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Probe into China Minsheng chief Mao Xiaofeng just tip of iceberg in banking world of corrupt alliances

Minsheng Bank chief Mao Xiaofeng was taken away by China's anti-graft watchdog recently to assist in an investigation. Photo: Weibo

The investigation into the youngest-ever Chinese listed-bank president has exposed the tip of the iceberg of rampant power-for-money deals between senior officials and financial leaders, analysts say.

Sunday, 1 February, 2015, 2:37am 16 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

'It's like a Hangover movie': Hong Kong businessman charged for drunk, naked break-in at US home

A US judge overseeing the case of the Hong Kong wedding guest compared the situation to the "Hangover" movie franchise, which depicts American best friends who take drunken debauchery to new levels. Photo: AP

A fugitive Hong Kong businessman is being sought by US police after he failed to turn up in court to face charges over an allegedly drunken wedding party escapade a judge likened to the movie series The Hangover.

1 Feb 2015 - 2:13am 6 comments

Beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto condemned

Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, speaks of her son's death. Photo: Kyodo Update

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described as "heinous and despicable" the apparent beheading of a second Japanese hostage by Islamic State (IS), as global leaders denounced the jihadis.

2 Feb 2015 - 1:25am 10 comments

Dalai Lama, Obama due at same event

US President Barack Obama (right) meets with the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House last year.

US President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama are to both attend the US National Prayer Breakfast in Washington this week, a move likely to elicit an angry response from the Chinese government.

1 Feb 2015 - 5:24am 3 comments More on 14th Dalai Lama

Angry relatives of flight MH370 victims reject Malaysia's findings, turn down payouts

Relatives for the victims of MH370 Malaysian Airline missing flight hold a press conference in Subang Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur. Photo: EPA

The father of a passenger on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 said families would sue the carrier if the authorities do not withdraw a formal declaration that all on board had died in an accident.

1 Feb 2015 - 5:28am 4 comments More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Tough security tests for banks' foreign suppliers

Lenovo paid US$2.1 billion in an acquisition of IBM's server unit.

Draft Chinese government regulations would force overseas technology vendors to meet stringent security tests before they can sell to China's banks, an acceleration of efforts to curb the country's reliance on foreign technology.

1 Feb 2015 - 5:24am

Middle-class takes to the slopes amid Games bid

Primary school pupils practice their skiing skills in Yanqing and promote Beijing's bid for the Games in 2022. Photo: SMP

Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

1 Feb 2015 - 5:24am

UN rejects China's move to black out NGO criticism

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric says the NGO committee will continue to report on the stance of countries.

China has been forced to drop a measure at the UN that targeted NGOs seeking to be heard at the world body.

1 Feb 2015 - 5:24am 13 comments More on United Nations

Rupert Murdoch bares all on Twitter - perhaps too much

Rupert Murdoch's Twitter account offers his unvarnished thoughts.

From the day Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter, the media mogul has been spreading alarm among his enemies and supporters in equal measure.

1 Feb 2015 - 8:10am 2 comments More on Rupert Murdoch

Greece's new government seeks allies in ending painful austerity measures

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out debt relief for Greece. Photo: AFP

Greece's radical new government has begun a search for European allies for its anti-austerity agenda, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again ruled out debt relief for Athens.

1 Feb 2015 - 2:57am 2 comments

13,000 pro-democracy activists take to the streets as first post-Occupy march kicks off

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Thousands of pro-democracy activists took to the streets of Hong Kong today during the first major post-Occupy Movement mass rally this afternoon.

1 Feb 2015 - 10:42pm 23 comments

Hong Kong money laundering police face record deluge of 100 reports a day

Police investigators at the forefront of Hong Kong's battle against money laundering face a flood of reports, with more than 100 suspected cases landing on their desks every day - almost double the amount of three years ago.

1 Feb 2015 - 2:57am 13 comments
924 people were killed in passenger accidents last year, the worst for loss of life since 2005

Flight chiefs seek new standards of air safety

1 Feb 2015 - 2:57am
Lack of monitors of ivory destruction programme blasted

Lack of monitors of ivory destruction programme blasted

1 Feb 2015 - 12:19pm 7 comments
Justin Kapla (inset) was one of the SouthGobi executives found guilty of tax crimes in Mongolia. In this file photo, coal is loaded onto SouthGobi Energy trucks. Photo: Bloomberg, AFP

Mongolian court convicts American, Filipino mining firm executives over tax evasion

1 Feb 2015 - 7:35am
Mourners carry the coffins of blast victims yesterday. Photo: AFP

Pakistani Shiites protest after mosque bombing kills scores

1 Feb 2015 - 7:13am
A Philippine police wanted poster shows Marwan.

After 44 Philippine commandos die, is terrorist Marwan really dead?

