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Britain has ‘moral obligation’ to speak up on Hong Kong, says former governor Chris Patten

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London has a “duty” to speak up on Beijing’s recent decision about Hong Kong’s political reform because Britain has a “moral obligation” to the city, according to former colonial governor.

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014, 10:06am

Hong Kong airlines to allow use of smartphones, tablets during take-off and landing

Passengers travelling with local airlines Cathay Pacific and Dragonair can now look forward to using their smartphones and tablet computers during take-offs and landings.

3 Sep 2014 - 10:05am 1 comment

Uygur-Han Chinese couples offered 10,000 yuan a year to marry in Xinjiang county

A county in the restive Xinjiang region has introduced a package of perks and cash rewards to encourage people from ethnic minorities to marry members of the Han majority.

3 Sep 2014 - 9:53am 4 comments

Month of commemorations of China's 1945 victory over Japan begins

Top leaders will attend a ceremony in Beijing today to commemorate the 69th anniversary of China's victory in the anti-Japanese war, also called the second Sino-Japanese war, which ended in 1945.

3 Sep 2014 - 8:28am 2 comments

Prison break by trio who killed guard triggers manhunt in Heilongjiang

Three prisoners, including a death row inmate, made a rare jailbreak, fleeing in police uniforms from the Yanshou county jail after killing a guard early yesterday.

3 Sep 2014 - 9:08am

Taiwanese playboy Justin Lee handed 80-year prison term for rape

Taiwan’s High Court on Tuesday sentenced socialite Justin Lee, heir to one of the island’s richest men, to 79 years and seven months in prison for raping and illegally making sex tapes of 20 women.

3 Sep 2014 - 8:02am 4 comments

AmCham in China echoes EU gripes over opaque laws unfairly applied

Foreign companies feel unfairly targeted by China's opaque laws on issues including antitrust enforcement, says a report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

3 Sep 2014 - 7:49am 2 comments

Philippines thwarts attack on Chinese embassy, arresting three plotters

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The Philippines said it might file terrorism charges against three anti-China activists who planned to set off small bombs and strafe the Chinese embassy with gunfire.

3 Sep 2014 - 9:34am

Party chief of scandal-plagued China Red Cross steps down

The Communist Party chief of the Red Cross Society of China has stepped down as the organisation still struggles to restore public confidence after a series of scandals.

3 Sep 2014 - 4:49am

China warns Britain that ties are at risk if UK parliamentary inquiry continues

The National People's Congress has written to British lawmakers telling them ties between the two nations are at risk unless they stay out of Hong Kong's affairs.

3 Sep 2014 - 9:33am 110 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Is this goodbye to Occupy Central? Co-founder Benny Tai admits, 'We failed'

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Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting surprised Hongkongers by suggesting the civil-disobedience campaign had been a failure "up to this point" and that public support for its planned mass sit-in was waning.

3 Sep 2014 - 9:03am 91 comments More on Occupy Central

China deploys new oil rig to drill in East China Sea

3 Sep 2014 - 4:49am

Meet Zhuang Zhuang: Not your typical immigrant success story

3 Sep 2014 - 8:59am

Campaign against Japan’s left-wing daily an effort to rewrite history

2 Sep 2014 - 10:52pm 3 comments

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen won't return crown unless pageant organisers apologise

2 Sep 2014 - 3:53pm

US media interviews with Americans held in North Korea may signal opening

2 Sep 2014 - 10:55pm

Fukushima workers in clean-up of crippled plant sue for danger money

2 Sep 2014 - 10:57pm 1 comment

Russia ‘to adapt military doctrine’ as Nato plans to reinforce Ukraine border

2 Sep 2014 - 10:46pm

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3 Sep 2014 - 10:00am

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3 Sep 2014 - 5:36am

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Framework for political reform is best we could expect at this point in time

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The National People's Congress Standing Committee decision on political reform completed step two of the five-step process required to amend the method for the selection of Hong Kong's chief executive. It is a significant step forward in the city's democratic development.

3 Sep 2014 - 4:57am

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Uygur-Han Chinese couples offered 10,000 yuan a year to marry in Xinjiang county

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3 Sep 2014 - 9:53am 4 comments

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More restaurants offer alfresco dining

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2 Sep 2014 - 10:41pm

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1 Sep 2014 - 2:44pm

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