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Apple’s quarterly profit hits record US$18 billion on ‘staggering’ iPhone sales

Customers shop in a newly opened Apple Store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo: Xinhua New

Apple’s quarterly profit rocketed to a corporate record US$18 billion at the end of last year on booming sales of big-screen iPhone models, especially in China.

Wednesday, 28 January, 2015, 8:04pm More on Apple

Thirteen judges sworn in as China launches country’s first circuit court in Shenzhen

Judges of China's first circuit court in Shenzhen are sworn in on Wednesday morning. Photo: Chinanews.com New

A new circuit court – the first of its kind in China – has been set up in Shenzhen as part of the country’s efforts to promote judicial independence and reduce interference by party officials.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:28pm 2 comments

China's tourist turn-offs: visitor numbers down thanks to rising yuan, pollution and visa issues

Tourism experts on the mainland say the slowdown of inbound tourism was to be expected after years of rapid growth since the early 1980s. Photo: Reuters

While a record number of Chinese travelled overseas in 2014, spending hundreds of billions of US dollars, the country's inbound tourism suffered another year-on-year decline.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:34pm 23 comments More on Focus

Brash and impatient, perhaps, but that’s how Taipei residents prefer their new mayor

Ko Wen-je, centre, Taipei's outspoken new mayor, on the night of his election win on November 29. Photo: CNA

Some call him a loose cannon due to his frequent slips of the tongue, but to others he is a godsend who can finally revamp Taipei.

28 Jan 2015 - 4:23pm

Chinese rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s criticism of Communist Party used to indict him

Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang is likely to face a lengthy jail term. Photo: EPA New

But Pu’s lawyer argues that the commentaries fall into the domain of free speech and should not constitute crimes

28 Jan 2015 - 3:01pm 1 comment

Neighbours’ homes collapse after Chinese official digs huge illegal basement

The ground in the Hou Hai historical area in central Beijing caved in, leaving a 15x5 metre hole. Photo: News.sina.com.cn New

Construction of the 18-metre-deep structure within historical buildings was stopped by authorities in July, but workers resumed digging soon after

28 Jan 2015 - 4:29pm 3 comments

Hong Kong a ‘major concern’ for Beijing that must be ‘respected earnestly’, PLA officer tells US defence official

Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the PLA, right, greets Vincent Brooks, Commanding General of the US Army Pacific, in Beijing on January 15. Photo: Reuters

A high-ranking PLA officer has told a visiting senior US defence official that Hong Kong was among Beijing’s “core interests and key concerns,” the PLA Daily reported.

28 Jan 2015 - 7:16pm

Taiwan shuffles top military officials as defence minister makes way for new blood

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou speaks to soldiers. The reshuffle, which takes effect on Friday, will see the miltary's next generation of leaders take on new roles. Photo: AFP New

The move sees promotions and new roles for the military’s next generation of leaders

28 Jan 2015 - 6:01pm

Communist cadres in Tibet punished for helping Dalai Lama

The Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, pictured after a snowfall on January 9. Photo: Xinhua

Fifteen Communist Party officials in Tibet joined underground independence organisations, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama and his supporters or participated in activities deemed harmful to China’s security, a party agency said on Wednesday.

28 Jan 2015 - 4:28pm 2 comments

Military command in Shanxi comes under anti-corruption spotlight

Shanxi Governor Li Xiaopeng, son of former premier Li Peng, will deliver his annual report to the provincial legislature today. Photo: SCMP Photos

The military command of energy-rich Shanxi could follow the provincial government in becoming the new focus of China’s massive anti-graft campaign, according to a state-owned political magazine.

28 Jan 2015 - 10:44am

China blasted for taking ‘bullying approach’ towards Japan with military parade

The expert also suggested that Beijing would be aiming to get the message further afield than just Japan.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:19pm 12 comments

China releases damning report on Alibaba over fake, substandard goods

The war of words between mainland’s largest online shopping site and the state commercial regulator escalated today after the authority released its full report on the failure of Taobao.com to ban substandard products.

28 Jan 2015 - 6:31pm 2 comments
McDonald's have applied to open a cafe in the former residence of Kuomintang leader Chiang Ching-kuo on Beishan Road, Hangzhou. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Huangzhou residents in two minds over McDonald’s outlet at historic Chiang Ching-kuo residence

28 Jan 2015 - 4:39pm 1 comment
President Xi Jinping meets members of the People's Liberation Army. Xi has urged top PLA officers to set an example for both the military and the public. Photo: Xinhua

China’s army must strictly obey Xi Jinping’s orders: PLA Daily

28 Jan 2015 - 2:32pm
Baidu and 361 Degrees have teamed up to launch a line of children's sneakers with built in GPS trackers.

