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Beijing may boost project spending in Russia amid rouble crisis

A "Russian-doll" building in Inner Mongolia. China will not give up its partnership with Russia, an analyst says. Photo: SCMP

China is preparing to flex its financial strength amid the economic crisis in Russia as it closely watches how the slump of the Russian rouble affects cooperation.

Friday, 19 December, 2014, 12:18pm 13 comments

Hong Kong activists on mission to reach Xi Jinping turned back at Macau ferry terminal

"Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung (centre) and two other activists at Sheung Wan ferry pier leaving Hong Kong. Photo: May Tse New

A group of Hong Kong activists were turned back by Macau authorities when they arrived in the city around noon Friday in an attempt to put their case for universal suffrage before President Xi Jinping.

19 Dec 2014 - 4:48pm 13 comments

‘I was pondering with my eyes closed’, says Chinese government official accused of sleeping on job

Government official Liu Dishu appearing to doze off during the meeting. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Cadre in Shaanxi province in northern China photographed appearing to nod off during a packed meeting

19 Dec 2014 - 2:13pm

Beijing Zoo boss who put 8 million yuan fortune down to part-time taxi driving is jailed for life for corruption

Xiao Shaoxiang was jailed for life today after being found guilty of corruption, including taking bribes and “possessing huge assets of unknown origin”. Photo: Xinhua

Former deputy chief of China’s Beijing Zoo, who claimed he earned 8 million yuan (about HK$10 million) from part-time jobs, including working as a taxi driver, is jailed for life for corruption

19 Dec 2014 - 2:44pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

‘This is not my coming-out’: leading Chinese sexologist sets record straight with surprise revelation

A 2002 file photo of Li Yinhe. Photo: SCMP New

One of China’s most prominent sexologists and crusader for LGBT rights has dropped a bomb on social media by admitting that she has had a long relationship with a transsexual man.

19 Dec 2014 - 4:56pm

Inside the lavish club visited by shamed top Chinese official

Wan Qingliang, the disgraced former Communist Party secretary of Guangzhou, was once considered a rising star in the party. Photo: Reuters

Documentary produced by China's top anti-corruption watchdog offers glimpse of the luxurious lifestyle of disgraced former Guangzhou party secretary Wan Qingliang.

19 Dec 2014 - 3:04pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Xinjiang terrorist cases must be dealt with ‘harshly and quickly’, says China’s top judge

Paramilitary police on patrol in Urumqi in Xinjiang. Hundreds have died over the past two years in attacks the government has blamed on Muslim separatists. Photo: Reuters

Zhou Qiang's remarks will fuel the concerns of rights groups and exiles about lack of due process in the handling of such trials.

19 Dec 2014 - 4:55pm

Police officer linked to wrongful execution of teen, 18, investigated for 'crimes on duty'

The parents of executed teenager Huugjilt mourn at this grave in Hohhot earlier this week after a court cleared him of rape and murder. Photo: Xinhua

The authorities are investigating a senior policeman for his role in the wrongful execution in 1996 of a teenager who was exonerated this week for the rape and murder of a woman.

19 Dec 2014 - 1:03pm 3 comments

Thousands of government officials in China stopped from taking expensive MBA courses

President Xi Jinping has made curbing rampant graft and wasteful spending one of the government's priorities. Photo: Reuters New

Move part of President Xi Jinping's efforts to curb extragant spending and corruption

19 Dec 2014 - 11:38am 4 comments

Review: 'The Interview' deserves to be seen, even if it almost makes Kim Jong-un seem likable

Diana Bang, Seth Rogen and James Franco in 'The Interview'. Photo: AP

That I was one of the relative few to see “The Interview” is not a boast I take any pleasure in.

19 Dec 2014 - 11:28am 1 comment

Rafael Hui and Thomas Kwok found guilty of bribery in Hong Kong's biggest graft trial

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The decision was seen as an unprecedented victory for the anti-corruption watchdog, putting into question the level of probity of the city’s public governance.

19 Dec 2014 - 5:09pm

Road accidents kill more people in China than cancer, Lancet study finds

Road injuries have emerged as the third-leading cause of death in China, compared with eighth in the developing world and ahead of a range of cancers, according to a global study in The Lancet medical journal.

19 Dec 2014 - 9:05am 7 comments
Vladimir Putin, under intense pressure over Ukraine and the Russian economy, makes a point during his annual news conference in Moscow yesterday. Photo: EPA

Vladimir Putin strikes a defiant tone and accuses West of provoking Russia

19 Dec 2014 - 12:19pm 9 comments
Hong Kong's share of the south China cargo base had dropped from more than 70pc in 2010 to below 40pc in 2011.

