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Alibaba shares surge on New York stock market debut

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's shares surged on its long-awaited Wall Street debut yesterday following a record stock offering that opens the door to its global expansion.

Saturday, 20 September, 2014, 4:42am 2 comments More on Alibaba

Turkey secures release of 49 hostages seized by Islamic State in northern Iraq

Turkish intelligence agents brought 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation.

20 Sep 2014 - 4:16pm

G20 set to back OECD plan to tackle global tax avoidance

OECD chief Angel Gurria handed the G20 recommendations on the biggest changes to international tax rules in more than a century in a bid to tackle corporate tax strategies that are costing countries billions.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:05pm

Scotland votes to stay, but vote will unleash radical change for whole UK

Scotland rejected independence in a historic referendum that kept the United Kingdom intact, but the vote put the main political parties under pressure to grant more local autonomy.

20 Sep 2014 - 8:51am 4 comments

Bai Guizhi, ex-head of Suzhou Industrial Park, probed for graft

The former president of a China-Singapore venture which held assets of 20 billion yuan (HK$25 billion) was under investigation for suspected corruption, the authorities said yesterday.

20 Sep 2014 - 7:53am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Indonesian province Aceh proposes 100 lashes for gay sex under sharia law

Gay sex could be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane in Indonesia’s staunchly conservative Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:05pm

China cautious on fresh commitments ahead of climate change summit

Zhang Gaoli is expected to announce "new developments" in China's efforts to tackle climate change when he addresses a UN climate summit in New York next week.

20 Sep 2014 - 8:08am 1 comment

North Korea says US citizen given six years' hard labour wanted to expose prison life

A US citizen jailed this month in North Korea wanted to be imprisoned so he could reveal the human rights situation inside, the North’s state media said on Saturday.

20 Sep 2014 - 1:43pm More on North Korea

Guangzhou police reveal bust of 'billion-yuan' counterfeit bag ring

Guangzhou police busted a crime network that made and sold top-tier counterfeit Louis Vuitton products, seizing a haul with a potential street value of about 1 billion yuan (HK$1.26 billion).

20 Sep 2014 - 3:59am 1 comment

GlaxoSmithKline hit with record 3b yuan fine for bribing Chinese doctors

China has imposed a record fine of three billion yuan (HK$3.78 billion) on British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for bribing doctors to use its drugs.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:24am 7 comments More on GlaxoSmithKline

Beijing to 2017 candidates: You don't have to love us - but you can't oppose us

Candidates for chief executive "do not have to love the Communist Party, but they cannot be opposed to the party and its one-party rule", NPC chairman Zhang Dejiang was quoted as saying.

20 Sep 2014 - 8:05am 22 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Queues, anger, cash-ins ... just another iPhone launch in Hong Kong

20 Sep 2014 - 3:41am 49 comments

New Zealanders go to polls after a strange and dirty election campaign

20 Sep 2014 - 4:12am

China shuts almost 1.8 million accounts in pornography crackdown

20 Sep 2014 - 1:23pm 1 comment

Kiev, pro-Russia rebels sign deal creating Ukraine buffer zone

20 Sep 2014 - 2:09pm

All 23,000 places for Hong Kong half marathon snapped up within three hours

20 Sep 2014 - 3:47am 2 comments

CIA curbs spying on allies in Western Europe

20 Sep 2014 - 8:57am

Sierra Leone starts three-day shutdown to contain spread of Ebola disease

20 Sep 2014 - 8:09am 1 comment

'My body is begging me to stop': Li Na confirms retirement because of recurring knee injuries

19 Sep 2014 - 7:58pm 3 comments

Sarkozy to return to politics with 'new choice'

20 Sep 2014 - 4:32am

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Leader

Democracy and constitutional change the winner in Scottish vote

20 Sep 2014 - 4:40am

Li Na, a winner on and off court

20 Sep 2014 - 4:40am

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Insight

New rail projects will keep public transport system right on track

Anthony Cheung

The government's new railway development strategy provides a blueprint for planning the expansion of Hong Kong's network up to 2031. It is based on a consultancy review of the 2000 development strategy, taking into account views collected in two rounds of public engagement in 2012 and last year.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:45am 3 comments

Focus

Referendum start of change for UK, say Scotland's 'Yes' and 'No' camps

Reuters Update

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the question of Scottish independence had been settled “for a generation” after what he called a clear vote by Scots to stay part of the UK.

