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Beijing to take a more active role in Hong Kong's affairs, hints Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping has reiterated that the central government's policies towards Hong Kong will remain unchanged but hinted that Beijing would play a more active role in the city's affairs.

Tuesday, 23 September, 2014, 8:48am 27 comments More on Universal Suffrage

China's 'rotten meat' scandal firm sacks 340 people at Shanghai plant

A US meat supplier said on Monday it is laying off most of the workforce of a Chinese subsidiary accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and other major restaurant chains.

22 Sep 2014 - 6:57pm More on China Food Scandals

China's spiked batons, neck-chains and taser shields: Report details trade in 'tools of torture'

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The human rights advocacy group Amnesty International has criticised China in a new report for failing to regulate the production and international trade of excessively violent law enforcement equipment such as spiked batons or thumb cuffs.

23 Sep 2014 - 7:00am 1 comment

'Kill them in their bedrooms': Islamic State calls for attacks in US, Canada and Europe

An Islamic State spokesman has called on Muslims around the world to rise up and kill civilians in countries that belong to the US-led coalition against the militant group.

23 Sep 2014 - 4:49am 6 comments

Fresh attacks kill 2 in Xinjiang as Beijing releases guidelines on prosecuting terrorism

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At least two people were killed and many more injured in a series of explosions in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang on Sunday, state media reported.

22 Sep 2014 - 6:36pm 7 comments

Xi Jinping tells PLA chiefs to develop 'new types' of command

President Xi Jinping told the military's top brass yesterday that the People's Liberation Army had to develop "new types" of military commands.

23 Sep 2014 - 3:16am More on Xi Jinping

World in an 'era of crises': Ban Ki-moon downbeat ahead of UN summit

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, summed up the mood of foreboding hanging over the UN headquarters as it prepares to welcome more than 140 heads of state for the annual UN General Assembly this week.

23 Sep 2014 - 2:36am More on Ban Ki-moon

Electronic gadgets are the new stars in luxury market

New owners of the latest Apple iPhone 6 model may feel they have purchased something exclusive but for the consumer who wants something truly special, there's always an iPhone plated in 24-carat gold.

23 Sep 2014 - 4:41am More on Apple

Nasa's Maven spacecraft enters orbit around Mars

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A Nasa spacecraft has begun orbiting Mars on a mission to study how the planet's climate changed over time from warm and wet to cold and dry.

23 Sep 2014 - 2:42am 1 comment

Thousands join Hong Kong students' democracy protest as classroom boycott begins

Students will take their fight for democracy to government headquarters today, after thousands formed a sea of white across the Chinese University campus to launch a week-long class boycott yesterday.

23 Sep 2014 - 8:43am 1 comment More on Universal Suffrage

China's carbon emissions more than US and EU combined, data shows

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China's carbon emissions have soared to eclipse those of the United States and European Union combined, according to a study released on Sunday.

23 Sep 2014 - 7:51am 2 comments

More returning to China after study overseas, Education Ministry says

23 Sep 2014 - 7:58am

Premier Li Keqiang points to six barriers to rural progress

23 Sep 2014 - 3:16am

Coal tunnelling machines cut mine risks but also threaten pit jobs

23 Sep 2014 - 5:04am

Pakistan out to expand nuclear arsenal with sea-based and short-range rockets

23 Sep 2014 - 2:25am

Presidential underdog Marina Silva in with a shout of victory in Brazil

23 Sep 2014 - 2:31am

Underwriting banks rake in US$300m windfall on fees for Alibaba IPO

23 Sep 2014 - 12:56am

Air France pilots reject 'last offer' to end strike already in its second week

23 Sep 2014 - 2:28am

Kurdish exodus from Syria to Turkey tops 130,000 as Islamic State advances

23 Sep 2014 - 4:58am 1 comment

Signs in groundwater chemistry make help scientists predict earthquakes

22 Sep 2014 - 9:40pm

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With transparency, China can lead world in safe nuclear power

23 Sep 2014 - 8:24am

Government plan to extend railway network is welcome

23 Sep 2014 - 8:29am

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Insight

Now the UK must heal itself

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The people of Scotland voted by a comfortable margin of about 10 per cent to remain part of the United Kingdom - not least because of the campaigning of three Labour politicians, Alastair Darling, Gordon Brown and Jim Murphy.

23 Sep 2014 - 1:46am 5 comments

Focus

Natural gas boom may be undermining climate change efforts

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Natural-gas wells in Denton, Texas, can be found just beyond the hedgerows of new subdivisions, and close to the hangars at the municipal airport.

23 Sep 2014 - 5:00am

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Asia

DEFENCE

Pakistan out to expand nuclear arsenal with sea-based and short-range rockets

In one of the world's most volatile regions, Pakistan is advancing towards a sea-based missile capability and expanding its interest in tactical nuclear warheads, according to Pakistani and Western analysts.

23 Sep 2014 - 2:25am

China Insider

SECURITY

China's spiked batons, neck-chains and taser shields: Report details trade in 'tools of torture'

23 Sep 2014 1 comment
CHINA DIGEST

Jinan air quality ranked poorest; rare disease turns muscle into bone

22 Sep 2014
EDUCATION

3 in 10 Chinese citizens do not speak Putonghua, says Education Ministry

22 Sep 2014 1 comment
ENTERTAINMENT

Outpouring of online support greets Faye Wong and Nicholas Tse after gossip suggests they are back together

23 Sep 2014
SUICIDE

Anti-graft scholar calls for closing of suicide ‘loophole’ used by corrupt officials

22 Sep 2014
CHINA DIGEST

More strain on Beijing water supply; deaf crime boss jailed; Shenzhen metro sued over death

22 Sep 2014
ONE-CHILD POLICY

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

22 Sep 2014
CHINA DIGEST

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
ROAD SAFETY

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

21 Sep 2014 13 comments
CHINA DIGEST

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
Anti-corruption

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

19 Sep 2014
NARCOTICS

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

18 Sep 2014
GADGETS

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

19 Sep 2014 16 comments
BUREAUCRACY

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

18 Sep 2014 1 comment

Business

INVESTMENT

Shadow banking sector growth beginning to stabilise

Growth in the mainland's shadow banking sector probably began to stabilise in the first half of this year, according to new industry data.

23 Sep 2014 - 6:36am
ECONOMY

State subsidies report casts doubt on fair business practices in China

Controversy over unfair subsidies provided to mainland companies has been stirred up after state media reported that almost 90 per cent of mainland listed firms have received subsidies.

23 Sep 2014 - 5:18am

Rockers Evocation do city proud in German battle of bands

Sporting a name that makes them sound more like a horror film than a band, proud Hongkongers Evocation recently rocked the international stage at Wacken Open Air in Germany.

22 Sep 2014 - 4:39pm

Picturesque Music - A Yuan Dynasty Painting Reinvented

22 Sep 2014

Czech Dances

22 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

Electronic gadgets are the new stars in luxury market

New owners of the latest Apple iPhone 6 model may feel they have purchased something exclusive but for the consumer who wants something truly special, there's always an iPhone plated in 24-carat gold.

23 Sep 2014 - 4:41am More on Apple

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

21 Sep 2014

At home, work and play, the robots are coming

21 Sep 2014

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Sport

SQUASH

Max Lee and Annie Au settle for bronze in Asian Games squash singles

It was sour all round for squash yesterday as they saw gold and silver medal dreams in the singles turn to dust with Max Lee Ho-yin and Annie Au Wing-chi losing their semi-final matches.

22 Sep 2014 - 11:35pm More on 2014 Asian Games - Incheon

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

 

22 Sep 2014 - 9:11pm

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