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Thousands of tourists evacuated as tropical storm Fung-Wong hits southern Taiwan

Tropical storm Fung-Wong, which left 10 dead in the Philippines, on Sunday pounded Taiwan with torrential downpours and strong winds, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights and ferry services.

Sunday, 21 September, 2014, 3:46pm

Alibaba surges past Facebook in storming stockmarket debut

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba surpassed Facebook by market capitalisation on its first day as a public company right from the minute it started trading.

21 Sep 2014 - 11:10am 2 comments More on Alibaba

'No regrets': Li Na signs off on tennis career before tearful Chinese journalists

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Pioneering tennis star Li Na said today that she has “no regrets” about her decision to retire in an emotional news conference that saw one Chinese journalist break down in tears.

21 Sep 2014 - 4:58pm 1 comment

Illegal gambling sites will not be blocked in Hong Kong, says regulator

Hong Kong has ruled out Singapore-style measures to stifle the multibillion-dollar online gambling business, amid growing fears internationally about connections to organised crime.

21 Sep 2014 - 8:54am 3 comments

Microsoft postpones release of Xbox One in mainland China

Microsoft, the US tech giant targeted in an anti-monopoly probe by Beijing, is delaying the release of its much-anticipated Xbox One game console on the mainland until the end of the year.

21 Sep 2014 - 5:29am 1 comment More on Microsoft

Hulking Filipino player 'Extra Rice' hungry to beat Pacquiao on boxer's basketball debut

Manny Pacquiao will receive no special treatment on his first foray into professional basketball, a rival player has vowed, as the Philippine boxing superstar struggles with a hectic training schedule for both sports.

21 Sep 2014 - 7:11pm

Rude drivers and filthy taxis: cabbies named and shamed in Macau

Macau's growing taxi problem has given rise to a name-and-shame Facebook page with more than 2,000 members sharing their horror stories.

21 Sep 2014 - 9:17am 10 comments More on Macau

Rock star nun: how Nepal's rebel with a cause became an unlikely sensation

Ani Choying Drolma tells Bibek Bhandari about escaping a traumatic childhood to blaze her own trail as a world-famous singer and a philanthropist.

21 Sep 2014 - 10:57am

White House intruder was carrying a knife, US reveals

The Texas man arrested on Friday for charging at the White House was armed with a knife when he climbed a fence and made it into the executive mansion.

21 Sep 2014 - 4:28pm 1 comment

China seizes 88 fugitives in overseas 'fox hunt' for financial criminals

China’s police ministry said 88 fugitives wanted on charges of corruption and other economic offences have been extradited or surrendedered from the US and other countries in the midst of an anti-graft crackdown

21 Sep 2014 - 3:12pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Hong Kong government making more requests for Google to hand over user data

Hong Kong authorities have become more active in requesting access to individuals' Google accounts.

21 Sep 2014 - 9:12am 11 comments More on Google

Hong Kong's back-room bookies go global thanks to online betting

21 Sep 2014 - 9:09am 3 comments

No progress on Sino-Indian border dispute during Xi Jinping visit, analysts say

21 Sep 2014 - 5:29am

China and Japan edging closer to a Xi-Abe meeting at Apec summit

21 Sep 2014 - 6:02am 5 comments

Former leader Tung Chee-hwa plans 'think tank' for Hong Kong development

21 Sep 2014 - 7:03am 42 comments

Role of constitution in spotlight again as party's fourth plenum nears

21 Sep 2014 - 5:29am 2 comments

As China's economy matures, it trades speed for build quality on big projects

21 Sep 2014 - 5:29am 3 comments

Global tax reform plan to crack down on tax avoidance is 'biggest in a century', OECD says

21 Sep 2014 - 3:34am 1 comment

Academic's free educational materials to battle racism

21 Sep 2014 - 5:14am 1 comment

Japanese business leaders visit China to boost economic and political ties

21 Sep 2014 - 5:56am 1 comment

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Investors give Alibaba a huge vote of confidence

21 Sep 2014 - 4:13am

Time to sort out financial arrangements for third runway

21 Sep 2014 - 3:36am 2 comments

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Insight

Investors give Alibaba a huge vote of confidence

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No company projects China's growth story quite like Alibaba. When investors finally got a chance to buy into it through the e-commerce giant's Wall Street debut on Friday, its shares closed at US$93.89 a share, up 38 per cent on the offer price of US$68.

