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Police arrest two in connection with HK$15m spilled from security van on Christmas Eve

Police arrest suspects in Kowloon. Photo: Dickson Lee Update

Police made the first arrests tonight after HK$15 million went missing on Christmas Eve after a money transport van owned by securities firm G4S spilled large bundles of cash over a busy road in Wan Chai.

Friday, 26 December, 2014, 7:20am 35 comments

Ling Jihua 'to face same fate as Bo Xilai'

Ling Jihua is the latest "big tiger" to be targeted by President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign. Photo: Reuters

Ling Jihua, the one-time top aide of former president Hu Jintao, is likely to face the same fate as disgraced Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai, mainland analysts say.

24 Dec 2014 - 4:04am 6 comments More on Ling Jihua

China stocks close up over 3 pct on financial revival

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Hefei, Anhui province December 24, 2014. Photo: Reuters New

China stocks closed higher on Thursday as investors waded back into financial shares after selling off for three days.

25 Dec 2014 - 3:52pm

Jackie Chan says he feels ashamed of son's drug abuse

File photo of Jaycee Chan, also known as Jaycee Fong Cho-ming, Hong Kong actor and singer, and son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan. Photo: Reuters New

Hong Kong kung fu movie star Jackie Chan feels ashamed of his son's drug abuse and hopes that one day he will speak out about the dangers of taking drugs, state news agency Xinhua reported.

25 Dec 2014 - 5:39pm 14 comments More on Jackie Chan

Senior executive at China's Dongfeng Motor Group investigated for corruption

File photo of Fan Zhong. Photo: SCMP Pictures New

China's anti-corruption watchdog said on Thursday it was investigating 

25 Dec 2014 - 2:31pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

After Beijing visit, Thai PM says country should learn from China's economic rise

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, centre, listens as he meets with China's President Xi Jinping (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing December 23, 2014. Photo: Reuters

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha cited China as a good example of economic development in a y

25 Dec 2014 - 2:23pm 1 comment

Worker at US Center of Disease Control monitored for possible Ebola exposure in lab error

Thomas Frieden, director of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during a news conference in Freetown December 17, 2014. Photo: Reuters New

A laboratory technician for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been placed under observation for possible exposure to the deadly 

25 Dec 2014 - 10:28am More on Ebola Virus

Shinzo Abe wins another term as Prime Minister of Japan

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, gestures as he arrives at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Photo: Bloomberg

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won endorsement Wednesday to serve another term after winning a renewed mandate for his “Abenomics” strategies for reviving the world’s third-biggest economy.

25 Dec 2014 - 10:34am 3 comments More on Shinzo Abe

Canadian porn star who killed and dismembered Chinese student guilty of murder

Luka Magnotta was found guilty of the first degree murder of Chinese student Lin Jun. Photo: Reuters

A Canadian man who killed and dismembered a Chinese student in Montreal in 2012 has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

24 Dec 2014 - 2:00pm

Christmas lights warning as China watchdog finds 80% are electric shock hazard

A study carried out by China's consumer watchdog found four out five light sets carried an electrocution risk. Photo: SCMP

China’s Christmas lights may bring more risk than festive cheer, the country’s quality control watchdog said on Wednesday.

24 Dec 2014 - 12:16pm 2 comments

Top 10 most-viewed videos of the year on scmp.com

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From urinating toddlers to Hong Kong protesters' teargas-fuelled clashes with police - and a rather unusual rendition of We Are The World - these were the 10 most-viewed videos on scmp.com of 2014.

24 Dec 2014 - 1:51pm 2 comments

YouTube, web channels show Sony's 'The Interview' a day before theatres

New 25 Dec 2014 - 8:27am
Protesters hold up a yellow umbrella and banners demanding true universal suffrage in Mong Kok. Photo: Chris Lau

12 Hong Kong protesters arrested in clashes with police on Christmas Eve

25 Dec 2014 - 1:41pm 26 comments
Xi Jinping, who made a three-day visit to Finland as vice-president in 2010, meets Santa Claus during a trip to Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle. Photo: SCMP

Growing popularity of Christmas in China sparks Lapland tourism boom

24 Dec 2014 - 9:59am 1 comment
How son’s death in a high-speed car crash led to powerful Chinese official’s fall from grace

How son’s death in a high-speed car crash led to powerful Chinese official’s fall from grace

24 Dec 2014 - 4:36am 9 comments
Basic Law Institute chairman Alan Hoo calls for the UK to declassify records of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group from the 1980s and '90s. Photo: David Wong

Britain 'must disclose deals made with China before the handover of Hong Kong'

24 Dec 2014 - 8:34am 26 comments
'Blinded by desire for high life', Hui jailed 7½ years; Kwok sentenced to five years

'Blinded by desire for high life', Hui jailed 7½ years; Kwok sentenced to five years

24 Dec 2014 - 4:04am 35 comments
An aerial photo shows the Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian 51, left,  cruising as a Japan Coast Guard ship Ishigaki sails near Uotsuri island, one of the disputed Senkaku-Diaoyu islands, in the East China Sea on September 14, 2012. Photo: Kyodo

Local Japanese government told to call off flyover survey of disputed Senkaku-Diaoyu islands

24 Dec 2014 - 11:34am
Islamic State group militants captured a Jordanian pilot after shooting down his warplane while conducting airstrikes over Syria. Photo: AP

