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Chinese banking’s rising star Mao Xiaofeng faces probe over links to ex-presidential aide Ling Jihua

Minsheng Bank chief Mao Xiaofeng was taken away by China's anti-graft watchdog recently to assist in an investigation. Photo: Weibo New

What has caused the rise and surprising fall of Mao Xiaofeng, the youngest-ever president of any listed bank in China? It’s all about Chinese politics.

Saturday, 31 January, 2015, 6:41pm 11 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

AirAsia captain 'left his seat' before fatal crash in Java Sea, say investigation sources

AirAsia captain 'left his seat' before fatal crash in Java Sea, say investigation sources New

The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control.

31 Jan 2015 - 5:08pm 1 comment More on AirAsia flight QZ8501

Mainland regulators, Alibaba tone down their spat over 'fake goods' accusations

Jack Ma has promised to combat fake goods. His company, Alibaba has been ranked China's second-most valuable brand with a value of US$59.7 billion. Photo: AP

The spat between Alibaba Group Holding and mainland regulators took on a more conciliatory tone with chairman Jack Ma promising to combat fake products.

31 Jan 2015 - 1:55pm 1 comment More on Alibaba

France seeks better access for its goods to China through ‘rebalanced’ trade

Premier Li Keqiang and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls inspect honour guards during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Thursday called for a “rebalance” of trade with China during his first official visit, as he sought to attract investment in France’s stalling economy.

30 Jan 2015 - 6:21pm

Angry relatives of flight MH370 victims reject Malaysia's findings, turn down payouts

Relatives for the victims of MH370 Malaysian Airline missing flight hold a press conference in Subang Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur. Photo: EPA

Traumatised relatives of MH370 passengers blasted the Malaysian government for declaring the passengers and crew dead without evidence of the plane’s fate.

31 Jan 2015 - 2:39pm More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

'It's like a Hangover movie': Hong Kong businessman charged for drunk, naked break-in at US home

A US judge overseeing the case of the Hong Kong wedding guest compared the situation to the "Hangover" movie franchise, which deal with American best friends who take drunken debauchery to new levels. Photo: AP

A Hong Kong businessman has been charged with breaking into a US home after getting drunk at a wedding and causing extensive damage, in a case the judge says "read like a Hangover movie".

31 Jan 2015 - 4:04pm 4 comments

Sichuan province officials vow to erase the legacy of former strongman Zhou Yongkang

Newspaper announce the investigation of Zhou Yongkang last year. Photo: Nora Tam

Sichuan has vowed to erase the legacy of disgraced former security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who was the provincial party secretary more than a decade ago, Xinhua reports.

31 Jan 2015 - 5:00am 1 comment More on Zhou Yongkang

Ivy League pitches for Chinese students amid broader drive to attract more foreigners

Ivy League pitches for Chinese students amid broader drive to attract more foreigners

Top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their finances.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:22am 1 comment

China to step up anti-graft drive in media and broadcasting sector

People gather to watch a sports event on television. China's graft-busters are intensifying their crackdown on corruption in the media industry. Photo: Xinhua

Focus will be on hotbeds for corruption, including advertisement deals and news reporting

31 Jan 2015 - 7:03am 1 comment

'I won't run for president': Romney ends weeks of speculation by refusing a third campaign

Romney at Mississippi State University this week. Photo: AP

Republican Mitt Romney, after a three-week flirtation with another run for president, said definitively that he will not seek the White House in 2016.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:17am

Japan says hostage negotiations with Islamic State are ‘deadlocked’

Japan’s vice-foreign minister has said negotiations with Islamic State, which is threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist, have become “deadlocked,” local media reported on Saturday.

31 Jan 2015 - 2:53pm

Chinese universities ordered to ban textbooks that promote Western values

Mainland education authorities have pledged to redouble efforts to limit the use of foreign textbooks in universities to stem infiltration of "Western values".

31 Jan 2015 - 12:48am 130 comments
Suzhou's replica London Tower Bridge is seen from a river bank strewn with rubbish and building rubble. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Scenic Chinese area with London Tower Bridge knockoff is choking with rubbish

31 Jan 2015 - 11:55am 1 comment
China should allow its people freedom of religious belief.

China should welcome Catholic Church, and other faith traditions, for the moral good of society

30 Jan 2015 - 8:07pm 12 comments
The new e-commerce venture will be launched as part of the existing Ctrip.com site next week

Online travel firm's expansion into e-commerce could harm Hong Kong store sales

31 Jan 2015 - 4:25am 4 comments
Taiwanese former president Chen Shui-bian reads news about his prison release in a local newspaper at his home in Kaohsiung earlier this month. Photo: EPA