21 Sep 2014 - 4:13am

Focus

Hong Kong's back-room bookies go global thanks to online betting

Bryan Harris

In the Mong Kok flower market, a florist studies his smartphone intently. To the casual passer-by he looks every inch the typical cash-savvy Hong Kong shopkeeper, but a closer look reveals that the man is in search of a cash prize.

21 Sep 2014 - 9:09am 3 comments

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CORRUPTION

China seizes 88 fugitives in overseas 'fox hunt' for financial criminals

China’s police ministry said 88 fugitives wanted on charges of corruption and other economic offences have been extradited or surrendedered from the US and other countries in the midst of an anti-graft crackdown

21 Sep 2014 - 3:12pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

World

LAWSUITS

Families of German MH17 victims to sue Ukraine president over downed flight

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Relatives of German victims of downed flight MH17 plan to sue Ukraine and its president for criminal negligence for not closing the country’s airspace, a lawyer said on Sunday.

21 Sep 2014 - 7:31pm More on Malaysia Airlines flight 17

China Insider

ONE-CHILD POLICY

Families win legal struggle to inherit frozen embryos under one-child policy

20 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 12 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
BUREAUCRACY

Official apologises after photograph shows 'armed' policeman holding his umbrella

18 Sep 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Naked brother-in-law; secrets of news anchor; giant melon: CHINA DIGEST

18 Sep 2014
SEX

Chinese man who had sex with virgin told to pay 30,000 yuan after lying he was single

17 Sep 2014 4 comments
Alibaba

Alibaba’s Jack Ma rejects rumours he’s moving to Hong Kong

17 Sep 2014 3 comments
POLICE

Chinese police force seeks new recruits with Hollywood-style action posters

17 Sep 2014 5 comments
IMMIGRATION

Millionaires plan to leave, the less wealthy strive to stay

17 Sep 2014
CRIME

Singer who left six lovers to die by erotic asphyxiation executed in Hunan

17 Sep 2014 4 comments

Property

IPO FOCUS

Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties seen as safe bet in IPO, analysts say

Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties, seeking to raise up to US$6 billion in a Hong Kong share float that would be the city's largest this year, is seen as a safe play in a mainland property sector hit by concerns over a slowing economy.

20 Sep 2014 - 4:41am

How Monopoly came to dominate board games

More than 275 million sets sold in 43 languages and 111 countries, with more than a billion players: Monopoly, it's fair to say, is pretty popular.

21 Sep 2014 - 11:07am More on LIFE

Actor Ben Kingsley is laidback and loving it

21 Sep 2014

Taipei Biennial sounds a warning about our treatment of the world

21 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

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

An Acura RLX demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car last week - the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology.

21 Sep 2014 - 3:29am

At home, work and play, the robots are coming

21 Sep 2014

Add Siberians to the mix: European ancestry more tangled than thought

21 Sep 2014 1 comment

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Sport

CYCLING

Sarah Lee Wai-sze wins gold for Hong Kong at Asian Games

Sarah Lee Wai-sze won Hong Kong its first medal at the 17th Asian Games, and it was gold too, as she blitzed a strong field in the women’s keirin final on Sunday.

21 Sep 2014 - 5:57pm 1 comment More on 2014 Asian Games - Incheon

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6 Things You Need for A Royal Castle Stay

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Here are six things you’ll need to travel like a folklore princess. 

 

12 Sep 2014 - 10:52am

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