Every step you take: Baidu teams up to sell kids’ shoes with built-in GPS trackers

28 Jan 2015 - 4:38pm
Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says the outbreak has been brought under control.

Measles outbreak hits Beijing office building, prompting emergency vaccinations

28 Jan 2015 - 6:24pm
People watch the Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver. Photo: Reuters

Chinese millionaires given just two weeks in scramble for Canada investor visas

28 Jan 2015 - 1:53pm 5 comments
US President Barack Obama gives a speech at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. Photo: Xinhua

US President Barack Obama's India trip is a 'message to China', say analysts

28 Jan 2015 - 7:07pm 12 comments
Exhausted student activists rest during the 1978 Golden Jubilee sit-in (left). In 2014, teenagers in school uniforms were again on the streets of Hong Kong during the Umbrella Movement protests. Photos: Yu Chung-yin/SCMP and AFP

How Hong Kong's history helps explain the Umbrella Movement and Vancouver’s activist evangelicals

28 Jan 2015 - 4:58pm
Apple CEO Tim Cook visits an iPhone production line at a Foxconn facility in China in 2012. Foxconn denied reports it is cutting its labour force. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple supplier Foxconn denies report it is cutting 1.3 million work force

28 Jan 2015 - 10:46am 1 comment
The management of Guangzhou Meijoy Best E-Commerce store have been inundated with customers since it opened on January 23. Photo: SCMP

New Guangzhou duty free shop to stop over-the-counter sales as staff struggle with huge crowds

28 Jan 2015 - 5:12am 4 comments
With the epidemic adding a huge burden to public hospitals, staff are trying their best to group flu patients in the same medical wards. Photo: David Wong

Flu kills 8 Hong Kong patients in one day, as infection rate hits 5-year high

28 Jan 2015 - 10:48am 6 comments

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Pay rises alone cannot end public-sector graft in China

Pay rises alone cannot end public-sector graft in China

28 Jan 2015 - 8:08am 1 comment
Marathon puts HK on world map

Marathon puts HK on world map

28 Jan 2015 - 12:18pm 1 comment

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Insight

Welcome focus on Hong Kong women's uphill struggles

The government at least recognises the importance of creating brighter prospects for women and girls from all walks of life. SU-MEI THOMPSON

The recent policy address touches on many issues that local women's groups have been working to address. These include turning a gender lens on policymaking, helping women carers stay in the workforce and empowering women in poverty to be more economically self-reliant.

28 Jan 2015 - 7:29pm

Focus

China's tourist turn-offs: visitor numbers down thanks to rising yuan, pollution and visa issues

Tourism experts on the mainland say the slowdown of inbound tourism was to be expected after years of rapid growth since the early 1980s. Photo: Reuters Amy Li

While a record number of Chinese travelled overseas in 2014, spending hundreds of billions of US dollars, the country's inbound tourism suffered another year-on-year decline.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:34pm 23 comments

Harry's View

China Insider

Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says the outbreak has been brought under control. HEALTH

Measles outbreak hits Beijing office building, prompting emergency vaccinations

28 Jan 2015
Beijing police warned women in 2013 not to wear miniskirts, hot pants or skimpy clothing in the summer to avoid sexual harassment. Photo: Reuters CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing advisers call for women-only carriages to fight sexual harassment

27 Jan 2015
The photo shows a policeman lifted a woman by the collar and threw her on the pavement as dozens of fellow officers watched. SOCIETY

Police in three Chinese provinces take heat after ‘brutality’ images surface online

28 Jan 2015
Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff HEALTH

Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff

27 Jan 2015
The diners are seen walking out of the seafood restaurant in this photo taken by Southern Metropolis Daily. MEDIA

Chinese police officials suspended after allegedly assaulting journalists at 'secretive' banquet

27 Jan 2015
Workmen tried twice - and failed both times - to fill a large hole that kept appearing in the street beside a building in Deshengmen Inner Street, Beijing early on Saturday. Photo: China News CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: residents' underground digging sparks Beijing night road collapse

27 Jan 2015
Hell bank notes, used as offerings to the dead, can sometimes resemble the real thing late at night. Photo: SCMP Pictures SOCIETY

