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Violence flares overnight as protesters clash with police in Mong Kok

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Clashes broke out between protesters and police in Mong Kok in the early hours of Thursday after some 200 pro-democracy activists staged a sit-in in the area. 

Thursday, 27 November, 2014, 10:24am More on Occupy Central

Thousands of police stationed in Mong Kok to stop Occupy protesters re-taking the streets

About 6,000 police officers will be assigned to the cleared streets and nearby areas in Mong Kok until Sunday to prevent a reoccupation by protesters angered by removal tactics yesterday.

27 Nov 2014 - 10:16am 18 comments More on Occupy Central

US reluctant to extradite corrupt officials, Chinese foreign ministry claims

China’s efforts to extradite corrupt officials that have fled abroad are being hampered by a reluctance by some Western governments to offer help, a Chinese foreign ministry official said.

27 Nov 2014 - 3:01am 36 comments

Xi Jinping claims to have old guard's backing for anti-graft campaign

Xi Jinping said that his anti-graft campaign had the "staunch backing" of retired party cadres, amid speculation that some former party leaders may not be prepared to fully support it.

27 Nov 2014 - 10:22am

Beijing store sparks racism row... by banning Chinese customers

A "No Chinese allowed" sign outside a clothing store in Beijing's embassy district raised eyebrows on the mainland's social media networks.

27 Nov 2014 - 3:49am 18 comments

Beijing considers permanent odd-even ban on vehicles after success of 'Apec blue'

Beijing will discuss the feasibility of permanently banning vehicles from the roads on alternating days based on their number plates, after a relatively successful test drive.

27 Nov 2014 - 10:22am 1 comment More on Beijing air pollution

Senior aide to Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-che interviewed as witness over alleged wiretap

A scandal hanging over Taipei's mayoral elections intensified when a campaign policy director was interviewed by prosecutors as a witness over an alleged wiretapping incident.

27 Nov 2014 - 10:21am

Kuomintang mayoral candidate Sean Lien plays 'sympathy card' after trailing in election polls

Sean Lien played the sympathy card to remind the voters in the party’s traditional stronghold of his brush with death four years ago on the eve of a council election.

27 Nov 2014 - 10:21am

France honours 'forgotten' Chinese labourers who helped war effort a century ago

France has paid tribute to 140,000 Chinese labourers who dug trenches, worked in weapons factories and, for many, lost their lives helping France's effort in the first world war.

27 Nov 2014 - 10:20am More on Chinese workers in the first world war

Juncker unveils 300b euro plan to kick-start European economy

New European Union Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled an eagerly awaited €315 billion (HK$3 trillion) investment plan to "kick-start" the economy, insisting it would show the world Europe was back in business after years of crisis.

27 Nov 2014 - 7:13am

Chinese tycoon Liu Yiqian breaks world auction record for HK$348.4m thangka

Shanghai billionaire Liu Yiqian paid HK$348.4 million for a Tibetan tapestry at a Christie's auction yesterday, 10 times what it sold for a little over a decade ago and breaking the auction record for a Chinese work of art he set in April.

27 Nov 2014 - 3:14am

Plane's passengers get out and push … in -52°

27 Nov 2014 - 5:17am

India plans to restrict cigarette sales to those aged at least 25

27 Nov 2014 - 8:05am

New Delhi's pollution levels go from world's worst to even worse

27 Nov 2014 - 9:22am 1 comment

Anti-whaling brigade guilty of 'eco-imperialism': Japan

27 Nov 2014 - 2:37am

'My conscience is clean': Ferguson policeman who shot unarmed teen says he'd do it again

27 Nov 2014 - 7:45am 23 comments

UN committee backs digital privacy despite qualms of the 'Five Eyes' nations

27 Nov 2014 - 3:52am

Obama to tighten restrictions on smog emissions

27 Nov 2014 - 3:52am

Ebola burial teams in Sierra Leone dump bodies in street

27 Nov 2014 - 3:52am

Richest countries worst hit by obesity-fuelled cancer

27 Nov 2014 - 3:52am

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Drugs a natural target in Beijing's war against corruption

27 Nov 2014 - 8:34am 1 comment

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'Democracy or nothing' is no choice for a better Hong Kong

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When we were young, we were often taught to solve problems with only one clear and correct answer. However, while this method is a cost-efficient way of testing, real-life problems are never solved in such a fashion.

