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  • July 31, 2014
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PLA lets foreign press attend monthly briefing for first time in bid for greater transparency


Members of foreign press were finally permitted to attend the ministry’s monthly news briefing on Thursday - a small milestone in increasingly confident military’s efforts to project transparent image.

Thursday, 31 July, 2014, 4:55pm

‘President Xi Jinping seeks his place in history – among the party greats’

Xi, who greatly admires Deng, wanted to become a leader in a similar vein, who could lead China into a new era of reform and growth, said sources including senior officials and "princelings".

31 Jul 2014 - 3:52pm 20 comments More on Zhou Yongkang

Myanmar court slaps prison sentences on eight Chinese militants accused of murder


A court in Myanmar has sentenced eight Chinese nationals to lengthy prison terms for transporting an arsenal of firearms and hand grenades while they lived in the country illegally.

31 Jul 2014 - 7:09pm More on Myanmar's changing ties with China

Thailand’s junta arrests army general for Bangkok red-light district extortion


A Thai army general has been arrested on suspicion of extortion in a notorious Bangkok red-light district, officials said on Thursday, in a rare case of authorities prosecuting a member of the military.

31 Jul 2014 - 5:23pm

Beijing court hears gay man traumatised by clinic’s electro-shock ‘conversion therapy’

A Beijing court began hearing a landmark case on “gay conversion” treatment on Thursday, as an activist in a nurse’s uniform knelt over a patient, wielding a giant needle, outside.

31 Jul 2014 - 4:31pm

US tells China to end prisoner organ harvesting - but Beijing insists donations are voluntary

House Foreign Affairs Committee endorses resolution calling on China to immediately end what it calls state-sanctioned harvesting of human organs from prisoners. 

31 Jul 2014 - 1:06pm

Ebola epidemic unlikely outside West Africa, says scientist who helped discover deadly virus

The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in West Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train.

31 Jul 2014 - 3:05pm

More than 350 new airports planned across Asia-Pacific as tourism booms

Faced with snaking queues at immigration, overflowing baggage carousels and expensive flight delays, Asian nations are rushing to build hundreds of new airports to cope with surging demand for air travel.

31 Jul 2014 - 4:18pm

KFC owner admits China rotten food scandal causing ‘significant’ damage to sales

The owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains said on Thursday that a food safety scandal in China has hurt sales and might be severe enough to cut into the company’s global profit.

31 Jul 2014 - 5:28pm 1 comment More on China Food Scandals

China scraps urban-rural distinction in 'hukou' household registration system

The decades-old distinction between urban and rural dwellers in the mainland's widely hated hukou, or household registration system, is to end.

31 Jul 2014 - 9:32am 3 comments

Taiwan to seal off newly-built nuclear plant pending referendum on its future

31 Jul 2014 - 5:24pm 1 comment

Chinese journalist Hu Shuli and lawyer Wang Canfa win Magsaysay award

31 Jul 2014 - 1:07pm 2 comments

Graft case against Zhou Yongkang sends message to those still in power, say analysts

31 Jul 2014 - 11:40am 2 comments

'I was only trying to help': Peter Humphrey's letter to son insists China detective work was for public good

31 Jul 2014 - 10:38am 7 comments

Chinese scientist plans parachutes for every plane passenger made of world's lightest material

31 Jul 2014 - 11:35am 8 comments

Philippines urges its nationals out of Libya after beheading, rape

31 Jul 2014 - 5:22pm

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, US Peace Corps leaves West Africa

31 Jul 2014 - 5:07pm

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Graft probe of Zhou Yongkang clears Xi Jinping's path to wider reform

31 Jul 2014 - 9:03am 2 comments

Steep management fees defeat purpose of providing affordable homes

31 Jul 2014 - 9:15am

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The real future is in Chinese futures


The “through train” that will link the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shanghai has become a focus of financial markets in both cities since its announcement in April.

While it is clearly a significant development, several questions remain unanswered.

31 Jul 2014 - 5:53pm

Hong Kong


Donation from Jimmy Lai was transferred to Labour Party this week, says Lee Cheuk-yan


Labour Party lawmaker says he transferred HK$500,000 to party’s account after details emerged of donations totalling HK$1.5 million Lee allegedly received from Apple Daily founder.

31 Jul 2014 - 6:00pm 18 comments More on Jimmy Lai


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The real future is in Chinese futures

The “through train” that will link the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shanghai has become a focus of financial markets in both cities since its announcement in April.

While it is clearly a significant development, several questions remain unanswered.

31 Jul 2014 - 5:53pm

Peak property portfolio key to HK$1.6 billion takeover tussle

Competing scions of a prominent Taiwanese family are fighting over a HK$2.4 billion property portfolio on Hong Kong’s exclusive Peak in a bitter battle for control of assets that may leave minority shareholders in its listed vehicle the big losers.

31 Jul 2014 - 6:05pm

Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel's most out-there adventure yet

Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest, and weirdest, chapter in Marvel Studio's ever-expanding cinematic universe.

30 Jul 2014 - 11:41pm

Spiritualised will play their transcendental style of music in an acoustic form

30 Jul 2014

The Chung Brothers and Bossa Negra try to change it up in the local music scene

31 Jul 2014

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

Inventor hopes fleet of automated boats will one day patrol the oceans, performing clean-up and data-collection tasks, such as radioactivity sensing, coral reef imaging and fish counting.

29 Jul 2014 - 1:29pm 4 comments More on LIFE

Disease research lab mishaps rattle scientists and regulators

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Gene for salt-tolerant soybeans discovered by Hong Kong professor

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Tiger Woods in desperate scrap to keep season alive

Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started.

31 Jul 2014 - 11:15am
Commonwealth Games

Aussie coach suspended for criticising team captain Sally Pearson

The head coach of Australian athletics has been suspended for publicly criticising Olympic 100 metres hurdles champion Sally Pearson and accusing her of setting a bad example to the Australian team at the Commonwealth Games.

31 Jul 2014 - 10:51am
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