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Israeli onslaught claims 100th victim in Gaza as Obama offers to help broker truce

Israel's bombardment of Gaza claimed its 100th Palestinian life yesterday as Hamas pounded central Israel with rockets and Washington offered help brokering a truce.

Saturday, 12 July, 2014, 4:30am 7 comments

Guangdong TV news channel quietly changing from Cantonese to Putonghua

Most original programmes on the news channel of Guangdong TV will be produced and broadcast in Putonghua from September, sources inside the network said, a move that is causing outrage among Cantonese speakers in Guangzhou.

12 Jul 2014 - 7:29am 1 comment

Fears of fraud as Indonesia awaits presidential election results

Anxiety is growing that fraud and dirty tactics could twist official results due to be announced by July 22 after former Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and his rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, used different unofficial tallies to claim victory.

11 Jul 2014 - 12:27pm

23 Ukrainian servicemen killed in clashes with separarist rebels

Ukraine's military yesterday reported losing 23 servicemen in clashes across the separatist east that threatened to shatter slim Western hopes of a truce in Europe's deadliest conflict in decades.

12 Jul 2014 - 1:15am 1 comment

Japan’s military shift challenged in court by ex-civil servant

The Japanese government faces a legal challenge to its decision to expand the scope of the military, a divisive shift for the pacifist nation that sparked protests at home and drew sharp criticism from China.

11 Jul 2014 - 10:14pm

Row erupts in Singapore over pulling of children’s books with gay themes

Authorities in Singapore are facing an online backlash after public libraries withdrew and decided to pulp three children's book titles because they were against family values.

11 Jul 2014 - 10:17pm 1 comment

Beijing can breathe more deeply as quality improves in 2014, says government

Only last week Beijing was choked with the worst smog in months, yet the air quality in the capital has actually improved in the first six months of the year, municipal environment authorities say.

11 Jul 2014 - 11:41pm 9 comments

Overloading blamed as Hunan school minivan falls into pond killing 11, including 8 children

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Eight kindergarten pupils and three adults died in central China after the minivan they were in crashed into a pond, state media reported on Friday.

11 Jul 2014 - 11:15am 1 comment

iPhone feature could be national security threat, says Chinese broadcaster CCTV

A feature in Apple's iPhone that tracks a user's location could be a national security threat, state media reported yesterday.

12 Jul 2014 - 5:01am 1 comment

Fears of tough action by Beijing following allegation BOC launders money

The Bank of China cash-transfer service at the centre of money laundering allegations could escalate the sabre-rattling between the mainland's liberal-minded bankers and conservative regulators.

12 Jul 2014 - 4:36am 1 comment More on Bank of China

Yang Gang, ex-top official of economic panel, faces graft prosecution

12 Jul 2014 - 2:39am

Asians hitting ‘bamboo ceiling’ in Australia, discrimination commissioner says

11 Jul 2014 - 9:48pm

Benigno Aquino refuses resignation of aide over fund scandal

11 Jul 2014 - 10:07pm

Growing middle class popping more pills, worrying antibiotic study shows

12 Jul 2014 - 4:26am

Warren Buffett, Sheldon Adelson and Bill Gates seek US migrant law change

11 Jul 2014 - 9:15pm

US government sues Amazon over in-game spending on mobile apps

11 Jul 2014 - 9:06pm

32 people jailed in Xinjiang for ‘downloading and spreading terrorist videos’

11 Jul 2014 - 7:17pm

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Positive signs emerge from Sino-US talks

12 Jul 2014 - 4:38am

Olympic Games a silver lining for Brazil after World Cup humiliation

12 Jul 2014 - 4:39am

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In the past 100 years, China has marginalised its own intellectual and institutional frameworks developed over 2,000 years.

12 Jul 2014 - 4:16am 5 comments

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Asia

AFGHANISTAN

Kerry warns that legitimacy of Afghanistan election ‘hangs in balance’

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Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday Afghanistan’s transition to a self-reliant state hung in the balance after a contested presidential election and urged Afghan officials to focus on auditing the vote count to underpin its legitimacy.

