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Hong Kong election rules could be here to stay, says top mainland official Li Fei

Beijing's conservative framework for Hong Kong's universal suffrage in 2017 could apply to elections beyond that year even if it is vetoed by local lawmakers, Li Fei said in a warning that deepened pan-democrats' desperation.

Tuesday, 2 September, 2014, 7:23am 23 comments More on Universal Suffrage

With eye on China, India and Japan bolster defence and business ties

Japan and India agreed yesterday to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China.

2 Sep 2014 - 9:05am

Why Jack Ma becoming a dairy farmer is a big deal

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Jack Ma has become a dairy farmer. In June, his private equity firm Yunfeng made a $320M investment in an Inner Mongolian dairy company owned by Yili Industrial Group.

2 Sep 2014 - 9:23am More on Jack Ma

Nude photos purportedly of Jennifer Lawrence and other stars leaked online after hack attack

Weak passwords or a vulnerability in Apple's iCloud platform may have been exploited by a hacker who posted private nude photos of a number of Hollywood female celebrities.

2 Sep 2014 - 1:05am 5 comments

'Cap powers' to stop rot at top of officialdom

The absolute power of the top party officials on the mainland is the major reason so many are corrupt and changes are needed to dilute their influence, analysts have cautioned.

2 Sep 2014 - 4:50am

Microsoft CEO faces deadline in China's anti-monopoly probe

Satya Nadella could face his stiffest test yet as Microsoft's chief executive when he visits the mainland later this month amid efforts by the world's largest software company to resolve its anti-monopoly issues.

2 Sep 2014 - 9:05am

'Disgruntled dad' stabs three pupils to death, injures five others and a teacher before taking own life

A knifeman stabbed three children to death and wounded five more plus a teacher before killing himself in a rampage at a primary school in Hubei province yesterday.

2 Sep 2014 - 8:31am 2 comments

Japan confirms 22 people affected by first dengue fever outbreak since 1945

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An outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever in Japan – the first since the second world war – has affected 22 people, the nation's health ministry confirmed on Monday.

2 Sep 2014 - 7:54am

Iraqi forces press the advantage after breaking Jihadist siege of Shiite town

Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by American strikes pressed a fightback against jihadist-led militants yesterday, buoyed by breaking the 11-week siege of a Shiite town.

2 Sep 2014 - 9:40am

‘A sad day for Hong Kong and democracy’: Scholar slams Beijing’s reform plan

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One of the world’s most prominent democracy scholars decried Beijing’s new restrictions on Hong Kong’s upcoming elections, saying they would fail to meet international standards for universal suffrage and could invite a public boycott. 

2 Sep 2014 - 9:20am 48 comments More on Focus

Beijing's zero-risk election model will increase political divisions in Hong Kong

By hammering out a zero-risk model for the 2017 chief executive election, Beijing ensured that the city's leader would be someone it deemed acceptable, which it sees as vital to national security.

2 Sep 2014 - 9:08am More on Universal Suffrage

Reshuffle to clean up Shanxi politics: top official

2 Sep 2014 - 9:01am

Pakistani protesters clash with police as soldiers secure state broadcaster

1 Sep 2014 - 6:12pm

US gun dealers report huge AK-47 sales after Russia sanctions ban

1 Sep 2014 - 11:02pm

Seeing the light: smart glasses help boost sight of visually impaired

2 Sep 2014 - 4:30am

Ebola virus drug approved on mainland for emergency use only

1 Sep 2014 - 1:42pm

Three China universities vow to strengthen ideological control over students, teachers

2 Sep 2014 - 7:33am 8 comments

North Korea tightens grip on phone SIM cards used by tourists

1 Sep 2014 - 9:50pm

Rebel Socialist MPs accuse French PM Valls of going too far right

1 Sep 2014 - 10:55pm

Pregnant women wanting C-sections fill wards to beat school enrolment deadline

2 Sep 2014 - 8:01am 4 comments

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Concerted action needed on red tides

2 Sep 2014 - 8:50am 2 comments

Due diligence by IPO sponsors paramount

2 Sep 2014 - 8:45am

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Insight

Faced with Beijing's political reform decision, pragmatism must guide legislators

Simon Young

One cannot but be left feeling shocked, disappointed and cheated by the National People's Congress Standing Committee's decision on universal suffrage.

2 Sep 2014 - 8:29am 3 comments

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CORRUPTION

Reshuffle to clean up Shanxi politics: top official

A top Communist Party leader said yesterday that severe corruption and a "problematic" political scene had prompted a reshuffle in coal-rich Shanxi province.

2 Sep 2014 - 9:01am

Business

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HK drives China airports

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Shanghai has beaten Beijing as the busiest airport in mainland China for the first time in the first half, but for both airports, Hong Kong is fast becoming one of the most important sources of revenue.

2 Sep 2014 - 9:26am
ENERGY

Putin kicks off gas pipeline to China

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President Vladimir Putin oversaw the start on Monday of construction on a giant pipeline that is due to ship US$400 billion worth of Russian gas to China in the three decades after flows begin in 2019.

2 Sep 2014 - 9:38am

Property

Home price declines ease in major cities but smaller cities suffer

The mainland's property downturn deepened last month in small cities while the suffering seemed to ease in bigger cities after they relaxed home-buying restrictions, according to two private surveys published yesterday.

1 Sep 2014 - 11:41pm

Action thriller's pumped up in third coming

The muscle factor is even more pumped up in The Expendables third edition, writes Kavita Daswani.

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30 Aug 2014

Indian film singer Yesudas to perform in Hong Kong

30 Aug 2014

Just what exactly is Yunnan cuisine?

Three years ago, on British television's University Challenge, contestants were asked to name a province in China beginning with "Y". They were unable to answer the question.

28 Aug 2014 - 4:49pm

Vintner plays classical music to his grapevines to improve wine quality

28 Aug 2014

Meat-free in Hong Kong: City's best vegetarian and raw-food restaurants revealed

1 Sep 2014

Weibo: Smartisan hammered, Qihoo hints of shakeup

It's rare that one issue dominates the blogosphere among the many tech executives who like to tweet about their companies on their microblog accounts. But the past week saw one such debate occur around a spat between 2 old friends in the smartphone space.

1 Sep 2014 - 2:44pm

World Wide Web dream are being lost in a maze of apps

31 Aug 2014 1 comment

Monster plants and our father's fears in new DNA research on epigenetics

31 Aug 2014

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Sport

SOCCER

Manchester United swoop on Radamel Falcao as Europe splash the cash

Manchester United swooped from nowhere yesterday to make striker Radamel Falcao the surprise big signing on the last day of Europe's record-breaking summer transfer window.

2 Sep 2014 - 12:02am
CRICKET

'Big Bash' team Hobart Hurricanes to provide Hong Kong with litmus test

The Hong Kong men's and women's teams for the Asian Games will leave on a nine-day training trip to Sri Lanka on Thursday where they will encounter top-class opposition, including Australian "Big Bash" Twenty20 outfit Hobart Hurricanes.

1 Sep 2014 - 10:35pm
ATHLETICS

Christy Yiu quits nursing job to pursue Olympic dream in Rio

1 Sep 2014

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Coming home: John Rocha plans to spend time in Hong Kong after retiring from fashion circuit

In the four decades since he left Hong Kong, John Rocha has seen his share of ups and downs. Having announced his retirement from the fashion circuit, the Dublin-based designer is going out on a high note, writes Francesca Fearon.

31 Aug 2014 - 9:37am

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