Hong Kong port losing market share in south China

19 Dec 2014 - 9:35am
The government plans to set up a HK$27 billion "housing reserve" to ensure the Housing Authority is strong enough to reach its new target of 480,000 homes in the next decade. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong plans HK$27 billion ‘housing reserve’ to achieve new homes target

19 Dec 2014 - 2:03pm 11 comments
A mock-up of the "bedroom" of the 125 sq ft suite being offered by Etihad Airways aboard the airline's new Airbus A380. Photo: AP

Want to fly mega first class? Etihad to debut 'three-room suites' on its new Airbus A380

19 Dec 2014 - 2:06pm
The end of the internal inquiry into the former security tsar Zhou Yongkang was officially announced on the stroke on midnight on the first Saturday of this month. Photo: Reuters

For China’s anti-corruption crackdown, Fridays and weekends are good days for big news

18 Dec 2014 - 5:13pm
Legco passes law granting three days of paternity leave at 80 per cent of pay

Legco passes law granting three days of paternity leave at 80 per cent of pay

19 Dec 2014 - 2:07am 7 comments
Kunkun, an eight-year-old Chinese HIV sufferer, watches as residents sign a petition calling for him to be banished from Xichong village, in Sichuan province. Photo: Screenshot

Grandfather of boy with HIV defends signing petition to have him banished from village

19 Dec 2014 - 7:22am 6 comments
Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung granted first regulatory approval for Australia casino

Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung granted first regulatory approval for Australia casino

19 Dec 2014 - 2:02pm 3 comments
Chinese University study finds more people want Legco to approve Beijing's electoral reform package. Photo: Sam Tsang

After Occupy, more Hongkongers back government’s reform package, study finds

19 Dec 2014 - 11:26am 50 comments
Guangzhou, in Guangdong province, may be one of the areas attracting Hong Kong businesses. Photo: AP

Service-oriented trade pact further opens Guangdong to Hong Kong firms

19 Dec 2014 - 12:17pm 1 comment

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Leader

Hugjiltu's parents (centre) receive the verdict in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. Photo: AFP

Judicial independence is essential

19 Dec 2014 - 6:41am
More effort needed to integrate ethnic minority students

More effort needed to integrate ethnic minority students

19 Dec 2014 - 8:58am

Today's Poll

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19 Dec 2014
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Insight

In seeking to feed itself, China can make sure others are well fed too

One must be cautious not to see Chinese acquisitions of overseas farms as a mere land grab. The issue is far more complex. LORO HORTA - YALEGLOBAL

China is the world's second-largest economy, but, ironically, food security is now emerging as one of the main concerns for its communist leaders.

19 Dec 2014 - 5:09pm

Focus

Cuba and the US: Five decades of feuding

Headlines from October 23, 1962, at the height of the missile crisis. Photo: Corbis Tribune News Service

When Cuba's most affluent citizens fled Fidel Castro and his leftist revolutionaries after they took power on New Year's Day 1959, they sought refuge by the thousands in southern Florida.

19 Dec 2014 - 2:38am

Harry's View

Asia

Police comfort a woman near the scene of the deaths. Photo: EPA AUSTRALIA

Eight children found 'stabbed to death' in Australian home

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Eight children have been killed and a woman injured, police said on Friday, during what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing in Australia’s tropical northern city of Cairns.

19 Dec 2014 - 12:57pm

World

Some of the alleged abuse of children is said to have taken place at Dolphin Square estate near Parliament House in London. Photo: EPA BRITAIN

Claims that three boys were murdered are credible, say UK police probing ‘VIP child abuse’

Police looking into accusations that powerful figures at the heart of the British establishment were involved in child sex abuse in the 1970s and 1980s said they were investigating “credible” allegations three young boys had been murdered.

19 Dec 2014 - 11:28am 1 comment

Property

The flat is on the 28th floor at Fung Tak Estate. Photo: SCMP HOME SALES

HK$4 million sale of ex-public flat in Fung Tak Estate beats Kowloon record

A flat in a Wong Tai Sin estate has become the most expensive former public rental-housing residence in Kowloon after it was sold for HK$4 million.

19 Dec 2014 - 5:13am
Gustav Szabo ("Szabotage").

Secret Walls has street artists battle it out

It's Monday evening, but it feels like Friday night. Nearly 200 people crowd into The Dairy, the Fringe Club's basement nightclub. The music is loud, mostly dubstep with a local MC rapping over the beat.

19 Dec 2014 - 11:13am More on LIFE

Leading light in Hong Kong Film Archive's creation retires

19 Dec 2014 2 comments

Hongkonger wins National Geographic world photo contest with Ocean Park snap

19 Dec 2014
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How to spice up Christmas dinner: top chefs offer their tips

Christmas is no holiday for chefs. If they're not working in restaurant kitchens, they're probably cooking for friends and family at home.

18 Dec 2014 - 6:20pm 1 comment More on LIFE

Quest by Que in Wan Chai has new take on Vietnamese cuisine

17 Dec 2014

Special winter menus all around Hong Kong, and 7-star Michelin chef to come

17 Dec 2014
Smartphone app Waze is blamed by some LA residents for morning traffic jams in their once quiet neighbourhood. Photo: Screenshot

Smartphone app being used to beat LA traffic angers freeway's neighbours

When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled.

16 Dec 2014 - 10:35am

Android accessing personal data in phones, Hong Kong's privacy watchdog warns

16 Dec 2014 4 comments

The new shape-shifters: pluripotent stem cells

14 Dec 2014

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Sport

Max Lee would be an Olympic hopeful for Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam SQUASH

I want to see squash at 2020 Tokyo Olympics, says Hong Kong sports chief Timothy Fok

Hong Kong sports chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting will give his full backing to squash's bid to reach the Olympics after the International Olympic Committee decided to increase the number of events for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

19 Dec 2014 - 12:00am
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Wada opts not to appeal against 'hush-hush' China ban on Olympic swimming ace Sun Yang

The World Anti-Doping agency said on Wednesday it will not appeal against a three-month ban imposed against China’s controversial double Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang, but will warn China over the case.

18 Dec 2014 - 10:51am

Djokovic and Williams top ITF awards

18 Dec 2014

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