20 Sep 2014 - 4:02am 53 comments

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POLITICS

Former leader Tung Chee-hwa plans ‘grass roots think tank’ for Hong Kong development

Update

Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa plans to set up a think tank to “promote the long-term development of Hong Kong” – and ex-financial secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung said is ready to join his old boss.

20 Sep 2014 - 2:19pm 9 comments

China Insider

CHINA DIGEST

Chopstick up boy’s nose; virtual romance; British woman becomes urban cop in Hunan; addict sells daughter, 3, for drugs; judge suspected of rape

19 Sep 2014
ROAD SAFETY

A foreign 'chengguan'? British woman, 21, becomes traffic warden in Hunan

19 Sep 2014 8 comments
CHINA DIGEST

Office worker stabbed to death; teacher dared boy to jump off building; row after line dance held on train; woman dog owner bites cop

18 Sep 2014
Anti-corruption

Ex-Guangzhou vice mayor paid mistress HK$17 million in ‘break-up fees’

19 Sep 2014
NARCOTICS

Hunan police seize 90kg of heroin 'smuggled in from Myanmar'

18 Sep 2014
GADGETS

Chinese student attempts to 'rent' out his girlfriend to pay for an iPhone 6

19 Sep 2014 15 comments
BUREAUCRACY

Official apologises after photograph shows 'armed' policeman holding his umbrella

18 Sep 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Naked brother-in-law; secrets of news anchor; giant melon: CHINA DIGEST

18 Sep 2014
SEX

Chinese man who had sex with virgin told to pay 30,000 yuan after lying he was single

17 Sep 2014 4 comments
Alibaba

Alibaba’s Jack Ma rejects rumours he’s moving to Hong Kong

17 Sep 2014 3 comments
POLICE

Chinese police force seeks new recruits with Hollywood-style action posters

17 Sep 2014 5 comments
IMMIGRATION

Millionaires plan to leave, the less wealthy strive to stay

17 Sep 2014
CRIME

Singer who left six lovers to die by erotic asphyxiation executed in Hunan

17 Sep 2014 4 comments
CELEBRITY

'Chinese celebrities must behave', state media say after director held for sex with prostitute

17 Sep 2014

Property

IPO FOCUS

Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties seen as safe bet in IPO, analysts say

Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties, seeking to raise up to US$6 billion in a Hong Kong share float that would be the city's largest this year, is seen as a safe play in a mainland property sector hit by concerns over a slowing economy.

20 Sep 2014 - 4:41am

Internet radio pair aiming for a mass audience

Of the many internet radio stations in Hong Kong, D100 stands out as more like a mainstream operation. That's because it has links to Digital Broadcasting Corporation (DBC), which was co-founded by commentator and entrepreneur Albert Cheng King-hon.

16 Sep 2014 - 1:07pm

Revamped museum will shift focus to local works

16 Sep 2014

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15 Sep 2014

Restaurants proliferate as Europe's top chefs head to Hong Kong

Call it the law of unintended consequences or the butterfly effect - or perhaps just a delicious irony. Europe's fragile economy has led a number of its culinary talent to seek more attractive rewards on our shores, leading to a proliferation of new restaurants opening in the city.

19 Sep 2014 - 1:32pm

New club celebrates the wider world of whiskies

19 Sep 2014

Gelato champs churn out a taste of the good life

19 Sep 2014

The science of slipping on a banana skin, and other Ig Nobel Prize winners

Spoof Nobel prizes that honour the humour in science were handed out at Harvard University, celebrating the physics of stepping on a banana skin and the neuroscience behind spotting Jesus in toast.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:37am

Google to provide automatic encryption for Android phone users

20 Sep 2014

Review: Apple unveils iOS 8... but is it worth installing?

19 Sep 2014 1 comment

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Sport

TENNIS

Kei Nishikori wants to take over from Li Na as Asia's new tennis role model

Japanese star Kei Nishikori says he wants to become the man who "leads Asian tennis" after Chinese trailblazer Li Na announced her retirement on Friday.

20 Sep 2014 - 6:41am

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