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China leaders stress Hong Kong should stick to strict reform framework

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during his meeting with President Xi Jinping in Zhongnanhai, Beijing on Friday. Photo: Simon Song Update

State leaders have stressed that Hong Kong should stick to the stringent framework for political reform set by Beijing and pledged more support for the city's economic development.

Saturday, 27 December, 2014, 7:44am 22 comments More on Leung Chun-ying

Senior Chinese leader Yu Zhengsheng calls for 'correct path' in relations with Vietnam

Yu Zhengsheng and Le Hong Anh reach out. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing has called for Sino-Vietnamese links to proceed along a "correct path", sending a senior politician to Hanoi amid ongoing tension between the two nations over the South China Sea.

27 Dec 2014 - 5:21am More on Paracel Islands

North Korea calls US President Barack Obama a ‘monkey’ as Sony hacking row continues

North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un visits a greenhouse for growing vegetables accompanied by military top brass. Photo: EPA New

North Korea called President Barack Obama “a monkey” and on Saturday blamed the US for shutting down its internet amid the hacking row over the film comedy The Interview.

27 Dec 2014 - 1:19pm 8 comments

Elderly work on through lack of adequate state pension in wealthy Hong Kong

Elderly and still at work - Fok Mei-song, 64, Mak Kwok-hon, 68, and Wong Siu-ying, 85, pictured in Sham Shui Po earlier this month. Photo: May Tse New

To still be working at 70 is not something Hongkongers are “proud of” but rather a necessity for elderly people in a city that lacks much of a social safety net, even for those who have toiled all their lives.

27 Dec 2014 - 12:44pm More on Old age allowance

China to list legal places of worship, ‘root out’ illegal activities: state media

Wang Zuoan, Director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. Photo: SCMP Pictures New

The authorities in Beijing are to publish online details of legal religious venues, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, in an apparent effort to identify unsanctioned groups as part of an effort to “root out illegal religious activities”.

27 Dec 2014 - 5:21pm

Japan proposes resuming maritime hotline talks with China

President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their November meeting in Beijing. Photo: Reuters New

Japan has proposed resuming talks with China in January aimed at setting up a hotline to avert unforeseen maritime incidents, government sources said on Saturday.

27 Dec 2014 - 12:22pm 1 comment

Chiang Kai-shek’s great-grandson handed six-month sentence in Taiwan for intimidation

Andrew Chiang You-ching, great grandson of Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek, was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday. Photo: AFP New

A Taipei court on Friday sentenced a great-grandson of former Taiwan leader Chiang Kai-shek to six months in prison for making threats against staff at his former school.

27 Dec 2014 - 10:02am

Rescuers struggle to reach 1,200 flood victims in Malaysia as anger mounts

Aerial view shows houses submerged under flood waters in Pengkalan Chepa, near Kota Bharu on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Rescue teams struggled on Saturday to reach inundated areas of northeast Malaysia as victims accused the government of being slow to provide assistance after the country’s worst flooding in decades.

27 Dec 2014 - 2:46pm

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels swap hundreds of prisoners

Prisoners of war arrive at the exchange place of pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops, about 25 kilometres from Donetsk on Friday. Photo: EPA

Ukrainian authorities and separatists exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a spokesman for President Petro Poroshenko said, part of a 12-point plan aimed at ending the pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country.

27 Dec 2014 - 10:32am

China extends high-speed railway network to remote Xinjiang

Bullet trains can reach speeds of up to 250km/h on the newly opened 1,776km line. Photo: Xinhua

The restive far-western region of Xinjiang was tied closer to the rest of the mainland yesterday with the opening of a high-speed rail line between its remote capital and a city nearly 1,800km away.

27 Dec 2014 - 2:37am 8 comments

Third person held over cash frenzy sparked by HK$52m security van spill

A third person was arrested last night over a cash-grabbing frenzy in Wan Chai, three days after bundles of banknotes totalling HK$52.5 million tumbled from a money transport van onto a busy road on Christmas Eve.

27 Dec 2014 - 2:22am 3 comments

10 years on, memorial services across Asia mark catastrophic Indian Ocean Tsunami

Tearful memorials were held in tsunami-hit nations yesterday for the more than 220,000 people who died 10 years ago when giant waves decimated coastal areas around the Indian Ocean.

