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China's surprise rate cut fuels hopes for more easing

The mainland's surprise move to reduce interest rates for the first time in more than two years has fired up expectations of further cuts aimed at shoring up an economy that is on track to record its weakest annual growth since 1990.

Monday, 24 November, 2014, 8:38am

Beijing to streamline approval time for private jets

Beijing aims to give aviation a lift by streamlining the time it takes to approve low-altitude flights for private and commercial jets.

24 Nov 2014 - 8:47am 4 comments

Boom in Chinese tourism to Japan

With her camera in her hand, Zhang Yan is strolling the willow-lined lanes of Kyoto's geisha district looking for a restaurant. She says she can't make her mind up between tempura or sushi.

24 Nov 2014 - 4:52am 1 comment

Occupy protest organisers split over plan to hand themselves in to police

The three co-founders of Occupy Central plan to turn themselves in to police next week but vowed to continue supporting protesters under a "two-stage" surrender plan.

24 Nov 2014 - 8:43am 34 comments More on Occupy Central

Prince William likely to visit China next year, says Buckingham Palace

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, plans to visit China next year - but it's unlikely his pregnant wife Catherine will be with him.

24 Nov 2014 - 8:59am 3 comments

Putting Chinese doctors to the US medical test

It's a public holiday but surgeon Li Yang is surrounded by students at a university lecture theatre in Beijing as they cram for the tests that would allow them to practise medicine in the United States.

24 Nov 2014 - 9:01am

Wang Kun, the original 'White Haired Girl', dies

Wang Kun, the celebrated Chinese opera singer, has died. She passed away in Beijing on Friday. She was 89.

24 Nov 2014 - 5:43am

Closing time: How Hong Kong’s street hawkers struggle to survive

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Hong Kong’s hawkers will die out in less than 50 years, if current stringent policies don’t change. Talking to different hawkers from those manning dai pai dongs to itinerant hawkers selling fruit on carts and stall owners touting clothes on Mong Kok’s famous hawker streets, the South China Morning Post reports on what is pushing the trade into extinction.

24 Nov 2014 - 9:47am 3 comments More on SCMP Chronicles

Small army of utility specialists keeps Hongkongers safe from pipes, cables under their streets

Pinky Lee Tsz-ki has a beautiful head of lustrous, long hair, has a gentle voice, and works where cockroaches scamper.

24 Nov 2014 - 8:51am More on Focus

Online report suggests graft-busters targeting another military 'tiger'

Investigators are still wrapping up the case against fallen former general Xu Caihou but speculation mounted that graft-busters were targeting another senior military officer.

24 Nov 2014 - 9:07am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Japan, China, South Korea agree on Ebola cooperation

The health ministers of China, Japan and South Korea said yesterday they would collaborate closely in preventing Ebola and other deadly diseases from entering their borders.

24 Nov 2014 - 9:10am More on Ebola Virus

Neighbours shed light on 'reclusive' man killed in suspected Kowloon blast suicide

24 Nov 2014 - 7:23am

Ageing Hong Kong plans more childcare centres to encourage mothers back to work

24 Nov 2014 - 8:40am 4 comments

KMT supporters' anniversary event highlights fight to save old monastery

24 Nov 2014 - 6:39am

Correspondents group expresses 'concern' of Hong Kong journalists' ban

24 Nov 2014 - 9:19am 5 comments

Dozens injured as earthquake destroys homes near Nagano, Japan

24 Nov 2014 - 9:14am

US races to clinch Iran nuclear deal before deadline, but 'serious gaps' remain

24 Nov 2014 - 9:15am

Dozens killed when suicide bomber attacks Afghan volleyball game

24 Nov 2014 - 5:04am

Candidates split but Tunisian voters united by hope

24 Nov 2014 - 6:41am

Gang rape article prompts university to suspend fraternity activities

24 Nov 2014 - 5:04am 1 comment

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Leader

Looming US rate rise spells trouble for Hong Kong households and firms

24 Nov 2014 - 9:21am 3 comments

Brighter future for migrant children in mainland cities

24 Nov 2014 - 9:23am

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Insight

Taiwan's trade dilemma amid flurry of regional pacts

ERIK TOLLEFSON

Amid the diplomatic pageantry and sartorial tragedy of the recent Apec conference, a short announcement last Monday set off a figurative earthquake in Taiwan: China and South Korea had signed an outline free-trade agreement.

24 Nov 2014 - 5:17am

Focus

Small army of utility specialists keeps Hongkongers safe from pipes, cables under their streets

Olga Wong

Pinky Lee Tsz-ki has a beautiful head of lustrous, long hair, has a gentle voice, and works where cockroaches scamper.

24 Nov 2014 - 8:51am

Harry's View

Hong Kong

COURT

Hong Kong double murder suspect Rurik Jutting found fit to stand trial next year

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Rurik Jutting, the British banker accused of murdering two women, has been found fit to stand trial after psychiatric tests. The trial was adjourned this morning for eight months to allow more than 200 items of evidence to be forensically tested.

24 Nov 2014 - 1:00pm

China

ENVIRONMENT

Smog alert for Beijing

Beijing is expected to be blanketed in smog again starting from tonight after a brief respite due to a cold front, weather authorities have warned.

24 Nov 2014 - 12:11pm

Asia

JAPAN

Boom in Chinese tourism to Japan

With her camera in her hand, Zhang Yan is strolling the willow-lined lanes of Kyoto's geisha district looking for a restaurant. She says she can't make her mind up between tempura or sushi.