27 Nov 2014 - 4:04am 12 comments

Focus

How Scottish independence debate can help solve Occupy deadlock

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Scotland's independence debate seems a world away from Occupy Central, but it may offer lessons on how to end the deadlock facing Hong Kong.

25 Nov 2014 - 5:11am 12 comments

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TOBACCO

India plans to restrict cigarette sales to those aged at least 25

Health campaigners have welcomed India's unprecedented plans to raise the age for tobacco purchases to 25 and ban unpackaged cigarette sales, calling them a major step towards stopping nearly one million tobacco-related deaths a year.

27 Nov 2014 - 8:05am

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CHINA DIGEST

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27 Nov 2014
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'Game of Thrones' comes to China as Tencent joins forces with HBO

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25 Nov 2014
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'We have lagged too far behind': China hits back at US calls to stop island project

25 Nov 2014 3 comments
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Chinese photographer spoofs famous ancient painting with images of modern social ills

24 Nov 2014
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Goats overdose on vaccine; Thief makes off with cash from traffic police office; Fugitive's 16-year run ends in car crash

24 Nov 2014
INTERNET PIRACY

Popular Chinese pirated-video site closed amid official pressure

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POLITICS

Pro-Beijing scholar wants to set up platform to counter West's 'bad-mouthing' of China

21 Nov 2014 9 comments
CELEBRITIES

Taiwan actor Ko Chen-tung cut from blockbuster after drug arrest with Jaycee Chan

20 Nov 2014 2 comments
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20 Nov 2014

Business

HONG KONG

Mainland holds key to Hong Kong growth story

Pessimism over a slide in Hong Kong's competitiveness is deepening in the business community, but some of its leading figures say the city can shore up its position by tapping opportunities created by mainland consumers and outward investment.

27 Nov 2014 - 9:12am 1 comment
CURRENCIES

Swift says 15 more countries now using yuan to settle over 10pc of trades with mainland, Hong Kong

Fifteen more countries are now using the yuan to settle more than 10 per cent of their trade and investment deals with mainland China and Hong Kong, bolstering the view that the currency is becoming more popular internationally.

27 Nov 2014 - 9:15am More on Yuan

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera returns

After all-conquering runs on stage and screen, The Phantom of the Operareturns as an arena show.

27 Nov 2014 - 10:21am

Eddie Redmayne dove into science for his role in The Theory of Everything

26 Nov 2014

Going places: DJ Max Graham, the globetrotting mix master

26 Nov 2014

English wines' time to shine

Back in the early 1970s when Australian wines were regarded by many English wine lovers as too vulgar an idea to contemplate, the comedy team Monty Python produced a sketch in which Eric Idle portrayed an Australian wine expert.

21 Nov 2014 - 10:39am

Spirits more prominent at trade fair

21 Nov 2014

Top of the pots: where to get your fill of Hong Kong's best claypot rice

21 Nov 2014

Space station espresso machine a giant leap for mankind

Perhaps one of the last barriers to the human conquest of space has been removed - a space-rated espresso machine has now been delivered to the International Space Station (ISS).

26 Nov 2014 - 4:32am

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23 Nov 2014

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Draw in Bulgaria a good result, insists Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

Under-pressure Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he always believed his side’s Champions League fate would come down to the last match at home to FC Basel after an unimpressive display in Bulgaria left them needing to beat the Swiss to secure a place in the the last 16.

27 Nov 2014 - 9:45am More on Uefa Champions League 2014/15

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Eddie Redmayne dove into science for his role in The Theory of Everything

Portraying genius physicist Stephen Hawking proved the biggest challenge yet for rising star Eddie Redmayne.

26 Nov 2014 - 11:03pm

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