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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 1 comment

Global tax reform plan to crack down on tax avoidance is 'biggest in a century', OECD says

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.

21 Sep 2014 - 3:34am More on G20

‘Ecstatic’ New Zealand PM declares election victory


New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key said he was “ecstatic” on Saturday after a crushing election win, securing his third term as leader of the South Pacific nation.

“I’m ecstatic, it’s a great night,” the leader of the centre-right National Party said.

20 Sep 2014 - 8:05pm

Taiwan, eastern China brace for tropical storm Fung-Wong

Coastal provinces and Taiwan raised their storm alerts and braced for the arrival of Severe Tropical Storm Fung-Wong, after the storm deluged parts of the Philippines, killing at least five people and displacing thousands of others.

21 Sep 2014 - 4:11am

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 6 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 Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights.

21 Sep 2014 - 3:46am

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

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 8 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 26 comments More on Universal Suffrage

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

20 Sep 2014 - 1:43pm

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

20 Sep 2014 - 3:59am 2 comments

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

20 Sep 2014 - 3:41am 55 comments

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

20 Sep 2014 - 4:12am 1 comment

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

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Investors give Alibaba a huge vote of confidence

21 Sep 2014 - 4:13am

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21 Sep 2014 - 3:36am

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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

Harry's View


Hong Kong


Former leader Tung Chee-hwa plans 'think tank' for Hong Kong development


Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa was inspired to set up a think tank to "promote the long-term development of Hong Kong" by the active role of such bodies in US politics.

21 Sep 2014 - 4:04am 23 comments



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 8 comments More on GlaxoSmithKline

China Insider


Families win legal struggle to inherit frozen embryos under one-child policy

20 Sep 2014

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

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

19 Sep 2014 9 comments

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

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

19 Sep 2014

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

18 Sep 2014

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

19 Sep 2014 15 comments

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

18 Sep 2014

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

18 Sep 2014

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

17 Sep 2014 4 comments

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

17 Sep 2014 3 comments

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

17 Sep 2014 5 comments

Millionaires plan to leave, the less wealthy strive to stay

17 Sep 2014

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

17 Sep 2014 4 comments



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


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

Drivers set to take a back seat as the driverless car comes of age

An Acura RLX demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car last week - the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology.

21 Sep 2014 - 3:29am

At home, work and play, the robots are coming

21 Sep 2014

Add Siberians to the mix: European ancestry more tangled than thought

21 Sep 2014




Ozil inspires Arsenal in rout of Aston Villa

Arsenal responded to midweek criticism with a 3-0 thrashing of Aston Villa in the Premier League last night, inspired by record signing Mesut Ozil.

21 Sep 2014 - 1:40am



6 Things You Need for A Royal Castle Stay


Have you read our story on the Royal Castles Stay? http://bit.ly/1quDTAi

Here are six things you’ll need to travel like a folklore princess. 


12 Sep 2014 - 10:52am

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