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Cult members ‘unrepentant’ as they face trial for Shandong McDonald’s murder

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Five people accused by Chinese authorities of being members of a religious cult went on trial on Thursday for beating a woman to death at a McDonald’s restaurant, the court said.

Thursday, 21 August, 2014, 7:43pm 1 comment

China’s health authorities jump on ‘ice bucket challenge’ charity bandwagon

The “ice bucket challenge” – a splashy worldwide charity campaign – has gotten support from China’s national health authorities, who want to raise funds for the care of patients with rare diseases.

21 Aug 2014 - 6:53pm

Thai junta leader appointed new prime minister by hand-picked parliament

General Prayuth Chan-ocha appointed prime minister on Thursday by legislature he hand-picked, giving army chief veneer of legitimacy even while the military presses on with efforts to silence critics.

21 Aug 2014 - 11:37pm 1 comment

James Foley beheading: executioner with a London accent prompts British soul searching

The beheading of an American journalist by an extremist with a London accent has prompted deep reckoning among Britons over the vicious role their countrymen are playing in the destabilisation of the Middle East.

22 Aug 2014 - 12:54am 1 comment

Strike by container truck drivers brings Ningbo road to a standstill

Hundreds of container truck drivers in the coastal city of Ningbo went on strike for three days as they complained that transportation fees have not increased for eight years.

21 Aug 2014 - 10:12pm

Beijing Zoo boss claims he made 8 million yuan fortune moonlighting as cab driver

A former deputy chief of the Beijing Zoo, when asked to explain the source of 8 million yuan (HK$10 million) in valuables and cash, told a court he had been moonlighting as a cab driver for decades.

21 Aug 2014 - 6:01pm 8 comments

‘It’s my fault’: Jackie Chan tells of his shame at the drug arrest of son Jaycee

A "furious and shocked" Jackie Chan said he blamed himself after his son was caught in one of the mainland's highest-profile drug busts in years.

21 Aug 2014 - 6:08pm 19 comments

Beijing proposes insurance for ageing parents to cover death of only child

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Governement proposes insurance for parents who have lost their only child and thus need support in their later years amid issues with an existing compensation system.

21 Aug 2014 - 6:03pm

Trade and security on agenda as Xi Jinping arrives in Mongolia for state visit

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Ulan Bator on Thursday morning for a two-day state visit to Mongolia, which is expected to improve trade and security ties with his country’s neighbour.

21 Aug 2014 - 6:36pm

German sentenced to death in China for double murder of ex-girlfriend and her partner

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A Chinese court has sentenced to death a German citizen convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her partner in a fatal hammer and knife attack in the coastal city of Xiamen.

21 Aug 2014 - 6:37pm

‘How my father’s speeches saved Chinese economic reform’: Deng Xiaoping’s daughter pays tribute

21 Aug 2014 - 11:32pm

Microsoft's Xbox One is coming to mainland China, but still much cheaper in Taiwan

21 Aug 2014 - 6:51pm 1 comment

Vietnam releases Nigerians isolated for Ebola screening as Myanmar continues tests

21 Aug 2014 - 6:37pm

Bosses at China's state-owned enterprises face pay cuts of up to 50pc

21 Aug 2014 - 9:08am 6 comments

China must push ahead with reform despite 'great struggles', says Xi Jinping

21 Aug 2014 - 7:19pm 2 comments

Can you find Jaycee Chan? Virtual ‘hunt’ game goes viral after drug arrest

21 Aug 2014 - 6:17pm

US military tried to rescue journalist James Foley before Islamic State beheading

21 Aug 2014 - 10:01pm 1 comment

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Leader

Signs of a thaw in Sino-Vatican relations after pope's gesture

21 Aug 2014 - 2:09pm

Fame is no excuse for taking drugs

21 Aug 2014 - 9:01am 10 comments

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Insight

Renewed call to set up Hong Kong's do-not-call register caught between two bureaux

Allan Chiang Yam-wang

My publication on 5 August 2014 of the results of a public opinion survey regarding P2P (person to person) calls, together with my renewed call to the Administration for amending the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Ordinance (UEMO) to provide for the expansion of the existing DNC

