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Beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto condemned

Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, speaks of her son's death. Photo: Kyodo Update

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described as "heinous and despicable" the apparent beheading of a second Japanese hostage by Islamic State (IS), as global leaders denounced the jihadis.

Monday, 2 February, 2015, 1:25am 10 comments

Hundreds of Xinjiang officials probed over their loyalty, not for corruption

Jiang Zhaoyong, a Beijing-based ethnic affairs expert, says in one way or another the 300-odd officials have threatened the safety of the Communist Party.

The authorities in Xinjiang investigated 355 Communist Party cadres for breaches of party political discipline last year, a six-fold increase over 2013, in a greater attempt to root out disloyal members.

2 Feb 2015 - 1:46am

More news leaks point to China's plans for second aircraft carrier

China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, could be joined by more, according to online mainland reports. Photo: AP

News that China is building its second aircraft carrier leaked out again on the weekend, once more through official civilian channels before the reports were pulled.

2 Feb 2015 - 4:14am

China's top new eco-warrior faces uphill environmental battle

The Ministry of Environmental Protection long resisted making data about PM2.5 pollutants available to the public. Photo: Reuters

There were high hopes for Zhou Shengxian in late 2005 when he was named head of the then State Environmental Protection Administration.

2 Feb 2015 - 4:18am

Surprising plant survivors in Three Gorges Dam 'death zone'

Scientists studying the impact of the Three Gorges Dam found more biodiversity in the flood area than they expected. Photo: Xinhua

Five years ago, as a team from the Wuhan Botanical Garden embarked on a study of environmental impacts of the massive Three Gorges Dam, they made a startling discovery.

2 Feb 2015 - 4:23am

Former Minsheng Banking chief Mao Xiaofeng 'had links to wives of fallen leaders

Mao Xiaofeng resigned as president of China Minsheng Banking Corp for 'personal reasons'. Photo: Reuters

The wives of two disgraced state leaders had links to a former bank chief who was taken away by graft-busters last week, mainland media reported.

2 Feb 2015 - 4:17am

Food safety tops China's rural agenda

Agriculture accounted for 9.2 per cent of gross domestic product last year. Photo: Xinhua

The central government pledged in a key policy document on Sunday to address food safety and modernise agriculture while raising the income of growers, as it sought to address concerns about future food supply.

2 Feb 2015 - 4:25am

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the IMF, goes on trial on pimping charges

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: A mighty fall from grace

Power can be a heady aphrodisiac and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, when chief of the International Monetary Fund and about to run for French president, had plenty of it.

2 Feb 2015 - 2:00am More on Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Greece just posturing over China's interest in Piraeus port: analysts

Greece's largest port in Piraeus, which Cosco has bid for. Photo: AFP

The shipping containers emblazoned with the Cosco logo on the quayside at Greece's biggest port Piraeus are a sign that China has invested heavily here.

2 Feb 2015 - 1:46am

Rich Chinese among foreigners snapping up homes in Portugal

Rich Chinese among foreigners snapping up homes in Portugal

Portugal's property market continues to expand at double digit rates thanks to foreign buyers, including China's new rich, despite a graft scandal over visas used to lure in rich non-Europeans.

2 Feb 2015 - 5:30am

Alibaba sets up HK$1b fund to help young Hong Kong entrepreneurs

The controversy-hit Alibaba Group announced it would set up a HK$1 billion fund to support young Hong Kong entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses on its platforms.

2 Feb 2015 - 1:46am More on Alibaba

Hong Kong democracy movement back on road, but turnout down

Update

Turnout for the first major pro-democracy march of the post-Occupy era fell well short of expectations - but organisers rejected suggestions people were growing less determined about the fight for democracy.

