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Police raid home of Germanwings co-pilot who 'calmly and wordlessly' crashed plane into Alps

Andreas Lubitz, pictured on his memorial page on Facebook. Photo: Facebook Update

German police searched the home and apartment of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz for clues as to why he locked out the pilot and wordlessly and “deliberately” slammed the Airbus into a mountain in France, killing all 150 aboard.

Friday, 27 March, 2015, 12:34pm

Terrorists ‘recruited Uygur students at Guangzhou university’

South China Normal University in Guangzhou, where it is believed that extremists were recruiting Uygur students to fight in the MIddle East. Photo: SCMP Pictures Exclusive

Uygur students in Guangzhou have been warned to stay away from “outsiders” after several were recruited by a suspected religious extremist and had gone missing since last year, various sources told the South China Morning Post.

27 Mar 2015 - 12:08pm 1 comment

Widodo invites Chinese firms to back infrastructure projects in Indonesia

Xi said he hoped the AIIB would help attract investment to Indonesia to build ports, high-speed rail lines and airports. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing and Jakarta agreed to develop a "maritime partnership" yesterday as the visiting Indonesian president said his country was firmly behind a new China-backed investment bank.

27 Mar 2015 - 7:54am

Will China’s president attend Lee Kuan Yew’s funeral?

Xi and Lee meet in Beijing in 2007. Lee Kuan Yew is one of the few men to have met all the modern-day leaders of China: Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

Who attends a foreign leader’s funeral is not simply a matter of diplomatic protocol, it is also an indicator of the state of relations between two countries.

26 Mar 2015 - 6:04pm 2 comments More on Lee Kuan Yew

Dying old woman ‘left for days’ in field in China

The woman as she was found in the field. Photo: Sinanews.com

She later died in hospital and her fate has prompted comments online over who should be responsible for caring for the sick and elderly

27 Mar 2015 - 11:41am

Hong Kong slow to adopt home-grown technology, experts say

Representatives of SCMP Group, EY, Invest HK, and the HK Design Centre pose for a photo at the SCMP Game Changers event. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong consumers are reluctant to become early adopters of innovative technologies and would rather wait to assess success overseas, local start-ups said today.

26 Mar 2015 - 7:23pm More on Game Changers

Chinese news websites sued for ‘breach of copyright’

Caixin Media's editor-in-chief Hu Shuli. The news organisation said it  successfully sued another news website for copyright breaches two years ago. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A prominent mainland news outlet has taken rare, high-profile legal action against four popular domestic online news portals, accusing them of breach of copyright.

26 Mar 2015 - 11:57pm 1 comment

Hong Kong investors more willing to take risks on start-ups and entrepreneurs

Adam Lindemann (right), founder and CEO of venture capital firm Mind Fund, speaks at the SCMP Game Changers event. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Investors and funds in Hong Kong are becoming more willing to embrace the risks, and high rewards, of investing in start-ups, an experienced investor told a forum in the city today.

26 Mar 2015 - 7:01pm 1 comment More on Game Changers

Fears over India’s new media university based on China’s state-run institution

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants more professionalism among the country's journalists. Photo: AFP

The Indian government’s plans to spend US$32 million on a media university modelled on the state-run Communication University of China has come under fire.

27 Mar 2015 - 4:58am

China’s ICBC bank 2014 profits up 5 per cent, bad debt ratio climbs

A man pedals past the ICBC bank branch in China. Photo: Bloomberg Update

Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, the world’s largest bank by assets, held up worse than expected in 2014, with profits hitting 275.8 billion yuan, rising just 5 per cent on the year before.

26 Mar 2015 - 9:05pm More on ICBC

China ramps up global manhunt for corrupt officials with operation ‘Skynet’

China is ramping up its international manhunt of fugitive corrupt officials with a new multi-agency operation, codenamed Skynet, aimed at restricting their financial channels.

26 Mar 2015 - 11:49pm 5 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

China's moon mission chief Ma Xingrui named party chief of high-tech hub Shenzhen

One of the country’s top scientists and the former chief commander of the nation’s lunar programme will become the party boss of Shenzhen, which is seeking to foster innovation.

27 Mar 2015 - 4:59am
Serial entrepreneur and CEO of media company Outblaze Yat Siu addresses a panel at the inaugural SCMP Game Changers forum. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong's education system 'turning out bureaucrats' not entrepreneurs, expert warns

26 Mar 2015 - 7:09pm 1 comment
The logo of PetroChina at a gas station in China. Photo: Bloomberg

PetroChina’s 2014 net profit tumbles 17.3 per cent as plunge in oil prices weigh

26 Mar 2015 - 5:36pm
Simon Squibb (left), CEO of Nest Investments, speaks at the SCMP Game Changers forum. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong at 'tipping point' of becoming fast-growing and dynamic start-up ecosystem

