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Life in jail: unusually harsh sentence for Uygur scholar Ilham Tohti for inciting separatism

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An outspoken ethnic Uygur economics professor has been sentenced to life in prison on charges that he sought to split China.

Tuesday, 23 September, 2014, 5:31pm 48 comments

One-third of Chinese do not speak Putonghua, says Education Ministry

As many as three in 10 of China’s 1.3 billion population are unable to communicate in Putonghua, China’s Education Ministry said during an annual event to promote the official language.

23 Sep 2014 - 9:43am 14 comments

Rare ‘stone man syndrome’ turning Chinese teenager's body to bone

A teenager from Sichuan province who complained of stiff ankles was found to be suffering from a genetic disease that will eventually “freeze” her entire body.

23 Sep 2014 - 4:59pm

Chinese state media commentary over Great Leap Forward death toll draws fierce online debate

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A commentary on the Great Leap Forward has come under fire after it said studies which concluded tens of millions starved to death were “schemes of Western hostile forces”.

23 Sep 2014 - 7:22pm 10 comments

Chinese restaurant owner laced noodles with poppy to get customers addicted

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A noodle shop owner was detained after he was discovered to have been adding parts of a poppy plant – from which opium is made – to food so that customers would keep coming back.

23 Sep 2014 - 4:57pm 4 comments

Philippine mall forced to remove T-shirts calling rape a 'snuggle with a struggle'

The Philippines' biggest mall operator said Tuesday it had withdrawn from its shelves a T-shirt that made fun of rape, following social media outrage.

24 Sep 2014 - 3:27am

US and Arab allies strike Islamic State in Syria from air and sea

Update

The United States and Arab allies launched strikes from the air and sea against Islamic State militants in Syria on Tuesday, opening a new front in the battle against the jihadists.

23 Sep 2014 - 11:49pm 2 comments

12 killed as explosion rips through fireworks factory in China

An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern China killed 12 people and injured 33 others, the local government said on Tuesday.

23 Sep 2014 - 6:54pm 1 comment

Spiked batons, neck-chains and shock shields: Report slams China's 'tools of torture' trade

Amnesty has criticised China in a new report for failing to regulate the production and trade of excessively violent law enforcement equipment such as spiked batons or thumb cuffs.

24 Sep 2014 - 3:06am 14 comments

Jack Ma displaces property tycoon to top China rich list

Jack Ma Yun, the 50-year-old co-founder and chairman of mainland e-commerce giant Alibaba, has topped this year's Hurun China Rich List, with the number of US dollar billionaires on the mainland increasing by 39 to 354.

24 Sep 2014 - 3:31am More on Jack Ma

Beijing to take a more active role in Hong Kong's affairs, hints Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping has reiterated that the central government's policies towards Hong Kong will remain unchanged but hinted that Beijing would play a more active role in the city's affairs.

23 Sep 2014 - 4:54pm 73 comments More on Universal Suffrage

China's carbon emissions more than US and EU combined, data shows

23 Sep 2014 - 7:57pm 12 comments

Snoozing policeman who let convict escape is jailed for breach of duty

23 Sep 2014 - 3:56pm

Chinese Tesla owners complain of insurance hassle and long delays for repairs

23 Sep 2014 - 7:21pm 3 comments

'Privacy-safe' search engine DuckDuckGo latest internet service to get blocked in China

24 Sep 2014 - 3:07am 7 comments

Indian PM Narendra Modi ups fashion ante for maiden US visit

24 Sep 2014 - 3:19am

Unleash your inner animal: Bear Camp is Hong Kong's latest fitness craze

23 Sep 2014 - 6:41pm 4 comments

China's 'rotten meat' scandal firm sacks 340 people at Shanghai plant

23 Sep 2014 - 9:05am

'Kill them in their bedrooms': Islamic State calls for attacks in US, Canada and Europe

23 Sep 2014 - 4:49am 7 comments

Fresh attacks kill 2 in Xinjiang as Beijing releases guidelines on prosecuting terrorism

22 Sep 2014 - 6:36pm 8 comments

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Leader

With transparency, China can lead world in safe nuclear power

23 Sep 2014 - 8:24am 4 comments

Government plan to extend railway network is welcome

23 Sep 2014 - 8:29am 1 comment

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23 Sep 2014
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Insight

Now the UK must heal itself

Chris Patten PROJECT SYNDICATE

The people of Scotland voted by a comfortable margin of about 10 per cent to remain part of the United Kingdom - not least because of the campaigning of three Labour politicians, Alastair Darling, Gordon Brown and Jim Murphy.

23 Sep 2014 - 1:46am 9 comments

Focus

Natural gas boom may be undermining climate change efforts

MCT

Natural-gas wells in Denton, Texas, can be found just beyond the hedgerows of new subdivisions, and close to the hangars at the municipal airport.

