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Rafael Hui and Thomas Kwok found guilty of bribery in Hong Kong’s biggest graft trial

Rafael Hui is escorted from the High Court by a Correctional Services staff member after being convicted on bribery charges. Photo: AP New

After a five-day deliberation, the High Court jury found Hui guilty of five out of eight counts of charges spanning bribery and misconduct in public office. The decision was seen as an unprecedented victory for the anti-corruption watchdog.

Friday, 19 December, 2014, 7:35pm

‘I was pondering with my eyes closed’, says Chinese government official accused of sleeping on job

Government official Liu Dishu appearing to doze off during the meeting. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Cadre in Shaanxi province in northern China photographed appearing to nod off during a packed meeting

19 Dec 2014 - 2:13pm 1 comment

Beijing may boost project spending in Russia amid rouble crisis

A "Russian-doll" building in Inner Mongolia. China will not give up its partnership with Russia, an analyst says. Photo: SCMP

China is preparing to flex its financial strength amid the economic crisis in Russia as it closely watches how the slump of the Russian rouble affects cooperation.

19 Dec 2014 - 12:18pm 15 comments

TIMELINE: the eight-month saga of Hong Kong’s biggest corruption trial

TIMELINE: the eight-month saga of Hong Kong’s biggest corruption trial Interactive 19 Dec 2014 - 7:38pm More on Rafael Hui Si-yan

Thousands of government officials in China prevented from taking expensive MBA courses

President Xi Jinping has made curbing rampant graft and wasteful spending one of the government's priorities. Photo: Reuters New

Move part of President Xi Jinping's efforts to curb extravagant spending and corruption

19 Dec 2014 - 5:55pm 4 comments

Beijing Zoo boss who put 8 million yuan fortune down to part-time taxi driving is jailed for life for corruption

Xiao Shaoxiang was jailed for life today after being found guilty of corruption, including taking bribes and “possessing huge assets of unknown origin”. Photo: Xinhua

Former deputy chief of China’s Beijing Zoo, who claimed he earned 8 million yuan (about HK$10 million) from part-time jobs, including working as a taxi driver, is jailed for life for corruption.

19 Dec 2014 - 7:02pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

‘This is not my coming-out’: leading Chinese sexologist sets record straight with surprise revelation

A 2002 file photo of Li Yinhe. Photo: SCMP New

One of China’s most prominent sexologists and crusader for LGBT rights has dropped a bomb on social media by admitting that she has had a long relationship with a transsexual man.

19 Dec 2014 - 6:09pm

Inside the lavish club visited by shamed top Chinese official

Wan Qingliang, the disgraced former Communist Party secretary of Guangzhou, was once considered a rising star in the party. Photo: Reuters

Documentary produced by China's top anti-corruption watchdog offers glimpse of the luxurious lifestyle of disgraced former Guangzhou party secretary Wan Qingliang.

19 Dec 2014 - 3:04pm 1 comment More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Pilot jailed over China air crash disaster

The wreckage of the Henan Airlines plane near Yichun. An investigation ruled that the pilot insisted on trying to land the plane at the city's airport, even though he could not see runway landing lights. Photo: Xinhua Update

The captain of an airliner that crashed in Heilongjiang province in northern China four years ago, killing 44 people, has been jailed for three years.

19 Dec 2014 - 1:23pm

Worker at Forbidden City in Beijing faces execution for stabbing two of his bosses to death

The Forbidden City is one of Beijing's biggest tourist attractions. Photo: Reuters

A court in Beijing has sentenced a former employee at the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace in the centre of the capital, to be executed for stabbing two of his supervisors to death in the museum’s grounds, according to a state-run newspaper report.

19 Dec 2014 - 3:44pm

Hong Kong activists on mission to reach Xi Jinping turned back at Macau ferry terminal


A group of Hong Kong activists were turned back by Macau authorities when they arrived in the city around noon Friday in an attempt to put their case for universal suffrage before President Xi Jinping.

19 Dec 2014 - 4:48pm 21 comments

Road accidents kill more people in China than cancer, Lancet study finds

Road injuries have emerged as the third-leading cause of death in China, compared with eighth in the developing world and ahead of a range of cancers, according to a global study in The Lancet medical journal.

19 Dec 2014 - 9:05am 7 comments
Security checks have been tightened on Beijing's public transport, including the entrances to subway stations, since last month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the capital. File Photo: AFP

Chinese woman comes to blows with Beijing subway inspector after refusing bag security check

19 Dec 2014 - 4:30pm 1 comment
Paramilitary police on patrol in Urumqi in Xinjiang. Hundreds have died over the past two years in attacks the government has blamed on Muslim separatists. Photo: Reuters

Xinjiang terrorist cases must be dealt with ‘harshly and quickly’, says China’s top judge

19 Dec 2014 - 4:55pm
 Pictures posted online of the old man buying his wife a diamond ring have attracted hundreds of comments from Chinese microbloggers. Photo: iFeng.com

Photos of 'most romantic' Chinese man, 80, buying wife a diamond ring sparks online frenzy

19 Dec 2014 - 3:37pm
The would-be Chinese 'Romeo' flies a drone carrying a luxury bag up to the window of his 'Juliet', as his friends hold up a sign declaring his love.  Photo: cri.cn

Defiant Juliet shoots down love-struck Chinese Romeo's efforts to woo her with a drone

