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China censors nine-year-old boy's letter saying President Xi Jinping should lose weight

A nine-year-old Henan boy suggests in a letter that President Xi Jinping lose some weight. Photo: SCMP

A report on a nine-year-old boy's suggestion that President Xi Jinping lose some weight was pulled from major news websites after going viral in China.

Thursday, 18 December, 2014, 9:27am 16 comments More on Xi Jinping

China Resources’ vice-president Jiang Wei latest executive to be implicated in corruption probe

Jiang Wei, China Resources’ vice-president, is the latest executive at the state-owned conglomerate to be implicated in corruption. Photo: SCMP

A vice-president of state-owned conglomerate China Resources (Holdings) has been in detention for at least a month as part of a graft investigation, a source and mainland media reports said.

18 Dec 2014 - 7:43am More on China Resources (Holdings)

Chinese prosecutors charge former mayor of Nanjing with accepting ‘massive bribes’

Ji Jianye is one of the highest-ranking officials to be caught by the anti-corruption drive launched by President Xi Jinping. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Ji Jianye -  accused of using his Communist Party and government positions to receive massive bribes - is one of the highest-ranking officials caught in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive.

17 Dec 2014 - 7:43pm 1 comment More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Homing in on an age-old tradition, rich Chinese send pigeon prices soaring

A pigeon is displayed during an auction in Beijing. Photo: AFP

As the price flew skywards, an audience of middle-aged Chinese men erupted into cheers before the auctioneer slammed his hammer down at a record-breaking 2 million yuan – US$320,000.

18 Dec 2014 - 2:23pm 1 comment

Sony cancels ‘The Interview’after hackers threaten violence at cinemas

A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theatre, on Wednesday, in Atlanta. Photo: AP

Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation’s largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment has taken the unprecedented step of cancelling the December 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview.”

18 Dec 2014 - 12:55pm

The dancing damas: China's 'square dancers' take society by storm

A couple dance at Tiantan Park in Beijing. Photos: China Foto Press, Imaginechina

'Damas refers to the burgeoning legions of women, usually middle aged, who gather in China's parks and squares to dance in unison to often deafeningly loud music.

18 Dec 2014 - 1:00pm

Macau watchdog to meet bankers over dirty-money crackdown

Galaxy Entertainment Group's shares suffered the most, dropping 8.2pc. Photo: AP

Financial regulators have called top bankers in Macau to a key meeting next month as part of a Beijing-inspired dirty-money crackdown that has rocked the city's casino sector.

18 Dec 2014 - 8:27am 1 comment More on Macau

Chinese villagers sign petition to banish boy, 8, with HIV

Kun Kun (not his real name) features in a news documentary. Photo: Screenshot New

More than 200 villagers, including Kun Kun’s guardian and grandfather, signed the petition to eject him from the village as he was deemed a "ticking time bomb".

18 Dec 2014 - 11:01am 2 comments

Hong Kong graft investigators swoop on unit of Chinese finance giant Guotai Junan

ICAC headquarters in North Point. Photo: Felix Wong

Graft-busters raided the Hong Kong unit of one of the nation's largest investment houses and took away its executive director, the company revealed yesterday as trading in its shares resumed after a two-day suspension.

18 Dec 2014 - 7:23am 1 comment

Chinese ministries 'may have watered down' plans for farming reform and modernisation

Long-awaited proposals for the reform and modernisation of agriculture in China are due to be discussed by policy officials next week. Photo: Xinhua

Modernisation of farming in China will top the agenda at the government’s annual key agricultural policy meetings due to be held on Monday and Tuesday, mainland media reported.

18 Dec 2014 - 2:15pm

Occupy Central founders vow to keep fighting for democracy in Hong Kong


Occupy Central founders vowed to keep fighting for a democratic Hong Kong – starting by pushing lawmakers to veto the government’s political reform proposal next year.

18 Dec 2014 - 1:10pm 15 comments More on Occupy Central

Chinese tourist dies in balloon fall in Cappadocia, Turkey

A Chinese tourist has died after falling from a hot-air balloon in Turkey when a strong gust of wind caught the craft as it came in to land yesterday.