IS captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria

25 Dec 2014 - 5:10am
Chinese leaders pledge to modernise agriculture and raise rural incomes

Chinese leaders pledge to modernise agriculture and raise rural incomes

24 Dec 2014 - 7:12am
Cho Hyun-ah, also known as Heather Cho, daughter of Korean Air Lines chairman, Cho Yang-ho, appears in front of the media outside the offices of the Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, in Seoul December 12, 2014. Photo: Reuters

Prosecutors seek detention of Korean Air executive in ‘nut case’

25 Dec 2014 - 9:03am
Candle light vigil for Tsepe Kyi after she self-immolated herself for the Tibet cause. Photo: EPA

Tibetan woman sets herself on fire in Sichuan town

24 Dec 2014 - 6:13am

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Overlooking the sandbar-linked islet Ap Lei Pai from Yuk Kwai Shan. Photo by C.H. Lau

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China's FDI slowdown just a blip, as the landscape is reshaped

China's FDI slowdown just a blip, as the landscape is reshaped

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Public must unite behind police force, which is still Asia's finest

Public must unite behind police force, which is still Asia's finest

24 Dec 2014 - 7:23am 23 comments
Anthony Hedley was a true hero of community health

Anthony Hedley was a true hero of community health

24 Dec 2014 - 7:23am 2 comments

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Insight

A letter to Santa in these troubled times

Santa Claus, pictured riding in his sleigh pulled by a reindeer in northern Finland. Photo: Reuters Alexander Verbeek

You probably remember the excitement of writing a letter to Santa, specifying your wish list for Christmas presents. Nowadays he is just one click away on the Internet. I would have loved to ask him about life in the Arctic in times of climate change.

24 Dec 2014 - 10:44am

Focus

How son’s death in a high-speed car crash led to powerful Chinese official’s fall from grace

How son’s death in a high-speed car crash led to powerful Chinese official’s fall from grace Staff Reporters

His name means "planning", but being investigated for alleged corruption was likely the last thing one-time Communist Party stalwart administrator Ling Jihua had on his to-do list.

24 Dec 2014 - 4:36am 9 comments

Harry's View

Business

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Hefei, Anhui province December 24, 2014. Photo: Reuters china stock

China stocks close up over 3 pct on financial revival

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China stocks closed higher on Thursday as investors waded back into financial shares after selling off for three days.

25 Dec 2014 - 3:52pm
LISTING

Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties shares flat on debut

Shares in Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties, controlled by Wang Jianlin, closed in the red on their market debut yesterday amid concerns over the outlook for the mainland property sector.

The initial public offering, raising about HK$28.8 billion, was Hong Kong's biggest this year.

24 Dec 2014 - 7:30am More on China Property

Property

A woman collects an application form and documents for new flats on offer under the Home Ownership Scheme. Photo: Bruce Yan HOUSING

50,000 Hongkongers flock to get details of subsidised Home Ownership Scheme flats

Nearly 50,000 Hongkongers flocked to get information on some 2,000 Home Ownership Scheme flats the first day it was on offer after a decade-long halt to the policy.

24 Dec 2014 - 9:02am 7 comments
German composer Zollitsch triumphs with traditional Chinese works

German composer Zollitsch triumphs with traditional Chinese works

Munich-born composer Robert Zollitsch, better known as Lao Luo, showed his extraordinary grasp of the depth and subtlety of Chinese music and blended it with his own German symphonic tradition.

24 Dec 2014 - 6:03am

Lang Lang plays Mozart, but not as we know it

23 Dec 2014 1 comment

Diverse works reflect humanity's impact on the environment

22 Dec 2014
Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

For an extra special holiday meal, stop talking turkey and treat your guests to a beautiful bird of their own..

21 Dec 2014 - 9:24am

How to spice up Christmas dinner: top chefs offer their tips

23 Dec 2014 1 comment

Seiji Yamamoto: 'Hong Kong chicken is best in the world'

20 Dec 2014
Light emitted by e-readers affected the body's release of the sleep hormone melatonin.

E-readers harm sleep quality, study finds

Your bedtime e-reader habit may be robbing you of sleep rather than helping you drift off, a US study has found.

24 Dec 2014 - 3:44am 1 comment

More drones in the US skies after Christmas has FAA officials concerned

24 Dec 2014

TrailWatch app for Hong Kong hikers doubles as conservation tool

23 Dec 2014 1 comment

Magazines

Sport

Master Kochanwong, who came from a Magic Million sale and was sold on as a Private Purchase, wins a Class Two over 1200m at Sha Tin early in December with Douglas Whyte aboard. Photos: Kenneth Chan ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

Magic Millions now on the radar

While we often talk about new turbocharged prize-money meetings overseas and the effect on Hong Kong's international events and the recruitment of equine talent, the Magic Millions announcement probably wasn't one of them.

23 Dec 2014 - 10:37pm
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Chelsea top at Christmas after gritty win at Stoke

John Terry’s early header and Cesc Fabregas’s second-half strike restored Chelsea’s three-point Premier League lead heading into a busy Christmas programme after a 2-0 win at Stoke City.

23 Dec 2014 - 10:00am More on English Premier League 2014/15
SOCCER

Zheng Zhi to lead China charge at Asian Cup

23 Dec 2014

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Test your knowledge of 2014 events in Post year-end quiz

We were paying attention in 2014, the question is, were you? You'll find the answers to our 2014 quiz at the bottom of the page. No peeking!

22 Dec 2014 - 10:14am

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