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Transcript reveals confusion over South Korea ferry evacuation

The official death toll in the South Korean ferry sinking soared to 58 on Sunday after divers finally succeeded in entering the vessel, which a newly released transcript shows was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing dangerously.

Sunday, 20 April, 2014, 11:29pm 4 comments More on South Korea ferry disaster

Death toll rises to 58 as divers find way into sunken South Korean ferry

Divers removed the first bodies from a ferry that capsized nearly four days ago with 476 people on board, the South Korean coastguard said early today.

20 Apr 2014 - 5:31pm 5 comments More on South Korea ferry disaster

What austerity drive? Wealthy Chinese undeterred as they flock to lavish auto show

China’s desire for luxury cars remains undimmed by an economic slowdown and political austerity drive as the country’s growing band of wealthy motorists set their sights on high-end wheels.

20 Apr 2014 - 6:33pm

More than 1,000 armed police start patrols in Shanghai

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More than 1,000 police officers started patrols in Shanghai carrying guns on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

The Ministry of Public Security said last month that more armed patrols would be introduced around the country in the wake of the knife attacks at Kunming railway station on March 1.

20 Apr 2014 - 10:26pm

Chengguan officials seriously injured after assault by large crowd

Five urban management officials in Zhejiang province were set upon and assaulted by hundreds of enraged locals angered by their law enforcement technique on Saturday, leaving two severely injured.

20 Apr 2014 - 7:02pm More on Chengguan

Easter war of words breaks out between Ukraine and Russia

Politics overshadowed Easter observances in Kiev and Moscow, with the Orthodox religious leaders in each capital trading barbs over the crisis in Ukraine - while the US reportedly prepared to send ground forces to neighbouring Poland.

20 Apr 2014 - 7:37pm

China Resources chairman Song Lin sacked in corruption scandal

Song Lin, the scandal-hit chairman of state-owned China Resources, was yesterday sacked for "suspected serious violations of discipline and law violations".

20 Apr 2014 - 5:24am 4 comments More on China Resources (Holdings)

Veteran Fox executive fired over Flight MH370 charity email

A veteran Fox television executive has been sacked after she used her company e-mail account to plan aid for relatives of missing passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

20 Apr 2014 - 11:56pm 1 comment More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Happy birthday Game Boy: Nintendo's trailblazing console turns 25

21 Apr 2014 - 2:00am

Japan expands military footprint for first time in 40 years, risking angering China

20 Apr 2014 - 7:28am 8 comments

Bank of China vice-president resigns after allegations of affairs

20 Apr 2014 - 9:02am 7 comments

Architect of CIA interrogation programme, James Mitchell, defends use of torture against terror suspects

20 Apr 2014 - 5:39am 5 comments

Sean Lien, son of KMT honorary chairman, wins Taipei mayoral primary

20 Apr 2014 - 6:58am

China propaganda organs slam Anson Chan, Martin Lee over America trip

20 Apr 2014 - 3:46pm 31 comments

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Editor's Pick

Pilots reveal death-defying ordeal as engines failed on approach to Chek Lap Kok

20 Apr 2014 - 5:58pm 3 comments

Today's Poll

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Insight

Delay to high-speed railway to serve as a wake-up call

SCMP Editorial

Hong Kong prides itself as a showcase of public works, and with good reason. Not only did we overcome natural constraints to put in place a world-class airport, rail links and bridges; we also delivered them with speed and efficiency.

20 Apr 2014 - 5:58am 6 comments

China

SECURITY

More than 1,000 armed police start patrols in Shanghai

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More than 1,000 police officers started patrols in Shanghai carrying guns on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

The Ministry of Public Security said last month that more armed patrols would be introduced around the country in the wake of the knife attacks at Kunming railway station on March 1.

20 Apr 2014 - 10:26pm

Asia

Transcript reveals confusion over South Korea ferry evacuation

The official death toll in the South Korean ferry sinking soared to 58 on Sunday after divers finally succeeded in entering the vessel, which a newly released transcript shows was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing dangerously.

