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Talks fail to narrow gap between student leaders and government

The government and student leaders remained poles apart on how the city should elect its leader in 2017, after their televised meeting yesterday failed to resolve the issue that triggered the Occupy Central mass sit-ins.

Wednesday, 22 October, 2014, 4:49am 41 comments More on Occupy Central

From reef to biggest island in Spratlys, and China's not done yet at Fiery Cross

China has turned a strategically important reef into probably the biggest island in the Spratlys, Chinese scholars say, and the expansion is expected to continue.

21 Oct 2014 - 8:10am 21 comments

Hong Kong's High Court orders protesters off roads in Mong Kok and Admiralty

The High Court yesterday ordered pro-democracy protesters to leave main roads in Admiralty and Mong Kok immediately.

21 Oct 2014 - 6:51pm 130 comments More on Occupy Central

OCCUPY CENTRAL - DAY 24: Full coverage of the day’s events

Review

With the government insisting Beijing will not bow to protesters' demands, and students refusing to leave their demonstration zones until concessions have been made, the two sides remain deadlocked after an initial round of talks.

22 Oct 2014 - 1:30am 331 comments More on Occupy Central

Oscar Pistorius jailed five years for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Update

Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started a five-year jail term for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, following a trial that has gripped South Africans and millions around the world.

22 Oct 2014 - 2:52am 1 comment More on Oscar Pistorius

Criminal negligence suspected in Total oil giant CEO's Moscow crash death

Russian investigators accused senior airport officials of criminal negligence over a plane crash at a Moscow airport that killed the CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet hit a snowplough on takeoff.

22 Oct 2014 - 4:43am 5 comments

China seeks help from Australia to track fugitives

China is seeking Australia's cooperation to track suspects wanted for corruption amid media reports police in Australia are about to apprehend Chinese fugitives and seize their assets.

21 Oct 2014 - 7:45am 2 comments

China's rich and corporations lag in fight against Ebola, World Food Programme says

China's corporations and billionaires have lagged behind in contributions to fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa despite vast economic ties to the region, the World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday.

21 Oct 2014 - 6:48pm More on Ebola Virus

Australia's former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who opened door to China, dies at 98

Australia’s former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who established diplomatic ties with Beijing, died Tuesday, at the age of 98.

22 Oct 2014 - 5:05am 1 comment

China economic growth drops to five-year low of 7.3pc

The mainland economy ran at its slowest pace in five years in the third quarter, and a further downturn in the sagging property sector has put the government's full-year growth target of 7.5 per cent at risk.

22 Oct 2014 - 4:35am 1 comment

Al-Qaeda magazine calls for Xinjiang to be ‘recovered by the Islamic Caliphate’

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A new English-language magazine released by al-Qaeda describes China’s restive Xinjiang region as an “occupied Muslim land” to be “recovered [into] the shade of the Islamic Caliphate”.

21 Oct 2014 - 1:40pm 27 comments

Two women quit Shinzo Abe's cabinet, dealing blow to reform drive

21 Oct 2014 - 7:30pm 2 comments

Japanese man dumps 200kg of pornography in Osaka park

21 Oct 2014 - 2:03pm 3 comments

Standard Chartered tells thousands of UAE firms it's shutting their accounts

21 Oct 2014 - 7:37am

China 'executed 2,400 people last year', rights group reveals

22 Oct 2014 - 3:24am

Pictured: the mystery foreign vessel that's stalking Swedish waters

21 Oct 2014 - 3:46am 2 comments

Rule of law and rule by party can coexist, party scholar says

21 Oct 2014 - 8:12am 13 comments

'Spectacular success story' as Nigeria declared free of Ebola virus

21 Oct 2014 - 3:46am 1 comment

Building craze 'stops at officials'

21 Oct 2014 - 7:25pm

Xi, Mao and the dark art of ideology

21 Oct 2014 - 4:37am 7 comments

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Leader

Politicians and officials must act to end the abuse of public housing

22 Oct 2014 - 5:29am

Supermarkets must make prices fair and transparent

22 Oct 2014 - 5:29am

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21 Oct 2014
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Insight

Lack of opportunities in Hong Kong creating a generation without hope

JANET PAU

Many of Hong Kong's young generation have been cleared off the streets in the Occupy Central movement. The future path they face is uncertain.

22 Oct 2014 - 5:20am 12 comments

Focus

Violence in Mong Kok: Are the protests spinning out of control?

Joyce Ng

Concerns are growing that the Occupy movement in Mong Kok has spun out of control and is on the verge of turning into a riot, after nights of violent clashes since police reclaimed part of the rally site.

20 Oct 2014 - 4:36pm 55 comments

Harry's View

Asia

JAPAN

Shinzo Abe seeks to move on from cabinet scandals but foes scent blood

Shinzo Abe's swift replacement of two scandal-hit cabinet ministers this week shows the Japanese prime minister wants to move on quickly, even as a newly energised opposition scents blood.

22 Oct 2014 - 4:02am More on Shinzo Abe

World

SOUTH AFRICA

Oscar Pistorius jailed five years for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Update

Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started a five-year jail term for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, following a trial that has gripped South Africans and millions around the world.

