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Alibaba shares surge on New York stock market debut

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's shares surged on its long-awaited Wall Street debut yesterday following a record stock offering that opens the door to its global expansion.

Saturday, 20 September, 2014, 4:42am More on Alibaba

Scotland votes to stay, but vote will unleash radical change for whole UK

Scotland rejected independence in a historic referendum that kept the United Kingdom intact, but the vote put the main political parties under pressure to grant more local autonomy.

20 Sep 2014 - 4:32am

Bai Guizhi, ex-head of Suzhou Industrial Park, probed for graft

The former president of a China-Singapore venture which held assets of 20 billion yuan (HK$25 billion) was under investigation for suspected corruption, the authorities said yesterday.

20 Sep 2014 - 4:31am

China cautious on fresh commitments ahead of climate change summit

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli is expected to announce "new developments" in the country's efforts to tackle climate change when he addresses a UN climate summit in New York next week, according to a foreign ministry source.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:59am

Guangzhou police reveal bust of 'billion-yuan' counterfeit bag ring

Guangzhou police busted a crime network that made and sold top-tier counterfeit Louis Vuitton products, seizing a haul with a potential street value of about 1 billion yuan (HK$1.26 billion).

20 Sep 2014 - 3:59am

Queues, anger, cash-ins ... just another iPhone launch in Hong Kong

Apple's new iPhones hit the shelves yesterday, with speculators cashing them in for up to double the original price.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:41am 26 comments More on Apple

All 23,000 places for Hong Kong half marathon snapped up within three hours

Eager runners snapped up all 23,000 slots for the popular half-marathon race in next year's Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon within three hours yesterday morning.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:47am 2 comments

Sierra Leone starts three-day shutdown to contain spread of Ebola disease

Sierra Leone launched a controversial three-day shutdown of the entire nation in a desperate bid to contain the spread of the Ebola virus, as the UN Security Council declared the outbreak a threat to world peace.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:06am More on Ebola Virus

'My body is begging me to stop': Li Na confirms retirement because of recurring knee injuries

Update

Li Na, the two-time grand slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has announced her retirement.

19 Sep 2014 - 7:58pm 2 comments

GlaxoSmithKline hit with record 3b yuan fine for bribing Chinese doctors

China has imposed a record fine of three billion yuan (HK$3.78 billion) on British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for bribing doctors to use its drugs.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:24am 4 comments More on GlaxoSmithKline

Beijing to 2017 candidates: You don't have to love us - but you can't oppose us

Candidates for chief executive "do not have to love the Communist Party, but they cannot be opposed to the party and its one-party rule", National People's Congress chairman Zhang Dejiang was quoted as saying yesterday.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:18am 8 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Three dead and 50,000 evacuated as Storm Fung-Wong hits Philippines

20 Sep 2014 - 2:03am

Philippine troops eager for next UN peacekeeping deployment

20 Sep 2014 - 4:04am

Malaysian activist jailed for a year under colonial-era sedition law

20 Sep 2014 - 2:15am

Referendum start of change for UK, say Scotland's 'Yes' and 'No' camps

20 Sep 2014 - 4:02am 52 comments

New Zealanders go to polls after a strange and dirty election campaign

20 Sep 2014 - 4:12am

US top brass grumble over Obama's strategy for battling Islamic State

20 Sep 2014 - 3:17am 2 comments

Aid but no weapons: what Ukraine's leader got from US President Obama

20 Sep 2014 - 3:25am

Householders take up arms against looters amid Mexico storm chaos

20 Sep 2014 - 3:33am

The science of slipping on a banana skin, and other Ig Nobel Prize winners

20 Sep 2014 - 3:37am

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Leader

Democracy and constitutional change the winner in Scottish vote

20 Sep 2014 - 4:40am

Li Na, a winner on and off court

20 Sep 2014 - 4:40am

Today's Poll

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19 Sep 2014
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Insight

New rail projects will keep public transport system right on track

Anthony Cheung

The government's new railway development strategy provides a blueprint for planning the expansion of Hong Kong's network up to 2031. It is based on a consultancy review of the 2000 development strategy, taking into account views collected in two rounds of public engagement in 2012 and last year.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:45am

Focus

Referendum start of change for UK, say Scotland's 'Yes' and 'No' camps

Reuters Update

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the question of Scottish independence had been settled “for a generation” after what he called a clear vote by Scots to stay part of the UK.

