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Dozens dead as plane crashes on Taiwanese resort island of Penghu during storm

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At least 47 people were killed and 11 injured in Taiwan yesterday when a TransAsia Airways plane crashed on the resort island of Penghu, smashing into houses after an aborted landing.

Wednesday, 23 July, 2014, 11:56pm 3 comments

Typhoon Matmo downgraded to tropical storm as it makes landfall in China

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Typhoon Matmo on Wednesday was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made landfall in heavily populated Fujian province after crossing Taiwan overnight causing only minor damage.

23 Jul 2014 - 9:02pm 2 comments

Pro-Russia rebels may have shot down MH17 by mistake, says US official

The MH17 jet may have been shot down by 'mistake' by ill-trained pro-Russian separatists, US intelligence officials said, as Malaysia sent black boxes to Britain for analysis.

23 Jul 2014 - 4:56pm 2 comments More on Malaysia Airlines flight 17

China censors giant inflatable toad story after comparisons with former Communist Party chief

Chinese reports about a giant inflatable toad have been deleted from the internet after social media users compared the puffed-up animal to former Communist Party chief Jiang Zemin.

23 Jul 2014 - 3:52pm 6 comments

Five Husi bosses quizzed by police over 'rotten meat' scandal, as 1,250 tonnes of food seized

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Shanghai authorities are investigating 22 restaurants and food distributors, including McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Papa Johns and 7-Eleven, that bought meat from Husi Food.

23 Jul 2014 - 3:59pm 18 comments More on China Food Scandals

President Xi Jinping meets Fidel Castro as Beijing aims to capitalise on Cuba ties

Xi visited Cuba's former revolutionary leader in Havana on Tuesday as he aims to expand investment in the fellow communist nation, his last stop on a four-country Latin American tour.

23 Jul 2014 - 3:36pm

30,000 people quarantined in China after resident dies of pneumonic plague

Part of a city in Gansu province remained sealed off yesterday after the death of a local man from pneumonic plague last week.

23 Jul 2014 - 4:15pm 1 comment

First plane carrying bodies of MH17 victims arrives in Netherlands as nation mourns

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The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, with grieving relatives and the king and queen solemnly receiving the as yet unidentified victims.

23 Jul 2014 - 11:15pm More on Malaysia Airlines flight 17

China to face widespread flight delays due to three-week ‘military exercises’

Twelve mainland airports, many of them among the busiest, will be hit by widespread delays until the middle of next month because of what are believed to be PLA military exercises.

23 Jul 2014 - 5:20pm 25 comments

Kiev accuses Russia of shooting down fighter jets near flight MH17 crash site

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Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down yesterday, not far from where a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard.

23 Jul 2014 - 11:53pm 1 comment More on Malaysia Airlines flight 17

Indonesia sentences Frenchman to 15 years in prison for Bali drugs smuggling

23 Jul 2014 - 11:02pm

World marks hottest June since 1880 as temperatures soar in China

23 Jul 2014 - 4:34am 3 comments

Widodo wins Indonesian presidency, but doubts remain as rival vows supporters 'will not remain silent'

23 Jul 2014 - 12:24pm 2 comments

China hit by Western military moves in Africa, says Academy of Social Sciences report

23 Jul 2014 - 11:47am 6 comments

Alibaba says New York Times off base for linking buy-back deal to party elite

23 Jul 2014 - 10:39am 1 comment

Christians in Zhejiang cross with authorities over church demolitions

23 Jul 2014 - 9:55am 5 comments

Author lends encouragement to anti-corruption drive

23 Jul 2014 - 6:47pm

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Thai junta leader General Prayuth allowed to stay in power until elections held

Thailand's junta chief could stay in charge of the country as head of a provisional government until elections are held some time next year, a legal adviser said yesterday, outlining details of an interim constitution.

23 Jul 2014 - 11:24pm

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Terrible rendition of China's national anthem makes Venezuelan military band a laughing stock

23 Jul 2014 2 comments
TECHNOLOGY

Look familiar? Xiaomi reveals its newest answer to the iPhone - the Mi4

23 Jul 2014 2 comments
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Chinese gamers win US$5m top prize in international video game tournament

22 Jul 2014 1 comment
ENTERTAINMENT

Chinese farmer who makes giant Transformers from car parts cashes in on success of film

22 Jul 2014 4 comments
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Starbucks, Dicos withdraw sandwiches as China launches nationwide probe into 'rotten meat' firm

22 Jul 2014 58 comments
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18 Jul 2014 3 comments
INTERNET

China web giant Baidu launches search engine in Brazil

21 Jul 2014 1 comment
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18 Jul 2014 16 comments
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17 Jul 2014 1 comment
CULTURE

Mainland Chinese buyers contribute significantly to global art sales: report

17 Jul 2014
WORLD CUP

Chinese soccer fans - mostly young and female - posted 2 billion World Cup messages on Weibo

16 Jul 2014
MARATHON

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16 Jul 2014
CIVIL RIGHTS

Sex worker rights activist Ye Haiyan says she is barred from leaving China

16 Jul 2014 1 comment
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Hong Kong's youngest activists draw inspiration from political liberalism

16 Jul 2014 13 comments

Steven Bishop, songwriter to the stars, is excited about his Hong Kong debut

Back in 1976, not many aspiring singer-songwriters recording their debut albums were lucky enough to have Eric Clapton turn up at the studio to contribute a couple of guitar solos.

23 Jul 2014 - 11:53pm

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23 Jul 2014

Hong Kong's white elephants? Jury still out on Cyberport and Science Park

22 Jul 2014 9 comments

Who has the best burger in Hong Kong?

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23 Jul 2014 - 11:54pm

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CYCLING

Ji Cheng wants Chinese to get on their bikes

The first Chinese cyclist to compete in the Tour de France hopes he can help his compatriots rediscover a lost affection for cycling in a country where bicycles were once ubiquitous.

23 Jul 2014 - 10:26pm
SQUASH

Max Lee 'will inspire other players'

Max Lee Ho-yin claimed a breakthrough by gaining direct entry to the main draw for next month's Hong Kong Open - now he aims for another by winning his first-round match.

23 Jul 2014 - 11:00pm

Queen Elizabeth’s champion horse, Estimate, fails dope test

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