight into life for blind people on Hong Kong's streets

The walking tour around North Point was a trial run to see whether it could be interesting to both blind and sighted participants. Photo: Jonathan Wong

It was a case of the blind leading the blindfolded on a new walking tour catering to those who can, and cannot see, which tried to bring to life the smells, sounds and history of North Point.

21 Dec 2014 - 5:13am

Hong Kong's disgraced chief secretary Rafael Hui may need legal aid for appeal: wife

The wife of Rafael Hui Si-yan broke her silence for the first time since his graft trial started, as the chief secretary turned criminal endured his first night behind bars.

21 Dec 2014 - 3:56am More on Rafael Hui Si-yan

China's Dalian Wanda Group empire has Disney in sights

Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda Group and one of the richest man on the mainland, is positioning his entertainment empire as a challenger to global leader Disney.

21 Dec 2014 - 3:56am
A woman takes a picture of a poster for the film 'The Interview' outside the Regal Theater in New York on Thursday. Photo: EPA

North Korea insists it is not responsible for Sony cyberattack, proposes joint US probe

21 Dec 2014 - 3:39am 1 comment
Rand Paul (left) and Marco Rubio clash over Cuba policy.

Republican hopefuls Paul and Rubio clash over Cuba policy

21 Dec 2014 - 6:13am
A former Guantanamo inmate in Uruguay last week. Photo: AFP

US sends four Guantanamo detainees back to Afghanistan

21 Dec 2014 - 6:13am
Mohamed Taha Sabri speaks at the Berlin mosque.

Berlin imam pleads for tolerance, as young Muslims lured into jihad

21 Dec 2014 - 6:13am
Domestic worker Shanti Nepali ended up paying a middleman to work as a maid in Lebanon.

Abuse and 20 hour shifts: Plight of Nepalese domestic workers seeking 'Gulf Dream'

20 Dec 2014 - 10:46pm
Help us: A sign at a village in Taft, east Samar, one of the Philippines' poorest regions and gateway for many of Asia's deadliest storms. Photo: AFP

Poverty in typhoon alley: How monster winds destroy livelihoods in the Philippines

21 Dec 2014 - 8:00am
Qiao Qiao films devastation of the environment in China. Photo: SMP

Filmmaker shuns wealth, documents environmental devastation

21 Dec 2014 - 5:35am
Birmingham City boss Carson Yeung is serving a six-year sentence.

Birmingham City holding company fires CEO Peter Pannu

21 Dec 2014 - 5:13am

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A Christmas tree heralds the start of the festive season at home. Photo: Thinkstock

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Leader

President Xi Jinping commended Macau for its "accurate" implementation of "one country, two systems".

One country, two different cities

21 Dec 2014 - 7:22am
Political will needed to beat pollution

Political will needed to beat pollution

21 Dec 2014 - 7:22am

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Hong Kong's split over what constitutes our Lion Rock spirit

Are our core values a single-minded pursuit of "genuine universal suffrage", or the love of law and order, stability and prosperity? Photo: Robert Ng Regina Ip

On December 15, Occupy Central finally went out with a whimper after the police cleared the last remaining tents in Causeway Bay - an anti-climactic end to 79 days of tension and disorder in Hong Kong's government and business centres.

21 Dec 2014 - 7:53am 3 comments

Focus

Kwok brothers' corruption case overshadows birthday plans of Hong Kong family's matriarch

Kwok brothers' corruption case overshadows birthday plans of Hong Kong family's matriarch Peggy Sito

It is the most anticipated date on the calendar for the inner circle at Sun Hung Kai Properties. But executives of the property giant are still guessing when the 85th birthday of the Kwok family's matriarch will be celebrated.

21 Dec 2014 - 7:27am

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World

Rand Paul (left) and Marco Rubio clash over Cuba policy. U.S. POLITICS

Republican hopefuls Paul and Rubio clash over Cuba policy

Two of the Republican Party's top White House hopefuls have clashed sharply over US President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy.

21 Dec 2014 - 6:13am
Lang Lang took liberties with Mozart. Photo: SMP

It's Mozart, but not as we know it, from Chinese pianist Lang Lang

Performing mimicry and tai chi while hitting all the right notes on the keyboard - that was showman Lang Lang at his best.

21 Dec 2014 - 5:13am

Spinal Tap find real life as a spoof

21 Dec 2014

Philip Glass' Etudes composed for posterity

21 Dec 2014
Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for Cornish hens, roasted or deep-fried

Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for Cornish hens, roasted or deep-fried

For an extra special holiday meal, stop talking turkey and treat your guests to a beautiful bird of their own..

20 Dec 2014 - 11:51pm

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

18 Dec 2014 1 comment

Seiji Yamamoto: 'Hong Kong chicken is best in the world'

20 Dec 2014
Illustration: Sarene Chan

Seven breakthroughs that will transform global health

Which major breakthroughs in technology have had a transformative effect on the lives of the world's poorest?

21 Dec 2014 - 7:46am

Sceptical of climate change or just sceptical of the solution?

21 Dec 2014

Shell I stay or slowly go? 'Hardcore' snail named after punk Joe Strummer

21 Dec 2014

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Sport

City's David Silva celebrates after scoring against Crystal Palace in their English Premier League match at Etihad Stadium. Photo: Reuters

David Silva steps up as Manchester City claw back Chelsea

David Silva filled in for Manchester City's absent strikers as the champions beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday to move level on points with English Premier League leaders Chelsea.

21 Dec 2014 - 1:41am More on English Premier League 2014/15

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