27 Mar 2015 - 4:32am 6 comments
Visitors admire a skeletal replica of the Omeisaurus Tienfuensis, which lived in the middle Jurassic, some 160 million years ago, around the same time as the Euanthus panii flower. Photo: AFP

'World's earliest flower' found in northeast China

26 Mar 2015 - 11:58am 1 comment
A tourist strikes a pose similar to statues at the Grand Palace in Bangkok this week. Photo: Reuters

'No defecating in public': Thailand issues etiquette guidelines for Chinese tourists

27 Mar 2015 - 9:03am 2 comments
Members of the 2022 Evaluation Commission for the IOC and representatives of Beijing's 2022 Winter Olympics bid committee walk outside Beijing National Stadium. Photo: AP

Chinese have no need for websites blocked by Great Firewall, says Beijing official

26 Mar 2015 - 4:32pm 8 comments
Rescuers try to lift the wreckage of the small helicopter the businessman crashed into a reservoir in Hefei in Anhui province. Photo: Reuters

Chinese businessman’s secret airfield discovered after he crashes helicopter

27 Mar 2015 - 10:00am 1 comment
China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan delivers a speech about "Sound Monetary Policy in the New Normal" at China Development Forum, in Beijing on March 22, 2015. China will stick to a prudent monetary policy despite a recent rate cut and a reduction in the reserve requirement ratio, Zhou said. Photo: Reuters

China vows to control risks as yuan becomes more convertible

26 Mar 2015 - 7:22pm
The couple in court during their trial in Anhui province. Photo: 365jia.cn

Chinese couple accused of stealing ‘rare treasures’ from university libraries

26 Mar 2015 - 7:02pm
Rescue helpers clean up after a scaffolding collapsed in an economic zone in central Vietnam. Photo: EPA

Fourteen workers killed as scaffolding collapses at Vietnam construction site

26 Mar 2015 - 7:33pm

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Abe and Xi's infamous icy handshake. Photo: Reuters

Japanese apology is only a start

27 Mar 2015 - 1:00am 2 comments
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie's best-remembered part may ultimately be as a role model for confronting women's abiding fear of cancer and radical treatment. Photo: Reuters

Angelina Jolie's fine work as a role model

27 Mar 2015 - 7:56am

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Hong Kong loyalists pining for a firm hand, à la Lee Kuan Yew, should think again

Singaporeans heading to Parliament House to pay their respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew. The widespread mourning of his death is genuine. Photo: AP Stephen Vines

The death of the Singaporean patriarch Lee Kuan Yew has predictably led to a flurry of commentaries lamenting the lack of similarly firm leadership here in Hong Kong.

27 Mar 2015 - 12:25pm

Focus

The woman declared the world's best teacher cares nothing about test scores

Nancie Atwell, with former US president Bill Clinton and United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, at her award ceremony. Photo: AP GDN

Nancie Atwell's school in the rural town of Edgecomb, in the US state of Maine, is no ordinary place of learning. Then again, Atwell is no ordinary teacher.

27 Mar 2015 - 3:10am

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Asia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants more professionalism among the country's journalists. Photo: AFP INDIA

Fears over India’s new media university based on China’s state-run institution

The Indian government’s plans to spend US$32 million on a media university modelled on the state-run Communication University of China has come under fire.

27 Mar 2015 - 4:58am
Mong Kok from overhead (click to launch photo gallery). Photo: Nero Chan

Hot shots: Hong Kong through the lenses of three very different photographers

Learn the tricks of the trade from drone photographer and videographer Nero Chan, sports photographer Lloyd Belcher and wildlife photographer Martin Williams.

26 Mar 2015 - 4:53pm More on Explore Hong Kong

Hong Kong gig was Zayn Malik’s last as he quits One Direction

26 Mar 2015

Hong Kong's artists can't just ride on Art Basel's coat-tails

26 Mar 2015
Baked king crab with uni butter from Nobu at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, rich and decadent cuisine makes a comeback

Dietary advice can be a minefield for the layman, especially for its apparent ability to change on a whim and its use as the rationale behind some fairly faddish diets.

27 Mar 2015 - 6:25am

Pierre Gagnaire's Les Menus restaurant in Moscow to close

27 Mar 2015

Some like it (very) hot: Five Hong Kong restaurants for spice lovers

26 Mar 2015
Company president Dong Mingzhu first prompted rumours of a Gree smartphone after she briefly flashed a prototype during a lecture earlier this month. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China’s top air-conditioner maker Gree Electric breezes into its next product: a smartphone

Air-conditioning powerhouse Gree Electric, one of the most popular air-conditioner brands in China, will release its first smartphones within six months, taking on a tough market filled with big rivals including Xiaomi.

27 Mar 2015 - 1:01pm More on The Next Big Thing

Big Hero 6 in Hong Kong? Meet Han and Arthur, incredibly realistic caregiving robots

26 Mar 2015

Hong Kong at 'tipping point' of becoming fast-growing and dynamic start-up ecosystem

27 Mar 2015 6 comments

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