Ex-Taiwan president still in poor health and needs care at home: prison medics

31 Jan 2015 - 12:39pm
Eugene De Kock in Pretoria, 1998. Photo: AFP

South Africa’s ‘Prime Evil’ apartheid killer Eugene de Kock freed on parole

30 Jan 2015 - 9:37pm
Less than 40pc of Taobao goods meet retail standards, SAIC says

Playing the blame game over fake goods sold on China's Taobao

31 Jan 2015 - 3:38am
Bai Yunjiang was sentenced to death last June for rape, murder and robbery. Photo: Sina.com

Man executed over rape and murder of girl his pregnant wife lured into their home

31 Jan 2015 - 11:21am
A CCTV grab of the Chinese snatch thief running out of the train after snatching the passenger's iPhone 6 Plus. Photo: Sina.cn

Subway snatch thief caught after he drops own phone while making off with iPhone

30 Jan 2015 - 6:19pm
 Illustration: Sarene Chan

Alibaba's battle with regulators threatens to damage brand China

31 Jan 2015 - 9:38am
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (left) meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday. Valls is on a three-day trip to China to boost business links. Photo: Xinhua

France tries to ease China's fears over waning euro

31 Jan 2015 - 4:53am

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Samsung joins the hands-free washing brigade with Wi-fi-enabled appliances.

Make light of wash day with the smart laundry machines of the future

Residents of Tai Hang enjoy great views of the neighbourhood.

Hanging out in Tai Hang: Hong Kong’s charming little neighbourhood with a big heart

Flourishing luxury car market edging out China’s cheaper domestic brands

Flourishing luxury car market edging out China’s cheaper domestic brands

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Leader

China's military parade will carry many messages

China's military parade will carry many messages

31 Jan 2015 - 6:58am 5 comments
A hospital staff checks and packs surgical equipment. Photo: Lo Wei

Independent body a better medicine

31 Jan 2015 - 6:58am

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30 Jan 2015
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Insight

China should welcome Catholic Church, and other faith traditions, for the moral good of society

China should allow its people freedom of religious belief. G. BIN ZHAO

Last week, as Pope Francis passed through Chinese airspace after his visit to the Philippines, he sent a telegram to Chinese President Xi Jinping , it was reported, to again express his willingness to visit China.

30 Jan 2015 - 8:07pm 12 comments

Focus

Alibaba's battle with regulators threatens to damage brand China

 Illustration: Sarene Chan Toh Han Shih

"Open sesame" was the codeword used in the Ali Baba children's folktale to reveal the treasure cave. But "open season" seems to be the more apt phrase in the row between regulators and Alibaba executives.

31 Jan 2015 - 9:38am

Harry's View

Asia

AirAsia captain 'left his seat' before fatal crash in Java Sea, say investigation sources AVIATION

AirAsia captain 'left his seat' before fatal crash in Java Sea, say investigation sources

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The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control.

31 Jan 2015 - 5:08pm 1 comment More on AirAsia flight QZ8501

World

a special unit of the Ukrainian armed forces lines up during a farewell ceremony in Kharkiv. Photo: Reuters UKRAINE

Kiev hopes for stalled truce talks despite separatist vow to push offensive

Kiev’s pro-Western leaders hope to hold truce talks on Saturday with pro-Russian separatists despite the rebels’ vow to push their latest offensive in eastern Ukraine if the negotiations should fail.

31 Jan 2015 - 4:22pm

China Insider

Three people died when a bus crashed on the way from Guangzhou to Leizhou. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: three dead, 10 injured in Guangzhou bus crash

31 Jan 2015
The endangered South China tiger cub, which is now feeding normally at a zoo in Jiangxi province after a breeder was found to have repeatedly hit the cub. Photo: Chinanews.com CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: endangered South China tiger cub nursed back to health after abuse at zoo

30 Jan 2015
The bullhead shark suddenly appeared among the colourful balloons as a PLA Navy gunner was about to pull trigger. Photo: PLA Navy MILITARY

Don’t shoot! Curious bullhead shark halts China military exercise

29 Jan 2015 7 comments
President Xi Jinping is targeting corruption in state enterprises. Photo: Reuters Anti-corruption

China launches massive suicide survey after party officials’ deaths during graft crackdown

29 Jan 2015 2 comments
More than 80,000 visitors went to Beijing's Palace Museum on 42 days last year. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing’s Palace Museum to limit visitors to 80,000 a day over security fears

28 Jan 2015
Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says the outbreak has been brought under control. HEALTH

Measles outbreak hits Beijing office building, prompting emergency vaccinations

28 Jan 2015
Beijing police warned women in 2013 not to wear miniskirts, hot pants or skimpy clothing in the summer to avoid sexual harassment. Photo: Reuters CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing advisers call for women-only carriages to fight sexual harassment

27 Jan 2015
The photo shows a policeman lifted a woman by the collar and threw her on the pavement as dozens of fellow officers watched. SOCIETY

