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Senior China official Ling Jihua placed under graft probe

Ling Jihua is being investigated for serious disciplinary violations. Photo: Reuters Breaking

Ling Jihua, head of the Communist Party’s United Front Work Department and former presidential aide to Hu Jintao, has been put under investigation for corruption, Xinhua announced on Monday evening.

Monday, 22 December, 2014, 9:44pm 2 comments More on Ling Jihua

Top Beijing adviser raps Hong Kong for lack of national security law

Top Beijing adviser raps Hong Kong for lack of national security law

Chen Zuoer, a top adviser to Beijing on Hong Kong affairs, has put the controversial idea of a national security law for the city back on the agenda by condemning it as "the only place in China" without such legislation.

22 Dec 2014 - 7:42am 59 comments

The next goldmine? venture capitalists on the lookout for Chinese tech start-ups

The next goldmine? venture capitalists on the lookout for Chinese tech start-ups

When technology investor Zhou Wei was looking for mainland start-ups to back, he was "100 per cent" certain that innovative online mobile and finance companies would overtake traditional peers to emerge as future stars.

22 Dec 2014 - 10:06am

Luxury French villa of jailed Chinese politician Bo Xilai 'up for sale at HK$66 million'

Bo Xilai’s luxurious villa in the south of France – which a mainland court has promised to confiscate – has been put up for sale for €6.95 million (about HK$66 million). Photo: Fine & Country

Jailed Chinese Politburo member Bo Xilai’s luxury French villa – which a mainland court has promised to confiscate – has been put up for sale for about HK$66 million, the Global Times reported.

22 Dec 2014 - 12:09pm 4 comments More on Bo Xilai

Chinese surgeons punished for taking group snaps beside patient during operation

Say cheese: one of the photos of Chinese doctors and nurses taken during an operation at a Xian hospital, which sparked public anger. Photo: www.qianzhan.com

Several surgeons at a Chinese hospital have been punished by health officials after taking group photos in an operating theatre - while a patient was still undergoing surgery.

22 Dec 2014 - 3:33pm 9 comments

Rafael Hui, Thomas Kwok face up to 7 years in prison for each graft conviction: prosecution

Serious faces: (L-R) Thomas Chan, Thomas Kwok and Rafael Hui arrive at court this morning in a prison van. Photo: Felix Wong

The four men convicted in Hong Kong's biggest ever graft trial face up to seven years in jail for each of the charges they were found guilty of, lead prosecutor David Perry QC told the court this morning.

22 Dec 2014 - 4:59pm

Two more senior Chinese officials from the ‘Shanxi Gang’ expelled after graft probe

Shen Weichen (left) and Jin Daoming allegedly received large amounts of bribes and committed adultery. Photos: SCMP Pictures New

The Communist Party on Monday concluded their corruption investigations into two senior officials known as part of the so-called “Shanxi Gang”, paving the way for the pair to face trial.

22 Dec 2014 - 6:18pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Hong Kong's Occupy protests did not end with a loss, says co-founder Benny Tai

Occupy co-founder Benny Tai says he now realises he is not good at fighting in the streets and sometimes felt he did not fit in at protest sites. He says he will focus on contributing ideas. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Occupy Central campaign has not backfired despite recent polls showing support for Beijing's reform framework, the movement's co-founder says.

22 Dec 2014 - 8:25am 35 comments More on Occupy Central

Chinese officials vow state support for HIV boy, 8, who faced banishment from village

Kunkun – whose parents are said to be both HIV-carriers – was diagnosed as being HIV-positive by doctors in 2011, when he went to hospital for treatment to an eye injury. Photo: Screenshot

Grandparents of Kunkun – whose case attracted global headlines after residents in Sichuan province petitioned for him to be banished – hope a guardian can be found despite officials offering help.

22 Dec 2014 - 4:07pm 2 comments

How to spot a liar: coach to crime fighters reveals common tics

Illustration: Corbis

Looks of disgust and surprise are significant because lie detection is complex, and we often mistake the signs. "We're terrible at spotting lies," says an expert.

22 Dec 2014 - 4:32pm

Jackie Chan's son Jaycee charged with drug crime by Chinese prosecutors

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Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, has been formally charged with a drugs offence, which means he is almost certain to face trial.

22 Dec 2014 - 6:31pm 5 comments

China building large military base near disputed Diaoyu Islands: sources

China’s military is building a large-scale base on islands off the coast of Zhejiang province, stepping closer to the Diaoyu Islands, several Chinese sources said yesterday.

22 Dec 2014 - 5:00pm 9 comments
Demonstrators waved flags, chanted anti-government slogans as they marched in Managua, Nicaragua's capital, on December 10. Photo: Movimiento Renovador Sandinista

Angry over land seizures and pollution, Nicaraguans block roads as Chinese-led mega canal project kicks off

22 Dec 2014 - 9:50pm
Walter Kwok Ping-sheung said in a statement on Sunday he was 'deeply sorrowful' that his younger brother Thomas had been convicted of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Photo: Edward Wong

Walter Kwok won’t return to SHKP following brother's conviction in Rafael Hui graft trial

22 Dec 2014 - 8:46am 9 comments
A man in Guangxi province stole a colourful array of more than 2,000 sets of women's lingerie from his neighbours over the course of a year. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Underwear thief foiled after 2,000 pieces of lingerie stolen from neighbours cause ceiling collapse