18 Dec 2014 - 7:37am
A child eats while tethered to a tree with rope in the shelter's backyard. Photos: Weibo

Chinese homeless shelter ties mentally ill boy to tree to 'stop him running around'

17 Dec 2014 - 3:42pm 1 comment
US President Barack Obama (left) greets Cuba's President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service last December. Photo: Reuters

US and Cuba restart relations in historic shift after 53 years of acrimony

18 Dec 2014 - 10:15am 4 comments
A China Unicom store in Hong Kong. Anti-corruption investigators on the mainland have been focusing on state-owned enterprises. Photo: Bloomberg

China Telecom executive investigated for corruption

18 Dec 2014 - 12:24pm
Former Central Military Commission vice-chairman General Xu Caihou's "pernicious influence" in the military has to be eradicated, the PLA Daily says. Photo: AP

Anti-graft drive will go on as China can’t afford to lose corruption battle: PLA Daily

18 Dec 2014 - 1:50am 2 comments
Two bronze statues of North Korea's late founder Kim Il-sung (left) and late leader Kim Jong-il formed the centrepiece of the memorial ceremony at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang. Photo: Kyodo

North Korea's snub signals declining ties with China, as Kim Jong-un expected to improve relations with Russia and Japan

18 Dec 2014 - 4:51am
The rouble has lost more than 50 per cent against the US dollar this year. Photo: Reuters

Russia may seek China help to deal with crisis

18 Dec 2014 - 7:51am 3 comments
“There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” US President Barack Obama told People magazine. Photo: AFP

I’ve been mistaken for waiter and valet, says Obama, describing experience of racism

18 Dec 2014 - 11:16am
Xingan county deputy head Liu Jianjun is said to be linked to Su Rong (pictured), former Jiangxi provincial governor and CPPCC vice-chairman. Photo: EPA

Chinese official borrowed 400 million yuan from banks and creditors to buy 248 properties

17 Dec 2014 - 12:33pm 3 comments
Investors share a light moment at a brokerage in Anhui. Photo: AP

China's crazy bull market needs to be tamed

17 Dec 2014 - 2:22pm
Cho Hyun-ah, daughter of the airline’s chief executive, arrives in western Seoul to appear before the Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board. Photo: EPA

Korean Air Lines heiress questioned by prosecutors over ‘nut rage’ incident on flight

18 Dec 2014 - 7:31am 4 comments

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Activists wearing masks depicting political leaders perform at a demonstration to demand cuts in global emissions during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima. Photo: Reuters

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18 Dec 2014 - 7:54am
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18 Dec 2014 - 8:03am

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How we can best help stressed adolescent schoolgirls

The school community plays a key role in girls' development. Girls who feel connected to their school have higher self-esteem. Photo: K. Y. Cheng CAROLINE ERISMAN

As the head of an all-girls school, I am a daily, first-hand witness to the triumphs and challenges that high-achieving girls can experience.

18 Dec 2014 - 12:50pm


Russian economy takes a hammering amid falling oil prices and a sinking rouble

Illustration: Sarene Chan AP

The rouble is plummeting. Russians are queueing outside shops looking to buy something - anything - in order to empty their wallets of the currency. And now Russia's financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders.

18 Dec 2014 - 8:17am

Harry's View


Pope Francis has said the Church had “acted with transparency and accountability” in its handling of priest sex-abuse cases. Photo: AFP

Pope appoints British sex-abuse victim to advisory commission on errant priests

The appointments come after the pope's move to speed up the process would see sex abusers convicted more quickly, as well as helping innocent priests eager to clear their names.

18 Dec 2014 - 1:50pm


Shenzhen leads market rebound PRICES

Shenzhen leads rebound in China new home market

The pickup in new home prices firmed last month with an improvement in sales volume, the latest SCMP-Creda index showed, indicating signs of a market recovery following a flurry of policy support.

17 Dec 2014 - 11:57am
Yellowtail carpaccio at Quest by Que

Quest by Que in Wan Chai has new take on Vietnamese cuisine

After closing TBLS and then launching Tipping Point Brewing Co, chef Que Vinh Dang returns to the kitchen with Quest by Que (tel: 25540888) in Wan Chai.

17 Dec 2014 - 10:41pm

Special winter menus all around Hong Kong, and 7-star Michelin chef to come

17 Dec 2014

$100 & Under: Social Place offers dim sum for a younger crowd

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Smartphone app Waze is blamed by some LA residents for morning traffic jams in their once quiet neighbourhood. Photo: Screenshot

Smartphone app being used to beat LA traffic angers freeway's neighbours

When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled.

16 Dec 2014 - 10:35am

Android accessing personal data in phones, Hong Kong's privacy watchdog warns

16 Dec 2014 4 comments

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Maximum capacity: Thousands of runners head along the Eastern Corridor expressway during the 10km race as part of the Hong Kong Marathon. Photo: Felix Wong ATHLETICS

Super Sundays: Extra day mooted for Hong Kong Marathon

Organisers of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong International Marathon are thinking about staging the event over two weekends to improve the quality and accommodate more runners.

18 Dec 2014 - 11:18am More on Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015

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