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New law to authorise Chinese military to fight terrorists overseas

China was weighing up a proposal to let its troops head overseas on counterterrorism missions, analysts said, citing military officials attending a security forum in Beijing last week.

Tuesday, 25 November, 2014, 8:20am 1 comment

It's time to chuck Hagel: Obama pressures Pentagon chief into stepping down

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure from President Barack Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team.

25 Nov 2014 - 8:10am 2 comments

Draft regulations seeks first nationwide ban on smoking at indoor public spaces

The government is seeking public opinion on the first nationwide smoking ban in public spaces, which if implemented would be a big step towards honouring an international commitment to reduce tobacco use.

25 Nov 2014 - 5:06am 1 comment

Massive Himalayan hydropower dam comes on stream in Tibet

Tibet's biggest ever hydropower project has begun generating electricity, state-run media reported, the latest dam developed on Himalayan rivers to prompt concern in neighbouring India.

25 Nov 2014 - 5:06am

Philippines fines Chinese fishermen for poaching rare turtles in disputed waters

A court in the Philippines has fined nine Chinese fishermen more than US$102,000 each for poaching endangered species in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

25 Nov 2014 - 5:06am

Hong Kong moves up to No 5 in ranking of best cities for international students

Hong Kong has moved up two places to become the world's fifth-best city for international students, according to London-based institution-assessment agency QS Quacquarelli Symonds' annual report.

25 Nov 2014 - 7:29am 1 comment

China takes step forward in rate reform

Beijing's interest rate cut may have effectively announced the failure of Premier Li Keqiang's targeted easing strategy to support the economy, but more importantly it signals the government's commitment to further interest rate liberalisation.

25 Nov 2014 - 7:56am More on Chinese Economy

South Korea to cash in as Japan’s US$15 billion casino dream fades

South Korea looks like being the consolation prize as Japan's US$15 billion casino dream fades, a setback for companies such as Las Vegas Sands that envisioned a new gaming hub rivalling Las Vegas in 2020.

25 Nov 2014 - 4:41am

Putin opens up on his private life and family in an interview

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is famously reticent about his private life, has broken his silence to discuss his family, his lack of friends and the whereabouts of his two adult daughters, whose lives are a closely kept secret.

25 Nov 2014 - 3:05am

Smog alert continues for Beijing after brief weekend respite

Smog is expected to again choke Beijing this week after a brief respite brought on by a cold front, the authorities have warned.

25 Nov 2014 - 5:10am More on Beijing air pollution

Beijing to step up tax evasion campaign after US multinational firm caught

The mainland's first major case of cross-border tax evasion involving a large US multinational has been revealed by state media, with Xinhua saying Beijing would step up its fight against international tax evasion.

25 Nov 2014 - 8:03am

Bank of China predicts rapid increase in issuance of dim sum bonds in Australia next year

25 Nov 2014 - 5:30am

Smartphone maker Xiaomi delays expansion plans amid talks with Foxconn

25 Nov 2014 - 5:29am

Puzzled voters will shun Japanese election: experts

25 Nov 2014 - 2:57am

Deadline for Iran nuclear deal put back 7 months

25 Nov 2014 - 3:03am

Swiss museum agrees to return masterpieces seized by Nazis

25 Nov 2014 - 3:09am

Woman charged with attempted murder after her baby is found dumped in a drain

25 Nov 2014 - 4:48am

Islamic State recruiting children to fight battles, says UN

25 Nov 2014 - 4:57am

Boy, 12, with replica gun shot dead by US police

25 Nov 2014 - 6:29am

Naked man falls through ceiling of women’s toilet at Boston airport

24 Nov 2014 - 9:55pm

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Leader

Time to rethink care home policy

25 Nov 2014 - 5:10am

Philippine decision to ban Hong Kong journalists an affront to press freedom

25 Nov 2014 - 5:10am 1 comment

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Insight

Old at 65? Not in the 21st century

Paul Yip and Stuart Basten

Like other places in East Asia, Hong Kong's low fertility rates and improved life expectancy mean it is facing the challenges of a rapidly ageing society. From 2018, its working-age population is forecast to start to decline despite an increase in total population.

25 Nov 2014 - 3:37am

Focus

How Scottish independence debate can help solve Occupy deadlock

Cliff Buddle

Scotland's independence debate seems a world away from Occupy Central, but it may offer lessons on how to end the deadlock facing Hong Kong.

25 Nov 2014 - 5:11am 2 comments

Harry's View

Asia

GAMBLING

South Korea to cash in as Japan’s US$15 billion casino dream fades

South Korea looks like being the consolation prize as Japan's US$15 billion casino dream fades, a setback for companies such as Las Vegas Sands that envisioned a new gaming hub rivalling Las Vegas in 2020.

25 Nov 2014 - 4:41am

World

UNITED STATES

It's time to chuck Hagel: Obama pressures Pentagon chief into stepping down

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure from President Barack Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team.

25 Nov 2014 - 8:10am 2 comments
RUSSIA

Putin opens up on his private life and family in an interview

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is famously reticent about his private life, has broken his silence to discuss his family, his lack of friends and the whereabouts of his two adult daughters, whose lives are a closely kept secret.

