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‘This is 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. 

Monday, 1 September, 2014, 7:48pm 4 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Take it or leave it, NPC tells city as it endorses framework for 2017 poll

The nation's top legislature endorsed a tougher-than-expected framework for Hong Kong's first "one man, one vote" chief executive election in 2017 - sparking condemnation from pan-democrats.

1 Sep 2014 - 7:55pm 67 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Bitter divide over Beijing's blueprint for Hong Kong's electoral reform

Some observers see little room to make the nominating committee that will choose two or three candidates for chief executive in 2017 more democratic than the election committee it replaces.

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

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

Three prestigious mainland universities have vowed to strengthen ideological control over students and teachers, according to statements in the latest issue of Quishi, a magazine of the Central Party School.

1 Sep 2014 - 4:35pm

At least three primary pupils stabbed to death at school in China

A knife-wielding man stabbed eight children and a teacher in a rampage at a Chinese primary school Monday, leaving at least  three of them dead, reports said, in the country’s latest attack against youngsters.

1 Sep 2014 - 3:15pm 1 comment

China factory PMI slips for first time in 6 months

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Growth in Chinese manufacturing activity slowed in August, an official survey showed on Monday, losing momentum for the first time in six months after having hit its highest level in more than two years.

1 Sep 2014 - 10:44am

Hong Kong's 'era of disobedience' has begun, says Occupy leader as protesters join forces

Thousands of people joined leaders of Occupy Central and other civic groups in Tamar Park last night, vowing to start protests against Beijing's decision to tightly control elections in Hong Kong.

1 Sep 2014 - 5:25pm 19 comments More on Occupy Central

Ex-civil servant found guilty of scalding maid with boiling water

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A former civil servant has been convicted of pouring scalding hot water over a Bangladeshi maid who suffered burns on her chest.

1 Sep 2014 - 5:04pm More on Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

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

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Pregnant mothers seeking C-sections filled hospitals in Guangdong last weekend as the August 31 cut-off date for children enrolling in mainland primary schools neared, Nanfang Daily reported on Monday.

1 Sep 2014 - 3:27pm 1 comment

Police pepper spray Hong Kong activists at electoral reform talk as students plan rally

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Police on Monday used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists who stormed past security staff at a venue where a senior mainland official was explaining Beijing’s decision to impose tough restrictions on the 2017 chief executive election.

1 Sep 2014 - 7:52pm 19 comments More on Occupy Central

LIVE: Beijing officials explain controversial NPC decision on 2017 reform

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Basic Law Committee chairman Li Fei is this morning making a speech to explain Beijing’s decision on the 2017 election of the chief executive.

1 Sep 2014 - 7:45pm 32 comments More on Occupy Central

Ebola virus drug approved on mainland for emergency use only

1 Sep 2014 - 1:42pm

Macau's Fernando Chui re-elected chief executive in unopposed poll

1 Sep 2014 - 8:53am 12 comments

Next-generation Rainbow drone ready for PLA delivery

1 Sep 2014 - 5:14am 13 comments

Suspected 'snakeheads' face prosecution in Guangdong

1 Sep 2014 - 1:55pm

US graduate schools see fewer Chinese applicants than just a few years ago

1 Sep 2014 - 8:56am 1 comment

Smartphone app that measures air pollution being developed

1 Sep 2014 - 12:57pm

Jilin governor Bayanqolu named party chief in anti-corruption reshuffle

1 Sep 2014 - 6:27am

China changes Budget Law to relax rules on local government bond sales

1 Sep 2014 - 5:14am

40 Filipino peacekeepers perform 'greatest escape' in Golan Heights

1 Sep 2014 - 8:23am 2 comments

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Imperfect electoral model is still a step forward

1 Sep 2014 - 9:53am 19 comments

Beijing's new advertising law offers consumer protection

1 Sep 2014 - 8:31am

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In search of this generation's Lion Rock spirit

LARRY AU

Of the seven students from Hong Kong who graduated from Brown University, my alma mater, in May, only one will be returning to the city for full-time employment after this summer. For the most part, the rest will either be in New York or San Francisco.

1 Sep 2014 - 3:40am 3 comments

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Police pepper spray Hong Kong activists at electoral reform talk as students plan rally

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Police on Monday used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists who stormed past security staff at a venue where a senior mainland official was explaining Beijing’s decision to impose tough restrictions on the 2017 chief executive election.

1 Sep 2014 - 7:52pm 19 comments More on Occupy Central

China

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

Three prestigious mainland universities have vowed to strengthen ideological control over students and teachers, according to statements in the latest issue of Quishi, a magazine of the Central Party School.

1 Sep 2014 - 4:35pm

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MANUFACTURING

China factory PMI slips for first time in 6 months

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Growth in Chinese manufacturing activity slowed in August, an official survey showed on Monday, losing momentum for the first time in six months after having hit its highest level in more than two years.

1 Sep 2014 - 10:44am
PROPERTY

Slump in China home prices continues

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Home prices in most of the 100 biggest cities in China fell for a fourth month in August but at a slower pace as some cities eased mortgage rules and relaxed the curbs on home buying.

1 Sep 2014 - 11:22am

Property

PROPERTY

Leading developers back in the hunt for more land

Flush with funds after a spurt in sales, many leading developers have again started to shop for land as confidence returns on signs that the housing market is stabilising.

1 Sep 2014 - 4:10am 1 comment

Action thriller's pumped up in third coming

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

1 Sep 2014 - 4:21pm More on LIFE

First-time director makes a spirited debut with ghost film

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

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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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US Open

Peng Shuai reaches first grand slam quarter-final

China’s Peng Shuai reached the first grand slam singles quarter-final of her career, toppling 14th-seeded Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-4 to reach the US Open last eight.

1 Sep 2014 - 12:48pm

Magazines

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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