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48 dead as TransAsia plane crashes into houses during Taiwan storm


Forty-eight people were killed last night when a TransAsia Airways plane crashed into houses as it attempted to land in Taiwan during stormy weather.

Thursday, 24 July, 2014, 10:02am 8 comments

Kiev accuses Russia of shooting down fighter jets near flight MH17 crash site


Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down yesterday, not far from where a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard.

24 Jul 2014 - 10:05am 10 comments More on Malaysia Airlines flight 17

Shanxi No 2 graft buster Yang Senlin confirmed to be in dentention

The second-highest graft buster in Shanxi was detained after his supervisor published an article urging the punishment of officials who objected to the leadership's anti-graft crackdown.

24 Jul 2014 - 10:08am More on Ling Jihua

UK lawmakers may visit Hong Kong as part of inquiry into Joint Declaration

UK lawmakers may visit Hong Kong as part of a parliamentary probe of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, 30 years after it was signed - a move welcomed by pan-democrats.

24 Jul 2014 - 10:10am 10 comments More on Universal Suffrage

'Halo effect' from iPhone, iPad lifts Mac computer sales in China

Apple is seeing sharp growth in China for its Mac laptop and desktop products, boosted by the popularity of the iPhone and iPad, even though personal computer sales in this large market remain sluggish.

24 Jul 2014 - 7:53am More on Apple

United States presents fresh evidence on MH17 downing, but remains unsure on who fired missile

The Obama administration released satellite images and other sensitive intelligence that officials said proved Moscow had trained and equipped rebels in Ukraine responsible for the attack.

24 Jul 2014 - 8:11am 1 comment More on Malaysia Airlines flight 17

Pretender in the wings

After winning Indonesia's closest ever presidential election, Joko Widodo now faces what could be his toughest battle yet - winning over his own party.

23 Jul 2014 - 11:21pm More on Focus

NBA star LeBron James visits Hong Kong to make hoop dreams come true

Basketball megastar LeBron James made a flying visit to Hong Kong - and for some lucky local youngsters, there was even a chance to shoot hoops with the NBA's biggest name.

24 Jul 2014 - 4:57am 1 comment

China dredges channels near disputed islands as Beijing 'asserts stance on South China Sea'

China is dredging navigation channels in a disputed area of the South China Sea in a move analysts say shows Beijing's increasingly assertive stance over its claims to sovereignty in the region.

24 Jul 2014 - 9:23am 1 comment

Blogger jailed for six years as Beijing gets tough on 'rumour-mongering'

A court in Yunnan has convicted a well-known microblogger on the charges of "illegal business practices" and "picking quarrels and provoking trouble".

24 Jul 2014 - 9:21am 1 comment

Arizona prisoner takes nearly two hours to die in botched execution

24 Jul 2014 - 9:37am

Thai junta leader General Prayuth allowed to stay in power until elections held

23 Jul 2014 - 11:24pm 1 comment

South Korean police hunt for fugitive tycoon already found dead is ridiculed

23 Jul 2014 - 11:12pm

First plane carrying bodies of MH17 victims arrives in Netherlands as nation mourns

24 Jul 2014 - 8:52am 2 comments

British Airways defies warning and keeps flying to Tel Aviv's airport

23 Jul 2014 - 10:57pm

Islamic State jihadist group runs bus tours of its Syria-Iraq 'caliphate'

23 Jul 2014 - 10:57pm

White flags mysteriously replace American ones atop Brooklyn Bridge

23 Jul 2014 - 10:57pm 1 comment

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Legco fence is no barrier to people's right to hold protests

24 Jul 2014 - 10:09am

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Sino-US relations: a game of defensive play


The Chinese saying, "playing music to an ox", describes the phenomenon of two people talking past each other. It's apt imagery for the recently held Sino-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

24 Jul 2014 - 3:56am 5 comments




Thai junta leader General Prayuth allowed to stay in power until elections held

Thailand's junta chief could stay in charge of the country as head of a provisional government until elections are held some time next year, a legal adviser said yesterday, outlining details of an interim constitution.

