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China's central bank announces long-awaited rate cut to boost economy

PBOC cuts interest rates for growth Update

The People's Bank of China has cut benchmark interest rates for the second time in three months, adding to a raft of recent attempts taken to counter an increasing deflation risk and a slowdown in growth.

Sunday, 1 March, 2015, 1:56am 1 comment

Chinese-made electronic toilet seats as good as Japanese units, top maker says

Chinese tourist learns how to use electronic toilet seat in Tokyo. Photo: Kyodo

Electronic toilet seats have recently become one of the most sought-after commodities on Chinese consumers' shopping lists when they visit Japan.

1 Mar 2015 - 3:15am 1 comment

Top political meetings who's who list of graft casualties

Soldiers in the People's Liberation Army patrol Tiananmen Square ahead of the coming political body meetings in Beijing. Photo: ChinaFotoPress

This week's annual meetings of China's top political bodies are likely to be overshadowed by the sweeping anti-graft campaign which has taken down an unprecedented number of delegates and senior officials in just one year.

1 Mar 2015 - 5:08am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

China's ban on ivory carving imports 'more symbolic than effective'

100,000 wild elephants were killed between 2010-12, according to Save the Elephants.

Environmental campaigners have described the mainland's one-year ban on the imports of ivory carvings as "more symbolic than effective".

1 Mar 2015 - 5:08am

Provincial official Ni Fake jailed for 17 years over multimillion dollar jade bribes

A TV screen shows the verdict passed on Ni Fake at the Intermediate People's Court in Dongying, Shandong Province on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

A former senior Chinese provincial official was sentenced Saturday to 17 years in jail for taking around 13 million yuan (HK$16.3 million) in bribes consisting largely of precious stones, a court said.

1 Mar 2015 - 5:00am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

China opposes draft of UN sanctions against South Sudan

China's UN ambassador Liu Jieyi said he saw no "logic" behind the proposed resolution. Photo: Xinhua

China has indicated it opposes a US-drafted resolution that would open a path for UN sanctions against those blocking peace and promoting violence in South Sudan.

1 Mar 2015 - 5:08am More on United Nations

Asians face extra pitfalls on path to Ivy League universities

Illustration: Henry Wong

In a windowless classroom at a tutoring centre in Arcadia in the US state of California, parents cram into child-sized desks and search through pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.

1 Mar 2015 - 3:26am More on Focus

US bill ties Hong Kong trade rights to democracy in bid to press China on 2017 elections

Chris Smith says a status quo US policy is unsustainable if Beijing continues to insist that Hong Kong become like mainland China.

US lawmakers from both main parties have reintroduced a bill to Congress intended to press Beijing to guarantee Hong Kong's autonomy and human rights.

1 Mar 2015 - 4:38am 2 comments More on Universal Suffrage

In the black: China's wild panda population grew in past 10 years, new census finds

The forestry administration said 27 new preservation areas for giant pandas had contributed to the growth in their numbers. Photo: Xinhua Update

Though reputed to be lazy at sex, wild giant pandas on the mainland have somehow managed to get in the mood - enough to bump up their numbers over the past decade.

1 Mar 2015 - 4:57am

Coming soon: Bruce Lee's daughter kick-starts plans for Hong Kong legend's official biopic

Bruce Lee's incredible martial arts moves are what most of his fans remember. His daughter Shannon Lee says his official biopic will explore other aspects of his life, such as his art and philosophies. Photo: SCMP

Two rival biopics of Hong Kong kung-fu legend Bruce Lee are in development in Hollywood, after Lee's daughter announced the family was developing a definitive big-screen version of his life.

1 Mar 2015 - 3:42am 3 comments More on Bruce Lee

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

Two pioneering aviators will take off from Abu Dhabi this week, hoping to complete the first round-the-world flight using zero fuel - in a mission that will test the limits of human endurance.

1 Mar 2015 - 3:15am

Hongkongers have seven million reasons to buy a home abroad

In a city where property is king, HK$7 million won't get you the castle. But head overseas and that amount of money could deliver some royal returns.

1 Mar 2015 - 3:15am
Nimoy lived long and prospered.

Leonard Nimoy, iconic actor who played Star Trek's Mr Spock, dies at 83

1 Mar 2015 - 3:13am 2 comments
Median incomes of Asian families surging in US

Median incomes of Asian families surging in US

1 Mar 2015 - 3:26am
Hong Kong women are signing up for language schools in Australia as a front to work in the country's lucrative sex trade.

Hong Kong women using study visas for sex work

1 Mar 2015 - 4:38am 1 comment
The Duke of Cambridge dresses up as a samurai warrior with a geisha in attendance at the NHK studios in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

Britain's Prince William dresses up as a samurai warrior during his tour of Japan

1 Mar 2015 - 5:43am
India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (centre) holds a briefcase containing budget documents on Saturday. Photo: EPA

India's budget pledges infrastructure spending to help economy ‘fly’

1 Mar 2015 - 5:40am
Flowers mark the spot where Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near St Basil's Cathedral. Photo: AFP

Outrage in and outside Russia follows opposition figure Boris Nemtsov's murder

1 Mar 2015 - 5:56am 2 comments
Mohammed Emwazi became a killer for IS. Photos: SCMP

UK university cancels talk by controversial preacher, after Islamic State executioner revealed to be a graduate

