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Singapore says final farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew

The body of Lee Kuan Yew is transferred atop a gun carriage as they leave Parliament House during a funeral procession. Photo: AFP Update

When Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore prime minister in 1988, he declared: 'Even from my sickbed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.'

Monday, 30 March, 2015, 10:36am 24 comments More on Lee Kuan Yew

Bill Gates tells China to learn from Japan's mistakes when it comes to innovation

Microsoft founder Bill Gates speaks at the 2015 Boao Forum in Hainan, China. Photo: Xinhua

China should learn from the US and Japan's mistakes and successes when it comes to the country's state-led artificial intelligence research project, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said on Sunday.

30 Mar 2015 - 12:31pm More on The Next Big Thing

Tesla boss Elon Musk 'misled' by local speculators but won't give up China market

A Tesla Model S seen next to a charging station in Hong Kong. Photo: Edward Wong

Elon Musk, prominent US tech industry leader, has learned a hard lesson from market speculators in China, though the founder of electric car maker Tesla says he won't give up there.

30 Mar 2015 - 11:41am More on Tesla

Cherry blossom wars: China growers claim symbol of Japan as their own

Joggers run past cherry blossom in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Old literary references prove flower synonymous with Japan originated on Chinese soil, argues association, after South Korea has also laid claim to the species

30 Mar 2015 - 12:58pm 2 comments

Chinese navy evacuates Chinese nationals from war-torn Yemen

An armed man stands guard in front of a tank in Aden, Yemen. Air raids began in the country late last week. Photo: AFP

China had started evacuating its 590 citizens from war-torn Yemen, Foreign Minister Wang Yi confirmed, as Arab leaders vowed to continue Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels.

30 Mar 2015 - 3:32am 1 comment

Russian dual-screen smartphone given by Putin to Xi to go on sale in China

The YotaPhone 2's electronic-ink screen can display updates even on low-battery. Photo: Yota Devices

Russian dual-screen smartphone Yota, which President Vladimir Putin gave to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping late last year, will go on sale in China from April.

30 Mar 2015 - 11:06am More on The Next Big Thing

Boy, 4, survives five-storey fall from Hong Kong bathroom window

The boy fell from a bathroom window in Yau Ma Tei: File photo New

A four-year-old boy survived a five-storey plunge after crawling through a window at a flat in Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, shortly after 4pm yesterday.

30 Mar 2015 - 9:55am

China's central bank on alert for deflation

Governor of People's Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan speaks at a sub-forum during the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia. Photo: Xinhua

PBOC chief Zhou Xiaochuan warns of need for vigilance as some prices take a hit from weaker demand in the domestic economy.

30 Mar 2015 - 11:40am 1 comment More on Chinese Economy

AIIB welcomes Australia and Denmark, as more US allies apply to join Beijing-led bank

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey says in a joint statement that good progress has been made on the AIIB's design but some key matters are still to be resolved. Photo: Xinhua

China welcomed Australia and Denmark's move to join its new development bank on Sunday, with the two countries becoming the latest US allies to show support for Beijing's efforts.

30 Mar 2015 - 8:39am 1 comment

No need for promises of more political reform, says top Beijing official

Zhang Rongshun says there is no need for Beijing to promise the election model can be changed after the package is passed.

There is no need for Beijing to promise that the election model for the chief executive could be amended beyond 2017 as this is already guaranteed by the Basic Law, mainland official on legal affairs Zhang Rongshun has said.

30 Mar 2015 - 9:07am 7 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Tsunami warning after Papua New Guinea hit by 7.7 quake

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A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea Monday, US seismologists said, with “hazardous” tsunami waves possible within 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) of the epicentre.

30 Mar 2015 - 9:35am

Mainland China officials says innovation can fail in talk on Hong Kong's Basic Law

Any innovative system can fail, a top Beijing official said in reference to Hong Kong's Basic Law - before stressing that he strongly believed the "one country, two systems" principle would prove a success.

30 Mar 2015 - 8:47am 9 comments More on Universal Suffrage
Ou Shaokun documents abuse of government cars. Photo: Joe Tan

Anti-graft activist Ou Shaokun 'caught with prostitute' in Hunan raid

30 Mar 2015 - 5:27am 1 comment
Pro-Taiwan independence activists in Taipei display banners opposing the M503 flight route on Thursday. Photo: AFP

China's controversial flight route M503 takes off despite protests in Taiwan

30 Mar 2015 - 1:32pm 1 comment
Lee Kuan Yew's casket sits covered by Singapore's flag behind a portrait of the founding prime minister at yesterday's state funeral. Photo: Reuters

Focus on Lee Kuan Yew's achievements may boost People's Action Party

30 Mar 2015 - 10:09am
A display for the proposed Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on the Olympic Green in Beijing. Photo: AP

