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Chief of prestigious Chinese university 'to be appointed country's environment minister'

The head of one of the mainland's most prestigious universities is tipped to take over the country's top environmental job with Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian (above), reaching retirement age. Photo: Edward Wong

The head of one of the mainland's most prestigious universities is tipped to take over the country's top environmental job with Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian, reaching retirement age.

Tuesday, 27 January, 2015, 9:56am

Woman flying Hong Kong to Vancouver becomes first human bird flu case in North America

Workers wearing protective gowns and masks prepare to cull poultry in Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market on December 31, amid concerns about a H7N9 bird flu outbreak. Photo: EPA

North America’s first case of bird flu in humans has been identified in a Vancouver-area woman who returned to the city on a flight from Hong Kong this month.

27 Jan 2015 - 10:07am

China's financing curbs raise credit crunch fears

A sharp rise in the official non-performing loan ratio and a slowing economy have darkened the outlook for debt-laden firms. Photo: Reuters

Mainland companies and local governments are facing a cash crunch as regulators tighten their grip on off-balance-sheet financing channels.

26 Jan 2015 - 10:15pm

Beijing workers have longest daily commute in China at 52 minutes each way

Beijing commuters crowd into a train on their daily journey to work, which takes an average of 52 minutes. Photo: Xinhua

The average journey to work for Beijing commuters last year was 19.2km in Beijing - the longest in the country according to a survey by a mainland internet company.

27 Jan 2015 - 10:08am 1 comment

Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff

Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff

Staff at a local hospital in central China took to the streets on Sunday to mourn the death of their colleague, an orthopaedic surgeon who was killed during a row with a drunken patient at the weekend.

27 Jan 2015 - 8:45am

Killing of Japanese hostage gives Tokyo excuse to ‘join overseas military operations’

Islamic State militants had demanded US$200 million for the release of Haruna Yukawa, right, and Kenji Goto. Photo: AFP

The execution of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants in the Middle East will give Japan’s government an “excuse” to change its defence policy and allow its troops to take part in military operations overseas, according to an editorial in a state-run newspaper in China.

26 Jan 2015 - 6:15pm

One third of sample goods bought from Chinese websites ‘fake’, study finds

Workers sort parcels for delivery at a distribution centre in Shanghai. Photo: Xinhua

Five out of six websites in a recent survey were found to be selling fake or substandard goods.

27 Jan 2015 - 3:11am 12 comments

Wide-eyed at night? It could be in your genes

Tarsiers are modern-day examples of haplorhines.

Staying up all night could be in our genes - a group of Chinese scientists has found new evidence to suggest a common ancestor of humans and apes was probably nocturnal.

27 Jan 2015 - 3:14am

Shanghai authorities blasted for destroying street art on derelict housing estate

Several couples took their wedding photographs next to the images before they were destroyed by the authorities. Photo: Metro Express Update

The removal of a series of pictures by street artists in a partly-demolished residential compound in Shanghai has sparked a debate over whether the authorities were right to destroy the works.

26 Jan 2015 - 1:51pm 2 comments

Two dead in horror bus crash

The roof of the bus was nearly sliced off by the height-restriction bar. Photos: CCTV news

Two people died and more than a dozen were hurt when a bus carrying more than fifty passengers from Henan province to Tianjin in crashed into a motorway height-limit bar on Monday.

26 Jan 2015 - 7:37pm 1 comment

Obsession with gold medals, trophies has led to corruption, admits China’s top sports body

The official overseers of sport in China admitted on Monday that a win-at-all-costs mentality had led to corruption, and it was changing its criteria for what constituted sporting success.

Among the changes would be an end to gold medal counts for major sporting events.

27 Jan 2015 - 1:35am

Tycoon Zeng Xianbo denies he tried to help Ling Jihua’s wife flee to Japan

Chinese businessman Zeng Xianbo, reportedly being held in connection to a widening corruption probe centred on the chief aide to former president Hu Jintao, dismissed the rumours at a recent public event, mainland media reported.

26 Jan 2015 - 12:14pm
Lei Jun, founder and Chief Executive Officer of China's mobile company Xiaomi, speaks at the launch ceremony of the Mi Note in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Xiaomi’s new Mi Note ticks just about all the boxes in styling, performance and price

27 Jan 2015 - 10:20am
Alexis Tsipras signs is sworn in as Greek Prime Minister at the Presidential Palace in Athens. Photo: AFP

Greek leftists Syriza ally with right-wing against bailout after huge election win

26 Jan 2015 - 10:55pm
The Standard Chartered logo flies behind China's flag in Hong Kong's Central business district. The lender's shares fell on Monday on reports its CEO, Peter Sands, will be replaced by year end. Photo: Bloomberg

StanChart shares tumble on reports CEO to be replaced by end of the year

26 Jan 2015 - 6:03pm
The owners said they spent more than 1 million yuan on the decorations. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Diaoyu military-themed café in Beijing told to take down sign to avoid offending Japanese tenants

