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Russia’s economic troubles could last two years: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow. Photo: AP

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia’s economy would rebound after the rouble’s collapse against the dollar but warned that it could take two years for the country to emerge from crisis.

Thursday, 18 December, 2014, 6:21pm

Taiwan considers releasing jailed former president for medical treatment

Former president Chen Shui-bian pictured in 2009 as he is led into detention. His supporters have threatened to go on hunger strike if he is not formally released from prison. Photo: AP

A senior Ministry of Justice official in Taiwan has said it is considering releasing former president Chen Shui-bian from prison to receive medical treatment.

18 Dec 2014 - 2:30pm More on Taiwan Country Report

Beijing official tells Hong Kong delegation to ‘contemplate’ relationship with mainland

Wang Guangya told a Hong Kong delegation that he hoped they would reflect on what happened during Occupy Central. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hongkongers should contemplate the “one country, two systems” policy and the city’s relationship with the mainland, Beijing’s official responsible for Hong Kong affairs told a delegation from the city.

18 Dec 2014 - 3:46pm 24 comments

China says Russia can sort out current economic woes that triggered slump in rouble

Qin Gang, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, says China believes Russia has the strength to overcome its economic difficulties. Photo: Kyodo

China was preparing to flex its financial strength over the economic crisis in Russia as it closely watched how the slump of the Russian rouble affected their cooperation, mainland analysts have said.

18 Dec 2014 - 10:32pm

Twelve charged over Taiwan gas blasts disaster

Rescue workers at the scene of the explosions in Kaohsiung. Among the people charged is the head of the gas pipeline operator. Photo: AFP

Prosecutors said deadly gas explosions in Taiwan earlier this year were caused by multiple human errors as they charged 12 people over the blasts, including the head of a chemical company and government officials.

18 Dec 2014 - 5:16pm

Grandfather of boy, 8, with HIV defends signing petition to have him banished from village

Kunkun, an eight-year-old Chinese HIV sufferer, watches as residents sign a petition calling for him to be banished from Xichong village, in Sichuan province. Photo: Screenshot

The grandfather of an eight-year-old Chinese boy with HIV says he had no choice but to sign a petition backed by 200 residents calling for the boy to be banished.

18 Dec 2014 - 4:14pm 6 comments

China Resources’ vice-president Jiang Wei latest executive to be implicated in corruption probe

Jiang Wei, China Resources’ vice-president, is the latest executive at the state-owned conglomerate to be implicated in corruption. Photo: SCMP

A vice-president of state-owned conglomerate China Resources (Holdings) has been in detention for at least a month as part of a graft investigation, a source and mainland media reports said.

18 Dec 2014 - 7:43am More on China Resources (Holdings)

Occupy Central founders vow to keep fighting for democracy in Hong Kong

From left: Reverend Chu Yiu-Ming, Dr Chan Kin-man and Benny Tai Yiu-ting. Photo: May Tse New

Occupy Central founders vowed to keep fighting for a democratic Hong Kong – starting by pushing lawmakers to veto the government’s political reform proposal next year.

18 Dec 2014 - 1:10pm 46 comments More on Occupy Central

Chinese prosecutors charge former mayor of Nanjing with accepting ‘massive bribes’

Ji Jianye is one of the highest-ranking officials to be caught by the anti-corruption drive launched by President Xi Jinping. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Ji Jianye -  accused of using his Communist Party and government positions to receive massive bribes - is one of the highest-ranking officials caught in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive.

17 Dec 2014 - 7:43pm 1 comment More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Homing in on an age-old tradition, rich Chinese send pigeon prices soaring

A pigeon is displayed during an auction in Beijing. Photo: AFP

As the price flew skywards, an audience of middle-aged Chinese men erupted into cheers before the auctioneer slammed his hammer down at a record-breaking 2 million yuan – US$320,000.

18 Dec 2014 - 2:23pm 1 comment

For China’s anti-corruption crackdown, Fridays and weekends are good days for big news

China's Communist Party’s top anti-graft agency has revealed that Fridays and the weekend are officially good days for revealing big news about corrupt senior officials.

18 Dec 2014 - 5:13pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

China censors nine-year-old boy's letter saying President Xi Jinping should lose weight

A report on a nine-year-old boy's suggestion that President Xi Jinping lose some weight was pulled from major news websites after going viral in China.

18 Dec 2014 - 9:27am 23 comments More on Xi Jinping
The balloon lies on the ground after the emergency landing in which nine other tourists were injured, one seriously. Photos: SCMP

Chinese tourist dies in balloon fall in Cappadocia, Turkey

18 Dec 2014 - 7:37am
President Xi Jinping proved popular in Africa, Eastern Europe and parts of Asia, according to the survey, but not in Japan and Vietnam.  China is embroiled in territorial disputes with its two near neighbours. Photo: Xinhua

Xi Jinping ‘most popular world leader’, says poll

18 Dec 2014 - 4:44pm 4 comments
A poster for the movie The Interview is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theatre, on Wednesday, in Atlanta. Photo: AP

