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Young British couple murdered with hoe and left naked on Thailand beach

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The naked bodies of two British tourists were found on a Thai beach on Monday, police said, sparking a murder probe on the popular resort island of Koh Tao.

Monday, 15 September, 2014, 5:13pm

Half of Hongkongers say lawmakers should veto Beijing's electoral reform plan

Some 48 per cent of Hongkongers say lawmakers should veto the reform proposal on the 2017 chief executive election if it follows the restrictive conditions laid down by Beijing.

15 Sep 2014 - 5:39pm 44 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Watch your step! Mobile phone-lane opens in Chongqing for smartphone addicts

A dedicated pedestrian lane for people on their mobile phones has been opened in Chongqing, offering a path for those too engrossed in texting or gaming to watch where they're going.

15 Sep 2014 - 5:44pm 2 comments

American with 'ambition to experience North Korea prison' given six years of hard labour

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North Korea's Supreme Court has sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labour for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage.

15 Sep 2014 - 12:39pm 4 comments More on North Korea

Russian hot money flows into Hong Kong after West slaps sanctions on Moscow

Russian money is flowing into Hong Kong as investors look for a safe haven from Western sanctions - but investors are running into obstacles with banks, which are nervous about money laundering.

15 Sep 2014 - 9:22am 5 comments

'You bunch of bums!' Harbin teacher berates students for failing to buy her a Teachers' Day gift

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A high-school teacher in Harbin, Heilongjiang province has been suspended after she was recorded yelling at students for failing to buy her presents for Teachers' Day. 

15 Sep 2014 - 5:53pm

Rubber duck artist Florentijn Hofman's giant rabbit burns to a crisp in Taiwan

Update

A giant rabbit erected by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman in Taiwan has been severely burned after an accidental fire on Sunday night. 

15 Sep 2014 - 5:18pm

Chinese writer Tie Liu, 81, held after criticising Communist Party propaganda chief

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Beijing police detained liberal writer Huang Zerong on charges of “provoking trouble” on Sunday after he reportedly criticised the Communist Party’s propaganda chief Liu Yunshan online.

15 Sep 2014 - 6:31pm 4 comments

Tougher mainland scrutiny of foreign teachers after child sex scandal fears

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Beijing has issued new guidelines calling for stricter scrutiny of foreigners working in the capital – especially teachers from abroad – following child sex scandals in Beijing and Nanjing last year.

15 Sep 2014 - 2:10pm 5 comments

Exodus of the super-rich: half of China's millionaires 'plan to leave country within five years'

Around half of China's super-rich aim to move to another country within five years to find better education and job opportunities for their children, according to a survey.

15 Sep 2014 - 4:48pm 17 comments

Indonesia arrests four Chinese Uygurs with suspected Islamic State ties

Indonesia’s elite anti-terrorism squad arrested seven suspected Islamist militants, including four men from China believed to be planning to join a jihadist group in eastern Indonesia, the Southeast Asian nation’s police said.

15 Sep 2014 - 5:45pm

Chinese film director Wang Quanan arrested for soliciting prostitutes

15 Sep 2014 - 3:37pm

China reiterates safety warning to its citizens in the Philippines

15 Sep 2014 - 1:09pm

Climate change, trade and tourism to top Xi Jinping's agenda in Maldives visit

15 Sep 2014 - 6:59pm

Beijing residents defy law to sink own wells in search of clean water

15 Sep 2014 - 1:52pm

T8 signal 'may be raised tonight' Observatory warns, as Typhoon Kalmaegi roars past

15 Sep 2014 - 5:48pm

Guangdong demonstrators take to streets for second day to protest waste incinerator plans

15 Sep 2014 - 7:58am 2 comments

Hong Kong bans Taiwan firm's 'gutter oil' products; 300 businesses involved

15 Sep 2014 - 9:39am 1 comment

Singapore air pollution soars due to Indonesian forest fires

15 Sep 2014 - 1:00pm

Extent of corruption in municipal bodies poses 'biggest obstacle' in battle against graft

15 Sep 2014 - 9:10am 3 comments

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Trend towards building smaller flats is not a healthy sign

15 Sep 2014 - 9:05am 6 comments

Family ties can only take a leader so far

15 Sep 2014 - 9:18am 1 comment

Today's Poll

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Insight

Chinese entrepreneurs will lead the next revolution in global business

EDWARD TSE

Many people outside China still view the country in a very narrow sense, as a nation with a one-party authoritarian regime where the economy is dominated by large state-owned enterprises.

15 Sep 2014 - 4:20am 4 comments

Focus

Hong Kong's pan-democrats face a steep climb to universal suffrage

Joyce Ng

For Albert Ho Chun-yan, who has spent three decades fighting for universal suffrage, the tough ruling by Beijing on Hong Kong's next chief executive election did not come as any surprise.

15 Sep 2014 - 8:01am

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Transparency and strong rule of law are key to fighting corruption

Corruption is a drag on economic development, so it is perhaps not surprising that China’s anti-corruption campaign seems to be getting a robust endorsement on social networks.

15 Sep 2014 - 7:02pm 2 comments
ENERGY

Windpower and equipment maker shares slide 6pc by midday

The regulator of mainland wind farm operators is consulting its participants on cutting power prices by an average 6 per cent on wind farms that starts operation from mid next year or later.

15 Sep 2014 - 2:40pm

Property

PROPERTY

Government's affordable home drive protects mainland China jobs

The downturn in the private real estate market continues to weigh on the mainland's economic growth, but hundreds of billions of yuan being invested in government-backed affordable homes is keeping the job market afloat.

15 Sep 2014 - 4:43am 1 comment

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Gallery Exit

Until October 11

For an artist as active as Luke Ching Chin-wai, it is almost inconceivable to have gone without a solo exhibition since 2007's "Two in One" at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre.

15 Sep 2014 - 5:45pm

Great Clarinet Concertos: Michael Collins Plays Mozart

15 Sep 2014

Internet radio takes off in the city

15 Sep 2014

Culinary incubators rent out professional kitchens

Before Claire Cheung, a co-founder of Churro's Twist, opened her new dessert outlet last Saturday, she developed and tested her recipes at Kitchen Sync.

11 Sep 2014 - 5:24pm

Gaggan Anand's progressive Indian cuisine is inspired by prog rock

11 Sep 2014

New TV series highlights Asian wines

11 Sep 2014

Internet radio stations are taking off in Hong Kong

A couple of nights each week, stock broker Calvin Choy Chi-hai  heads to a  small Wan Chai studio after work to host radio talk shows.

15 Sep 2014 - 10:59am

Review of 1961 Yale experiments leads researchers to revise motive for evil

14 Sep 2014 1 comment

Paradigm shift in who decides what makes the news - editors or tech bosses?

14 Sep 2014 1 comment

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Sport

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I'm not ducking or dodging Pacquiao, says Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather, fresh off his lopsided victory over Marcos Maidana, denied he is trying to safeguard his undefeated record by avoiding Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.

15 Sep 2014 - 10:40am

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6 Things You Need for A Royal Castle Stay

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Have you read our story on the Royal Castles Stay? http://bit.ly/1quDTAi

Here are six things you’ll need to travel like a folklore princess. 

 

12 Sep 2014 - 10:52am

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