Taxi passenger suffers heart attack after being given ‘hell bank note’ in change

26 Jan 2015 1 comment
Smoke billows from the chimney of a factory in Foshan, which recorded Guangdong province's worst air quality in last year's final quarter. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Foshan’s air quality worst in Guangdong during final quarter of last year

25 Jan 2015
A man bumped into his former girlfriend recently but but the reunion quickly turned sour when he demanded she return his SIM card, which she then swallowed. Photo: Bloomberg Around the nation

Around the nation: Woman swallows ex-boyfriend's SIM card during row

23 Jan 2015
A lesbian Chinese couple kiss for the cameras outside a marriage registry office after being turned away. Some lesbians are opting to marry gay 'beards' to ease social pressure and discrimination. Photo: EPA LGBT RIGHTS

Seeking a lesbian wife: pressured Chinese gays turn to online dating for ‘cooperative marriage’

23 Jan 2015 6 comments
The Chinese man who surprised commuters by riding on the Beijing subway with a "watermelon head mask" appeared to be drunk. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: 'Melon head' man spotted on metro in China - and taken away by police

23 Jan 2015
A man high on drugs thought he was proposing to popular Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (pictured), but it turned out to be his colleague. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Hallucinating Chinese man proposes to 'Fan Bingbing' - or so he thinks

22 Jan 2015
Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video Animal Care

Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video

22 Jan 2015
Diners visiting a new restaurant in Shenyang, Liaoning, have a winter-only option of being serving in an igloo. The interior is heated enough to prevent diners from freezing, but not so warm to melt the surroundings. Photo: SCMP Pictures Around the nation

Around the nation: Shenyang restaurant offers winter dining in an igloo

21 Jan 2015

Property

Aloysius Lee, the chief executive of South Beach Consortium, is on a road show in the region to promote South Beach hotel. Photo: Nora Tam HOSPITALITY

CDL launches campaign to woo Hong Kong and mainland China tourists

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City Developments Ltd (CDL), a major developer in Singapore, is launching an aggressive push to market its joint-venture luxury hotel to lure travellers from Hong Kong.

28 Jan 2015 - 6:43pm
C-SUITE

CDL's Aloysius Lee gears up for next challenge after steering S$3 billion project in Singapore

New

Five years ago, Aloysius Lee Tse-sang returned to Singapore from Hong Kong after serving as chief executive of South Beach Consortium, a joint venture formed by City Developments Ltd (CDL) and other parties to head a S$3 billion (HK$17.3 billion) hotel-office-residential-retail development projec

28 Jan 2015 - 6:46pm
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ANTI-HERO: Jake Gyllenhaal plays thief-turned-reporter Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler.

Nightcrawler - the American dream at its most warped

Rene Russo smiles. "The odds are against this movie, and we still can't believe that it happened at all," she says.

27 Jan 2015 - 4:12pm 1 comment

How Taiwanese pianist Chen Ruei-bin has struck a chord with Hong Kong

27 Jan 2015

Wang Jianwei's artwork Time Temple is inspired by quantum physics

27 Jan 2015
Djiboutii in Landale Street, Wan Chai. Photos: Jonathan Wong

Bar review: Djiboutii - a taste of East Africa in Wan Chai

Venture into the "Horn of Wan Chai" for an East Africa-themed night of exotic cocktails.

28 Jan 2015 - 6:51pm

Head chef of Chez Patrick is back, opening La Table de Patrick in Central

27 Jan 2015

Vicky Lau, Asia's Best Female Chef 2015, not afraid to experiment

24 Jan 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook visits an iPhone production line at a Foxconn facility in China in 2012. Foxconn denied reports it is cutting its labour force. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple supplier Foxconn denies report it is cutting 1.3 million work force

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Taiwanese electronics manufacturer and Apple supplier Foxconn Technology Group has denied reports that it plans to shrink its 1.3 million work force, one of the largest in the world.

28 Jan 2015 - 10:46am 1 comment More on Apple

Motorola marks return to China with new smartphone models

28 Jan 2015 1 comment

Taobao cries foul over study's claim that it sells fake, substandard goods

28 Jan 2015 2 comments

Magazines

Sport

An accident? Diego Costa lands on Martin Skrtel, one of two stamping incidents for which he might be retrospectively punished. Photo: Reuters ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP

Chelsea reach League Cup final as Diego Costa stamps his authority on Liverpool

Chelsea’s Diego Costa has quickly become a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge but his fiery temper could have earned him a red card after two stamping incidents in their League Cup semi-final with Liverpool on Tuesday.

28 Jan 2015 - 6:58pm

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