22 Oct 2014 - 2:52am 1 comment More on Oscar Pistorius

China Insider

CHINA DIGEST

Pet snakes infest residential building; Bullfrog farmer wants compensation for mass deaths from polluted water

22 Oct 2014
AIR POLLUTION

Choked-up Beijing gets brief break from smog amid cold snap

21 Oct 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Teen invents cheap 3D printer; ‘drunks’ in police car that sped from scene

21 Oct 2014
ANIMAL CRUELTY

Maimed camel begging photos spark Chinese social media outrage

20 Oct 2014 3 comments
CYBER SECURITY

Chinese iCloud user information targeted in cyberattacks amid Hong Kong protests

20 Oct 2014 3 comments
Animals

Bear bites off boy's arm at Chinese zoo

21 Oct 2014 8 comments
CHINA DIGEST

Row over smoke from dog meat eatery; dad stabs son, 9, over bed-wetting; teens rescued from sex trade

19 Oct 2014 1 comment
CHINA DIGEST

Nip and tuck for dancers; Wedding photos taken after 52 years

18 Oct 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Teenage love rivals brawl; driver hides 13 passengers in bus toilet

17 Oct 2014
MEDICINE

Cancer treatment developed in Guangzhou using natural virus shows promise

16 Oct 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Kindergartens warned over 'advanced' lessons; girl, 13, back home after romance plans dashed

16 Oct 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Honest client rights 1 million yuan bank bungle; Wealthy married woman claims bully boyfriend stole car and valuables

15 Oct 2014
Ethnic tensions

Pregnant police officer among eight killed in Xinjiang stabbing spree: reports

14 Oct 2014 2 comments
YOUTUBE

YouTubers react to Occupy Central with summaries, spoofs and songs

14 Oct 2014

Business

ECONOMY

China economic growth drops to five-year low of 7.3pc

The mainland economy ran at its slowest pace in five years in the third quarter, and a further downturn in the sagging property sector has put the government's full-year growth target of 7.5 per cent at risk.

22 Oct 2014 - 4:35am 1 comment
ENERGY

Sinopec seeks to commercialise geothermal energy

China Petrochemical Corp is seeking to commercialise geothermal energy after spending about 1 billion yuan (HK$1.26 billion) in the past few years to develop more than 10 pilot projects on the mainland.

22 Oct 2014 - 5:21am More on Sinopec

Property

PROPERTY

China property sales rise 41.5 per cent month-on-month in September

Mainland property sales showed early signs of stabilisation last month after the easing of policies, but deceleration in real estate investment, a key driver of the broader economy, is expected to continue until at least the first half of next year.

22 Oct 2014 - 5:07am

China's outspoken transgender queen of modern dance talks about her tough road to the top

Jin Xing, China's best known proponent of modern dance, will be making her debut performance in Hong Kong on October 26. And it's about time, she says. "I have performed all over the world, but not in Hong Kong. I think it's ridiculous," Jin says.

21 Oct 2014 - 11:12am

Translators battle bad subtitles that lead to poor perception of Hong Kong films

21 Oct 2014 4 comments

Mahler 5 - Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

21 Oct 2014

Social media-based competition hopes to inspire amateur bakers

The wave of reality TV cooking shows dominating the schedules has served up a whole soup bowl full of clichés. There's the good cop, bad cop routine of judging chefs, either praising the contestants' commitment or scraping their "disgusting" or "inedible" efforts into the bin.

20 Oct 2014 - 10:52am

Quinoa is a highly adaptable health food

20 Oct 2014

Oktoberfest festivities in Hong Kong offer games and German food with the beer

16 Oct 2014

Paralysis reversed: Man walks again after revolutionary transplant fusing nose cells in spine

A paralysed man can walk again after receiving revolutionary treatment that one of the British scientists responsible hailed as a breakthrough "more impressive than a man walking on the Moon" - although others urged caution.

22 Oct 2014 - 5:13am

Men and violence - how they size up one another and why numbers count

20 Oct 2014

Urban heat island effect big factor in climate change, Hong Kong records show

20 Oct 2014 1 comment

Magazines

Sport

SOCCER

We learnt a valuable lesson, says HKFA after HK$11 million setback

A top soccer official revealed massive financial losses amounting to HK$11 million for last week's friendly between Argentina and Hong Kong, admitting a valuable lesson had been learned.

21 Oct 2014 - 11:04pm More on Hong Kong Football Association
RACING

The big guns return as Ambitious Dragon and Military Attack do battle

Trainers Tony Millard and Caspar Fownes are managing expectations of first-up results with their respective former horse of the year winners, Ambitious Dragon and Military Attack, when the big guns return in Sunday's Group Two Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy.

21 Oct 2014 - 11:02pm More on Caspar Fownes
ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

Simulcast turnover not all it seems

21 Oct 2014

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Magazines

Forward steppe

Breakneck economic growth has spawned a generation of Mongolians who are learning to savour their country's successes and excesses. Words and pictures by Marika Dee.

18 Oct 2014 - 11:17pm

Home tweet home

A small provincial town in Thailand is cashing in on Chinese demand for bird's nest, building multi-storey condos to accommodate its lucrative feathered friends. Luke Duggleby looks at the allure of the 'caviar of the East'.

18 Oct 2014 - 10:47pm

Coast effective? The mammoth task of ridding Hong Kong's beaches of plastic rubbish

20 Oct 2014 5 comments

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