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Xi Jinping urges Macau to rein in casinos as Beijing looks to stem the flow of illicit funds through the city

Xi Jinping urges Macau to rein in casinos as Beijing looks to stem the flow of illicit funds through the city

President Xi Jinping has urged Macau to put its gambling house in order by exerting greater control over the casino industry which has turned the city into the world's biggest gaming location.

Sunday, 21 December, 2014, 3:56am More on Macau

Xi Jinping tells Macau to stick to 'one country, two systems' - in veiled swipe at Hong Kong

President Xi Jinping sits down with students at Macau University's new Hengqin Island campus as officials look on. Photo: AFP

President Xi Jinping pushed national education and his desire for young people to understand "the true meaning'' of the "one country, two systems" model to the forefront as he ended his two-day visit to Macau.

21 Dec 2014 - 3:01am 13 comments More on Xi Jinping

China arrests US aid worker over NGO activities helping North Koreans

North Korean children play with a photojournalist's camera. Peter Hahn, the US man arrested by China, reportedly ran bakeries to help feed North Korean children. Photo: AP

China has arrested an American aid worker based near its border with North Korea, a sign authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the region.

21 Dec 2014 - 3:24am

War of words between mainland firms highlights lack of patent protection

Dong Mingzhu labelled smartphone maker Xiaomi as "thief".

A war of words between the bosses of several major Chinese companies highlights a lack of intellectual property protection and business ethics on the mainland, industry experts say.

21 Dec 2014 - 5:35am

Paralysed dogs walk again in breakthrough spinal cord experiment by Chinese scientists

Scientists hope the pioneering surgery will one day enable people who are confined to wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries to regain control of their legs. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese scientists hope a pioneering surgery that helped paralysed dogs walk again will one day enable millions of people who are confined to wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries to regain control of their legs.

21 Dec 2014 - 5:35am

Macau's young march during Xi Jinping's visit in wake of Occupy

Pro-democracy locals march under police escort. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement has inspired the younger generation in Macau to press for universal suffrage in their own city, young locals joining a pro-democracy rally say.

21 Dec 2014 - 3:56am More on Macau

Kwok brothers' corruption case overshadows birthday plans of Hong Kong family's matriarch

Kwong Siu-hing (top), the Kwok family matriarch, and the three Kwok sons (clockwise from right) Thomas, Walter and Raymond. Illustration: Henry Wong

It is the most anticipated date on the calendar for the inner circle at Sun Hung Kai Properties. But executives of the property giant are still guessing when the 85th birthday of the Kwok family's matriarch will be celebrated.

21 Dec 2014 - 4:26am More on Rafael Hui Si-yan

Stranger than fiction: how Kim Jong-un had last laugh over Seth Rogen movie

Illustration: Craig Stephens

A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about The Interview, the likelihood of trouble seemed remote.

21 Dec 2014 - 6:44am

Chinese buyers fall in love with Seattle real estate

Janie Lee shows a property to her client Wei Hongbin. Photo: AP

Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state.

21 Dec 2014 - 6:12am More on International Property

Walking tour offers insight into life for blind people on Hong Kong's streets

The walking tour around North Point was a trial run to see whether it could be interesting to both blind and sighted participants. Photo: Jonathan Wong

It was a case of the blind leading the blindfolded on a new walking tour catering to those who can, and cannot see, which tried to bring to life the smells, sounds and history of North Point.

21 Dec 2014 - 5:13am

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Leader

Former Hong Kong Chief Secretary Rafael Hui was found guilty of bribery and misconduct.

Verdicts show no one immune

20 Dec 2014 - 6:25am 15 comments
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a ceremony to mark China's first National Memorial Day of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre. Photo: Kyodo

We should never forget sacrifice

20 Dec 2014 - 6:25am 1 comment

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Insight

Hong Kong's split over what constitutes our Lion Rock spirit

Are our core values a single-minded pursuit of "genuine universal suffrage", or the love of law and order, stability and prosperity? Photo: Robert Ng Regina Ip

On December 15, Occupy Central finally went out with a whimper after the police cleared the last remaining tents in Causeway Bay - an anti-climactic end to 79 days of tension and disorder in Hong Kong's government and business centres.

21 Dec 2014 - 6:45am

Focus

Macau shows signs it may not stay Hong Kong's quiet sibling forever

Illustration: Henry Wong Niall Fraser

Earlier this month, Beijing official Li Gang described Macau as a place where if you don't like the Basic Law you will be "despised like a rat on the street".

20 Dec 2014 - 3:37am 4 comments

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World

Rand Paul (left) and Marco Rubio clash over Cuba policy. U.S. POLITICS

Republican hopefuls Paul and Rubio clash over Cuba policy

Two of the Republican Party's top White House hopefuls have clashed sharply over US President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy.

21 Dec 2014 - 6:13am

Property

The government aims to raise the new housing target to 480,000 from 470,000 over the next 10 years. Photo: Dickson Lee LAND SUPPLY

Land supply for private homes to exceed target by 10pc

Land supply for new homes in the private sector will not only beat estimates for the first time since Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying took office in 2012, but is also set to exceed the target by 10 per cent.

20 Dec 2014 - 6:58am 1 comment
Lang Lang took liberties with Mozart. Photo: SMP

It's Mozart, but not as we know it, from Chinese pianist Lang Lang

Performing mimicry and tai chi while hitting all the right notes on the keyboard - that was showman Lang Lang at his best.

21 Dec 2014 - 5:13am

Spinal Tap find real life as a spoof

21 Dec 2014

Philip Glass' Etudes composed for posterity

21 Dec 2014
Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for Cornish hens, roasted or deep-fried

Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for Cornish hens, roasted or deep-fried

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

20 Dec 2014 - 11:51pm

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

18 Dec 2014 1 comment

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

20 Dec 2014
Participants in the Slow Life Symposium at the Soneva Fushi resort in the Maldives last month. Photos: Slow Life Foundation

How to temper capitalism for a more sustainable world

The human race is running out of time as climate change threatens to spiral out of control. Solutions are forthcoming at this year's Slow Life Symposium, but are they radical enough, asks Mark Footer.

20 Dec 2014 - 11:51pm

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21 Dec 2014

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16 Dec 2014

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Sport

City's David Silva celebrates after scoring against Crystal Palace in their English Premier League match at Etihad Stadium. Photo: Reuters

David Silva steps up as Manchester City claw back Chelsea

David Silva filled in for Manchester City's absent strikers as the champions beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday to move level on points with English Premier League leaders Chelsea.

21 Dec 2014 - 1:41am More on English Premier League 2014/15

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21 Dec 2014 - 12:42am

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