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Communist Party elite give backing to Xi Jinping's drive for legal reforms

The Communist Party vowed to stop interference in the courts and to ensure the constitution was upheld as it wrapped up an annual agenda-setting gathering of the Central Committee on Thursday.

Friday, 24 October, 2014, 5:02am 3 comments More on Zhou Yongkang

Net closes on Ling Jihua, one-time top aide to ex-president Hu Jintao

Graft-busters on the mainland are closing the net around a powerful family headed by Ling Jihua, for long the right-hand man of former president Hu Jintao.

23 Oct 2014 - 4:26pm 11 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Apec finance ministers to encourage private investment on infrastructure

Finance ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum pledged to encourage private investment in infrastructure projects as part of a plan to offset the economic impact of fragile consumer demand.

23 Oct 2014 - 7:06am 1 comment

North Korea to shut borders to all foreign tourists amid Ebola fears


North Korea is sealing off all its borders in response to the global Ebola threat, two China-based travel agencies specialising in North Korea tours said on Thursday.

24 Oct 2014 - 3:42am More on Ebola Virus

Protesters claim Kenny G did voice support for Occupy, telling them 'hope you guys win eventually'

An Occupy Central protester who yesterday witnessed a visit to the Admiralty demonstration zone by saxophonist Kenny G has poured scorn on the jazz-man’s later claim that he did not support the pro-democracy protests.

23 Oct 2014 - 5:44pm 28 comments More on Occupy Central

‘Canada will never be intimidated,’ vows PM Harper after attack at parliament


Gunfire echoed through the halls of the Canadian parliament as police swarmed in to tackle a gunman who had shot dead a soldier outside before storming the building.

24 Oct 2014 - 4:40am 16 comments

China scraps 130,000 ‘leading groups’ in effort to streamline local government

China, in an effort to streamline bureaucracy, has scrapped over 130,000 of the many “leading groups” that operate at all levels of governments across the nation, state media reported on Thursday.

23 Oct 2014 - 4:31pm 2 comments

Mapping drone prompts PLA to scramble fighter jets, mobilise troops: official media

China on Thursday deployed more than 1,200 troops and scrambled fighter jets in response to an unauthorised flight near Beijing airport by what turned out to be a mapping drone, state-run media reported.

23 Oct 2014 - 1:08pm

US media wowed after Mark Zuckerberg conducts Tsinghua University Q&A in Chinese

With a self-deprecating warning that 'my Chinese is very bad', Mark Zuckerberg launched into a Q&A in Putonghua.

23 Oct 2014 - 4:55pm 10 comments More on Facebook

Aquino says Philippines willing to help China seize illicit assets of fugitives

President Benigno Aquino said yesterday he would be willing to help Beijing seize illicit assets of Chinese who have fled to the Philippines if any cases were discovered and if Beijing requested cooperation.

23 Oct 2014 - 8:16am 1 comment

Student, Occupy leaders announce vote on government’s reform proposals

Protesters in "Umbrella Plaza", Admiralty, will be polled on whether student leaders should accept the government's offers made at talks on Tuesday on ending nearly a month of sit-ins.

24 Oct 2014 - 4:33am 25 comments More on Occupy Central

Government source hints at tougher line on Occupy protests if deadlock persists

The government yesterday increased pressure on Occupy protesters, warning that "hawks" favouring tough action to clear sit-in sites would gain the upper hand if the deadlock continues.

23 Oct 2014 - 11:24am 284 comments More on Occupy Central

China has biggest share of high-earning expats, HSBC survey reveals

23 Oct 2014 - 6:14pm 1 comment

China poised to send spacecraft ‘to moon and back’

23 Oct 2014 - 4:38am 1 comment

Chinese baby girl has 12 sewing needles removed from her body

23 Oct 2014 - 3:58pm 6 comments

Smog returns to Beijing with pollution levels set to worsen by weekend

24 Oct 2014 - 5:45am 2 comments

Guangdong gives all-clear to 43 people monitored for Ebola

23 Oct 2014 - 8:21pm 1 comment

Beef encounters: where to go for authentic steak frites in Hong Kong

23 Oct 2014 - 2:17pm 2 comments

Japan's deputy PM pushes for meeting between Abe and Xi at Apec summit

23 Oct 2014 - 8:18pm 4 comments

Jeffrey Fowle, American freed from detention in North Korea, has joyful family reunion

23 Oct 2014 - 6:02am

Visa system for migrant victims of crime depends on where they live in US

23 Oct 2014 - 9:31am

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Action, not panic, is key to defeating threat of Ebola

24 Oct 2014 - 4:37am

For new Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the hard work starts now

24 Oct 2014 - 4:37am

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23 Oct 2014
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Democracy is on its last legs


The ongoing Occupy movement by pro-democracy protesters has wreaked havoc in Hong Kong. There is no end in sight. Yet, in this melodramatic saga, we may be forgetting the basics: What exactly is "democracy"?