23 Sep 2014 - 5:00am

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World

ISLAMIC MILITANCY

Don't mention the Bush war; Obama's dilemma as he tries to rally UN

As he heads to the United Nations this week, US President Barack Obama will try to rally the world around military operations against Sunni Muslim extremists in Iraq, without invoking his predecessor's similar effort, which failed 11 years ago.

24 Sep 2014 - 3:36am More on Barack Obama

China Insider

CHINA DIGEST

Fatal end to cancer patient’s ‘hunger cure’; Multi-pronged plan to deal with school intruders

23 Sep 2014
HISTORY

Chinese state media commentary over Great Leap Forward death toll draws fierce online debate

23 Sep 2014 10 comments
DISEASE

Rare ‘stone man syndrome’ turning Chinese teenager's body to bone

23 Sep 2014
Electric vehicles

Chinese Tesla owners complain of insurance hassle and long delays for repairs

23 Sep 2014 3 comments
internet CENSORSHIP

'Privacy-safe' search engine DuckDuckGo latest internet service to get blocked in China

24 Sep 2014 7 comments
SECURITY

Spiked batons, neck-chains and shock shields: Report slams China's 'tools of torture' trade

24 Sep 2014 14 comments
CHINA DIGEST

Jinan air quality ranked poorest; rare disease turns muscle into bone

22 Sep 2014
EDUCATION

One-third of Chinese do not speak Putonghua, says Education Ministry

23 Sep 2014 14 comments
ENTERTAINMENT

Outpouring of support greets Faye Wong and Nicholas Tse after rumours they're back together

23 Sep 2014 3 comments
SUICIDE

Anti-graft scholar calls for closing of suicide ‘loophole’ used by corrupt officials

22 Sep 2014
CHINA DIGEST

More strain on Beijing water supply; deaf crime boss jailed; Shenzhen metro sued over death

22 Sep 2014
ONE-CHILD POLICY

Families win legal struggle to inherit frozen embryos under one-child policy

22 Sep 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Chopstick up boy’s nose; virtual romance; British woman becomes urban cop in Hunan; addict sells daughter, 3, for drugs; judge suspected of rape

19 Sep 2014
ROAD SAFETY

A foreign 'chengguan'? British woman, 21, becomes traffic warden in Hunan

21 Sep 2014 14 comments

Business

ECONOMY

China's factories pick up pace but credit costs hold back recovery

Update

Mainland manufacturing activity picked up speed this month, but rising borrowing costs have prevented a recovery in overall economic growth that has been hit hard by cooling property demand.

24 Sep 2014 - 1:25am
WEALTH

Jack Ma displaces property tycoon to top China rich list

Jack Ma Yun, the 50-year-old co-founder and chairman of mainland e-commerce giant Alibaba, has topped this year's Hurun China Rich List, with the number of US dollar billionaires on the mainland increasing by 39 to 354.

24 Sep 2014 - 3:31am More on Jack Ma

Rockers Evocation do city proud in German battle of bands

Sporting a name that makes them sound more like a horror film than a band, proud Hongkongers Evocation recently rocked the international stage at Wacken Open Air in Germany.

22 Sep 2014 - 4:39pm

Picturesque Music - A Yuan Dynasty Painting Reinvented

22 Sep 2014

Czech Dances

23 Sep 2014

Restaurants proliferate as Europe's top chefs head to Hong Kong

Call it the law of unintended consequences or the butterfly effect - or perhaps just a delicious irony. Europe's fragile economy has led a number of its culinary talent to seek more attractive rewards on our shores, leading to a proliferation of new restaurants opening in the city.

23 Sep 2014 - 11:13am

New club celebrates the wider world of whiskies

19 Sep 2014

Gelato champs churn out a taste of the good life

19 Sep 2014

Animation expert wants to create computer systems that can think and feel

A lifelike baby girl projected on the screen looks wonderingly, her large eyes focused on the man facing her. When he smiles, she does too, although it's not clear why she's imitating him.

23 Sep 2014 - 10:33am

Electronic gadgets are the new stars in luxury market

23 Sep 2014 1 comment

Drivers set to take a back seat as the driverless car comes of age

21 Sep 2014

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Sport

CYCLING

Sarah Lee confident of another victory

Hong Kong's golden girl Sarah Lee Wai-sze stayed on track for her second gold medal in Incheon after making a convincing start in the women's sprint on Tuesday.

23 Sep 2014 - 10:39pm More on 2014 Asian Games - Incheon

Dan Excel's Aussie campaign thrown in disarray by fever

Trainer John Moore is in a race against time to have Dan Excel ready for the A$3 million (HK$20.7 million) Cox Plate in Melbourne on October 25 after the gelding sprouted a temperature on Tuesday and will miss his scheduled first-up run in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on Sunday.

23 Sep 2014 - 10:08pm
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Who is the world's best jockey? We're all about to find out

23 Sep 2014

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FASHION

6 Things You Need for A Royal Castle Stay

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22 Sep 2014 - 9:11pm

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