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China signals interest in playing bigger role in Afghanistan

Beijing yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to helping war-torn Afghanistan end decades of bloodshed, and called on the country's political factions to set aside their differences.

Saturday, 1 November, 2014, 3:25am 1 comment

Corrupt coal official had 200 million yuan in cash stashed at home, prosecutors say

Investigators found more than 200 million yuan (HK$252 million) in cash at the home of a mainland energy official - the biggest haul of corrupt money since the establishment of the People's Republic.

1 Nov 2014 - 8:26am

Graft inspectors find extensive problems on Sichuan tour

The fight against corruption in Sichuan , a power base of former security chief Zhou Yongkang , was still a challenge, inspectors from the central anti-graft agency said yesterday after a two-month investigation.

1 Nov 2014 - 4:34am

Pilot killed as Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes in desert during test flight

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A passenger spaceship being developed by Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other.

1 Nov 2014 - 8:51am

Halloween costumes banned on Beijing subway as Apec summit security stepped up

Beijing police have warned people they face arrest for wearing Halloween fancy dress on the subway as it may cause crowds to gather and create “trouble”, a state-run newspaper said on Friday.

31 Oct 2014 - 3:59pm 1 comment

Beijing to open up card clearing business

Chinese regulators plan to open the yuan-denominated credit-card clearing business to foreign companies from August, a source at the country's largest credit-card supplier said.

1 Nov 2014 - 8:26am

Myanmar parliament will consider allowing Suu Kyi to run for presidency

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Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's constitution - which currently bars Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president - ahead of crucial elections next year.

1 Nov 2014 - 8:26am More on Aung San Suu Kyi

Boys sue over father’s loss on missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Two Malaysian children sued Malaysia Airlines and the government yesterday over the loss of their father on Flight MH370, the first lawsuit filed in the country by relatives of those aboard the missing jet.

1 Nov 2014 - 8:25am 2 comments More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

China to send elite army unit to help fight Ebola in Liberia

China will dispatch an elite PLA unit to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to UN calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa.

1 Nov 2014 - 8:27am More on Ebola Virus

Guangzhou clarifies size of African community amid fears over Ebola virus

A deputy mayor of Guangzhou has sought to allay fears over Ebola disease, saying yesterday that 16,000 African people live in the city, contrary to rumours there were nearly half a million.

1 Nov 2014 - 4:34am 1 comment More on Ebola Virus

Bank of Japan's surprise stimulus summons bullish Halloween spirits

Japan ignited a Halloween rally in Asian markets by announcing a surprise expansion of monetary stimulus just days after the US Federal Reserve ended its bond buying programme.

1 Nov 2014 - 4:28am

China's shadow banking market third-largest in the world

1 Nov 2014 - 8:28am 1 comment

Thirty-somethings leading China’s fox hunt fugitive chase

31 Oct 2014 - 5:45pm

Foreign flood filling Islamic State ranks, UN and US intelligence say

1 Nov 2014 - 4:14am 1 comment

Labour’s Ed Miliband plays down polls predicting wipeout in Scotland

31 Oct 2014 - 10:13pm

Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore forced to step down after 27 years

1 Nov 2014 - 4:05am

US health authorities brace for confusion over flu and Ebola

1 Nov 2014 - 4:14am

Former Nagasaki mayor Hitoshi Motoshima dies aged 92

1 Nov 2014 - 3:40am

Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque reopens but under heavy police guard

1 Nov 2014 - 4:15am

EU deal sees Russia resume natural gas supplies to Ukraine for winter

1 Nov 2014 - 3:58am

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Leader

James Tien's call on CY Leung to resign show there's room for dissent

1 Nov 2014 - 5:14am 5 comments

Hong Kong well placed to further develop cruise ship business

1 Nov 2014 - 6:17am 1 comment

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Insight

Pan-democrat leaders have utterly failed student protesters

GRENVILLE CROSS

The assurance by the former chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, that the central authorities will not use force to remove Occupy protesters, as they have confidence that the police force can handle the situation, is welcome.

1 Nov 2014 - 4:58am 31 comments

Focus

The Occupy protests: a month that shook Hong Kong to its core

Gary Cheung

Hong Kong changed forever when, at 1.45am on September 28, Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting declared the start of the civil-disobedience campaign.

28 Oct 2014 - 11:44am 54 comments

Harry's View

China

CORRUPTION

Corrupt coal official had 200 million yuan in cash stashed at home, prosecutors say

Investigators found more than 200 million yuan (HK$252 million) in cash at the home of a mainland energy official - the biggest haul of corrupt money since the establishment of the People's Republic.

1 Nov 2014 - 8:26am

Business

MARKETS

Bank of Japan's surprise stimulus summons bullish Halloween spirits

Japan ignited a Halloween rally in Asian markets by announcing a surprise expansion of monetary stimulus just days after the US Federal Reserve ended its bond buying programme.

1 Nov 2014 - 4:28am
REGULATION

Beijing to open up card clearing business

Chinese regulators plan to open the yuan-denominated credit-card clearing business to foreign companies from August, a source at the country's largest credit-card supplier said.

1 Nov 2014 - 8:26am

Property

HOUSING

2,160 cheap flats to go on sale next month

Some 2,160 new subsidised flats will go on the market at the end of next month at prices of as little as HK$1.9 million, sources with knowledge of the plan said.

1 Nov 2014 - 6:26am 1 comment

The A-Z of Hello Kitty: From tanks and planes to wedding dresses and AK-47s

Hello Kitty turns 40 on Saturday, and to mark the world's most famous cat-who-is-not-a-cat's birthday, we put her

31 Oct 2014 - 12:46pm

Director Teddy Chen reaffirms his love of martial arts in his latest offering

30 Oct 2014

On the rebound: RubberBand's redemption songs

30 Oct 2014

Burgundy buyer seaches China for the best vintages

Jasper Morris, master of wine, is the Burgundy buyer for Berry Bros & Rudd, and the author of Inside Burgundy, an authoritative and critically acclaimed in depth study of the region.

31 Oct 2014 - 11:05am

Hawaiian dishes are new arrivals on the local dining scene

31 Oct 2014

Life after the goose feud: brothers open new restaurants in wake of Yung Kee battle

28 Oct 2014 1 comment

Building houses with 3D printing technology

Imagine if you could press "start" on a printer and watch your house take shape before your eyes. Well, it's happening already. From Shanghai to Amsterdam, from Los Angeles to London, the race is on to build the world's first commercially viable 3D-printed house.

30 Oct 2014 - 5:34pm 1 comment

Is cow's milk as good for us as we thought? Study suggests not

30 Oct 2014

Google explores early warning system for serious illnesses

30 Oct 2014

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Sport

RACING

Rich Tapestry's 'date with destiny just the start': Michael Chang

On the eve of Rich Tapestry's date with destiny at the Breeder's Cup, trailblazing trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai already has his eyes on the future and says the era of Hong Kong horses conquering the world may have only just begun.

1 Nov 2014 - 1:03am

Magazines

Hello Kitty exhibition opens in Hong Kong as icon celebrates 40th birthday

Is she a cat? A schoolgirl called Kitty White? Or a cultural phenomenon that some are still grappling to understand?

30 Oct 2014 - 11:13am 2 comments

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