20 Sep 2014 - 4:02am 52 comments

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Hong Kong

COURTS

Rafael Hui admits in corruption trial that he evaded taxes on bribes

Rafael Hui admitted in court yesterday that he had evaded taxes on income totalling HK$21.8 million, earned from Thomas Kwok of SHKP, in the years before and during his term as chief secretary.

20 Sep 2014 - 4:37am

China

CORRUPTION

GlaxoSmithKline hit with record 3b yuan fine for bribing Chinese doctors

China has imposed a record fine of three billion yuan (HK$3.78 billion) on British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for bribing doctors to use its drugs.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:24am 4 comments More on GlaxoSmithKline

Asia

PHILIPPINES

Three dead and 50,000 evacuated as Storm Fung-Wong hits Philippines

Update

Tens of thousands of people fled roof-high floods and at least three people died in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces yesterday as another vicious storm swept across the disaster-prone country.

20 Sep 2014 - 2:03am

China Insider

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

19 Sep 2014 6 comments
CHINA DIGEST

Office worker stabbed to death; teacher dared boy to jump off building; row after line dance held on train; woman dog owner bites cop

18 Sep 2014
Anti-corruption

Ex-Guangzhou vice mayor paid mistress HK$17 million in ‘break-up fees’

19 Sep 2014
NARCOTICS

Hunan police seize 90kg of heroin 'smuggled in from Myanmar'

18 Sep 2014
GADGETS

Chinese student attempts to 'rent' out his girlfriend to pay for an iPhone 6

19 Sep 2014 14 comments
BUREAUCRACY

Official apologises after photograph shows 'armed' policeman holding his umbrella

18 Sep 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Naked brother-in-law; secrets of news anchor; giant melon: CHINA DIGEST

18 Sep 2014
SEX

Chinese man who had sex with virgin told to pay 30,000 yuan after lying he was single

17 Sep 2014 3 comments
Alibaba

Alibaba’s Jack Ma rejects rumours he’s moving to Hong Kong

17 Sep 2014 3 comments
POLICE

Chinese police force seeks new recruits with Hollywood-style action posters

17 Sep 2014 5 comments
IMMIGRATION

Millionaires plan to leave, the less wealthy strive to stay

17 Sep 2014
CRIME

Singer who left six lovers to die by erotic asphyxiation executed in Hunan

17 Sep 2014 4 comments
CELEBRITY

'Chinese celebrities must behave', state media say after director held for sex with prostitute

17 Sep 2014

Property

IPO FOCUS

Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties seen as safe bet in IPO, analysts say

Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties, seeking to raise up to US$6 billion in a Hong Kong share float that would be the city's largest this year, is seen as a safe play in a mainland property sector hit by concerns over a slowing economy.

20 Sep 2014 - 4:41am

Internet radio pair aiming for a mass audience

Of the many internet radio stations in Hong Kong, D100 stands out as more like a mainstream operation. That's because it has links to Digital Broadcasting Corporation (DBC), which was co-founded by commentator and entrepreneur Albert Cheng King-hon.

16 Sep 2014 - 1:07pm

Revamped museum will shift focus to local works

16 Sep 2014

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15 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.

19 Sep 2014 - 1:32pm

New club celebrates the wider world of whiskies

19 Sep 2014

Gelato champs churn out a taste of the good life

19 Sep 2014

The science of slipping on a banana skin, and other Ig Nobel Prize winners

Spoof Nobel prizes that honour the humour in science were handed out at Harvard University, celebrating the physics of stepping on a banana skin and the neuroscience behind spotting Jesus in toast.

20 Sep 2014 - 3:37am

Google to provide automatic encryption for Android phone users

20 Sep 2014

Review: Apple unveils iOS 8... but is it worth installing?

19 Sep 2014 1 comment

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Sport

TENNIS

Kei Nishikori wants to take over from Li Na as Asia's new tennis role model

Japanese star Kei Nishikori says he wants to become the man who "leads Asian tennis" after Chinese trailblazer Li Na announced her retirement on Friday.

20 Sep 2014 - 6:41am

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12 Sep 2014 - 10:52am

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