27 Dec 2014 - 2:58pm 1 comment
The film was available to US online viewers through Google's Google Play and YouTube Movies, Microsoft Corp's Xbox Live as well as on a Sony website. Photo: AFP

Viewers in China, S Korea pan The Interview spoof about a Kim Jong-un assassination

27 Dec 2014 - 1:24pm 4 comments
Defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said on Thursday that the reshuffle was standard practice. Photo: CNS

Sweeping change of China's top military guard

27 Dec 2014 - 2:37am
A building in Nanyang with "AIDS demolition team" daubed on the walls. Photo: SCMP Pictures

HIV patients hired to ‘intimidate’ people out of homes in Henan province

27 Dec 2014 - 1:31am 2 comments
Yum Kwok-tung sits in front of an SOS sign made by fellow hotel guests from bath towels on the day the tsunami hit in 2004. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Saved by a snooze - HK couple cherish family life despite tsunami memories

27 Dec 2014 - 9:33am
Weeks after the protest camps were cleared, Federation of Students leaders Alex Chow (second from left) and Lester Shum (second from right) are turning their attention to the studies they have put aside in the fight for universal suffrage. Photo: Sam Tsang

Student protest leaders Chow and Shum get back to their studies

27 Dec 2014 - 1:21am 57 comments
A man waits to be evacuated outside his house in Pengkalan Chepa, near Kota Bharu. Photo: AFP

More than 100,000 Malaysians flee their homes after the worst flooding in 30 years

27 Dec 2014 - 4:18am
Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and to the world) blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Photo: AP

Pope Francis condemns religious persecution in Christmas address

27 Dec 2014 - 4:35am 1 comment
Microsoft Corp’s Xbox Live and Sony Corp’s Network experienced user connection problems on Christmas Day, for which a hacker group claimed responsibility. Photo: Reuters

Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's Playstation 'hacked on Christmas Day'

27 Dec 2014 - 4:24am
Central bank wants to boost liquidity conditions by changing the rules governing how loan-to-deposit ratios are calculated. Photo: Bloomberg

China’s central bank mulls easing liquidity requirements at lenders

27 Dec 2014 - 3:56am
Mainland China recorded 551.8 billion yuan (HK$689 billion) in outbound investment by non-financial institutions in the first 11 months of 2014.

China cuts red tape for outbound direct investment

27 Dec 2014 - 3:22am

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Sony Pictures' initial caving in to the demands of cyberhackers threatening to attack cinemas planning to show The Interview was widely criticised in the US for the message sent to blackmailers and those trying to curtail free speech. Photo: AFP

Cyberattacks a growing threat that needs united response

27 Dec 2014 - 3:00am
Thai students and foreign tourists place candles on a sand sculpture during commemorations on the the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami at Patong beach in Phuket. Photo: AFP

Complacency the new tsunami threat

27 Dec 2014 - 3:00am

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The grim reality of China's migrant factory workers

A study on the mental health of migrant workers found that more than half surveyed suffered from depression. LIJIA ZHANG

Shortly before midnight on September 30 this year, a 24-year-old worker named Xu Lizhi jumped to his death from the 17th floor of a Shenzhen residential building that belonged to his employer Foxconn.

26 Dec 2014 - 7:47pm


A Bush-Clinton rematch in 2016 grows increasingly plausible

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen AP

There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking the nation's president.

27 Dec 2014 - 1:01am 5 comments

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A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an advertising billboard outside the Greentown residential construction site in Hangzhou. Photo: Reuters PROPERTY

Greentown shares soar on sale of 24.29pc stake to state-owned CCCG

Shares of mainland developer Greentown China soared on Wednesday by the most in two-and-a-half years after it announced it was selling a 24.288 per cent stake to a state-owned construction firm for HK$6.01 billion.

27 Dec 2014 - 3:56am

China’s central bank mulls easing liquidity requirements at lenders

The People's Bank of China is weighing up whether to change rules governing how loan-to-deposit ratios are calculated at banks, a move that would boost liquidity conditions, banking-sector sources said.

27 Dec 2014 - 3:56am


Potential buyers at a residential sales event. Property prices are seen falling in the event of interest rate rises. Photo: David Wong PROPERTY

Hong Kong home prices hit record, outlook cloudy pending rate rise

Hong Kong home prices surged to a record high this year, ignoring the government's introduction of tough measures designed to cool the red-hot property market, as the rally extended for a fifth straight year.

27 Dec 2014 - 3:55am 3 comments
Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction had its world premiere in Hong Kong on June 19; the movie went on to be a mega box office hit worldwide.

27 Dec 2014 - 12:08pm More on LIFE

Top five films of 2014, as chosen by South China Morning Post reviewers

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Comic-book heroes tops with film fans

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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'

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Robin van Persie adds the third in the 53rd minute for a convincing 3-1 victory at Old Trafford. Photo: Reuters

In Uefa and Fifa it's forbidden to play within 48 hours: Louis van Gaal bemoans festive schedule

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the lack of time at his disposal as he attempts to nurse an injury-plagued squad through his first Christmas in English football.

27 Dec 2014 - 11:35am More on English Premier League 2014/15


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