2 Feb 2015 - 6:14am 27 comments
A Thai soldier takes pictures of members of the media, who are feeling more threatened by laws aimed at restricting their work. Photo: AFP

Thailand's laws being used more often to silence journalists

2 Feb 2015 - 4:29am
A video image of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. Photo: AP

Kenji Goto, Japanese journalist killed by Islamic militants, was driven to tell the story of society's vulnerable

2 Feb 2015 - 4:50am
Journalist Peter Greste was deported to Australia.

Egypt releases Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste after more than year in jail

2 Feb 2015 - 4:59am
A Syrian Kurdish sniper looks at the rubble left in Kobani after the fighting and US-led coalition air strikes. Photo: AP

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

2 Feb 2015 - 5:30am
Shadow of Jeroen Dijsselbloem and Alexis Tsipras. Photo: Reuters

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vows country will pay its debts

2 Feb 2015 - 5:30am
Whitney Houston (left) and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Whitney Houston's daughter in a coma after being pulled unconscious from a bathtub

2 Feb 2015 - 5:00am
Tony Abbott's decision to award Australia's highest honour to Prince Philip sparked a barrage of criticism across the country. Photo: EPA

Shock state election rout piles pressure on Australian PM Tony Abbott

2 Feb 2015 - 5:03am 1 comment
Italian leader Sergio Mattarella

Italy's new president, Sergio Mattarella: a quiet man marked by tragedy

2 Feb 2015 - 5:30am
Richard von Weizsaecker (left) with Ronald Reagan, (centre) and then-West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt in West Berlin. Photo: AP

Richard von Weizsaecker, German president who helped nation face Nazi past, dies at 85

2 Feb 2015 - 5:30am
Firefighters battle the fire that damaged more than one million rare documents. Photo: AFP

Fire at Moscow library destroys rare texts in cultural 'Chernobyl'

2 Feb 2015 - 5:30am

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Flourishing luxury car market edging out China’s cheaper domestic brands

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Leader

Hong Kong's young professionals must get on right track, or lose out

Hong Kong's young professionals must get on right track, or lose out

2 Feb 2015 - 6:20am
China's new circuit court a step in the right direction

China's new circuit court a step in the right direction

2 Feb 2015 - 6:20am

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30 Jan 2015
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Insight

Provoking China on South China Sea issues is a dangerous tactic

Cornering China could have dire consequences for the region. More vision and wisdom are needed by all concerned. MARK VALENCIA

The governments of the Philippines, Vietnam and the US have, in recent months, lashed out at China over its behaviour in the South China Sea.

2 Feb 2015 - 5:01am 1 comment

Focus

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the IMF, goes on trial on pimping charges

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: A mighty fall from grace AFP

Power can be a heady aphrodisiac and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, when chief of the International Monetary Fund and about to run for French president, had plenty of it.

2 Feb 2015 - 2:00am

Harry's View

Hong Kong

Thousands of pro-democracy campaigners unfurled yellow umbrellas for yesterday's march - but many stayed away. Photo: Felix Wong POLITICS

Hong Kong democracy movement back on road, but turnout down

Update

Turnout for the first major pro-democracy march of the post-Occupy era fell well short of expectations - but organisers rejected suggestions people were growing less determined about the fight for democracy.

2 Feb 2015 - 6:14am 27 comments

China

Jiang Zhaoyong, a Beijing-based ethnic affairs expert, says in one way or another the 300-odd officials have threatened the safety of the Communist Party. POLITICS

Hundreds of Xinjiang officials probed over their loyalty, not for corruption

The authorities in Xinjiang investigated 355 Communist Party cadres for breaches of party political discipline last year, a six-fold increase over 2013, in a greater attempt to root out disloyal members.

