Only last week Beijing was choked with the worst smog in months, yet the air quality in the capital has actually improved in the first six months of the year, municipal environment authorities say.Friday, 11 July, 2014, 5:25pm 6 comments
Users of China’s most popular microblogging service, Sina Weibo, have definitely got World Cup fever.11 Jul 2014 - 6:18pm 1 comment More on World Cup 2014
The head of China’s Peking University said plans to build a new elite academy on its picturesque campus was up for debate, constituting a small victory for students and scholars who fear the prestige project would sow divisions and elitism.11 Jul 2014 - 6:05pm 1 comment
Washington has voiced support for the next chief executive of Hong Kong to be elected by a method that the city’s residents judge to be “credible”.11 Jul 2014 - 3:17pm 5 comments
A former florist, guerrilla and prisoner now known as the world’s poorest president, Uruguayan leader Jose Mujica says he has had “an extraordinary life.”11 Jul 2014 - 6:46pm
Pan-democratic lawmakers have slammed Britain's report on Hong Kong as "weak" and "avoiding embarrassing Beijing" after it did not express a view on Beijing's white paper asserting its authority over the city.11 Jul 2014 - 3:00pm 15 comments More on Beijing White Paper 2014
Once their espionage cases are resolved, some former North Korean spies find that life in the South can be pretty good. Won Jeong-hwa is not one of those spies.11 Jul 2014 - 6:24pm More on North Korea
Whether or not they dazzle in final exams, students are expected to be numerate and literate, preferably at least in two languages. But they may soon have to add a third language: code.11 Jul 2014 - 10:22am
Chinese law limits individual citizens to the equivalent of US$50,000 per year in foreign exchange, meaning that anyone who wants to spend more than that overseas must look for alternative ways to move money out.11 Jul 2014 - 1:43pm 12 comments
A former deputy director of the economic panel of the country’s top political advisory body has been handed over to the judicial system after the Communist Party investigated and expelled him.11 Jul 2014 - 5:03pm
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China policy tussles: Shanghai is once again swayed by a series of contradicting messages from the top.11 Jul 2014 - 8:58pm
The World Cup game between Honduras and Switzerland last week wasn't a particularly glamorous match-up, but it may have been historic nonetheless.11 Jul 2014 - 4:16am
Finance secretary rules out bumping less controversial funding requests up the queue awaiting approval from lawmakers before summer break - as pan-democrats plan filibusters.11 Jul 2014 - 7:27pm 4 comments
Reverend Chu Yiu-ming urges government to show 'sincerity' and negotiate political reform or face strikes at businesses, schools and universities.11 Jul 2014 - 7:26pm 12 comments More on Occupy Central
After seven months of investigation, Cao Jianliao, Guangzhou’s former deputy mayor, has been expelled from the party, the Guangdong anti-graft agency said on its website this afternoon.
Cao has been accused of “having adulterous relationships with multiple women”.11 Jul 2014 - 8:03pm
Three people were given life sentences on Thursday and 29 people were sentenced to between four and 15 years in prison, said the region’s official government news website Tianshan.11 Jul 2014 - 7:17pm
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday Afghanistan’s transition to a self-reliant state hung in the balance after a contested presidential election and urged Afghan officials to focus on auditing the vote count to underpin its legitimacy.11 Jul 2014 - 9:00pm
Anxiety is growing that fraud and dirty tactics could twist official results due to be announced by July 22 after former Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and his rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, used different unofficial tallies to claim victory.11 Jul 2014 - 12:27pm
Obsessive fans of the Game of Thrones books are worried about their author. To them, George R.R. Martin doesn't look so great. He's overweight. He's 65.11 Jul 2014 - 9:06pm
Trouble is depleting the ranks of Ukraine's pro-Moscow insurgents as dozens turn in their weapons in disgust at Russian inaction and bickering breaks out among rebel factions.11 Jul 2014 - 9:06pm
China’s insurance market is developing fast, with policies covering life, cars, property, pets and – hairy crabs.
Mainland crab farmers can now insure the crustaceans to protect a business worth an estimated 450 million yuan (HK$565 million) a year.11 Jul 2014 - 11:59am
Policymakers and business leaders need to embrace the unknown if they want to make better decisions, and not be afraid of publicly saying, “I don’t know”, Nobel economics laureate Lars Peter Hansen said.11 Jul 2014 - 12:15pm 1 comment
Housing affordability is back in focus as property prices in the city show signs of picking up.11 Jul 2014 - 4:30am
Hong Kong-listed mainland developer Landsea Green Properties is negotiating with mainland financial firms with a view to introducing them as strategic investors via issuance of additional shares, chairman Tian Ming said yesterday, without giving a specific timetable.11 Jul 2014 - 1:31am
The Sandstorm ran into trouble when Ai Weiwei, who had agreed to play a cameo role, complained he never agreed to be promoted as the star or gave consent to use his image or name to promote the film.9 Jul 2014 - 8:23pm More on LIFE
Selling Australian-grown Périgord truffles to French chefs may seem a foolhardy, even impossible goal, but that is exactly what The Truffle & Wine Co has successfully done.11 Jul 2014 - 12:09am
The cloud is everywhere, and conventional wisdom suggests that optical discs - the CD, the VCD, the DVD and even the Blu-ray disc - are being superseded by streaming to televisions, tablets and smartphones.11 Jul 2014 - 12:09am
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Crocked Brazilian star Neymar declared he wants Lionel Messi to lead fierce rivals Argentina to victory over Germany as the countdown to the World Cup final began.11 Jul 2014 - 12:19pm 1 comment More on World Cup 2014
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