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Rescuers search for survivors in Kaohsiung after series of deadly gas explosions

Taiwan’s rescuers today used life sign detectors to scour several bustling streets that had been blasted into long trenches after a series of gas explosions overnight killed 25 people and injured 259 others in the port city of Kaohsiung.

Friday, 1 August, 2014, 5:34pm

China confirms new generation long range missiles: report

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China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reported Friday.

1 Aug 2014 - 3:02pm 2 comments

More stressed officials taking their own lives as corruption crackdown presses on

Last month alone, six officials committed suicide, according to media reports. Two, from Henan and Hubei respectively, left letters saying they were depressed; one was reported to have accepted bribes.

1 Aug 2014 - 3:58am 6 comments

China PMI rises to 27-month high

Activity in China’s vast factory sector expanded at the fastest pace in 27 months in July on stronger demand, a government survey showed, adding to evidence that the economy is regaining momentum after a burst of government stimulus measures.

1 Aug 2014 - 10:02am

PLA restates allegiance to Xi Jinping after Zhou corruption probe announced

The army has restated its allegiance to President Xi Jinping following the announcement of a corruption probe against former security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

1 Aug 2014 - 7:50am 4 comments More on Zhou Yongkang

Inferno in the streets as suspected gas explosions kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan's Kaohsiung

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At least 24 people were killed and 271 others injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan’s second-largest city overnight, hurling concrete, parked scooters, even injured victims through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said on Friday.

1 Aug 2014 - 5:23pm 4 comments

Blur ditch album recorded in Hong Kong after city proved ‘too hot’ to finish writing songs

When Blur played a stunning gig in Hong Kong a year ago thousands of fans wet berserk when frontman Damon Albarn announced that the band would be recording their first album since 2003 in the city.

1 Aug 2014 - 9:21am 2 comments

Millions of Hong Kong fliers delayed by mainland military restrictions

About 100,000 flights – carrying almost 15 million passengers – to and from Hong Kong airport each year are affected by military restrictions, an analysis of official civil aviation data has found.

1 Aug 2014 - 4:40pm 19 comments

Shanghai officials under scrutiny as Beijing anti-graft inspection team sweeps into city

Shanghai officials are jittery after a high-profile disciplinary inspection team from Beijing moved into the city on Wednesday.

1 Aug 2014 - 7:44am 3 comments

US$100m Ebola emergency response plan unveiled by WHO's Margaret Chan

The World Health Organisation is launching a US$100 million response plan to combat an "unprecedented" outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, director general Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun said yesterday.

1 Aug 2014 - 9:03am

Explosions ring out as MH17 investigators return to Ukraine crash site

1 Aug 2014 - 12:42am

Qianhai court in Shenzhen to allow Hong Kong jurors to deal with Hong Kong-related cases

1 Aug 2014 - 4:03am 1 comment

Slide in Hong Kong’s retail sales continues in June with 6.9pc drop

1 Aug 2014 - 8:27am 19 comments

West says goodbye and good luck to war-torn Libya

1 Aug 2014 - 12:09am 1 comment

Pro-government Kashgar imam assasinated by 'religious extremists'

1 Aug 2014 - 3:40am 6 comments

Fatigue and fear hit staff on the Ebola front line in West Africa

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Obama being sued by Republicans for exceeding his powers over health care

1 Aug 2014 - 1:55am

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It is widely agreed that economic development means more than GDP growth. As China is now learning, one does not guarantee the other.

1 Aug 2014 - 2:37am 1 comment

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Rescuers search for survivors in Kaohsiung after series of deadly gas explosions

Taiwan’s rescuers today used life sign detectors to scour several bustling streets that had been blasted into long trenches after a series of gas explosions overnight killed 25 people and injured 259 others in the port city of Kaohsiung.

1 Aug 2014 - 5:34pm

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Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to 72-hour Gaza truce

Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin on Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term solution.

1 Aug 2014 - 4:31pm

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Chinese economy

China PMI rises to 27-month high

Activity in China’s vast factory sector expanded at the fastest pace in 27 months in July on stronger demand, a government survey showed, adding to evidence that the economy is regaining momentum after a burst of government stimulus measures.

1 Aug 2014 - 10:02am
MOBILE GAMES

Alibaba buys US$120m stake in mobile games firm Kabam

E-commerce powerhouse Alibaba is looking to heat up the fast-growing mobile games market in China, after making a US$120 million investment in San Francisco-based developer Kabam.

1 Aug 2014 - 10:44am

Property

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China home price decline accelerates despite easing of buying curbs

Home prices on the mainland fell at a faster clip in July from the previous month, while year-on-year gains continued to ease, two private surveys showed on Friday.

1 Aug 2014 - 11:38am
EARNINGS

Cheung Kong blames profit fall on developer discounts and incentives

Cheung Kong (Holdings) said yesterday that its first-half core profit slipped 1 per cent to HK$7.13 billion as price discounts and incentives being offered by developers in Hong Kong and on the mainland to entice buyers have adversely affected the profit margin of property sales.

1 Aug 2014 - 2:06am
EARNINGS

Hang Lung 'optimistic' as profit up 29pc to HK$2.48b in first half

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Veteran entertainer Lawrence Cheng returns to directing after 20-year break

After years of devoting his energies to managing a radio station and producing films, entertainment veteran Lawrence Cheng Tan-shui has been getting a lot of time on screen of late.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:10am

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Fu Lu Shou's Westernised Chinese dishes are a surprise hit

A Hollywood Road restaurant serving Westernised Chinese cuisine has become an unlikely success. Fu Lu Shou's menu highlights dishes that have remained classics for decades in Chinatown restaurants in countries such as Australia, the US and Britain.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:10am

Breakfast dining goes international in London

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Top mixologist Wallace Lau looks forward to a life behind bars

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Take a walk on the wild side with gadgets for the great outdoors

Standard mobile devices are fine for urban dwellers, but when you get beyond the suburbs, into the great outdoors, a new class of gadget - or at least some careful protection - is required.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:10am

Hong Kong-based inventor's breakthrough robotic boat aims to clean-up oceans

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Disease research lab mishaps rattle scientists and regulators

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Change of venue for Super 15 final delights Crusaders

The New South Wales Waratahs are praying for a change of luck while the Canterbury Crusaders cannot believe their good fortune heading into Saturday's Super Rugby final.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:15pm 1 comment More on Super Rugby

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