11 Jul 2014 - 9:32pm

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2014 World Cup

These charts show how China's Weibo has gone mad for the World Cup

11 Jul 2014 1 comment
EDUCATION

Students, faculty up in arms against 'elitist academy' at China's Peking University

11 Jul 2014 2 comments
TECHNOLOGY

Xiaomi teases its next smartphone, due for release July 22

10 Jul 2014 1 comment
CULTURE

How a Chinese government decree could take the glimmer out of Vienna's Golden Music Hall

10 Jul 2014 1 comment
HISTORY

First Chinese government delegation to commemorate China’s WW1 dead in France

10 Jul 2014 1 comment
CRIME

'I strangled her by accident in a blindfolded pillow fight': A killer’s explanation that only Beijing’s high court buys

9 Jul 2014 27 comments
TECHNOLOGY

Xiaomi founder Lei Jun donates HK$93 million worth of stocks to employees

8 Jul 2014 1 comment
CENSORSHIP

Outspoken commentator Li Chengpeng silenced on Chinese social media

8 Jul 2014 3 comments
FOREIGN RELATIONS

Indian PM Modi praised for rebuffing China’s power play on Brics development bank

8 Jul 2014 16 comments
RELIGION

Hong Kong's Cardinal Joseph Zen asks Pope Francis not to visit China

4 Jul 2014 24 comments
TAIWAN

Women's groups criticise Taiwanese advert for 'promoting large breasts as a beauty standard'

7 Jul 2014
CENSORSHIP

Weibo more heavily censored during Hong Kong's July 1 march than on Tiananmen anniversary

4 Jul 2014
ENVIRONMENT

Let it breathe: Beijing considers 'wind tunnels' design for the city to combat smog

2 Jul 2014 5 comments
TAIWAN

Meet 'Square Head Bro', the Taiwanese man with the blockhead hairstyle

4 Jul 2014 1 comment

Business

BANKING

Fears of tough action by Beijing following allegation BOC launders money

The Bank of China cash-transfer service at the centre of money laundering allegations could escalate the sabre-rattling between the mainland's liberal-minded bankers and conservative regulators.

12 Jul 2014 - 4:36am 1 comment More on Bank of China
LISTINGS

Alibaba expected to receive US approval for IPO despite federal commission warnings

Alibaba Group's proposal for what could be the largest initial stock offering in US history is sailing through Washington with few bumps.

12 Jul 2014 - 4:53am 1 comment More on Alibaba

How US director’s film was nearly derailed by a storm with Ai Weiwei

The Sandstorm ran into trouble when Ai Weiwei, who had agreed to play a cameo role, complained he never agreed to be promoted as the star or gave consent to use his image or name to promote the film.

9 Jul 2014 - 8:23pm More on LIFE

Tai Po’s indie star in the making

7 Jul 2014

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

7 Jul 2014

Australian truffles offer off season alternative

Selling Australian-grown Périgord truffles to French chefs may seem a foolhardy, even impossible goal, but that is exactly what The Truffle & Wine Co has successfully done.

11 Jul 2014 - 12:09am

Feast like a king: Modern restaurants seek to recreate Chinese imperial cuisine

11 Jul 2014 1 comment

We tell you where to find good quality, affordable eateries in Macau

9 Jul 2014

iPhone feature could be national security threat, says Chinese broadcaster CCTV

A feature in Apple's iPhone that tracks a user's location could be a national security threat, state media reported yesterday.

12 Jul 2014 - 5:01am 1 comment

Streaming is gaining ground, but optical discs aren't likely to disappear just yet

11 Jul 2014

US$40m towards brain implant that could restore soldiers' memories

10 Jul 2014

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Sport

BASKETBALL

LeBron James is coming home

LeBron James announced on Friday that he will rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, leaving Miami after sparking the Heat to two NBA titles for the hometown club he spurned in 2010.

12 Jul 2014 - 1:13am

Suarez bites into deal at Barcelona

Barcelona said on Friday they had struck a deal to buy Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from Liverpool, sealing the transfer despite an uproar over him biting a World Cup rival.

12 Jul 2014 - 1:16am
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Trentin piles the agony on Sagan in Tour de France

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