2 Feb 2015 - 1:46am

China Insider

Two homeless men in Hefei, which saw snow at the weekend,  asked a local shelter to buy them rail tickets to tropical Hainan to spend the winter. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Phone scammer took millions from rural elderly over five years

2 Feb 2015
Three people died when a bus crashed on the way from Guangzhou to Leizhou. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: three dead, 10 injured in Guangzhou bus crash

31 Jan 2015
The endangered South China tiger cub, which is now feeding normally at a zoo in Jiangxi province after a breeder was found to have repeatedly hit the cub. Photo: Chinanews.com CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: endangered South China tiger cub nursed back to health after abuse at zoo

30 Jan 2015 1 comment
The bullhead shark suddenly appeared among the colourful balloons as a PLA Navy gunner was about to pull trigger. Photo: PLA Navy MILITARY

Don’t shoot! Curious bullhead shark halts China military exercise

29 Jan 2015 7 comments
President Xi Jinping is targeting corruption in state enterprises. Photo: Reuters Anti-corruption

China launches massive suicide survey after party officials’ deaths during graft crackdown

29 Jan 2015 2 comments
More than 80,000 visitors went to Beijing's Palace Museum on 42 days last year. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing’s Palace Museum to limit visitors to 80,000 a day over security fears

28 Jan 2015
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

Business

The official PMI reading dropped to 49.8 in January.Photo: Reuters MANUFACTURING

China's factory sector shrinks for first time in more than 2 years, PMI survey shows

New

The mainland's factory sector unexpectedly shrank for the first time in more than two years last month and firms see more gloom ahead, an official survey showed, raising expectations that policymakers will take more action to forestall a sharper slowdown.

1 Feb 2015 - 9:15pm
PROPERTY

Shui On Land plans to speed up the sale of up to 57b yuan in assets

Highly geared Shui On Land plans to accelerate the sale of up to 57 billion yuan (HK$71.5 billion) of assets - almost half the mainland-focused developer's portfolio - to boost cash flow amid more challenging fundraising options for the industry.

2 Feb 2015 - 12:46am

Property

Uncertainty surrounds a number of Kaisa property projects after home sales in Shenzhen were blocked by the city government. Photo: Reuters

Developer Sunac China plans to buy Kaisa sites in Shanghai

New

Sunac China plans to acquire four residential and commercial development sites in Shanghai from troubled property developer Kaisa for a total of 2.37 billion yuan (HK$2.93 billion), it said yesterday.

1 Feb 2015 - 10:29pm
Double D's ad has drawn mixed reactions. Photo: SCMP

Dirty and decadent: Double D burger joint to go head to head with Hooters

Just days after US chain Hooters announced plans to open in Hong Kong, a local restaurant group wants to beat it to the punch, using sex appeal to sell hamburgers.

1 Feb 2015 - 7:56am 2 comments

Chateau Mouton Rothschild auction brings in HK$32 million

1 Feb 2015 1 comment

Chef Martin Berasategui on the joy of cooking and his seven Michelin stars

31 Jan 2015
The quartz tuning fork.

Chinese scientists develop low-cost quartz 'super watch' technology

Don't throw out your old quartz watch - with a slight tweak it could soon be accurate enough to guide a cruise missile, according to a new study by Chinese scientists.

1 Feb 2015 - 8:12am 2 comments

Scientific researchers push for sharing data and greater transparency in experiments

1 Feb 2015

We're no competition for ideology when it's disguised as science

1 Feb 2015

Magazines

Sport

Novak Djokovic celebrates after victory in his men's singles final against Britain's Andy Murray at Melbourne Park. Photo: AFP TENNIS

Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win fifth Australian Open crown

World number one Novak Djokovic won a fifth Australian Open title and his eighth grand slam yesterday, grinding down Andy Murray in four gruelling sets to heap more misery on the Scot

2 Feb 2015 - 12:29am More on Australian Open 2015

Magazines

Sabriye Tenberken, who lost her sight as a child, with students at the school for the blind she founded in Lhasa, Tibet.

World Blind Union campaigns for access to digital world

The recent World Blind Union conference held at Cyberport highlighted how the digital divide is holding back the visually impaired. Sarah Lazarus speaks to six delegates who are driving social change.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:34pm

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