20 Apr 2014 - 11:29pm 4 comments More on South Korea ferry disaster

Business

MARKETS

Rebound unlikely for Hong Kong stocks in second quarter

Fund managers predict a flat performance for the Hong Kong equity index in the second quarter amid worries over the mainland's slowing economy, while some see selling pressure in the Macau casino and the mainland's internet sectors due to overvaluations.

21 Apr 2014 - 1:29am
FUNDRAISING

Fundraising setback by foreign funds casts pall over through train scheme

In a grim precursor to the much-awaited through train scheme, the first batch of foreign hedge funds allowed to raise yuan capital on the mainland for overseas equity purchases under the qualified domestic limited partner programme fell short of expectations.

21 Apr 2014 - 2:11am

Our superheroes, flaws and all

The world never really started to take the superhero genre seriously until Christopher Reeve donned a pair of blue tights and fronted up as Superman in 1978.

20 Apr 2014 - 12:36pm More on LIFE

Godfather proves a mixed blessing for director Coppola

20 Apr 2014

Monte Carlo ballet company steps up

20 Apr 2014

Q&A: Richard Sandoval

The Mexican-American chef of Elements steakhouse Toro is helping push the trend for pan-Latin American cuisine, writes Andrew Sun.

20 Apr 2014 - 12:50am

Brazil's drought has resulted in an increase in the price of coffee

18 Apr 2014

Restaurants jump through regulatory hoops to provide charcoal grills

18 Apr 2014

Happy birthday Game Boy: Nintendo's trailblazing console turns 25

Nintendo's trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary today with the portable device's legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans.

21 Apr 2014 - 2:00am More on Nintendo

Financial exchange regulators use computers to crack traders' code

20 Apr 2014

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Magazines

  • Post Magazine: April 20

    20 Apr 2014

    The ditching of an airliner in New York in 2009 made world headlines but, the following year, two pilots demonstrated even greater airmanship on approach to Chek Lap Kok

  • Money: April 2014

    7 Apr 2014

    Space invaders: ‘The final frontier’ is ready for tourists later this year

  • 48 Hours: April 17

    17 Apr 2014

    Thriller instinct: Nick Cheung and Dante Lam are a winning combination

  • Post Magazine: April 13

    13 Apr 2014

    Tin mining is devastating the Indonesian island of Bangka

  • 48 Hours: April 10

    10 Apr 2014

    City of angles: Five outdoor enthusiasts show a different view of Hong Kong

  • Post Magazine: April 6

    6 Apr 2014

    True grit: from Hollywood to the horrors of a Phnom Penh rubbish dump

  • Style: April 2014

    4 Apr 2014

    Jason Wu shows us who's boss of the runway

  • 48 Hours: April 3

    3 Apr 2014

    An audience with comic actor Chapman To

  • Post Magazine: March 30

    30 Mar 2014

    A young Pakistani is being mourned not only by his family but also by the close-knit Kwai Chung community whose hopes he carried on his shoulders

  • Good Eating: March 2014

    Spring 2014

    The personal touch is what attracts diners to small, cosy restaurants

  • Style: March 2014

    7 Mar 2014

    Tech-savvy brands stay one step ahead of the e-tail trend

  • Style: February 2014

    7 Feb 2014

    Couture cakes raise the bar for edible art

  • Good Eating: November 2013

    Winter 2013

    Top chefs taste success

  • Money: November 2013

    11 Nov 2013

    Inside China’s booming contemporary-art market

Sport

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Nervous win keeps Liverpool on course

Liverpool nervously edged closer to a first league title in the Premier League era with a nail-biting 3-2 success over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday.

21 Apr 2014 - 12:35am

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City of angles: Five outdoor enthusiasts show a different view of Hong Kong

Ernesto Spicciolato emerges from the mist and drags his kayak up onto the shore in the otherwise empty Hap Mun bay on what has turned out to be one of the foggiest days of the year – the zero visibility adds to the sense of utter remoteness, though we’re actually only a 15-minute ride away from Sai Kung pier.

15 Apr 2014 - 8:55am

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