26 Jan 2015 - 9:35pm 1 comment
Prominent Toronto lawyer Tim Leahy has a long history of antagonism with Canada's immigration authorities and various judges. Photo: AFP

Lawyer to Chinese migrant millionaires hoping for life in Canada is disbarred

26 Jan 2015 - 1:26pm 8 comments
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (right) receives a gift of a watch from British transport minister Baroness Susan Kramer. Photo: AFP

Scrap that! Taipei mayor unimpressed with taboo watch gift

27 Jan 2015 - 1:19am 1 comment
China's weibo users cry foul after delay to national lottery's live TV draw

China's weibo users cry foul after delay to national lottery's live TV draw

27 Jan 2015 - 3:18am
Yunnan logging firms say staff and millions of yuan worth of equipment were seized in raids on what they claim were legal operations in Kachin State. Photos: SCMP Pictures

Chinese logging firms seek intervention over seized staff and equipment in Myanmar

26 Jan 2015 - 8:02pm 4 comments
MP Richard Ottaway says the NPC ruling on the 2017 elections may have breached the 1984 Joint Declaration. Photo: SCMP Pictures

British MPs' inquiry into Hong Kong's post-handover affairs 'does not breach law'

27 Jan 2015 - 8:55am 7 comments
The girl, thought to be aged about 12 to 14, calmly picked up a master key behind the counter and took the necklace from a display cabinet. Photo: SCMP Pictures

CCTV footage of 12-year-old diamond thief sent to mainland China police

27 Jan 2015 - 9:31am

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Leader

Alexis Tsipras, Syriza party leader and winner of the Greek parliamentary elections, signs papers appointing him as Greece's first leftist prime minister after his swearing-in ceremony. Photo: AP

Greek elections show folly of relying on austerity

27 Jan 2015 - 8:00am
There were 12 major service disruptions last year, up from seven in 2013. Although the total duration of the delays was actually shorter than before, punctuality fell from 99.94 per cent to 99.91 per cent, the lowest since 2008. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Despite occasional problems, Hong Kong's MTR is second to none

27 Jan 2015 - 8:10am 1 comment

Today's Poll

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27 Jan 2015
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Total number of votes recorded: 85

Insight

Macau's casino crackdown a worthy attempt to evolve under 'one country, two systems' framework

To heed Xi's call for clean government, there is still much work to do. Anthony Lawrance

Macau has taken a battering of late. Share prices of casino stocks listed in Hong Kong have halved in the past year as gaming revenues continue to plunge.

26 Jan 2015 - 7:53pm 1 comment

Focus

Albert Ho digs in on plan to force 'referendum' on HK elections

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivers his recent policy address in the Legislative Council. Photo: K.Y. Cheng GARY CHEUNG

Veteran pan-democrat Albert Ho Chun-yan appears unmoved by public disapproval for his idea to force a "referendum" on how Hong Kong should choose its next chief executive.

27 Jan 2015 - 9:04am 3 comments

Harry's View

China

The former vice chairman of the Chinese Football Association, Nan Yong, was jailed for 10½ years in 2012 for taking bribes. Photo: Xinhua ANTI-CORRUPTION CRACKDOWN

Obsession with gold medals, trophies has led to corruption, admits China’s top sports body

The official overseers of sport in China admitted on Monday that a win-at-all-costs mentality had led to corruption, and it was changing its criteria for what constituted sporting success.

Among the changes would be an end to gold medal counts for major sporting events.

27 Jan 2015 - 1:35am

Asia

Philippine police commandoes unload body bags containing the remains of their comrades killed in a clash with Muslim rebels. Photo: AFP PHILIPPINES

Philippines says deadly clash a mistake, hopeful peace not derailed

The Philippines said a clash between security forces and Muslim rebels in which dozens of police commandos were killed in an 11-hour firefight was a mistake and both sides said they were hopeful the violence would not scupper a peace deal the rebels are negotiating.

27 Jan 2015 - 9:47am 2 comments

China Insider

Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff HEALTH

Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff

27 Jan 2015
The diners are seen walking out of the seafood restaurant in this photo taken by Southern Metropolis Daily. MEDIA

Chinese police officials suspended after allegedly assaulting journalists at 'secretive' banquet

27 Jan 2015
Hell bank notes, used as offerings to the dead, can sometimes resemble the real thing late at night. Photo: SCMP Pictures SOCIETY

Taxi passenger suffers heart attack after being given ‘hell bank note’ in change

26 Jan 2015 1 comment
Smoke billows from the chimney of a factory in Foshan, which recorded Guangdong province's worst air quality in last year's final quarter. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Foshan’s air quality worst in Guangdong during final quarter of last year

