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16 PLA major generals, many of them newly promoted, under investigation for military corruption

A file photo taken on July 1, 2014 shows PLA soldiers marching at PLA Hong Kong Garrison Stonecutters Island Barracks. The massive crackdown indicated Xi was willing to step in to eradicate the legacy of disgraced top officials. Photo: Edward Wong

At least 16 People's Liberation Army major generals have been taken away for investigation in relation to graft cases involving their former superiors, according to sources close to the military.

Monday, 2 March, 2015, 8:48am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Man, 61, dies of bird flu in Hong Kong after contracting virus in mainland China

A 61-year-old man has become the first person in Hong Kong to die of H7N9 bird flu this season. Photo: Sam Tsang

A 61-year-old man has become the first person in Hong Kong to die of H7N9 bird flu this season, after contracting the virus during a visit to the mainland.

2 Mar 2015 - 4:59am More on H7N9 avian flu

Chinese celebrity's air pollution video stirs online dust-up

Beijing is shrouded in haze, the subject of a new video. Photo: AP

A former TV celebrity has unleashed a storm of criticism and a wave of support with a self-funded, An Inconvenient Truth-style documentary on the nation's air pollution scourge.

2 Mar 2015 - 6:09am 2 comments More on Beijing air pollution

Prince William arrives in China for four-day visit

Prince William is greeted by a lion dancer. Photo: EPA

Britain's Prince William arrived in Beijing on Sunday night, beginning his four-day visit in China where he will meet young people, promote cultural exchanges and engage business leaders.

2 Mar 2015 - 6:12am

Chinese surveillance camera supplier confirms hacking loophole

Some security products used by Jiangsu's public security arms have been controlled by devices with foreign internet protocol addresses. Photo: Reuters

A major supplier of surveillance cameras to mainland police confirmed on the weekend that vulnerabilities in its networks exposed clients to cyberattacks from overseas.

2 Mar 2015 - 6:13am

'Targeting' by Beijing sees foreign firms limit China investment plans

A general view taken in November, 2013 shows the skyline of a central business district in Beijing. Twenty-four per cent of companies planning to invest more than US$250 million last year either cancelled or postponed their plans. Photo: AFP

Multinationals worried about being targeted in government investigations are scaling back mainland investment for the first time in a decade, according to a report on foreign-owned operations in southern China.

2 Mar 2015 - 8:11am 2 comments More on Chinese Economy

Compromise plan for Hong Kong democracy leaves Beijing fearing 'constitutional crisis'

A file photo taken in June, 2014 shows people vote in unofficial referendum on political reform at Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union in Causeway Bay. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Beijing fears that giving voters the opportunity to reject all candidates in the 2017 chief executive election would undermine the powers of the nominating committee and could even spark a constitutional crisis, a Hong Kong government official said.

2 Mar 2015 - 8:48am 3 comments More on Universal Suffrage

In the real hunger games of economic power, Hong Kong loses

In the first of a special series on ideas to take Hong Kong forward, we speak to industrialist Roy Chung Chi-ping. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong companies lack the hunger that it takes to conquer the world, says a leading entrepreneur.

2 Mar 2015 - 5:27am More on Focus

Reform regulation of domestic helpers to protect them from abuse, rights group urges

Erwiana (left) and lawmaker Emily Lau yesterday. Photo: David Wong

Labour rights advocates and a group of pan-democrats have joined forces to call on the government to review policies on domestic helpers after the employer of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was jailed for six years on Friday.

2 Mar 2015 - 6:07am More on Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

Australia to trial 'world first' plane tracking system after MH370 mystery

Relatives of MH370 victims pray in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AP

Australia said it will test with Malaysia and Indonesia a "world first" system that increases the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing authorities to react quickly to abnormal situations such as the disappearance of flight MH370.

2 Mar 2015 - 5:21am More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Hong Kong property cooling measures cloud dreams of young homebuyers

Before tying the knot with his sweetheart in 2013, Wong Man-lok had a plan to cut his spending to save enough to buy a small property within two years and start a family in a flat he owns.

2 Mar 2015 - 8:49am 2 comments More on Hong Kong Budget 2015

Time for Hong Kong to start forging ahead, urge leading figures

It is time for Hong Kong to move forward with the energy and zeal that kept it going over the past 170 years, say some of the city’s leading figures.

2 Mar 2015 - 8:03am
Police face off with protesters during yesterday's rally in Yuen Long, the latest in a series of protests aimed at traders from the mainland. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong protest sees arrests, but triads stay away

2 Mar 2015 - 8:41am 23 comments
Ryan Choi of Hong Kong TransLingual Services, a social enterprise which makes HK$500,000 a year. Photos: May Tse, Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong social enterprises should aim to turn over HK$10b a year

2 Mar 2015 - 6:07am
Unconventional, or alternative, assets generally refers to private equity, property, commodities and even works of art. They usually increase in value over a longer timeframe than conventional assets like bonds and stocks. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong fund managers urged government to invest new future fund in unconventional assets

2 Mar 2015 - 8:25am
A Chinese food shop near Seoul's Konkuk University. Photo: Crystal Tai

Misperception of crime rate make South Koreans wary of Seoul Chinatown

2 Mar 2015 - 6:41am
Soldiers walk past a vendor in Bangkok. Thousands of hawkers are set to be relocated. Photo: AFP

Thai junta to relocate street hawkers in bid to clean up Bangkok

2 Mar 2015 - 6:41am
Janata Dal (United), a powerful group in eastern Bihar state, chief Sharad Yadav (right), speaks to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at his residence in New Delhi. Photo: AP

India’s ruling Hindu party forms coalition in mainly Muslim Kashmir

2 Mar 2015 - 6:41am
Video hints the killer may have been waiting. Photo: SCMP

Death threats and a late-night dinner before Russia's Nemtsov was shot dead

2 Mar 2015 - 7:00am
Benjamin Netanyahu touches the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, during a visit in Jerusalem's Old City. Photo: Reuters

Obama, Netanyahu on collision course six years in the making

2 Mar 2015 - 7:20am
Rubbish is left near the beach in Ramsgate, England. Photo: Reuters

Faded seaside towns are fertile ground for the UK Independence Party

2 Mar 2015 - 7:00am
Mohammed Emwazi is named by media and experts as the militant thought to have beheaded at least five Western hostages held by the IS group.

