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HK$15 million gone in minutes after van spills bundles of cash on busy Hong Kong motorway

Cash is strewn over Gloucester Road in Wan Chai. Photo: SCMP Update

Some motorists and passers-by treated themselves to an early Christmas in Hong Kong after a cash transport van with a faulty rear gate spilled millions of dollars in bundles banknotes across a busy motorway in Wan Chai at lunchtime.

Thursday, 25 December, 2014, 8:09am 26 comments

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 1 comment

Small clashes on Christmas Eve as Hong Kong protesters try to keep Umbrella movement alive

Protesters hold up a yellow umbrella and banners demanding true universal suffrage in Mong Kok. Photo: Chris Lau Update

Brief clashes broke out between police and protesters in Mong Kok late on Christmas Eve after a large crowd carrying yellow-coloured accessories, symbolic of the Umbrella Movement, gathered at Sai Yeung Choi Street South chanting slogans.

25 Dec 2014 - 8:58am 3 comments More on Occupy Central

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.

24 Dec 2014 - 4:27pm 3 comments More on Shinzo Abe

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

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

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

Growing popularity of Christmas in China sparks Lapland tourism boom

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

Santa Claus is coming to town - a Chinese town, that is. As Hong Kong turns on its Christmas lights, mainland China is also getting into the festive spirit with a growing number of events starring the jolly man in red.

24 Dec 2014 - 9:59am

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

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 8 comments More on Ling Jihua

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

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 has been called upon to "come clean" on agreements it struck with China before the handover on controversial issues such as universal suffrage and right of abode.

24 Dec 2014 - 8:34am 20 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

Disgraced Rafael Hui Si-yan, who was "blinded by the desire to sustain the high life", was jailed for 7½ years, becoming the highest-ranking former Hong Kong official ever to be locked up.

24 Dec 2014 - 4:04am 29 comments More on Rafael Hui Si-yan

Ling Jihua 'to face same fate as Bo Xilai'

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 3 comments More on Ling Jihua

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

New 25 Dec 2014 - 8:27am
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
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is surrounded by well-wishers during a visit to a textile mill in Pyongyang. Photo: AFP

North Korea suffers internet meltdown, and Washington won't say if it is to blame

24 Dec 2014 - 3:06am 2 comments
HIV tests are taken in the Roka commune of Cambodia's Battambang province. Photo: Xinhua

'Good doctor' in Cambodian village faces life sentence for allegedly infecting at least 140 people with HIV

24 Dec 2014 - 6:33am
A close-up view of Taiwan's, the Tuo Jiang, which is equipped with domestically produced anti-ship missiles. Photo: SCMP

‘Stealth’ frigate handed over to Taiwan's Navy

24 Dec 2014 - 6:12am
Mainland China's state-run newspapers widely carried short reports on the corruption inquiry into former presidential aide Ling Jihua. Photo montage: Evangeline Lam

China's state media only carries bare bones reports on Ling Jihua corruption probe

24 Dec 2014 - 5:05am 1 comment
Light emitted by e-readers affected the body's release of the sleep hormone melatonin.

E-readers harm sleep quality, study finds

24 Dec 2014 - 3:44am 1 comment

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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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Leader

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 14 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 8 comments

Harry's View

China

A picture on the website of the local government in Chongzuo, Guangxi shows local officials visiting an injured policeman in hospital. Photo: SCMP Pictures CRIME

Chinese police kill ‘religious extremist’ near Vietnam border

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Chinese police in the southwestern region of Guangxi stopped a group of “religious extremists” from illegally crossing into neighbouring Vietnam after shooting one person dead and detaining 21 others, local authorities said.

24 Dec 2014 - 4:08pm 5 comments

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 4 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
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

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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22 Dec 2014 - 10:14am

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