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Beijing can breath more deeply as this year's air quality improves from 2013, says government

Only last week Beijing was choked with the worst smog in months, yet the air quality in the capital has actually improved in the first six months of the year, municipal environment authorities say.

Friday, 11 July, 2014, 5:25pm 6 comments

These charts show how China's Weibo has gone mad for the World Cup

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Users of China’s most popular microblogging service, Sina Weibo, have definitely got World Cup fever.

11 Jul 2014 - 6:18pm 1 comment More on World Cup 2014

Students, faculty up in arms against 'elitist academy' at China's Peking University

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The head of China’s Peking University said plans to build a new elite academy on its picturesque campus was up for debate, constituting a small victory for students and scholars who fear the prestige project would sow divisions and elitism.

11 Jul 2014 - 6:05pm 1 comment

US voices support for 2017 election method that is 'credible' to Hong Kong people

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Washington has voiced support for the next chief executive of Hong Kong to be elected by a method that the city’s residents judge to be “credible”.

11 Jul 2014 - 3:17pm 5 comments

Uruguay’s Mujica: the world’s ‘poorest president’

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A former florist, guerrilla and prisoner now known as the world’s poorest president, Uruguayan leader Jose Mujica says he has had “an extraordinary life.”

11 Jul 2014 - 6:46pm

UK report on Hong Kong 'avoids embarrassing Beijing'

Pan-democratic lawmakers have slammed Britain's report on Hong Kong as "weak" and "avoiding embarrassing Beijing" after it did not express a view on Beijing's white paper asserting its authority over the city.

11 Jul 2014 - 3:00pm 15 comments More on Beijing White Paper 2014

‘Sex for secrets’ North Korean ex-spy finds herself ostracised and jobless in South

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Once their espionage cases are resolved, some former North Korean spies find that life in the South can be pretty good. Won Jeong-hwa is not one of those spies.

11 Jul 2014 - 6:24pm More on North Korea

Want your bilingual kids to get ahead? Teach them a third language: computer code

Whether or not they dazzle in final exams, students are expected to be numerate and literate, preferably at least in two languages. But they may soon have to add a third language: code.

11 Jul 2014 - 10:22am

How do rich Chinese elude foreign exchange laws to move their money abroad? Take your pick of ways

Chinese law limits individual citizens to the equivalent of US$50,000 per year in foreign exchange, meaning that anyone who wants to spend more than that overseas must look for alternative ways to move money out.

11 Jul 2014 - 1:43pm 12 comments

Expelled economic adviser and ex-Urumqi chief Yang Gang may be prosecuted for graft

A former deputy director of the economic panel of the country’s top political advisory body has been handed over to the judicial system after the Communist Party investigated and expelled him.

11 Jul 2014 - 5:03pm

Self-made Chinese billionaire's suspended death sentence changed to life in prison

11 Jul 2014 - 5:56pm

Japanese government sued by 75-year-old citizen over military expansion plans

11 Jul 2014 - 5:16pm

Death toll hits 100 as Gaza campaign enters fourth day

11 Jul 2014 - 6:52pm 3 comments

Crying Japanese politician who became internet sensation to quit over expenditure scandal

11 Jul 2014 - 2:57pm 2 comments

John Kerry warns China about hacking's 'chilling' effect on business

11 Jul 2014 - 3:22pm 1 comment

John Kerry warns that legitimacy of Afghan election ‘hangs in balance’

11 Jul 2014 - 9:00pm

US sentences ‘greedy’ chemical engineer to 15 years in prison for selling trade secrets to China

11 Jul 2014 - 1:08pm

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Hong Kong should be truly inclusive

11 Jul 2014 - 4:17pm 3 comments

Sino-German ties show the benefits of being pragmatic

11 Jul 2014 - 8:54am 1 comment

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The Sound of Silence: A Volatility Flare

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China policy tussles: Shanghai is once again swayed by a series of contradicting messages from the top.

11 Jul 2014 - 8:58pm

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Asia

AFGHANISTAN

John Kerry warns that legitimacy of Afghan election ‘hangs in balance’

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Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday Afghanistan’s transition to a self-reliant state hung in the balance after a contested presidential election and urged Afghan officials to focus on auditing the vote count to underpin its legitimacy.

