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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, 9:59am 44 comments More on Universal Suffrage

One-third of Chinese do not speak Putonghua, says Education Ministry

As many as three in 10 of China’s 1.3 billion population are unable to communicate in Putonghua, China’s Education Ministry said during an annual event to promote the official language.

23 Sep 2014 - 9:43am 1 comment

Spiked batons, neck-chains and shock shields: Report slams China's 'tools of torture' trade

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

23 Sep 2014 - 9:36am 2 comments

'Privacy-safe' search engine DuckDuckGo latest internet service to get blocked in China

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Chinese authorities appear to have blocked US-based search engine DuckDuckGo, which has enjoyed rising popularity over its privacy-oriented searches and iOS integration.

23 Sep 2014 - 10:35am 2 comments

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

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

23 Sep 2014 - 9:05am More on China Food Scandals

'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 7 comments

Unleash your inner animal: Bear Camp is Hong Kong's latest fitness craze

Men behind tough workout programme say carrying rocks up steep inclines, raising heavy sledgehammers and pulling thick ropes to hoist bags of rocks gets results.

23 Sep 2014 - 10:51am 2 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 1 comment More on Xi Jinping

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 - 9:14am 7 comments 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 5 comments

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

23 Sep 2014 - 2:36am

Electronic gadgets are the new stars in luxury market

23 Sep 2014 - 4:41am

Nasa's Maven spacecraft enters orbit around Mars

23 Sep 2014 - 2:42am 1 comment

More returning to China after study overseas, Education Ministry says

23 Sep 2014 - 7:58am 1 comment

Premier Li Keqiang points to six barriers to rural progress

23 Sep 2014 - 3:16am

Coal mining 'robots' cut costs and risks but threaten jobs

23 Sep 2014 - 9:10am

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

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Leader

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

Chris Patten PROJECT SYNDICATE

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 6 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

internet CENSORSHIP

'Privacy-safe' search engine DuckDuckGo latest internet service to get blocked in China

23 Sep 2014 2 comments
SECURITY

Spiked batons, neck-chains and shock shields: Report slams China's 'tools of torture' trade

23 Sep 2014 2 comments
CHINA DIGEST

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

22 Sep 2014
EDUCATION

One-third of Chinese do not speak Putonghua, says Education Ministry

23 Sep 2014 1 comment
ENTERTAINMENT

Outpouring of support greets Faye Wong and Nicholas Tse after rumours they're back together

23 Sep 2014 1 comment
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

Business

China Economy

China funding costs rise, Beige Book shows

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China’s economic growth momentum has yet to pick up, with credit turning more expensive in the third quarter as borrowers increasingly shifting to shadow banks despite higher rates, shows the China Beige Book report.

23 Sep 2014 - 9:21am
MANUFACTURING

China factory activity edges up but employment shrinks

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Activity in China’s manufacturing sector unexpectedly picked up in September even as factory employment slumped to a 5½-year low, a survey showed on Tuesday, a potential source of worry for communist leaders who prize social stability above all else.

23 Sep 2014 - 10:35am

Property

PLANNING

Capital economic region finally starts making progress

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The concept of a capital economic region, with Beijing and Tianjin at its core surrounded by 11 cities in Hebei province in a massive hub and spoke formation, was first announced in 2004.

23 Sep 2014 - 11:05am

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

Animation expert wants to create computer systems that can think and feel

A lifelike baby girl projected on the screen looks wonderingly, her large eyes focused on the man facing her. When he smiles, she does too, although it's not clear why she's imitating him.

23 Sep 2014 - 10:33am

Electronic gadgets are the new stars in luxury market

23 Sep 2014

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

21 Sep 2014

Magazines

Sport

Lionel Messi back in business and bound for Hong Kong

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has been called up by new coach Gerardo Martino for a friendly against Hong Kong on October 14, but Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was snubbed again.

23 Sep 2014 - 11:09am

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FASHION

7 Things To Pack for Paris Fashion Week

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STYLE travels to Paris for Fashion Week. Now see what essentials we are packing for the trip. See the shows and access the backstage via STYLE’s Facebook and Instagram.

23 Sep 2014 - 10:17am

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