24 Oct 2014 - 1:50am 39 comments


Plenum's lack of action on Zhou Yongkang suggests party divisions, analysts say

Andrea Chen

That there was no announcement of the fate of disgraced Zhou Yongkang or of personnel changes in the army leadership in the communiqué issued at the end of the Communist Party's fourth plenum indicates wide divisions within the party persist.

24 Oct 2014 - 6:01am

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Police play dress-up to arrest cardiac patient; Kind-hearted cleaner hands in bag of cash; Clearer skies over Shijiazhuang

24 Oct 2014

‘Worst driver in China’ hits nearby car 15 times while reversing out of parking space

23 Oct 2014

Male prostitution ring busted; students punished for untidy dorm beds

23 Oct 2014

Chinese baby girl has 12 sewing needles removed from her body

23 Oct 2014 6 comments

Communist youth arm runs online poll on 'how to punish pro-Occupy HK celebrities'

23 Oct 2014 28 comments

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

22 Oct 2014

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

21 Oct 2014

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

21 Oct 2014

Maimed camel begging photos spark Chinese social media outrage

22 Oct 2014 6 comments

Chinese iCloud user information targeted in cyberattacks amid Hong Kong protests

22 Oct 2014 3 comments

Bear bites off boy's arm at Chinese zoo

21 Oct 2014 10 comments

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

22 Oct 2014 1 comment

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

22 Oct 2014

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

17 Oct 2014



China has the fiscal means to fight slowdown, says ADB president

The mainland can tap its healthy fiscal resources to reverse any economic growth slump as needed, Asian Development Bank (ADB) president Takehiko Nakao said in Beijing yesterday.

24 Oct 2014 - 4:19am

CNR joint venture wins US$556.6 million Boston subway car contract

Mainland train maker China CNR Corp has won its first US order as part of a joint venture that will sell 284 subway cars to Boston for US$556.6 million, it said on its website yesterday.

24 Oct 2014 - 2:32am

Full-time comedy club gives up-and-comers a chance to test their skills

When Jim Brewsky arrived in Hong Kong from the US a little more than two years ago, he never thought he'd find himself doing stand-up comedy, let alone winning the region's leading comedy competition.

24 Oct 2014 - 12:19am

Peter Chan's film Dearest is based on a true story of child abduction

23 Oct 2014

The Jacksons bring classic hits to Hong Kong

22 Oct 2014

Chefs take an adventurous approach to preparing truffles

As the white truffle season follows the European summer black truffle season, and will in turn be followed by the Australian summer truffle, Hong Kong diners have become more than familiar with the pricey fungus. Often it comes to us shaved over pasta, or in scrambled eggs or an omelette.

23 Oct 2014 - 5:12pm

Giovanni Greggio comes out of retirement to run Gradini in Central

23 Oct 2014

Beef encounters: where to go for authentic steak frites in Hong Kong

23 Oct 2014 2 comments

Why Google Glass is turning consumers off

It's surely one of the most discussed products of the year, but does anyone want to buy Google Glass? Wearable devices are this year's hottest products, with discussion about the search engine's smart glasses far ahead of anything else, but sightings of Glass wearers are rare.

23 Oct 2014 - 4:54pm

Cars the next driver in Apple vs Google

23 Oct 2014

Apple fast-tracks new iPads' release in mainland China ahead of Hong Kong

22 Oct 2014 1 comment




Hong Kong waiting in wings for World Cup berth

Hong Kong could replace the West Indies at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand if the two-time world champions are unable to resolve a pay dispute between the players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

23 Oct 2014 - 10:49pm



Style Takes Paris PART III: Advocate and Provocateur


It takes more than a slogan T-shirt to make a statement on the runways of Paris. Be it theatrical staging or inspirations for the collections, the veterans of fashion houses know how to get the whole world talking.

23 Oct 2014 - 9:53am

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