11 Jul 2014 - 9:00pm

China Insider

2014 World Cup

These charts show how China's Weibo has gone mad for the World Cup

11 Jul 2014 1 comment
EDUCATION

Students, faculty up in arms against 'elitist academy' at China's Peking University

11 Jul 2014 1 comment
TECHNOLOGY

Xiaomi teases its next smartphone, due for release July 22

10 Jul 2014 1 comment
CULTURE

How a Chinese government decree could take the glimmer out of Vienna's Golden Music Hall

10 Jul 2014 1 comment
HISTORY

First Chinese government delegation to commemorate China’s WW1 dead in France

10 Jul 2014 1 comment
CRIME

'I strangled her by accident in a blindfolded pillow fight': A killer’s explanation that only Beijing’s high court buys

9 Jul 2014 26 comments
TECHNOLOGY

Xiaomi founder Lei Jun donates HK$93 million worth of stocks to employees

8 Jul 2014 1 comment
CENSORSHIP

Outspoken commentator Li Chengpeng silenced on Chinese social media

8 Jul 2014 3 comments
FOREIGN RELATIONS

Indian PM Modi praised for rebuffing China’s power play on Brics development bank

8 Jul 2014 16 comments
RELIGION

Hong Kong's Cardinal Joseph Zen asks Pope Francis not to visit China

4 Jul 2014 24 comments
TAIWAN

Women's groups criticise Taiwanese advert for 'promoting large breasts as a beauty standard'

7 Jul 2014
CENSORSHIP

Weibo more heavily censored during Hong Kong's July 1 march than on Tiananmen anniversary

4 Jul 2014
ENVIRONMENT

Let it breathe: Beijing considers 'wind tunnels' design for the city to combat smog

2 Jul 2014 5 comments
TAIWAN

Meet 'Square Head Bro', the Taiwanese man with the blockhead hairstyle

4 Jul 2014 1 comment

Business

INSURANCE

Hairy crab farmers get hot-weather insurance

China’s insurance market is developing fast, with policies covering life, cars, property, pets and – hairy crabs.

Mainland crab farmers can now insure the crustaceans to protect a business worth an estimated 450 million yuan (HK$565 million) a year.

11 Jul 2014 - 11:59am
UNCERTAINTY

Acknowledge what you don’t know, says Nobel economist

Policymakers and business leaders need to embrace the unknown if they want to make better decisions, and not be afraid of publicly saying, “I don’t know”, Nobel economics laureate Lars Peter Hansen said.

11 Jul 2014 - 12:15pm 1 comment

Property

Rise in housing prices renews debate on affordability

Housing affordability is back in focus as property prices in the city show signs of picking up.

11 Jul 2014 - 4:30am

Green developer Landsea courts investors with deep pockets

Hong Kong-listed mainland developer Landsea Green Properties is negotiating with mainland financial firms with a view to introducing them as strategic investors via issuance of additional shares, chairman Tian Ming said yesterday, without giving a specific timetable.

11 Jul 2014 - 1:31am

Jinan becomes latest Chinese city to relax home purchase rules

11 Jul 2014

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How US director’s film was nearly derailed by a storm with Ai Weiwei

The Sandstorm ran into trouble when Ai Weiwei, who had agreed to play a cameo role, complained he never agreed to be promoted as the star or gave consent to use his image or name to promote the film.

9 Jul 2014 - 8:23pm More on LIFE

Tai Po’s indie star in the making

7 Jul 2014

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

7 Jul 2014

Australian truffles offer off season alternative

Selling Australian-grown Périgord truffles to French chefs may seem a foolhardy, even impossible goal, but that is exactly what The Truffle & Wine Co has successfully done.

11 Jul 2014 - 12:09am

Feast like a king: Modern restaurants seek to recreate Chinese imperial cuisine

11 Jul 2014 1 comment

We tell you where to find good quality, affordable eateries in Macau

9 Jul 2014

Streaming is gaining ground, but optical discs aren't likely to disappear just yet

The cloud is everywhere, and conventional wisdom suggests that optical discs - the CD, the VCD, the DVD and even the Blu-ray disc - are being superseded by streaming to televisions, tablets and smartphones.

11 Jul 2014 - 12:09am

US$40m towards brain implant that could restore soldiers' memories

10 Jul 2014

British scientists close in on blood test for Alzheimer’s by identifying predictor proteins

9 Jul 2014

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World cup 2014

On the run: Fifa partner executive flees ticket sales arrest

An executive from the World Cup’s hospitality services firm escaped out the back door of his plush Rio de Janeiro hotel on Thursday to avoid arrest on charges of illegally selling tickets, authorities said.

11 Jul 2014 - 10:38am More on World Cup 2014

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