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Two arrested in Christmas Eve cash spill case in Hong Kong; HK$9 million still missing

Police arrest suspects in Kowloon. Photo: Dickson Lee Update

Police made the first arrests Thursday night after HK$15 million went missing on Christmas Eve after a money transport van owned by securities firm G4S spilled large bundles of cash over a busy road in Wan Chai.

Friday, 26 December, 2014, 10:35am 38 comments

Top 10 most-viewed videos of the year on scmp.com

Top 10 most-viewed videos of the year on scmp.com Video

From urinating toddlers to Hong Kong protesters' teargas-fuelled clashes with police - and a rather unusual rendition of We Are The World - these were the 10 most-viewed videos on scmp.com of 2014.

24 Dec 2014 - 1:51pm 2 comments

'A funny movie, and more': Sony’s 'Interview' draws free speech supporters

Movie goers Carlos Royal, right, Ryan Bergstrom, left, and Khai Ky-Yeith pose for a selfie as they attend the Christmas Day screening of "The Interview" in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles, California December 25, 2014. Photo: Reuters

"The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 movie theatres across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and statements by patrons that they were championing freedom of expressi

26 Dec 2014 - 10:03am

China urges Japan to pursue peace under new defence chief Gen Nakatani

Newly appointed Japanese Minister of Defence Gen Nakatani enters the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo on Dec. 24, 2014. Photo: Xinhua New

China on Thursday called on Japan to pursue ”peaceful development” under its new defence minister appointed this week after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s re-election, as tensions simmer over a territorial dispute and wartime history.

26 Dec 2014 - 9:35am 1 comment More on Sino-Japanese relations

Ling Jihua 'to face same fate as Bo Xilai'

Ling Jihua is the latest "big tiger" to be targeted by President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign. Photo: Reuters

Ling Jihua, the one-time top aide of former president Hu Jintao, is likely to face the same fate as disgraced Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai, mainland analysts say.

24 Dec 2014 - 4:04am 6 comments More on Ling Jihua

Senior Chinese leader Yu Zhengsheng calls for 'correct path' in relations with Vietnam

Yu Zhengsheng, left,  chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), meets with Le Hong Anh, a Politburo member of the  Communist Party of Vietnam in Hanoi on Dec. 25, 2014. Photo: Xinhua New

China wants relations with Vietnam to proceed along a "correct path", a visiting senior Chinese leader said, vowing to improve mutual trust, amid tension between the neighbours over competing claims in the South China Sea.

26 Dec 2014 - 12:18pm More on Paracel Islands

Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou to sue radio commentator who accused him of corruption

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou shakes hands with Kuomintang party officials after announcing his resignation from the party's chairman position during their central standing committee in Taipei December 3, 2014. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday he has asked his lawyer to sue a political commentator accusing him of taking bribes, the same day the Special Investigation Division (SID) of the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office said it has recognised the accusation against Ma and is preparing to investiga

26 Dec 2014 - 9:47am

China stocks close up over 3 pct on financial revival

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Hefei, Anhui province December 24, 2014. Photo: Reuters New

China stocks closed higher on Thursday as investors waded back into financial shares after selling off for three days.

25 Dec 2014 - 3:52pm 2 comments

Jackie Chan says he feels ashamed of son's drug abuse

File photo of Jaycee Chan, also known as Jaycee Fong Cho-ming, Hong Kong actor and singer, and son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan. Photo: Reuters New

Hong Kong kung fu movie star Jackie Chan feels ashamed of his son's drug abuse and hopes that one day he will speak out about the dangers of taking drugs, state news agency Xinhua reported.

25 Dec 2014 - 5:39pm 17 comments More on Jackie Chan

Senior executive at China's Dongfeng Motor Group investigated for corruption

File photo of Fan Zhong. Photo: SCMP Pictures New

China's anti-corruption watchdog said on Thursday it was investigating 

25 Dec 2014 - 2:31pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

10 years on, memorial services across Asia mark catastrophic Indian Ocean Tsunami

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Beachside memorials and religious services were planned across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history’s worst natural disasters.

26 Dec 2014 - 12:17pm

China to beat energy intensity target in 2014 - Xinhua

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China is on track to surpass its 2014 target for reducing the energy intensity of its economy, the country’s top climate change official said this week, according to state news agency Xinhua.

26 Dec 2014 - 11:10am
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, centre, listens as he meets with China's President Xi Jinping (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing December 23, 2014. Photo: Reuters

After Beijing visit, Thai PM says country should learn from China's economic rise

25 Dec 2014 - 2:23pm 2 comments
Thomas Frieden, director of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during a news conference in Freetown December 17, 2014. Photo: Reuters

Worker at US Center of Disease Control monitored for possible Ebola exposure in lab error

25 Dec 2014 - 10:28am
Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, gestures as he arrives at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Photo: Bloomberg

Shinzo Abe wins another term as Prime Minister of Japan

25 Dec 2014 - 10:34am 3 comments
Luka Magnotta was found guilty of the first degree murder of Chinese student Lin Jun. Photo: Reuters

Canadian porn star who killed and dismembered Chinese student guilty of murder

24 Dec 2014 - 2:00pm 3 comments
A study carried out by China's consumer watchdog found four out five light sets carried an electrocution risk. Photo: SCMP

Christmas lights warning as China watchdog finds 80pc are electric shock hazard

26 Dec 2014 - 9:46am 3 comments
Protesters hold up a yellow umbrella and banners demanding true universal suffrage in Mong Kok. Photo: Chris Lau