Sony cancels ‘The Interview’ after hackers threaten violence at cinemas

18 Dec 2014 - 9:12pm
The winning photo by Brian Yen. Click to enlarge.

Hongkonger wins National Geographic world photo contest with Ocean Park snap

18 Dec 2014 - 3:05pm
A couple dance at Tiantan Park in Beijing. Photos: China Foto Press, Imaginechina

The dancing damas: China's 'square dancers' take society by storm

18 Dec 2014 - 1:00pm
Galaxy Entertainment Group's shares suffered the most, dropping 8.2pc. Photo: AP

Macau watchdog to meet bankers over dirty-money crackdown

18 Dec 2014 - 8:27am 1 comment
ICAC headquarters in North Point. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong graft investigators swoop on unit of Chinese finance giant Guotai Junan

18 Dec 2014 - 7:23am 1 comment
Long-awaited proposals for the reform and modernisation of agriculture in China are due to be discussed by policy officials next week. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese ministries 'may have watered down' plans for farming reform and modernisation

18 Dec 2014 - 2:15pm
A child eats while tethered to a tree with rope in the shelter's backyard. Photos: Weibo

Chinese homeless shelter ties mentally ill boy to tree to 'stop him running around'

17 Dec 2014 - 3:42pm 1 comment
US President Barack Obama (left) greets Cuba's President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service last December. Photo: Reuters

US and Cuba restart relations in historic shift after 53 years of acrimony

18 Dec 2014 - 10:15am 6 comments

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Activists wearing masks depicting political leaders perform at a demonstration to demand cuts in global emissions during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima. Photo: Reuters

Time to get serious about meaningful climate pact

18 Dec 2014 - 7:54am
Eating healthy means staying healthy

Eating healthy means staying healthy

18 Dec 2014 - 8:03am

Today's Poll

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Insight

The logic behind China's anti-corruption drive

Beijing sees the anti-corruption campaign as an operation to restore the badly damaged political legitimacy of a Confucian state. LANXIN XIANG

The arrest of former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang on corruption charges has been received with widespread scepticism in the West.

18 Dec 2014 - 8:22pm

Focus

Russian economy takes a hammering amid falling oil prices and a sinking rouble

Illustration: Sarene Chan AP

The rouble is plummeting. Russians are queueing outside shops looking to buy something - anything - in order to empty their wallets of the currency. And now Russia's financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders.

18 Dec 2014 - 8:17am

Harry's View

China

The end of the internal inquiry into the former security tsar Zhou Yongkang was officially announced on the stroke on midnight on the first Saturday of this month. Photo: Reuters ANTI-CORRUPTION CRACKDOWN

For China’s anti-corruption crackdown, Fridays and weekends are good days for big news

China's Communist Party’s top anti-graft agency has revealed that Fridays and the weekend are officially good days for revealing big news about corrupt senior officials.

18 Dec 2014 - 5:13pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Asia

Militants, who the Pakistan Taliban said had attacked the Army Public School in Pehawar on Tuesday, pose with weapons. Photo: Reuters PAKISTAN

‘Watch as your loved ones die’: Survivors recall Pakistani school attack horror

Taliban gunmen who stormed a school in northwest Pakistan toyed with captive students by suggesting some could be let go before lining them up and gunning them down in front of their classmates, according to a new account by survivors.

18 Dec 2014 - 10:58pm

World

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow. Photo: AP

Russia’s economic troubles could last two years: Putin

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia’s economy would rebound after the rouble’s collapse against the dollar but warned that it could take two years for the country to emerge from crisis.

18 Dec 2014 - 6:21pm

Property

Shenzhen leads market rebound PRICES

Shenzhen leads rebound in China new home market

The pickup in new home prices firmed last month with an improvement in sales volume, the latest SCMP-Creda index showed, indicating signs of a market recovery following a flurry of policy support.

17 Dec 2014 - 11:57am
Film review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Film review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

The first Night at the Museum came out in 2006, which was followed by the less memorable sequel Battle of the Smithsonian three years later. And now, it looks like this fantasy adventure-comedy series directed by Shawn Levy will come to a close with Secret of the Tomb.

18 Dec 2014 - 5:39pm

Secret Walls has street artists battle it out

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Two years after their Clockenflap debut, Bastille go from strength to strength

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

Christmas is no holiday for chefs. If they're not working in restaurant kitchens, they're probably cooking for friends and family at home.

18 Dec 2014 - 6:20pm 1 comment More on LIFE

Quest by Que in Wan Chai has new take on Vietnamese cuisine

17 Dec 2014

Special winter menus all around Hong Kong, and 7-star Michelin chef to come

17 Dec 2014
Smartphone app Waze is blamed by some LA residents for morning traffic jams in their once quiet neighbourhood. Photo: Screenshot

Smartphone app being used to beat LA traffic angers freeway's neighbours

When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled.

16 Dec 2014 - 10:35am

Android accessing personal data in phones, Hong Kong's privacy watchdog warns

16 Dec 2014 4 comments

The new shape-shifters: pluripotent stem cells

14 Dec 2014

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Sport

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I want to see squash at 2020 Tokyo Olympics, says Hong Kong sports chief Timothy Fok

Hong Kong sports chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting will give his full backing to squash's bid to reach the Olympics after the International Olympic Committee decided to increase the number of events for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

19 Dec 2014 - 12:00am
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Wada opts not to appeal against 'hush-hush' China ban on Olympic swimming ace Sun Yang

The World Anti-Doping agency said on Wednesday it will not appeal against a three-month ban imposed against China’s controversial double Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang, but will warn China over the case.

18 Dec 2014 - 10:51am

Djokovic and Williams top ITF awards

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