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Kaohsiung residents outraged at ‘slow response’ to gas leaks

Angry residents of Kaohsiung accused the Taiwanese authorities of acting too slowly to prevent a series of gas explosions that killed and injured more than 300 people.

Friday, 1 August, 2014, 11:53pm

China confirms new generation long range missiles: report

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China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reported Friday.

1 Aug 2014 - 3:02pm 3 comments

Rescuers search for survivors in Kaohsiung after series of deadly gas explosions

Taiwan’s rescuers today used life sign detectors to scour several bustling streets that had been blasted into long trenches after a series of gas explosions overnight killed 25 people and injured 259 others in the port city of Kaohsiung.

1 Aug 2014 - 6:40pm 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 8 comments

Kim Jung-un, Obama, and even the PLA are all dancing to China's newest viral music video

Forget PSY’s Gangnam Style – the newest viral music video to emerge from Asia is Little Apple, a toxically infectious tune produced by the Chopstick Brothers, two Beijing-based filmmakers.

1 Aug 2014 - 6:49pm 1 comment

China PMI rises to 27-month high

Activity in China’s vast factory sector expanded at the fastest pace in 27 months in July on stronger demand, a government survey showed, adding to evidence that the economy is regaining momentum after a burst of government stimulus measures.

1 Aug 2014 - 10:02am

Israel declares Gaza ceasefire over as 50 Palestinians die in renewed shelling

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Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday and killed more than 50 Palestinians in renewed shelling, saying militants had breached the truce shortly after it began and apparently captured an Israeli soldier.

1 Aug 2014 - 11:00pm 1 comment

Q&A: Hong Kong a hub for illegal gambling, says FIFA’s former head of security Chris Eaton

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Last month, US federal police in Las Vegas arrested eight Asians on charges of operating an illegal online betting ring. Among those arrested was Paul Phua Wei-seng, a Macau junket operator with a San Marino diplomatic passport, who police say is a “high-level figure” in Hong Kong’s 14k triad.

1 Aug 2014 - 10:14pm

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 - 6:28pm 3 comments

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 - 9:03am 1 comment

PLA restates allegiance to Xi Jinping after Zhou corruption probe announced

1 Aug 2014 - 7:50am 5 comments

Inferno in the streets as suspected gas explosions kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan's Kaohsiung

1 Aug 2014 - 5:23pm 7 comments

Blur ditch album recorded in Hong Kong after city proved ‘too hot’ to finish writing songs

1 Aug 2014 - 9:21am 3 comments

Millions of Hong Kong fliers delayed by mainland military restrictions

1 Aug 2014 - 4:40pm 20 comments

Explosions ring out as MH17 investigators return to Ukraine crash site

1 Aug 2014 - 12:42am

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

1 Aug 2014 - 4:03am 1 comment

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

1 Aug 2014 - 8:27am 20 comments

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TAIWAN

Kaohsiung residents outraged at ‘slow response’ to deadly gas leaks that killed 26

Angry residents of Kaohsiung accused the Taiwanese authorities of acting too slowly to prevent a series of gas explosions that killed and injured more than 300 people.

1 Aug 2014 - 11:50pm

World

MIDDLE EAST

Israel declares Gaza ceasefire over as 50 Palestinians die in renewed shelling

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Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday and killed more than 50 Palestinians in renewed shelling, saying militants had breached the truce shortly after it began and apparently captured an Israeli soldier.

1 Aug 2014 - 11:00pm 1 comment

Business

Chinese economy

China PMI rises to 27-month high

Activity in China’s vast factory sector expanded at the fastest pace in 27 months in July on stronger demand, a government survey showed, adding to evidence that the economy is regaining momentum after a burst of government stimulus measures.

1 Aug 2014 - 10:02am
MOBILE GAMES

Alibaba buys US$120m stake in mobile games firm Kabam

E-commerce powerhouse Alibaba is looking to heat up the fast-growing mobile games market in China, after making a US$120 million investment in San Francisco-based developer Kabam.

1 Aug 2014 - 10:44am

Property

RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

China home price decline accelerates despite easing of buying curbs

Home prices on the mainland fell at a faster clip in July from the previous month, while year-on-year gains continued to ease, two private surveys showed on Friday.

1 Aug 2014 - 11:38am
EARNINGS

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
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Hang Lung 'optimistic' as profit up 29pc to HK$2.48b in first half

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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

Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel's most out-there adventure yet

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Spiritualised will play their transcendental style of music in an acoustic form

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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

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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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Disease research lab mishaps rattle scientists and regulators

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Sport

RUGBY UNION

Hong Kong aim to spring surprise against tough Uruguay

Captain Nick Hewson and his forwards will hold the key to Hong Kong's fate in the biggest game in their history against Uruguay in a first-round World Cup repêchage in Montevideo on Saturday (early Sunday morning Hong Kong time).

1 Aug 2014 - 11:50pm

HK$1,800 a high cost to see Argentina play in Hong Kong

Fans could face the highest ticket price ever - HK$1,800 - to watch World Cup finalists Argentina on October 14, but organisers are still confident of a sell-out to cover the extraordinary costs of hosting Lionel Messi & company.

1 Aug 2014 - 11:43pm
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