25 Nov 2014 - 3:05am
AUSTRALIA

Woman charged with attempted murder after her baby is found dumped in a drain

25 Nov 2014

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China Insider

CHINA DIGEST

Boy, 6, attacked; police targeted with hot tea; head of family at 8

25 Nov 2014
TERRITORIAL DISPUTE

China hits back at US calls to stop island project in South China Sea

24 Nov 2014 2 comments
ART

Chinese photographer spoofs famous ancient painting with images of modern social ills

24 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Goats overdose on vaccine; Thief makes off with cash from traffic police office; Fugitive's 16-year run ends in car crash

24 Nov 2014
INTERNET PIRACY

Popular Chinese pirated-video site suspended amid official pressure

23 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Woman student leader powers on to wing strength contest; Boyfriend survives girlfriend's murder plot

22 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Poor couple on trial for selling children; Teen leaps to death after cheating accusation

21 Nov 2014
POLITICS

Pro-Beijing scholar wants to set up platform to counter West's 'bad-mouthing' of China

21 Nov 2014 9 comments
CELEBRITIES

Taiwan actor Ko Chen-tung cut from blockbuster after drug arrest with Jaycee Chan

20 Nov 2014 2 comments
CHINA DIGEST

Newlywed found dead in fishpond; Selfie poser stops trains in tracks

20 Nov 2014
Anti-corruption

Communist Party should try imperial China's impeachment system to fight graft, says novelist

19 Nov 2014 2 comments
DRUGS

100,000 users ‘investigated’, 12 tonnes narcotics seized in China's war on drugs

19 Nov 2014 1 comment
CHINA DIGEST

Egg-size kidney stones; 'Miracle' baby born; Panda recovering after attack in reserve

19 Nov 2014
COMMUNIST PARTY

Keep calling each other ‘comrade’, Chinese Communist Party tells members after rule review

18 Nov 2014 5 comments

Business

ECONOMY

China takes step forward in rate reform

Beijing's interest rate cut may have effectively announced the failure of Premier Li Keqiang's targeted easing strategy to support the economy, but more importantly it signals the government's commitment to further interest rate liberalisation.

25 Nov 2014 - 7:56am More on Chinese Economy
CRIME

Beijing to step up tax evasion campaign after US multinational firm caught

The mainland's first major case of cross-border tax evasion involving a large US multinational has been revealed by state media, with Xinhua saying Beijing would step up its fight against international tax evasion.

25 Nov 2014 - 8:03am

Property

PROPERTY

Yuexiu rides bullish mood with 6.45b yuan Guangzhou land purchase

The bullish mood on the stock markets after the mainland's first cut in interest rates in more than two years spilled over into the land market yesterday, with a Guangzhou developer paying 6.45 billion yuan (HK$8.1 billion) for a site in the city.

25 Nov 2014 - 5:00am

Review: Frank Braley and Hong Kong Sinfonietta

A blend of experimental work and all-time classics on Friday night left music lovers with mixed feelings, but their appreciation for home-grown artists was uniform.

23 Nov 2014 - 7:18am

Grace Kelly biopic fails to come to life

22 Nov 2014

Gilles Dyan's Opera galleries succeed by combining his art expertise and his marketing savvy

22 Nov 2014

English wines' time to shine

Back in the early 1970s when Australian wines were regarded by many English wine lovers as too vulgar an idea to contemplate, the comedy team Monty Python produced a sketch in which Eric Idle portrayed an Australian wine expert.

21 Nov 2014 - 10:39am

Spirits more prominent at trade fair

21 Nov 2014

Top of the pots: where to get your fill of Hong Kong's best claypot rice

21 Nov 2014

Experiment finds most people are willing to pay to spare others pain

No pain, no gain. People who gladly underwent electric shocks for cash in an experiment were more willing to sacrifice money to reduce others' pain than they were to reduce their own.

23 Nov 2014 - 8:40am

Dealing with stress in your dad's DNA

23 Nov 2014

First Paleo-dieting, now Paleo-dating: Why the contraceptive pill has more to answer for than ugly boyfriends

23 Nov 2014

Magazines

Sport

SWIMMING

'No cover-up' over Sun Yang ban

China's anti-doping authorities were forced to defend themselves on Monday after it was revealed Olympic and world champion swimmer Sun Yang served a three-month ban earlier this year after testing positive for a banned stimulant.

25 Nov 2014 - 12:39am 1 comment

Magazines

Massif attack

The Gangga, in Sichuan province, is one of the world's final frontiers - an uncharted mountain range. Paul Niel and his team of intrepid adventurers attempt to fill in the blanks.

22 Nov 2014 - 9:59pm

For the love of dog

In Vietnam, an estimated five million canines - many of them stolen pets - are slaughtered and served in restaurants each year. Simon Parry meets some of the dealers who profit from the trade and those trying to stop it.

22 Nov 2014 - 9:59pm

The keeper of memories

22 Nov 2014 1 comment

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