25 Jan 2015
A man bumped into his former girlfriend recently but but the reunion quickly turned sour when he demanded she return his SIM card, which she then swallowed. Photo: Bloomberg Around the nation

Around the nation: Woman swallows ex-boyfriend's SIM card during row

23 Jan 2015
A lesbian Chinese couple kiss for the cameras outside a marriage registry office after being turned away. Some lesbians are opting to marry gay 'beards' to ease social pressure and discrimination. Photo: EPA LGBT RIGHTS

Seeking a lesbian wife: pressured Chinese gays turn to online dating for ‘cooperative marriage’

23 Jan 2015 6 comments
The Chinese man who surprised commuters by riding on the Beijing subway with a "watermelon head mask" appeared to be drunk. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: 'Melon head' man spotted on metro in China - and taken away by police

23 Jan 2015
A man high on drugs thought he was proposing to popular Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (pictured), but it turned out to be his colleague. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Hallucinating Chinese man proposes to 'Fan Bingbing' - or so he thinks

22 Jan 2015
Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video Animal Care

Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video

22 Jan 2015
Diners visiting a new restaurant in Shenyang, Liaoning, have a winter-only option of being serving in an igloo. The interior is heated enough to prevent diners from freezing, but not so warm to melt the surroundings. Photo: SCMP Pictures Around the nation

Around the nation: Shenyang restaurant offers winter dining in an igloo

21 Jan 2015
Disgraced former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun (right) showed off his calligraphy work in 2010. Anti-corruption

'Leave the arts to artists,' China's top graft-buster warns officials of corruption under disguise of art groups

20 Jan 2015 3 comments
Rescue workers climb a 30-metre transmission tower in Zhengzhou to rescue a chef upset over a colleague's criticism of his cooking. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chef threatens to jump off tower after colleague says his cooking is too salty

19 Jan 2015
WeChat angers China officials for flying virtual American flags on Martin Luther King Day

WeChat angers China officials for flying virtual American flags on Martin Luther King Day

20 Jan 2015 8 comments
The Fuyan police department insisted the officers were pictured in their real training sites. Photo: Weibo SECURITY

Police unit in China's restive Xinjiang mocked for cinematic recruitment posters

16 Jan 2015 7 comments

Property

Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak, without its landmark main building that was demolished two years ago, sold for a record HK$5.1 billion. Photo: Sam Tsang HOUSING

Sales on The Peak breathe life into Hong Kong luxury property market

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Big-ticket sales on The Peak are seen as breathing life back into a luxury property sector that has languished in the doldrums even as prices in the mass market deepen their push into record territory.

23 Jan 2015 - 4:25pm 2 comments
Vienna-based Taiwanese pianist Chen Ruei-bin during his most recent visit to Hong Kong. Photo: Paul Yeung

How Taiwanese pianist Chen Ruei-bin has struck a chord with Hong Kong

The exaggerated stage etiquette of mainland pianist Lang Lang has found an antithesis in his Taiwanese counterpart, Chen Ruei-bin.

27 Jan 2015 - 10:21am

Walls come tumbling down for 'unsafe' artistic ruins in Shanghai

27 Jan 2015 1 comment

Wang Jianwei's artwork Time Temple is inspired by quantum physics

27 Jan 2015
Vicky Lau started out in advertising before learning her trade at Le Cordon Bleu in Bangkok and working at Michelin-starred Cépage in Hong Kong.

Vicky Lau, Asia's Best Female Chef 2015, not afraid to experiment

The owner of Michelin-starred Tate Dining Room & Bar, in Central, who has been named Best Female Chef 2015 by the organisers of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, talks to Kylie Knott about Hong Kong's evolving food scene.

24 Jan 2015 - 10:28pm

Wine lovers, do your homework before an auction

24 Jan 2015

Chefs, get out of the kitchen! It's the way to earn respect

24 Jan 2015
Huawei smartphone products are displayed for sale with other brands at a shopping mall in Beijing, China. Photo: EPA

Huawei shows frustration, Xiaomi elation

Two of China's most successful tech companies, Xiaomi and Huawei, took center stage in the microblogging realm over the past week, engaging in a rare direct war of words over their competing products in the nation's overheated smartphone market.

27 Jan 2015 - 10:23am 1 comment

Alibaba unit signs partnership in medical technology with Chinese software firm

27 Jan 2015

Xiaomi’s new Mi Note ticks just about all the boxes in styling, performance and price

27 Jan 2015

Magazines

Sport

Jack Bouttell and Liu Xue on board Dongfeng at Dawn. Photo: Sam Greenfield/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race. SAILING

Hong Kong sailor helps Dongfeng Racing to history-making Volvo Ocean Race win

Dongfeng Race Team created history on Tuesday by becoming the first boat from China to win a leg of the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race, with Hong Kong crew member Cheng Ying-kit singled out for special praise for his part in the victory.

27 Jan 2015 - 10:21am

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