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China leaders stress Hong Kong should stick to strict reform framework

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during his meeting with President Xi Jinping in Zhongnanhai, Beijing on Friday. Photo: Simon Song Update

State leaders have stressed that Hong Kong should stick to the stringent framework for political reform set by Beijing and pledged more support for the city's economic development.

Saturday, 27 December, 2014, 7:44am 16 comments More on Leung Chun-ying

Senior Chinese leader Yu Zhengsheng calls for 'correct path' in relations with Vietnam

Yu Zhengsheng and Le Hong Anh reach out. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing has called for Sino-Vietnamese links to proceed along a "correct path", sending a senior politician to Hanoi amid ongoing tension between the two nations over the South China Sea.

27 Dec 2014 - 5:21am More on Paracel Islands

Elderly work on through lack of adequate pension in wealthy Hong Kong

Elderly and still at work - Fok Mei-song, 64, Mak Kwok-hon, 68, and Wong Siu-ying, 85, pictured in Sham Shui Po earlier this month. Photo: May Tse New

To still be working at 70 is not something Hongkongers are “proud of” but rather a necessity for elderly people in a city that lacks much of a social safety net, even for those who have toiled all their lives.

27 Dec 2014 - 9:34am More on Old age allowance

Chiang Kai-shek’s great-grandson handed six-month sentence in Taiwan for intimidation

Andrew Chiang You-ching, great grandson of Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek, was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday. Photo: AFP New

A Taipei court on Friday sentenced a great-grandson of former Taiwan leader Chiang Kai-shek to six months in prison for making threats against staff at his former school.

27 Dec 2014 - 10:02am

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels swap hundreds of prisoners

Prisoners of war arrive at the exchange place of pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops, about 25 kilometres from Donetsk on Friday. Photo: EPA

Ukrainian authorities and separatists exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a spokesman for President Petro Poroshenko said, part of a 12-point plan aimed at ending the pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country.

27 Dec 2014 - 10:32am

China extends high-speed railway network to remote Xinjiang

Bullet trains can reach speeds of up to 250km/h on the newly opened 1,776km line. Photo: Xinhua

The restive far-western region of Xinjiang was tied closer to the rest of the mainland yesterday with the opening of a high-speed rail line between its remote capital and a city nearly 1,800km away.

27 Dec 2014 - 2:37am 2 comments

Viewers in China, S Korea pan the Interview spoof about a Kim Jong-un assassination

The film was available to US online viewers through Google's Google Play and YouTube Movies, Microsoft Corp's Xbox Live as well as on a Sony website. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of thousands of people viewed illegal copies of The Interview in China and South Korea yesterday, just hours after the controversial movie was released in the United States.

27 Dec 2014 - 4:56am 3 comments

Sweeping change of China's top military guard

Defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said on Thursday that the reshuffle was standard practice. Photo: CNS

Dozens of top military cadres, including the commander and the political commissar of the key South Sea Fleet, have been swept up in a major reshuffle at the top of the People's Liberation Army over the past few weeks.

27 Dec 2014 - 2:37am

HIV patients hired to ‘intimidate’ people out of homes in Henan province

A building in Nanyang with "AIDS demolition team" daubed on the walls. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A man has been detained in Nanyang , Henan province, for allegedly hiring six HIV carriers to intimidate residents into moving out to make way for a real estate project.

27 Dec 2014 - 1:31am 2 comments

Saved by a snooze - HK couple cherish family life despite tsunami memories

Yum Kwok-tung sits in front of an SOS sign made by fellow hotel guests from bath towels on the day the tsunami hit in 2004. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A morning snooze saved two Hong Kong honeymooners in Phuket from the Indian Ocean tsunami ten years ago, but the disaster has made them treasure their family life all the more.

27 Dec 2014 - 9:33am

Third person held over cash frenzy sparked by HK$52m security van spill

A third person was arrested last night over a cash-grabbing frenzy in Wan Chai, three days after bundles of banknotes totalling HK$52.5 million tumbled from a money transport van onto a busy road on Christmas Eve.

27 Dec 2014 - 2:22am

10 years on, memorial services across Asia mark catastrophic Indian Ocean Tsunami

Tearful memorials were held in tsunami-hit nations yesterday for the 220,000 people who died 10 years ago when giant waves decimated coastal areas along the Indian Ocean.

27 Dec 2014 - 5:21am 1 comment
Weeks after the protest camps were cleared, Federation of Students leaders Alex Chow (second from left) and Lester Shum (second from right) are turning their attention to the studies they have put aside in the fight for universal suffrage. Photo: Sam Tsang

Student protest leaders Chow and Shum get back to their studies

27 Dec 2014 - 1:21am 33 comments
A man waits to be evacuated outside his house in Pengkalan Chepa, near Kota Bharu. Photo: AFP

More than 100,000 Malaysians flee their homes after the worst flooding in 30 years

27 Dec 2014 - 4:18am
Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and to the world) blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Photo: AP

Pope Francis condemns religious persecution in Christmas address

27 Dec 2014 - 4:35am 1 comment
Microsoft Corp’s Xbox Live and Sony Corp’s Network experienced user connection problems on Christmas Day, for which a hacker group claimed responsibility. Photo: Reuters

Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's Playstation 'hacked on Christmas Day'

27 Dec 2014 - 4:24am
Central bank wants to boost liquidity conditions by changing the rules governing how loan-to-deposit ratios are calculated. Photo: Bloomberg

China’s central bank mulls easing liquidity requirements at lenders

27 Dec 2014 - 3:56am
Mainland China recorded 551.8 billion yuan (HK$689 billion) in outbound investment by non-financial institutions in the first 11 months of 2014.

