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French officials deny Germanwings crash video exists; 'no bodies found intact' at crash site

French emergency rescue services work among debris of the Germanwings passenger jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. Police denied that a cellphone video showing the last terrifying moments in the cabin was retrieved at the crash site. Photo: AP Update

A video purportedly showing the final seconds inside the cabin of the ill-fated Germanwings airliner minutes before it crashed has emerged, two European media outlets said yesterday, although French police denied the claims.

Thursday, 2 April, 2015, 11:49am 1 comment

Google drops support for Chinese internet security certificates after trust breach

Google has said it will no longer recognise internet security certificates issued by the official China Internet Network Information Centre. Photo: EPA

CNNIC responded to Google's announcement with a defence of its practices, calling the search giant's move ''unacceptable''.

2 Apr 2015 - 11:59am

Thailand's junta lifts martial law - but replaces it with 'dictator law'

General Prayuth Chan-ocha invoked a controversial security measure in the junta-imposed interim constitution called Article 44. Photo: AP Update

Thailand lifted martial law in most of the nation yesterday, but 10 months after staging a coup, a military junta is still in control, essentially with absolute power.

2 Apr 2015 - 8:38am

Chinese mistress accused of massacring ex-lover’s wife and grandson, 4, with garden shears

Cai Xia Liao, 45, is pictured in the back of a police car, in this scene shot by Australia's Nine News. Photo: Nine News

A mainland Chinese woman is accused of hog-tieing her 61-year-old ex-lover in Melbourne, then killing his grandson with garden shears, before waiting 10 hours for the boy’s grandmother to come home.

2 Apr 2015 - 12:06pm

Chinese painter ‘threw cup at Cathay flight attendant for not serving him quickly enough’

Chinese painter ‘threw cup at Cathay flight attendant for not serving him quickly enough’

A mainland artist hurled a plastic cup at a Cathay Pacific flight attendant on a Hong Kong-bound plane  after she was slow to fetch him some water, a court heard yesterday.

2 Apr 2015 - 8:02am More on Cathay Pacific

Hong Kong's ATV denied new free-to-air licence as Exco pulls the plug on ailing broadcaster

There were tears in ATV's newsroom in Tai Po yesterday as long-serving staff received the devastating news. Photo: Nora Tam Update

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his cabinet finally pulled the plug on struggling broadcaster ATV yesterday, deciding not to renew its free-to-air licence which expires in November.

2 Apr 2015 - 8:56am 21 comments More on Asia Television Limited

Scientists stumble upon cure for MRSA infections in 1,000-year-old book of natural remedies

The recipe from medieval Britain.Photo: SCMP Pictures

At the University of Nottingham in Britain, researchers have rediscovered an ancient medicinal elixir that appears to fight a very modern scourge: a deadly drug-resistant bacterial infection rampant in hospitals.

1 Apr 2015 - 10:19pm 2 comments

Then and now: photographs show Hong Kong harbourfront's startling transformation

Queen's Building in 1910s. Photo: Mr Jacky Yu, webmaster of “Old Hong Kong Photo” New

Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour has undergone a massive facelift through the decades - a phenomenon captured in stunning before-and-after photos currently on display in an exhibition.

2 Apr 2015 - 12:16pm 2 comments More on Old Hong Kong

From stashes of gold to a 'pistol-shaped house': Chinese document details depths of officials' corruption

Former National Energy Administration head Liu Tienan (centre) stands trial in the Langfang Intermediate People's Court last year. Photo: Xinhua

Disgraced former general Gu Junshan allegedly embezzled more than 20 billion yuan in public money, according to a government document containing details of recent corruption cases.

2 Apr 2015 - 10:32am 1 comment

Online search advertising on mainland China set to hit record high

Mainland search giant Baidu and closest rival Sohu.com both listed on the Nasdaq stock market in the US, are expected to continue leading sales from domestic search advertising. Photo: Reuters

Online search advertising on the mainland is set to reach a record high of US$14.9 billion this year, fuelled by the steady growth of e-commerce activities across the country.

2 Apr 2015 - 7:27am

US warms to China-led AIIB bank in the face of allies' support

Washington appears to have softened its stance towards the new Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, backing down from its earlier resistance and saying it is now ready to welcome the institution.

2 Apr 2015 - 8:30am 8 comments

Following GitHub attack, Obama declares US cybersecurity a 'national emergency'

US president Barack Obama has issued an executive order declaring a national emergency due to the threat posed by cyber attacks.

2 Apr 2015 - 10:12am
Workers making clothes hangers at a factory in the Guangxi region of southern China. The nation's economy recorded its lowest rate of growth in 24 years in 2014. Photo: Xinhua

China’s manufacturing growth fails to ease fears of economic slowdown

2 Apr 2015 - 3:17am 1 comment
First-tier cities such as Shanghai are likely to benefit more from policy easing. Photo: Reuters

China home prices dip in March despite easing of policies, private surveys show

1 Apr 2015 - 10:29pm
Armed police guard the formal entrance to Zhongnanhai, the Communist Party's headquarters, in Beijing. The CCDI is sending teams to keep watch on several key party bodies. Photo: Simon Song

On the lookout: China puts elite graft watchers on duty at key Communist Party agencies

2 Apr 2015 - 7:28am
March's drop in gaming revenue was Macau's second worst ever. Photo: AFP

Macau gaming revenue falls for 10th straight month, down 39pc in March

2 Apr 2015 - 7:55am 2 comments
Vehicles are among the biggest contributors to air pollution in Tianjin. Photo: Xinhua

China spends ¥400 million to keep tabs on pollution

1 Apr 2015 - 11:35pm
The infrastructure bank may well propose a unique management framework. If so, it must explain why its rules are an improvement on current practices. Photo: AP