1 Mar 2015 - 6:12am
Cathay bosses say pilots' sick days disrupting flights

Cathay bosses say pilots' sick days disrupting flights

1 Mar 2015 - 3:15am 1 comment
Brad Reynolds has written 3,200 reviews on TripAdvisor.

Hong Kong-based man is TripAdvisor's top reviewer with 3,200 posts

1 Mar 2015 - 4:38am 1 comment
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Columba Bush's big spending may harm husband's White House hopes

1 Mar 2015 - 6:12am

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The land that will be used for cross country skiing during the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Zhangjiakou. Photo: Simon Song

Beijing hosting the Winter Olympics is not a certainty

1 Mar 2015 - 6:41am
Visitors look at a menu displayed outside a food truck in Hokkaido, Japan. Photo: Bloomberg

Food trucks can add some spice to the Hong Kong food scene

1 Mar 2015 - 6:41am

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Insight

Wealthy Hong Kong government's poverty of ideas for the people

While John Tsang has outperformed his predecessors in enriching the government, few ordinary folk would share his sense of achievement. Photo: Sam Tsang Regina Ip

Pity Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, who must be one of the most "jinxed" financial officials in the world. Since he took over the position in 2007, he has been chalking up a fiscal surplus, even when the economy faced the toughest conditions.

1 Mar 2015 - 6:15am 4 comments

Focus

Asians face extra pitfalls on path to Ivy League universities

Illustration: Henry Wong TNS

In a windowless classroom at a tutoring centre in Arcadia in the US state of California, parents cram into child-sized desks and search through pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.

1 Mar 2015 - 3:26am

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Asia

India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (centre) holds a briefcase containing budget documents on Saturday. Photo: EPA INDIA

India's budget pledges infrastructure spending to help economy ‘fly’

India's finance minister announced the government's new budget, promising a slew of measures that attempt to balance welfare spending with high economic growth and infrastructure development, while vowing to keep a tight control on the fiscal deficit.

1 Mar 2015 - 5:40am

World

Flowers mark the spot where Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near St Basil's Cathedral. Photo: AFP RUSSIA

Outrage in and outside Russia follows opposition figure Boris Nemtsov's murder

Update

Western leaders and Russia's opposition yesterday condemned the drive-by assassination of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov while President Vladimir Putin suggested the crime was staged to throw suspicion on the state.

1 Mar 2015 - 5:56am 2 comments

Business

PBOC cuts interest rates for growth ECONOMY

China's central bank announces long-awaited rate cut to boost economy

Update

The People's Bank of China has cut benchmark interest rates for the second time in three months, adding to a raft of recent attempts taken to counter an increasing deflation risk and a slowdown in growth.

1 Mar 2015 - 1:56am 1 comment
LABOUR

Cathay bosses say pilots' sick days disrupting flights

Cathay Pacific bosses say pilots engaged in a work-to-rule campaign are forcing flight cancellations and delays by taking sick days in unusually high numbers, which the airline has dubbed "tactical sickness".

1 Mar 2015 - 3:15am 1 comment More on Cathay Pacific

Property

The volume of sales of luxury apartments in Shanghai worth more than 10 million yuan fell 34 per cent last year to 2,246 units from 2013. Photo: AFP RESIDENTIAL

Chinese developers to raise luxury home prices in prime cities

Some Chinese developers are planning to raise prices for new luxury projects in prime areas this year, in a rare sign of improving sentiment in a market that saw new home prices fall for the last eight months of 2014.

24 Feb 2015 - 6:22pm More on China Property
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Greenland to diversify into internet finance

Greenland Hong Kong, the Hong Kong-listed unit of the mainland’s largest developer by sales, announced it would diversify into internet finance this year, hoping to capitalise on the cyber world to offer financial services to cash-strapped mainland developers.

11 Feb 2015 - 6:11am More on China Property
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Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden

Jeers aimed at premature applauders who disrupt German orchestra's brilliant performance

The jeering and finger-pointing familiar to followers of the city's political scene infiltrated its musical shrine on Friday - aimed at culprits in the audience who spoiled a brilliant musical performance by clapping prematurely.

1 Mar 2015 - 4:38am

Hong Kong's impact on Blur like Berlin's on David Bowie, Damon Albarn says

28 Feb 2015

In Foxcatcher, funnyman Steve Carell gets to grips with a dark force

28 Feb 2015
Pilots hope to fly around the world powered only by the sun

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

Two pioneering aviators will take off from Abu Dhabi this week, hoping to complete the first round-the-world flight using zero fuel - in a mission that will test the limits of human endurance.

1 Mar 2015 - 3:15am

Scientists have finally discovered the function of eyelashes

1 Mar 2015

Game theory drives Greek finance minister in duel with creditors

1 Mar 2015

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Sport

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney jumps for joy after scoring his second goal in the 2-0 win over Sunderland in their English Premier League match at Old Trafford. Photo: AP

United's Rooney breaks scoring drought in win over Sunderland

Wayne Rooney ended his eight-game English Premier League scoring drought with a brace as Manchester United climbed back above Arsenal into third with a 2-0 victory against a dogged Sunderland on Saturday.

1 Mar 2015 - 1:39am More on English Premier League 2014/15

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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 Kenya's Leakey family - whose fossil discoveries helped reveal how humans evolved - Richard Leakey has been hailed as a saviour of the African elephant. Will Brad Pitt do justice to this charismatic Kenyan in a forthcoming biopic?

28 Feb 2015 - 10:50pm

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