21 Aug 2014 - 4:10pm 1 comment

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LABOUR

Strike by container truck drivers brings Ningbo road to a standstill

21 Aug 2014
LEGAL

Woman on trial for demanding right to visit jailed Falun Gong father

21 Aug 2014
GAMING

Microsoft's Xbox One is coming to mainland China, but still much cheaper in Taiwan

21 Aug 2014 1 comment
COURTS

German sentenced to death in China for double murder of ex-girlfriend and her partner

21 Aug 2014
documentary

Questions over timing of documentary about Mao right-hand man Liu Shaoqi

20 Aug 2014
TRANSPORT

Passengers run for their lives ... all because foreigner ‘fainted’ on Shanghai train

20 Aug 2014 29 comments
sino-australian relations

China media blasts Australian critics as ‘prancing provocateurs’ after tycoon’s outburst

21 Aug 2014 7 comments
CULTURE

Renewed ghostwriting accusations against Chinese author, director Han Han trigger media storm

20 Aug 2014 1 comment
GAMING

'Give us a Chinese-language version of Pokémon', China's passionate gamers proclaim

19 Aug 2014 6 comments
RELIGION

'If I could, I'd go to China tomorrow': Pope makes fresh overtures to end 63-year impasse

19 Aug 2014 2 comments
WEATHER

Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall to continue battering southern China

19 Aug 2014
NGO

What is Beijing up to? Summer of increased harassment, surveillance leaves Chinese NGOs on edge

19 Aug 2014 3 comments
DRUGS

Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee arrested in Beijing drug bust with Taiwanese actor Kai Ko

19 Aug 2014 20 comments
EDUCATION

Scandal-hit Li Yang announces plan to combine kung fu with ‘Crazy English’

18 Aug 2014 1 comment

Business

COMMENT

Buffett builds US$55b green pile as individual investors cut cash holdings

Individual investors have been cutting back on cash in portfolios, the exact reverse of what Warren Buffett has been doing at Berkshire Hathaway.

21 Aug 2014 - 11:43pm More on Warren Buffett
THE VIEW

China’s strategy: keep tilting the playing field until someone notices

For millions of Chinese, a summer trip to the seaside involves playing in the sand, a dip in the sea and bad food. A week ago a group of elite leaders went to the coastal resort of Beidaihe and did none of those things.

22 Aug 2014 - 1:13am 2 comments

Property

EARNINGS

Poly Property to step up sales drive to meet annual target

Poly Property Group said yesterday it would speed up sales in the second half to hit its full-year target of 28 billion yuan (HK$35.3 billion) and maintain a gross profit margin of 25 per cent.

22 Aug 2014 - 12:49am

Actor and rapper Yasiin Bey, once known as Mos Def, puts politics at the heart of his music

Few people receive such constant praise for their work in two different art forms as Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def.

21 Aug 2014 - 12:08am

A violent Sin City sequel gives Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller fans what they want

21 Aug 2014

Hong Kong Ballet Group continues to inspire

19 Aug 2014

Guide to the city's online food courier services

Digital food couriers are taking off in the city with the arrival of several newcomers, promising takeaway diners access to a greater variety of menus and to-the-door delivery. Nan-Hie In puts them to the test.

21 Aug 2014 - 5:49pm More on LIFE

Handmade desserts are the coolest things

21 Aug 2014

Celebrity chefs are beating a path to the city, but there's no guarantee of success

14 Aug 2014 4 comments

House News closed last month, but other independent sites still exist

Local portal House News closed in July, citing political persecution. But others have taken up the challenge of independent news gathering.

19 Aug 2014 - 12:49pm 1 comment

Robin Williams had the traits of a person likely to commit suicide

17 Aug 2014 2 comments

No truth at all in movie Lucy's capacity to thrill

17 Aug 2014 1 comment

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Sport

SOCCER

Inaugural Hong Kong Premier League receives HK$1.2 million cash boost

The inaugural Hong Kong Premier League will put a hefty HK$1.2 million in prize money up for grabs by its nine teams, with the champions taking home almost half a million dollars, it was announced yesterday.

21 Aug 2014 - 9:49pm
RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

Referee Howard Webb will be remembered for his mistakes

Loathed a lot more than he was liked, the surprise retirement of England's most successful referee, Howard Webb, has thrown up some interesting social commentary about the perceived state of officiating among fans.

21 Aug 2014 - 9:45pm
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Fencers Ryan Choi and Albert Chien strike Asian team gold for Hong Kong

21 Aug 2014

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