19 Dec 2014 - 5:38pm
Posters of the birthday boy have been set up along a main road near Jinjiang. Photo: Weibo

Giant party invitations adorn roadsides in China for boy's 16th birthday

19 Dec 2014 - 5:53pm
The parents of executed teenager Huugjilt mourn at this grave in Hohhot earlier this week after a court cleared him of rape and murder. Photo: Xinhua

Police officer linked to wrongful execution of teen, 18, investigated for 'crimes on duty'

19 Dec 2014 - 1:03pm 3 comments
Diana Bang, Seth Rogen and James Franco in 'The Interview'. Photo: AP

Review: 'The Interview' deserves to be seen, even if it almost makes Kim Jong-un seem likable

19 Dec 2014 - 11:28am 2 comments
Vladimir Putin, under intense pressure over Ukraine and the Russian economy, makes a point during his annual news conference in Moscow yesterday. Photo: EPA

Vladimir Putin strikes a defiant tone and accuses West of provoking Russia

19 Dec 2014 - 12:19pm 9 comments
Hong Kong's share of the south China cargo base had dropped from more than 70pc in 2010 to below 40pc in 2011.

Hong Kong port losing market share in south China

19 Dec 2014 - 9:35am
The government plans to set up a HK$27 billion "housing reserve" to ensure the Housing Authority is strong enough to reach its new target of 480,000 homes in the next decade. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong plans HK$27 billion ‘housing reserve’ to achieve new homes target

19 Dec 2014 - 2:03pm 11 comments

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Hugjiltu's parents (centre) receive the verdict in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. Photo: AFP

Judicial independence is essential

19 Dec 2014 - 6:41am
More effort needed to integrate ethnic minority students

More effort needed to integrate ethnic minority students

19 Dec 2014 - 8:58am

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In seeking to feed itself, China can make sure others are well fed too

One must be cautious not to see Chinese acquisitions of overseas farms as a mere land grab. The issue is far more complex. Loro Horta

China is the world's second-largest economy, but, ironically, food security is now emerging as one of the main concerns for its communist leaders.

19 Dec 2014 - 10:28pm


Cuba and the US: Five decades of feuding

Headlines from October 23, 1962, at the height of the missile crisis. Photo: Corbis Tribune News Service

When Cuba's most affluent citizens fled Fidel Castro and his leftist revolutionaries after they took power on New Year's Day 1959, they sought refuge by the thousands in southern Florida.

19 Dec 2014 - 2:38am

Harry's View


Police comfort a woman near the scene of the deaths. Photo: EPA AUSTRALIA

Eight children found ‘stabbed to death’ in Australian home


Eight children have been killed and a woman injured, police said on Friday, during what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing in Australia’s tropical northern city of Cairns.

19 Dec 2014 - 6:33pm


Three of the "Cuban Five" spies released as part of a prisoner swap talk with Cuban President Raul Castro (right). Photo: EPA CUBA

Cuban cryptographer Rolando Sarraff Trujillo: most highly valued intelligence asset

The CIA's Latin America Division has run many spies in Cuba, but Rolando Sarraff Trujillo was in a class all his own.

19 Dec 2014 - 11:02pm


The flat is on the 28th floor at Fung Tak Estate. Photo: SCMP HOME SALES

HK$4 million sale of ex-public flat in Fung Tak Estate beats Kowloon record

A flat in a Wong Tai Sin estate has become the most expensive former public rental-housing residence in Kowloon after it was sold for HK$4 million.

19 Dec 2014 - 5:13am
Gustav Szabo ("Szabotage").

Secret Walls has street artists battle it out

It's Monday evening, but it feels like Friday night. Nearly 200 people crowd into The Dairy, the Fringe Club's basement nightclub. The music is loud, mostly dubstep with a local MC rapping over the beat.

19 Dec 2014 - 11:13am More on LIFE

Leading light in Hong Kong Film Archive's creation retires

19 Dec 2014 2 comments

Hongkonger wins National Geographic world photo contest with Ocean Park snap

19 Dec 2014
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How to spice up Christmas dinner: top chefs offer their tips

Christmas is no holiday for chefs. If they're not working in restaurant kitchens, they're probably cooking for friends and family at home.

18 Dec 2014 - 6:20pm 1 comment More on LIFE

Quest by Que in Wan Chai has new take on Vietnamese cuisine

17 Dec 2014

Special winter menus all around Hong Kong, and 7-star Michelin chef to come

17 Dec 2014
Smartphone app Waze is blamed by some LA residents for morning traffic jams in their once quiet neighbourhood. Photo: Screenshot

Smartphone app being used to beat LA traffic angers freeway's neighbours

When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled.

16 Dec 2014 - 10:35am

Android accessing personal data in phones, Hong Kong's privacy watchdog warns

16 Dec 2014 4 comments

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Liverpool have suffered without the services of Daniel Sturridge, who is still on the injury list. Photo: EPA YOU BET NICK PULFORD

You Bet: Big match drops in value as Reds and Gunners fall off pace

"How the mighty have fallen" might be an appropriate subtitle for Liverpool v Arsenal, which is the weekend's big match in the English Premier League but nowhere near as important as their last encounter at Anfield.

19 Dec 2014 - 10:09pm

I want to see squash at 2020 Tokyo Olympics, says Hong Kong sports chief Timothy Fok

Hong Kong sports chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting will give his full backing to squash's bid to reach the Olympics after the International Olympic Committee decided to increase the number of events for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

19 Dec 2014 - 12:00am

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