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Gas leaks triggered a series of powerful explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, killing at least 20 people and injuring up to 270, officials said, warning that the toll is expected to rise.

Friday, 1 August, 2014, 7:00am

Millions of Hong Kong fliers delayed by mainland military restrictions

About 100,000 flights – carrying almost 15 million passengers – to and from Hong Kong airport each year are affected by military restrictions, an analysis of official civil aviation data has found.

1 Aug 2014 - 7:34am 2 comments

Shanghai officials under scrutiny as Beijing anti-graft inspection team sweeps into city

Shanghai officials are jittery after a high-profile disciplinary inspection team from Beijing moved into the city on Wednesday.

1 Aug 2014 - 4:49am

PLA restates allegiance to Xi Jinping after Zhou corruption probe announced

The army has restated its allegiance to President Xi Jinping following the announcement of a corruption probe against former security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

1 Aug 2014 - 3:08am 1 comment More on Zhou Yongkang

Qianhai court in Shenzhen to allow Hong Kong jurors to deal with Hong Kong-related cases

A Shenzhen court is to adopt a new jury system that will allow Hong Kong residents to join its legal panel, mainland media reported.

1 Aug 2014 - 4:03am 1 comment

More stressed officials taking their own lives as corruption crackdown presses on

Last month alone, six officials committed suicide, according to media reports. Two, from Henan and Hubei respectively, left letters saying they were depressed; one was reported to have accepted bribes.

1 Aug 2014 - 3:58am

Explosions ring out as MH17 investigators return to Ukraine crash site

Explosions rang out near the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine yesterday as international investigators arrived for the first time in nearly a week after Kiev announced a pause in its offensive against rebels.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:42am More on Malaysia Airlines flight 17

West says goodbye and good luck to war-torn Libya

Three years after Western powers helped Libyan rebels overthrow dictator Muammar Gaddafi, they have, at least temporarily, abandoned efforts on the ground to bolster Libya's foundering democracy.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:09am 1 comment More on Focus

US$100m Ebola emergency response plan unveiled by WHO's Margaret Chan

The World Health Organisation is launching a US$100 million response plan to combat an "unprecedented" outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, director general Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun said yesterday.

1 Aug 2014 - 4:12am

Slide in Hong Kong’s retail sales continues in June with 6.9pc drop

The grim performance of Hong Kong's retail sales continued in June, producing the worst first-half showing since 2009.

1 Aug 2014 - 3:06am 6 comments

Pro-government Kashgar imam assasinated by 'religious extremists'

1 Aug 2014 - 3:40am 1 comment

Fatigue and fear hit staff on the Ebola front line in West Africa

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Obama being sued by Republicans for exceeding his powers over health care

1 Aug 2014 - 1:55am

Malaysian opposition faces split over Anwar Ibrahim's bid to appoint wife chief minister

1 Aug 2014 - 12:36am 1 comment

Ex-Tepco executives deserve indictment over Fukushima nuclear crisis, says Tokyo panel

1 Aug 2014 - 12:32am

Blood test could identify people more likely to commit suicide, says study

1 Aug 2014 - 3:35am

Keyboards, mice and thumb drives used to hide malware, and computers powerless to detect it

1 Aug 2014 - 12:57am

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Malaysian opposition faces split over Anwar Ibrahim's bid to appoint wife chief minister

Malaysia's opposition coalition led by Anwar Ibrahim is in danger of falling apart amid a tussle with his political partners over his bid to appoint his wife chief minister of Selangor, the country's richest state.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:36am 1 comment

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Peak property portfolio key to HK$1.6 billion takeover tussle

Competing scions of a prominent Taiwanese family are fighting over a HK$2.4 billion property portfolio on the Peak in a battle for control of assets that may leave shareholders the big losers.

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Hutchison Whampoa's first half earnings beats analyst forecasts

Recurring earnings before property revaluation and exceptional items for the first half at Hutchison Whampoa grew 13 per cent year on year to HK$13.5 billion, beating analysts' expectations.

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Property

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Cheung Kong blames profit fall on developer discounts and incentives

Cheung Kong (Holdings) said yesterday that its first-half core profit slipped 1 per cent to HK$7.13 billion as price discounts and incentives being offered by developers in Hong Kong and on the mainland to entice buyers have adversely affected the profit margin of property sales.

1 Aug 2014 - 2:06am

Veteran entertainer Lawrence Cheng returns to directing after 20-year break

After years of devoting his energies to managing a radio station and producing films, entertainment veteran Lawrence Cheng Tan-shui has been getting a lot of time on screen of late.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:10am

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Fu Lu Shou's Westernised Chinese dishes are a surprise hit

A Hollywood Road restaurant serving Westernised Chinese cuisine has become an unlikely success. Fu Lu Shou's menu highlights dishes that have remained classics for decades in Chinatown restaurants in countries such as Australia, the US and Britain.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:10am

Breakfast dining goes international in London

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Top mixologist Wallace Lau looks forward to a life behind bars

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Take a walk on the wild side with gadgets for the great outdoors

Standard mobile devices are fine for urban dwellers, but when you get beyond the suburbs, into the great outdoors, a new class of gadget - or at least some careful protection - is required.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:10am

Hong Kong-based inventor's breakthrough robotic boat aims to clean-up oceans

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Change of venue for Super 15 final delights Canterbury Crusaders

The New South Wales Waratahs are praying for a change of luck while the Canterbury Crusaders cannot believe their good fortune heading into Saturday's Super 15 final.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:40am

Failure 'not an option' for United

Manchester United's American owners warned investors the club may struggle to keep their best players if they miss out on Champions League qualification for a second consecutive season.

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