1 Feb 2015 - 7:13am
Marion 'Suge' Knight

Rap mogul Suge Knight's latest brush with law his most serious as he faces murder charges

1 Feb 2015 - 7:27am
Kerry fined for snow removal oversight at home

Boston fines John Kerry for snow removal oversight

1 Feb 2015 - 7:27am
Nice Flore elementary school

Difficulties for France following eight-year-old's support for terrorists

1 Feb 2015 - 7:45am 3 comments
Kurdish Peshmerga forces at the attack site in Kirkuk. Photo: Xinhua

Islamic State launches multipronged offensive against Kirkuk

1 Feb 2015 - 7:45am
Supporters of the Pegida movement march late last week against Islamisation in Leipzig, eastern Germany. Photo: Reuters

Site of Dachau concentration camp to serve as refugee centre

1 Feb 2015 - 7:45am

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Hanging out in Tai Hang: Hong Kong’s charming little neighbourhood with a big heart

Flourishing luxury car market edging out China’s cheaper domestic brands

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Leader

An elderly participates in a survey on dementia. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong is an ideal base for dementia research

1 Feb 2015 - 6:58am
Officials need to keep a tighter focus on public housing

Officials need to keep a tighter focus on public housing

1 Feb 2015 - 6:58am 2 comments

Today's Poll

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30 Jan 2015
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Insight

More new towns are the answer to Hong Kong's housing woes

We have large areas of flat land in the New Territories, much of it readily accessible and already serviced. Photo: Edward Wong Mike Rowse

In a mini "city-state" like Hong Kong, it is obvious that land is in short supply. So we need to be very careful how we prioritise its use.

There are three uses which stand out: housing, employment and recreation.

2 Feb 2015 - 3:00am

Focus

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the IMF, goes on trial on pimping charges

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: A mighty fall from grace AFP

Power can be a heady aphrodisiac and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, when chief of the International Monetary Fund and about to run for French president, had plenty of it.

2 Feb 2015 - 2:00am

Harry's View

Hong Kong

New World First Bus and Citybus said they would not be ready in time to hit the end-of-year target. POLLUTION

Bus firms can't meet Green-zone deadline

Two of the city's three main bus companies have warned that they cannot meet the deadline set in Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address when public buses which do not meet low-emissions standards will be banned from Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and Central.

2 Feb 2015 - 3:09am

China

Jiang Zhaoyong, a Beijing-based ethnic affairs expert, says in one way or another the 300-odd officials have threatened the safety of the Communist Party. POLITICS

Hundreds of Xinjiang officials probed over their loyalty, not for corruption

The authorities in Xinjiang investigated 355 Communist Party cadres for breaches of party political discipline last year, a six-fold increase over 2013, in a greater attempt to root out disloyal members.

2 Feb 2015 - 1:46am

Asia

Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, speaks of her son's death. Photo: Kyodo ISLAMIC MILITANCY

Beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto condemned

Update

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described as "heinous and despicable" the apparent beheading of a second Japanese hostage by Islamic State (IS), as global leaders denounced the jihadis.

2 Feb 2015 - 1:25am 10 comments

China Insider

Two homeless men in Hefei, which saw snow at the weekend,  asked a local shelter to buy them rail tickets to tropical Hainan to spend the winter. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Phone scammer took millions from rural elderly over five years

2 Feb 2015
Three people died when a bus crashed on the way from Guangzhou to Leizhou. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: three dead, 10 injured in Guangzhou bus crash

31 Jan 2015
The endangered South China tiger cub, which is now feeding normally at a zoo in Jiangxi province after a breeder was found to have repeatedly hit the cub. Photo: Chinanews.com CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: endangered South China tiger cub nursed back to health after abuse at zoo

30 Jan 2015
The bullhead shark suddenly appeared among the colourful balloons as a PLA Navy gunner was about to pull trigger. Photo: PLA Navy MILITARY