Beijing's Winter Olympics bid praised by IOC inspectors

30 Mar 2015 - 5:27am 1 comment
Tourists dive in the aquarium at Haichang Polar Ocean World in Chengdu, Sichuan. Haichang plans to open a polar theme park in Shanghai. Photo: Xinhua

Polar Ocean Park to join Disneyland at centre of Shanghai's effort to become global tourism hub

30 Mar 2015 - 1:34pm
The bubbly flows as the outstanding Fiji squad celebrate their victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Another stunner from fabulous Fiji at Hong Kong Sevens

30 Mar 2015 - 11:46am 1 comment
About 38 per cent of the city's background radiation comes from the air in the form of radon, a gas which enters the lungs as particles and cannot come out. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong's background radiation levels 'astounding', says former top official

30 Mar 2015 - 9:40am 12 comments
Ratna Lestari Harjana says if Indonesia manages to have good governance, the foreign investors will be confident.

Indonesia woos Hong Kong investors with infrastructure development plan

30 Mar 2015 - 8:40am 2 comments
No actual kidnappings have been reported so far, but messages have been circulating among parents that many others had received similar scam calls. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Schools urge parents to be vigilant in wake of phone kidnap threat scams in Hong Kong

30 Mar 2015 - 10:49am
Financial Secretary John Tsang last month announced a review of the 174-year-old organisation's business operations. Photo: May Tse

Hongkong Post urged to use global links to expand e-commerce business

30 Mar 2015 - 10:29am

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Top rural policy officials say that instead of exhausting resources and stressing the environment, pursuit of yield must be balanced with equal focus on quality and efficiency and environmental protection. Photo: Xinhua

China should speed up shift in improving food quality

30 Mar 2015 - 8:43am
The Home Ownership Scheme is highly sought after, with an over-subscription rate of more than 60 times. Photo: Felix Wong

Affordable housing must have the support of all Hong Kong people

30 Mar 2015 - 7:00am 3 comments

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Beijing sees only a distorted version of the Singapore model

People in Singapore observe a minute's silence on Sunday to mourn the late Lee Kuan Yew. Through competitive elections, Singaporean voters have the power to decide if the PAP should stay in power. Photo: AFP Minxin Pei

The death of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding father, offers an occasion to reflect on his legacy - and, perhaps more importantly, on whether that legacy has been correctly understood.

30 Mar 2015 - 1:22pm

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Focus on Lee Kuan Yew's achievements may boost People's Action Party

Lee Kuan Yew's casket sits covered by Singapore's flag behind a portrait of the founding prime minister at yesterday's state funeral. Photo: Reuters ZURAIDAH IBRAHIM

Support for the party founded by Lee has waned in recent years, with its share of the vote falling to a historic low of 60 per cent in May 2011. But all that could be set to change. 

30 Mar 2015 - 10:09am

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Rapper Kanye West here to make waves

With a new album and a fashion line, pop culture's most polarising figure Kanye West is here to make waves.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:52pm

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Why French couple chose Hong Kong for art gallery

28 Mar 2015 1 comment
A giant strawberry, called a 'Skyberry', for sale at a fruit shop in Tokyo. Photo: Kyodo

Luxury strawberries take Japanese market by storm with specialty producers vying to be top of the pile

Growers of giant, juicy, sweet strawberries are competing to be Japan's top strawberry brand, reflecting an increase in demand both at home and abroad, as well as efforts to promote local produce and stimulate prefectural economies.

30 Mar 2015 - 1:22pm

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28 Mar 2015 1 comment
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DNA studies shed light on genetic mixing across four continents

The internet and modern genetics have been a pair of high-wattage searchlights slicing through one of the darkest periods of modern human history: more than three centuries of conquest, slave trade and population displacement in the Americas.

29 Mar 2015 - 8:58am

Nitrogen emissions in smog threatens to 'massacre' world's forests: Chinese scientists

29 Mar 2015 3 comments

Destroying the soil is going to be the death of us if we're not careful

29 Mar 2015

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The bubbly flows as the outstanding Fiji squad celebrate their victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Another stunner from fabulous Fiji at Hong Kong Sevens

Fiji were untouchable as they swept to a popular 33-19 victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday night.

30 Mar 2015 - 11:46am 1 comment More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015

Aussies show signs of sevens rugby resurgence after winning Plate

The glory days of Australian rugby sevens might be a distant memory for some and laughed off as pure myth by others but there were signs of life in the Green and Gold at the Hong Kong Sevens as they lifted the Plate with a 21-17 victory over the United States.

30 Mar 2015 - 2:20am More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015

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Vivienne Tam's tale of two cities: from Hong Kong girl to New York success story

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Hong Kong's most iconic design export, Vivienne Tam tells Jing Zhang about bridging the East-West fashion divide, and why she had to move to New York to make it in her hometown.

28 Mar 2015 - 11:27pm 5 comments

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