Police in three Chinese provinces take heat after ‘brutality’ images surface online

28 Jan 2015
Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff HEALTH

Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff

27 Jan 2015
The diners are seen walking out of the seafood restaurant in this photo taken by Southern Metropolis Daily. MEDIA

Chinese police officials suspended after allegedly assaulting journalists at 'secretive' banquet

27 Jan 2015
Workmen tried twice - and failed both times - to fill a large hole that kept appearing in the street beside a building in Deshengmen Inner Street, Beijing early on Saturday. Photo: China News CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: residents' underground digging sparks Beijing night road collapse

27 Jan 2015
Hell bank notes, used as offerings to the dead, can sometimes resemble the real thing late at night. Photo: SCMP Pictures SOCIETY

Taxi passenger suffers heart attack after being given ‘hell bank note’ in change

26 Jan 2015 1 comment
Smoke billows from the chimney of a factory in Foshan, which recorded Guangdong province's worst air quality in last year's final quarter. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Foshan’s air quality worst in Guangdong during final quarter of last year

25 Jan 2015
A man bumped into his former girlfriend recently but but the reunion quickly turned sour when he demanded she return his SIM card, which she then swallowed. Photo: Bloomberg Around the nation

Around the nation: Woman swallows ex-boyfriend's SIM card during row

23 Jan 2015

Business

A strong rally in the share market has prompted the CSRC to step in to cool irrational enthusiasm. Photo: Xinhua REGULATION

Chinese mutual fund houses punished over insider dealing cases

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China's securities regulator has imposed a temporary ban on new product launches by five mutual fund firms after their employees were found to have committed insider trading.

30 Jan 2015 - 11:39pm
STOCKS

Shanghai-HK share price gap for Chinese developers set to continue

The share price gap between mainland property developers listed in Hong Kong and Shanghai will continue despite the scheme linking the two markets.

30 Jan 2015 - 10:16pm

Property

Some 74,000 new homes are projected to come on the market over the next three to four years, says government report. Photo: Sam Tsang HOUSING

Hong Kong private housing supply jumps to 8-year high

Hong Kong's new private housing supply rose to an eight-year high of 15,700 units last year, with analysts saying the city has started the transition to a period of more sustainable flat supply.

31 Jan 2015 - 2:06am 1 comment
Architect and campaign organiser Corrin Chan. Photo: Nora Tam

Poll to decide Hong Kong's most liked architecture of the last century

Despite the dazzling skyline around Victoria Harbour and soaring towers everywhere, Hong Kong doesn't celebrate its architecture the way cities such as Barcelona, Chicago, Istanbul, London, Rome and Tel Aviv do.

30 Jan 2015 - 11:05am 4 comments More on LIFE

Hong Kong needs to respect the arts, architect Jacques Herzog says in West Kowloon

30 Jan 2015 4 comments

Occupy Central changed the way Hongkongers think, says artist

28 Jan 2015
Travancore fish curry from Golden Peacock at The Venetian Macao.

Bombay Dreams and Golden Peacock earned Michelin nods while sticking to their roots

Indian restaurants in the Pearl River Delta are trying to convince customers there can be a refined and elegant side to a cuisine often sold as cheap and cheerful.

30 Jan 2015 - 6:34am

Boutique spirits come to Hong Kong, like craft beers before them

30 Jan 2015

Eat like the Tsangs once did at ex-Government House chef's restaurant

30 Jan 2015
The 39-metre-tall rocket, built and flown by United Launch Alliance, scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Photo: AP

Nasa to launch satellite that can detect soil moisture for drought, flood monitoring

An unmanned Delta 2 rocket is being prepared for launch today to put a Nasa satellite into orbit that is expected to improve drought monitoring and flooding forecasts.

31 Jan 2015 - 3:23pm

Apple's China surge vaults it to global smartphone tie with Samsung

30 Jan 2015

The phone with two faces: Russian YotaPhone2 takes on Samsung and Apple

30 Jan 2015

Magazines

Sport

Novak Djokovic's fist pump shows his satisfaction at beating Stan Wawrinka to reach his fifth Australian Open final and is bidding to be the first man to win five. Photos: Reuters

Djokovic powers to fifth Australian Open final

Novak Djokovic once again stood tall at the Australian Open as he reached his fourth final in the past five years with another five-set victory over Stan Wawrinka, the man who dumped him out of Melbourne Park last year

30 Jan 2015 - 11:30pm More on Australian Open 2015

Magazines

Solo mission: Reese Witherspoon has garnered rave reviews for her turn in Wild.

Your guide to the best films and live acts from here to March

With the Oscars looming and a string of top live music acts descending on Hong Kong, the next two months promise a feast for the eyes and ears. Here’s our guide to the best movie openings and live shows.

29 Jan 2015 - 11:06am

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