23 Jul 2014 - 11:24pm 1 comment

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Terrible rendition of China's national anthem makes Venezuelan military band a laughing stock

23 Jul 2014 2 comments

Look familiar? Xiaomi reveals its newest answer to the iPhone - the Mi4

23 Jul 2014 2 comments

Chinese gamers win US$5m top prize in international video game tournament

22 Jul 2014 1 comment

Chinese farmer who makes giant Transformers from car parts cashes in on success of film

22 Jul 2014 4 comments

Starbucks, Dicos withdraw sandwiches as China launches nationwide probe into 'rotten meat' firm

22 Jul 2014 58 comments

Russians love their Chinese neighbours, Gallup poll shows

18 Jul 2014 3 comments

China web giant Baidu launches search engine in Brazil

21 Jul 2014 1 comment

Uber taxis: they may be luxurious, but not everyone's hailing them

18 Jul 2014 16 comments

No more cheap breakfasts? Street food hawkers banned from Beijing's Haidian district

17 Jul 2014 1 comment

Mainland Chinese buyers contribute significantly to global art sales: report

17 Jul 2014

Chinese soccer fans - mostly young and female - posted 2 billion World Cup messages on Weibo

16 Jul 2014

‘No more public peeing!’ Beijing Marathon organisers warn runners ahead of October event

16 Jul 2014

Sex worker rights activist Ye Haiyan says she is barred from leaving China

16 Jul 2014 1 comment

Hong Kong's youngest activists draw inspiration from political liberalism

16 Jul 2014 13 comments



Shanxi brokers deal to avoid Huatong default, contrary to Beijing's wishes

Central and local governments could be on a collision course in dealing with soaring mainland credit risks after provincial authorities stepped in at the last minute yesterday to help a construction company avoid a damaging debt default.

24 Jul 2014 - 4:49am

Hong Kong iBonds attract strong investor interest

The sale of the fourth batch of inflation-linked bonds worth HK$10 billion attracted hundreds of thousands of investors yesterday, although the number of subscribers appears to have grown at a much slower rate than last year's robust pace.

24 Jul 2014 - 1:06am

Steven Bishop, songwriter to the stars, is excited about his Hong Kong debut

Back in 1976, not many aspiring singer-songwriters recording their debut albums were lucky enough to have Eric Clapton turn up at the studio to contribute a couple of guitar solos.

23 Jul 2014 - 11:53pm

Tilda Swinton plays a vampire in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive

23 Jul 2014

Hong Kong's white elephants? Jury still out on Cyberport and Science Park

22 Jul 2014 10 comments

It's a bun fight! Who sells the best burger in Hong Kong?

A good burger is a joy to behold. Our team put 16 of the city's most popular versions to the test.

24 Jul 2014 - 9:40am 3 comments

Dai pai dong an endangered species in Hong Kong

21 Jul 2014

Napa's long Italian love affair rolls on

18 Jul 2014

Researchers work on new aluminium product

Stronger than aluminium, yet cheaper and lighter than steel. These are the claims made for a new material developed by Hong Kong researchers, who say it could replace steel and cement in buildings.

24 Jul 2014 - 4:57am

Everyday drones will soon take to the skies for alls sorts of reasons

20 Jul 2014

The bad science in city's incineration plan for househould waste

20 Jul 2014 2 comments




Majka proves he's the 'mountain man' in Tour de France

Poland’s Rafal Majka captured his second stage victory at the Tour de France on Wednesday, winning the 17th stage with a late breakaway on the last of four tough climbs in the Pyrenees.

24 Jul 2014 - 12:32am

Ji Cheng wants Chinese to get on their bikes

The first Chinese cyclist to compete in the Tour de France hopes he can help his compatriots rediscover a lost affection for cycling in a country where bicycles were once ubiquitous.

23 Jul 2014 - 10:26pm

'Inspirational' Max Lee closing gap on world stars

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