'Jihadi John' reportedly contemplated suicide because of security surveillance

2 Mar 2015 - 7:00am 1 comment

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Hong Kong must reconsider a broader tax base for fiscal stability

Hong Kong must reconsider a broader tax base for fiscal stability

2 Mar 2015 - 3:43am 2 comments
Indonesian students rally against Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott following his statement over the tsunami aid from Australian government outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta. Photo: AFP

Australia needs to show respect for Indonesia's laws and sovereignty

2 Mar 2015 - 8:32am 3 comments

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Insight

Hong Kong's way forward is through innovation

The world is changing rapidly and we cannot afford to lag behind. EDWARD TSE SUNNY CHENG

Smartphones have changed the world. In many ways, they are more powerful than a personal computer because people carry them around all day, every day.

2 Mar 2015 - 12:03am

Focus

In the real hunger games of economic power, Hong Kong loses

In the first of a special series on ideas to take Hong Kong forward, we speak to industrialist Roy Chung Chi-ping. Photo: Nora Tam Tony Cheung

Hong Kong companies lack the hunger that it takes to conquer the world, says a leading entrepreneur.

2 Mar 2015 - 5:27am

Harry's View

China

Beijing is shrouded in haze, the subject of a new video. Photo: AP ENVIRONMENT

Chinese celebrity's air pollution video stirs online dust-up

A former TV celebrity has unleashed a storm of criticism and a wave of support with a self-funded, An Inconvenient Truth-style documentary on the nation's air pollution scourge.

2 Mar 2015 - 6:09am 2 comments More on Beijing air pollution

Asia

Relatives of MH370 victims pray in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AP AVIATION

Australia to trial 'world first' plane tracking system after MH370 mystery

Australia said it will test with Malaysia and Indonesia a "world first" system that increases the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing authorities to react quickly to abnormal situations such as the disappearance of flight MH370.

2 Mar 2015 - 5:21am More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

World

Video hints the killer may have been waiting. Photo: SCMP RUSSIA

Death threats and a late-night dinner before Russia's Nemtsov was shot dead

It was near closing time on Friday at the upmarket Bosco restaurant that looks out onto the illuminated red-brick walls of Moscow's Kremlin. Boris Nemtsov and his young, dark-haired girlfriend were finishing dinner.

2 Mar 2015 - 7:00am

Business

Factory operations usually slow during the Lunar New Year holidays, the National Bureau of Statistics says. Photo: Reuters ECONOMY

Gloomy February factory data supports China rates move

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The mainland's factory sector contracted again last month, official data showed yesterday, underlining the central bank's weekend decision to cut benchmark interest rates for the second time in three months in an effort to boost the economy.

1 Mar 2015 - 11:47pm
INFRASTRUCTURE

Unattractive returns a challenge for China PPPs

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Beijing's efforts to promote public-private partnership (PPP) as a way to attract private capital to infrastructure projects and ease the debt burden on local governments face difficulties due to unattractive returns, analysts and an infrastructure firm said.

1 Mar 2015 - 8:28pm

Property

Some major development sites have recently been acquired by small players with help from “big brothers” in China, says one expert. Photo: Nora Tam PROPERTY

Smaller Hong Kong developers go head to head with the major players

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Most of Hong Kong's small and medium-sized developers were stuck on the sidelines of the city's property market four years ago.

1 Mar 2015 - 9:51pm
The MTR Corp worries that passengers checking their phones are not paying adequate attention to safety concerns.Photo: Dickson Lee

Smartphone zombies are putting your life, and theirs, in danger

They won't eat you, but they might gnaw at your nerves. Hong Kong's smartphone zombies are everywhere, heads down and oblivious to those about them - and to danger.

2 Mar 2015 - 6:19am 1 comment More on LIFE

Pilots hope to fly around the world powered only by the sun

1 Mar 2015 1 comment

Scientists have finally discovered the function of eyelashes

1 Mar 2015

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Sport

Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho curls home a fine strike to seal a vital Premier League win for Liverpool. Photo: Reuters ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Philippe Coutinho's curler secures three points for Liverpool against Manchester City

Philippe Coutinho scored a late winner against Manchester City at Anfield for the second straight season as Liverpool won 2-1 on Sunday to dent the champions' chances of hauling in Premier League leaders Chelsea.

2 Mar 2015 - 12:13am More on English Premier League 2014/15
ATHLETICS

Ultra delight for long-distance runners in Hong Kong

Hong Kong junior half-marathon record holder Nestor Wong Wai-chung romped away with both the senior and overall title in the inaugural 50km Rotary HK Ultramarathon held in Central on Sunday.

1 Mar 2015 - 10:38pm
SOCCER

Daniel McBreen strikes again as South China edge past Citizen

1 Mar 2015

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Richard Leakey. Photos: May Tse; Corbis; The Leakey Foundation; AFP Wildlife conservation

Richard Leakey on a conservation crusade (just don't mention God)

A scion of the Leakey family – whose fossil discoveries helped reveal how humans evolved – Richard has also been hailed as a saviour of the African elephant. Sarah Lazarus wonders whether Brad Pitt will do justice to this charismatic Kenyan in a forthcoming biopic …

1 Mar 2015 - 6:05pm

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