Don’t shoot! Curious bullhead shark halts China military exercise

29 Jan 2015 7 comments
President Xi Jinping is targeting corruption in state enterprises. Photo: Reuters Anti-corruption

China launches massive suicide survey after party officials’ deaths during graft crackdown

29 Jan 2015 2 comments
More than 80,000 visitors went to Beijing's Palace Museum on 42 days last year. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing’s Palace Museum to limit visitors to 80,000 a day over security fears

28 Jan 2015
Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says the outbreak has been brought under control. HEALTH

Measles outbreak hits Beijing office building, prompting emergency vaccinations

28 Jan 2015
Beijing police warned women in 2013 not to wear miniskirts, hot pants or skimpy clothing in the summer to avoid sexual harassment. Photo: Reuters CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing advisers call for women-only carriages to fight sexual harassment

27 Jan 2015
The photo shows a policeman lifted a woman by the collar and threw her on the pavement as dozens of fellow officers watched. SOCIETY

Police in three Chinese provinces take heat after ‘brutality’ images surface online

28 Jan 2015
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
Workmen tried twice - and failed both times - to fill a large hole that kept appearing in the street beside a building in Deshengmen Inner Street, Beijing early on Saturday. Photo: China News CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: residents' underground digging sparks Beijing night road collapse

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

Business

The official PMI reading dropped to 49.8 in January.Photo: Reuters MANUFACTURING

China's factory sector shrinks for first time in more than 2 years, PMI survey shows

New

The mainland's factory sector unexpectedly shrank for the first time in more than two years last month and firms see more gloom ahead, an official survey showed, raising expectations that policymakers will take more action to forestall a sharper slowdown.

1 Feb 2015 - 9:15pm
PROPERTY

Shui On Land plans to speed up the sale of up to 57b yuan in assets

Highly geared Shui On Land plans to accelerate the sale of up to 57 billion yuan (HK$71.5 billion) of assets - almost half the mainland-focused developer's portfolio - to boost cash flow amid more challenging fundraising options for the industry.

2 Feb 2015 - 12:46am

Property

Uncertainty surrounds a number of Kaisa property projects after home sales in Shenzhen were blocked by the city government. Photo: Reuters

Developer Sunac China plans to buy Kaisa sites in Shanghai

New

Sunac China plans to acquire four residential and commercial development sites in Shanghai from troubled property developer Kaisa for a total of 2.37 billion yuan (HK$2.93 billion), it said yesterday.

1 Feb 2015 - 10:29pm
Double D's ad has drawn mixed reactions. Photo: SCMP

Dirty and decadent: Double D burger joint to go head to head with Hooters

Just days after US chain Hooters announced plans to open in Hong Kong, a local restaurant group wants to beat it to the punch, using sex appeal to sell hamburgers.

1 Feb 2015 - 7:56am 2 comments

Chateau Mouton Rothschild auction brings in HK$32 million

1 Feb 2015 1 comment

Chef Martin Berasategui on the joy of cooking and his seven Michelin stars

31 Jan 2015
The quartz tuning fork.

Chinese scientists develop low-cost quartz 'super watch' technology

Don't throw out your old quartz watch - with a slight tweak it could soon be accurate enough to guide a cruise missile, according to a new study by Chinese scientists.

1 Feb 2015 - 8:12am 2 comments

Scientific researchers push for sharing data and greater transparency in experiments

1 Feb 2015

We're no competition for ideology when it's disguised as science

1 Feb 2015

Magazines

Sport

Novak Djokovic celebrates after victory in his men's singles final against Britain's Andy Murray at Melbourne Park. Photo: AFP TENNIS

Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win fifth Australian Open crown

World number one Novak Djokovic won a fifth Australian Open title and his eighth grand slam yesterday, grinding down Andy Murray in four gruelling sets to heap more misery on the Scot

2 Feb 2015 - 12:29am More on Australian Open 2015

Magazines

Sabriye Tenberken, who lost her sight as a child, with students at the school for the blind she founded in Lhasa, Tibet.

World Blind Union campaigns for access to digital world

The recent World Blind Union conference held at Cyberport highlighted how the digital divide is holding back the visually impaired. Sarah Lazarus speaks to six delegates who are driving social change.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:34pm

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