12 Hong Kong protesters arrested in clashes with police on Christmas Eve

25 Dec 2014 - 1:41pm 29 comments
Xi Jinping, who made a three-day visit to Finland as vice-president in 2010, meets Santa Claus during a trip to Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle. Photo: SCMP

Growing popularity of Christmas in China sparks Lapland tourism boom

24 Dec 2014 - 9:59am 2 comments
How son’s death in a high-speed car crash led to powerful Chinese official’s fall from grace

How son’s death in a high-speed car crash led to powerful Chinese official’s fall from grace

24 Dec 2014 - 4:36am 10 comments
Basic Law Institute chairman Alan Hoo calls for the UK to declassify records of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group from the 1980s and '90s. Photo: David Wong

Britain 'must disclose deals made with China before the handover of Hong Kong'

24 Dec 2014 - 8:34am 29 comments
'Blinded by desire for high life', Hui jailed 7½ years; Kwok sentenced to five years

'Blinded by desire for high life', Hui jailed 7½ years; Kwok sentenced to five years

24 Dec 2014 - 4:04am 35 comments

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Public must unite behind police force, which is still Asia's finest

Public must unite behind police force, which is still Asia's finest

24 Dec 2014 - 7:23am 26 comments
Anthony Hedley was a true hero of community health

Anthony Hedley was a true hero of community health

24 Dec 2014 - 7:23am 3 comments

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Insight

A letter to Santa in these troubled times

Santa Claus, pictured riding in his sleigh pulled by a reindeer in northern Finland. Photo: Reuters Alexander Verbeek

You probably remember the excitement of writing a letter to Santa, specifying your wish list for Christmas presents. Nowadays he is just one click away on the Internet. I would have loved to ask him about life in the Arctic in times of climate change.

24 Dec 2014 - 10:44am

Focus

How son’s death in a high-speed car crash led to powerful Chinese official’s fall from grace

How son’s death in a high-speed car crash led to powerful Chinese official’s fall from grace Staff Reporters

His name means "planning", but being investigated for alleged corruption was likely the last thing one-time Communist Party stalwart administrator Ling Jihua had on his to-do list.

24 Dec 2014 - 4:36am 10 comments

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Police chase after a protester who had knocked over trash bins on Nathan Road. Photo: Vic Shing UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE

Hong Kong police arrest 37 in second night of Christmas protests and clashes

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In the largest police action against pro-democracy demonstrators since the Occupy Central protests ended nearly three weeks ago, Hong Kong police say they arrested a total of 37 people in Mong Kok in a second night of protests and clashes during the Christmas holidays.

26 Dec 2014 - 10:29am 15 comments More on Occupy Central

World

Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh the Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State group's fighters Jordan

‘We are all Muslims’: Father of Jordanian pilot captured by IS pleads for his son’s release

The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria has pleaded for his son’s release, asking the group to treat him well in captivity as a fellow Muslim.

26 Dec 2014 - 12:25pm

Business

Smoke billows from the chimneys of a heating plant in Jilin, China on January 8, 2014. Photo: Reuters CHINA ENVIRONMENT

China to beat energy intensity target in 2014 - Xinhua

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China is on track to surpass its 2014 target for reducing the energy intensity of its economy, the country’s top climate change official said this week, according to state news agency Xinhua.

26 Dec 2014 - 11:10am
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China stocks close up over 3 pct on financial revival

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China stocks closed higher on Thursday as investors waded back into financial shares after selling off for three days.

25 Dec 2014 - 3:52pm 2 comments

Property

A woman collects an application form and documents for new flats on offer under the Home Ownership Scheme. Photo: Bruce Yan HOUSING

50,000 Hongkongers flock to get details of subsidised Home Ownership Scheme flats

Nearly 50,000 Hongkongers flocked to get information on some 2,000 Home Ownership Scheme flats the first day it was on offer after a decade-long halt to the policy.

24 Dec 2014 - 9:02am 7 comments
German composer Zollitsch triumphs with traditional Chinese works

German composer Zollitsch triumphs with traditional Chinese works

Munich-born composer Robert Zollitsch, better known as Lao Luo, showed his extraordinary grasp of the depth and subtlety of Chinese music and blended it with his own German symphonic tradition.

24 Dec 2014 - 6:03am

Lang Lang plays Mozart, but not as we know it

23 Dec 2014 1 comment

Diverse works reflect humanity's impact on the environment

22 Dec 2014
Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

For an extra special holiday meal, stop talking turkey and treat your guests to a beautiful bird of their own..

21 Dec 2014 - 9:24am

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

23 Dec 2014 1 comment

Seiji Yamamoto: 'Hong Kong chicken is best in the world'

20 Dec 2014
Light emitted by e-readers affected the body's release of the sleep hormone melatonin.

E-readers harm sleep quality, study finds

Your bedtime e-reader habit may be robbing you of sleep rather than helping you drift off, a US study has found.

24 Dec 2014 - 3:44am 2 comments

More drones in the US skies after Christmas has FAA officials concerned

24 Dec 2014

TrailWatch app for Hong Kong hikers doubles as conservation tool

23 Dec 2014 1 comment

Magazines

Sport

Brendan Rodgers is confident Liverpool will enjoy a strong second half of the season. Photo: EPA

Liverpool regaining winning form, warns Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident his side can still go on to enjoy a successful season as they seek some Christmas cheer at Burnley on Friday.

26 Dec 2014 - 11:54am More on English Premier League 2014/15

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Test your knowledge of 2014 events in Post year-end quiz

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22 Dec 2014 - 10:14am

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