China-led infrastructure bank must live up to its pledge of 'clean and green' operation

2 Apr 2015 - 7:35am 1 comment
People visit the exhibition "In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew" at National Museum of Singapore. Photo: Xinhua

Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter reveals father suffered from Parkinson’s disease

1 Apr 2015 - 6:25pm 1 comment
Campaigner Michelle Yesudas was questioned after confronting police about the case. Photo: Twitter

Growing popularity of conservative Islam in Malaysia linked to overseas students

2 Apr 2015 - 1:26am
Shanghai's skyline. The Shanghai government announced earlier this week that technological innovation would be its number 1 priority this year. Photo: AFP

Too ambitious? Shanghai aims to be both top financial hub and ‘China’s Silicon Valley’ by 2020

1 Apr 2015 - 8:01pm
LAPD captain William Hayes briefs the media outside Andrew Getty's house after the oil heir was found dead in the bathroom of his mansion.Photo: Reuters

Heir to Getty oil fortune found dead in bathroom of Los Angeles mansion

2 Apr 2015 - 3:30am

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Mobile apps soar in China as games and messages excite investors

Mobile apps soar in China as games and messages excite investors

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Leader

China well knows that its development is linked to Asia and beyond. As it grows stronger, it has to shoulder greater global responsibilities. Photo: Xinhua

'One belt, one road' initiative will define China's role as a world leader

2 Apr 2015 - 8:55am 2 comments
Complicated government exemptions made knowing which bags should be charged for and which could be given out for free uncertain, even for some retailers. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong's levy on plastic bags only first step to cleaning up environment

2 Apr 2015 - 8:59am

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Insight

Lee Kuan Yew's forte was an open-minded focus on results

Wreaths mourning Lee's death were seen this week in a village in Dabu county in Meizhou, Guangdong, the location of Lee's ancestral home. Photo: Reuters Bernard Chan

I have Singaporean relatives by marriage, and last week was a time of mourning for them. The death of their former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew was almost like the passing of a close family member. One cut a business trip short on hearing the news in order to go back home to pay respects.

2 Apr 2015 - 12:20pm

World

Cai Xia Liao, 45, is pictured in the back of a police car, in this scene shot by Australia's Nine News. Photo: Nine News AUSTRALIA

Chinese mistress accused of massacring ex-lover’s wife and grandson, 4, with garden shears

A mainland Chinese woman is accused of hog-tieing her 61-year-old ex-lover in Melbourne, then killing his grandson with garden shears, before waiting 10 hours for the boy’s grandmother to come home.

2 Apr 2015 - 12:06pm

Business

Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Professor Chan Ka-keung sees a boost for Hong Kong's aerospace financing business . Photo: Edward Wong HONG KONG - SHANGHAI STOCK CONNECT

Hong Kong investors to be exempt from double taxation on mainland-listed stocks

The Hong Kong government amended its double taxation treaty with the mainland on Wednesday to clear Hong Kong investors from being taxed twice on their gains from trading mainland-listed stocks.

2 Apr 2015 - 10:47am
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China’s Country Garden to raise HK$6.295 billion by issuing shares to Ping An

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Country Garden, the mainland’s No 6 developer in sales, will raise HK$6.295 billion by issuing news shares to Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China so it will become the developer’s second largest shareholder, Country Garden announced in a stock exchange filing on Wednesday.

1 Apr 2015 - 10:19pm
Film review: Two Thumbs Up  - goofy Hong Kong comedy

Film review: Two Thumbs Up - goofy Hong Kong comedy

Lau Ho-leung's directorial debut rides on the star power of Francis Ng and Simon Yam.

2 Apr 2015 - 11:08am

Five highlights from Le French May 2015 festival

2 Apr 2015

Mike Tyson in Donnie Yen swanswong; classic Hong Kong films remastered

1 Apr 2015
Le Big Fernand

Newly opened Big Fernand joins crowded burger scene

Joining the list of burger shops that have opened recently is Big Fernand - the French Burger Workshop (tel: 6650 0580) in IFC Mall.

1 Apr 2015 - 5:01pm

Alibi offers sophisticated afternoon tea in Mong Kok

1 Apr 2015

Spring specials at Kaetsu and Tapagria and Hokkaido treats at Youka

1 Apr 2015
Google has said it will no longer recognise internet security certificates issued by the official China Internet Network Information Centre. Photo: EPA

Google drops support for Chinese internet security certificates after trust breach

CNNIC responded to Google's announcement with a defence of its practices, calling the search giant's move ''unacceptable''.

2 Apr 2015 - 11:59am

Following GitHub attack, Obama declares US cybersecurity a 'national emergency'

2 Apr 2015

Tips for Hongkongers on photographing total lunar eclipse this week

1 Apr 2015

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Sport

Tennis won back lost ground when No 1 Hong Kong woman Zhang Ling reached the semi-finals at the 2013 Asian Championships in Bangkok to allow the code to gain the required points to become an elite sport. Photo: Dickson Lee TENNIS

Tennis pleads for more time at Hong Kong Sports institute

After seven years in the wilderness, tennis returned on Wednesday to the Hong Kong Sports Institute as a tier A elite sport with annual funding of around HK$5 million guaranteed over the next four years.

1 Apr 2015 - 11:31pm More on Hong Kong Sports Institute

Magazines

Midnight cowboys: Haiwan Bar Street in Zhuhai. Photos: Bruce Yan

Zhuhai: fun at breakneck speed

Zhuhai is one of the Pearl River Delta's most under-appreciated destinations. But in fact it is great for a short but action-packed getaway.

1 Apr 2015 - 5:36pm

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