22 Dec 2014 - 9:34am 4 comments
Ticket sales at a station in Chongqing, a popular destination for the Lunar New Year. Photo: Xinhua

As Chinese scramble for train tickets for Lunar New Year, high-speed sleepers get cold shoulder

22 Dec 2014 - 6:24pm
The main canal of the South-North Water Transfer Project in Baoding, Hebei. Photo: Xinhua

True cost of river diversion project to Beijing could take years to determine

22 Dec 2014 - 3:42am 2 comments
An image of the 'coal'. Photo: Meteoritics & Planetary Science

'Coal' found in meteorite points to life on Mars, says Chinese-led research team

22 Dec 2014 - 12:42pm
Castle Peak Power Station in Tuen Mun. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong should avoid more electricity imports from mainland China: British expert

22 Dec 2014 - 9:09am 16 comments
Chinese zombie firms' debt risks 'may come to life' as economy slows in 2015

Chinese zombie firms' debt risks 'may come to life' as economy slows in 2015

22 Dec 2014 - 5:57am
Beijing ready to help Russia's rattled economy, Chinese foreign minister says

Beijing ready to help Russia's rattled economy, Chinese foreign minister says

22 Dec 2014 - 5:57am 3 comments
Rafael Ramos (left) and Liu Wenjian

Police 'assassin' boasted online before shooting dead two New York officers

22 Dec 2014 - 12:59pm

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Despite sacrifices, housing must be the No 1 priority

Despite sacrifices, housing must be the No 1 priority

22 Dec 2014 - 9:23am 4 comments
Chinese tourists must be taught good manners to protect image of country

Chinese tourists must be taught good manners to protect image of country

22 Dec 2014 - 9:16am 7 comments

Today's Poll

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22 Dec 2014
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Insight

Guangdong looks inland for next growth spurt

The traditional 'front-end shop and back-end factory' cooperation model between Guangdong and Hong Kong is expected to reverse. Peter Wong

Guangdong today, like many of China's manufacturing centres, finds itself squeezed between its underperforming rural hinterland and an industrial heartland struggling to cope with rising wages at home and increased competition from abroad.

22 Dec 2014 - 8:29pm

Focus

Sony attack opens new front in cyber warfare, say North Korean defectors

Sony salvo opens new front AP

The hacking attack on Sony Pictures might have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations.

22 Dec 2014 - 3:55am

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World

A woman appears full of hope as she attends the Christmas Lottery 'El Gordo' draw at the Royal Theatre in Madrid. Photo: EPA LOTTERY

Spain on tenterhooks ahead of 'El Gordo' lottery draw

The drawing is underway in Spain for the world’s biggest lottery payoff, a 2.2 billion euros (HK$21 billion) pot of cash that will be divided among thousands of ticketholders.

22 Dec 2014 - 7:57pm

Business

Lin Yong, Chief Executive Officer of Haitong International Securities. Haitong will sell about HK$29.94b of new H shares in a private placement to seven investors. Photo: Paul Yeung PLACEMENTS

Haitong Securities share sale taps market for HK$29.9b

Haitong Securities will sell about HK$29.94 billion of new H shares in a private placement to seven investors, more than doubling the size of the state-owned broker's Hong Kong listing.

22 Dec 2014 - 9:59pm
WORKFORCE

China's internet finance boom helps close salary gap with Hong Kong

The booming internet finance sector on the mainland has made the job market more attractive there as the salary gap between major Chinese cities and Hong Kong is set to further narrow.

22 Dec 2014 - 10:00pm
Part of Yuko Mohri's "Urban Mining" series

Diverse works reflect humanity's impact on the environment

The entrance to this group exhibition of 12 artists from around the world is a momentary letdown.

Visitors are greeted by a three-channel, 20-minute video by Sutthirat Supaparinya projected onto the back of a mundane, panelled wall with no seating for comfortable viewing.

22 Dec 2014 - 3:46pm More on LIFE

Lang Lang plays Mozart, but not as we know it

22 Dec 2014

Spinal Tap find real life as a spoof

21 Dec 2014
Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

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

21 Dec 2014 - 9:24am

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
Illustration: Sarene Chan

Seven breakthroughs that will transform global health

Which major breakthroughs in technology have had a transformative effect on the lives of the world's poorest?

21 Dec 2014 - 7:46am

Sceptical of climate change or just sceptical of the solution?

21 Dec 2014 1 comment

Shell I stay or slowly go? 'Hardcore' snail named after punk Joe Strummer

21 Dec 2014

Magazines

Sport

Multiple major winner Ernie Els was the main drawcard at this year's Hong Kong Open but the event is still without a title sponsor. Photo: USA Today GOLF

Good times to return, says Asian Tour chief

Asian Tour CEO Mike Kerr says the outlook for golf in the continent is positive again after a difficult few years in which tournaments were scrapped and sponsors hard to find.

22 Dec 2014 - 9:26pm More on The Hong Kong Open

Jockey Andrea Atzeni seeks to end contract early

Jockey Andrea Atzeni will miss the Sha Tin meeting on Sunday and has also applied to withdraw from his club jockey contract.

On Monday, Atzeni informed Jockey Club licensing secretary Steve Railton he was urgently required to return to Britain for personal reasons.

22 Dec 2014 - 9:26pm
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22 Dec 2014 - 10:14am

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