24 Nov 2014 - 4:52am 1 comment

World

IRAN

US races to clinch Iran nuclear deal before deadline, but 'serious gaps' remain

The United States and Iran sought yesterday to bridge gaps in negotiations on the eve of a deadline for a nuclear deal, as Iran signalled it was open to extending the talks by up to a year.

24 Nov 2014 - 9:15am

China Insider

CHINA DIGEST

Goats overdose on vaccine; Thief makes off with cash from traffic police office; Fugitive's 16-year run ends in car crash

24 Nov 2014
INTERNET PIRACY

Popular Chinese pirated-video site suspended amid official pressure

23 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Woman student leader powers on to wing strength contest; Boyfriend survives girlfriend's murder plot

22 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Poor couple on trial for selling children; Teen leaps to death after cheating accusation

21 Nov 2014
POLITICS

Pro-Beijing scholar wants to set up platform to counter West's 'bad-mouthing' of China

21 Nov 2014 9 comments
CELEBRITIES

Taiwan actor Ko Chen-tung cut from blockbuster after drug arrest with Jaycee Chan

20 Nov 2014 2 comments
CHINA DIGEST

Newlywed found dead in fishpond; Selfie poser stops trains in tracks

20 Nov 2014
Anti-corruption

Communist Party should try imperial China's impeachment system to fight graft, says novelist

19 Nov 2014 2 comments
DRUGS

100,000 users ‘investigated’, 12 tonnes narcotics seized in China's war on drugs

19 Nov 2014 1 comment
CHINA DIGEST

Egg-size kidney stones; 'Miracle' baby born; Panda recovering after attack in reserve

19 Nov 2014
COMMUNIST PARTY

Keep calling each other ‘comrade’, Chinese Communist Party tells members after rule review

18 Nov 2014 5 comments
INTERNET

China blocks thousands more websites as ‘Great Firewall’ targets cloud services

18 Nov 2014 7 comments

Accused social media scandal monger Yang Xiuyu jailed for four years by Beijing court

18 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Mystery over Guangzhou University student's death; BMW owner flies into rage over 5 yuan parking charge

18 Nov 2014

Business

ECONOMY

China's surprise rate cut fuels hopes for more easing

The mainland's surprise move to reduce interest rates for the first time in more than two years has fired up expectations of further cuts aimed at shoring up an economy that is on track to record its weakest annual growth since 1990.

24 Nov 2014 - 8:38am
China Companies

CGN Power launches IPO in Monday roadshow, hopes to raise US$3.16b

New

CGN Power, the mainland’s biggest nuclear energy company by installed capacity, has launched its initial public offering in an institutional roadshow on Monday to raise up to US$3.16 billion on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

24 Nov 2014 - 9:29am

Property

PROPERTY

London price tags close to home for mainland buyers in Hong Kong

With a depressed domestic market, Chinese developers are increasingly taking their rivalries offshore, with lofty ambitions matched by sky-high prices.

24 Nov 2014 - 3:58am

Hong Kong's housing market facing a slump in 2015

Anyone looking for blue skies and sunshine in Hong Kong's property market could be disappointed. It's hard to find an analyst who can put a positive spin on prospects for next year, with predictions of price dips of at least 5 per cent in 2015.

24 Nov 2014 - 6:31am 1 comment
INVESTMENT

Freedom to travel adds to lure of Athens flats for wealthy Hongkongers

23 Nov 2014

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Review: Frank Braley and Hong Kong Sinfonietta

A blend of experimental work and all-time classics on Friday night left music lovers with mixed feelings, but their appreciation for home-grown artists was uniform.

23 Nov 2014 - 7:18am

Grace Kelly biopic fails to come to life

22 Nov 2014

Gilles Dyan's Opera galleries succeed by combining his art expertise and his marketing savvy

22 Nov 2014

English wines' time to shine

Back in the early 1970s when Australian wines were regarded by many English wine lovers as too vulgar an idea to contemplate, the comedy team Monty Python produced a sketch in which Eric Idle portrayed an Australian wine expert.

21 Nov 2014 - 10:39am

Spirits more prominent at trade fair

21 Nov 2014

Top of the pots: where to get your fill of Hong Kong's best claypot rice

21 Nov 2014

Experiment finds most people are willing to pay to spare others pain

No pain, no gain. People who gladly underwent electric shocks for cash in an experiment were more willing to sacrifice money to reduce others' pain than they were to reduce their own.

23 Nov 2014 - 8:40am

Dealing with stress in your dad's DNA

23 Nov 2014

First Paleo-dieting, now Paleo-dating: Why the contraceptive pill has more to answer for than ugly boyfriends

23 Nov 2014

Magazines

Sport

BOXING

Stop ducking and fight me, Pacquiao tells Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao threw down the gauntlet to Floyd Mayweather Jnr once again as he challenged the unbeaten American to come out of his shell and give the world what boxing fans are waiting for.

23 Nov 2014 - 11:17pm More on Manny Pacquiao

Magazines

Massif attack

The Gangga, in Sichuan province, is one of the world's final frontiers - an uncharted mountain range. Paul Niel and his team of intrepid adventurers attempt to fill in the blanks.

22 Nov 2014 - 9:59pm

For the love of dog

In Vietnam, an estimated five million canines - many of them stolen pets - are slaughtered and served in restaurants each year. Simon Parry meets some of the dealers who profit from the trade and those trying to stop it.

22 Nov 2014 - 9:59pm

The keeper of memories

22 Nov 2014

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