China cuts red tape for outbound direct investment

27 Dec 2014 - 3:22am
Police chase after a protester who had knocked over trash bins on Nathan Road. Photo: Vic Shing

Hong Kong police arrest 37 in second night of Christmas protests and clashes

26 Dec 2014 - 2:11pm 36 comments
Researcher Haruko Obokata

Japan's Riken institute definitively dismisses flawed stem cell study

27 Dec 2014 - 4:20am
People flock to have their blood tested for HIV in Roka commune of northwest Cambodia's Battambang province. Photo: Xinhua

Cambodian HIV outbreak grows as migrant workers return for tests

27 Dec 2014 - 4:18am
Journalists photograph a SpaceX rocket, carrying a communication spacecraft, blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo: AP

SpaceX hopes it has developed a reusable rocket

27 Dec 2014 - 4:56am

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Sony Pictures' initial caving in to the demands of cyberhackers threatening to attack cinemas planning to show The Interview was widely criticised in the US for the message sent to blackmailers and those trying to curtail free speech. Photo: AFP

Cyberattacks a growing threat that needs united response

27 Dec 2014 - 3:00am
Thai students and foreign tourists place candles on a sand sculpture during commemorations on the the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami at Patong beach in Phuket. Photo: AFP

Complacency the new tsunami threat

27 Dec 2014 - 3:00am

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Insight

The grim reality of China's migrant factory workers

A study on the mental health of migrant workers found that more than half surveyed suffered from depression. LIJIA ZHANG

Shortly before midnight on September 30 this year, a 24-year-old worker named Xu Lizhi jumped to his death from the 17th floor of a Shenzhen residential building that belonged to his employer Foxconn.

26 Dec 2014 - 7:47pm

Focus

A Bush-Clinton rematch in 2016 grows increasingly plausible

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen AP

There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking the nation's president.

27 Dec 2014 - 1:01am 5 comments

Harry's View

Hong Kong

The hooded man is arrested in Kowloon Bay. Photo: Dickson Lee CRIME

Third person held over cash frenzy sparked by HK$52m security van spill

A third person was arrested last night over a cash-grabbing frenzy in Wan Chai, three days after bundles of banknotes totalling HK$52.5 million tumbled from a money transport van onto a busy road on Christmas Eve.

27 Dec 2014 - 2:22am

World

Prisoners of war arrive at the exchange place of pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops, about 25 kilometres from Donetsk on Friday. Photo: EPA UKRAINE

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels swap hundreds of prisoners

Ukrainian authorities and separatists exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a spokesman for President Petro Poroshenko said, part of a 12-point plan aimed at ending the pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country.

27 Dec 2014 - 10:32am

Business

A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an advertising billboard outside the Greentown residential construction site in Hangzhou. Photo: Reuters PROPERTY

Greentown shares soar on sale of 24.29pc stake to state-owned CCCG

Shares of mainland developer Greentown China soared on Wednesday by the most in two-and-a-half years after it announced it was selling a 24.288 per cent stake to a state-owned construction firm for HK$6.01 billion.

27 Dec 2014 - 3:56am
BANKING

China’s central bank mulls easing liquidity requirements at lenders

The People's Bank of China is weighing up whether to change rules governing how loan-to-deposit ratios are calculated at banks, a move that would boost liquidity conditions, banking-sector sources said.

27 Dec 2014 - 3:56am

Property

Potential buyers at a residential sales event. Property prices are seen falling in the event of interest rate rises. Photo: David Wong PROPERTY

Hong Kong home prices hit record, outlook cloudy pending rate rise

Hong Kong home prices surged to a record high this year, ignoring the government's introduction of tough measures designed to cool the red-hot property market, as the rally extended for a fifth straight year.

27 Dec 2014 - 3:55am 3 comments
Transformers: Age of Extinction

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FILM

Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction had its world premiere in Hong Kong on June 19; the movie went on to be a mega box office hit worldwide.

27 Dec 2014 - 12:08pm More on LIFE

Top five films of 2014, as chosen by South China Morning Post reviewers

27 Dec 2014

Comic-book heroes tops with film fans

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Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

For an extra special holiday meal, stop talking turkey and treat your guests to a beautiful bird of their own..

21 Dec 2014 - 9:24am

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

23 Dec 2014 1 comment

Seiji Yamamoto: 'Hong Kong chicken is best in the world'

20 Dec 2014
Light emitted by e-readers affected the body's release of the sleep hormone melatonin.

E-readers harm sleep quality, study finds

Your bedtime e-reader habit may be robbing you of sleep rather than helping you drift off, a US study has found.

24 Dec 2014 - 3:44am 3 comments

More drones in the US skies after Christmas has FAA officials concerned

24 Dec 2014

TrailWatch app for Hong Kong hikers doubles as conservation tool

23 Dec 2014 1 comment

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Sport

Robin van Persie adds the third in the 53rd minute for a convincing 3-1 victory at Old Trafford. Photo: Reuters

In Uefa and Fifa it's forbidden to play within 48 hours: Louis van Gaal bemoans festive schedule

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the lack of time at his disposal as he attempts to nurse an injury-plagued squad through his first Christmas in English football.

27 Dec 2014 - 11:35am More on English Premier League 2014/15

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22 Dec 2014 - 10:14am

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