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Occupy students call for pan-democrats' resignation to trigger referendum

Pro-democracy student activists have proposed a way to trigger a referendum on political reform – by having pan-democrat lawmakers resign in order to prompt a by-election.

Saturday, 25 October, 2014, 6:09pm 132 comments More on Occupy Central

Police claim Occupy protesters wearing costumes are hiding from the law

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Police on Saturday criticised protesters who dressed up when they attended the Occupy demonstrations, suggesting that their intention was to hide their identities while breaking the law.

25 Oct 2014 - 8:28pm 9 comments More on Occupy Central

'We won’t pay,' furious Cameron tells EU over surprise 2.1-billion-euro bill

In a vivid display of fury at European Union technocrats, British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to pay a surprise 2.1-billion-euro bill on Friday as EU leaders ordered an urgent review of the calculations used.

25 Oct 2014 - 4:06pm

Google executive makes historic 42,000-metre skydive from the edge of space

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Wearing his specially designed spacesuit, Alan Eustace hit a top velocity of 1,322 km/h during a freefall that lasted four and a half minutes.

25 Oct 2014 - 1:37pm

US student 'stared at victims' faces' as he opened fire at high school before committing suicide

Update

A student walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria on Friday and without saying a word opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself.

25 Oct 2014 - 2:48pm 2 comments

Mali records first Ebola case as 2-year-old girl dies: officials

Update

A two-year-old girl who was Mali’s first case of Ebola died on Friday, shortly after the World Health Organisation warned that many people had potentially been exposed to the virus because she was taken across the country while ill.

25 Oct 2014 - 6:43pm More on Ebola Virus

You're tearing us apart, former Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa tells protesters

The Occupy Central movement could hurt Hong Kong's economy severely, tear the community apart and undermine the rule of law if the street protests continue, the city's first chief executive after its return to China has warned.

25 Oct 2014 - 8:18am 70 comments More on Occupy Central

Iraqi forces 'months away' from major offensive against Islamic State

Iraqi forces are months away from waging a sustained ground offensive against Islamic State - and any similar effort in Syria will take longer, US military officials have revealed.

25 Oct 2014 - 4:41am

Cardboard dreams: a day with a Hong Kong elderly woman who must scavenge to survive

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Dawn has yet to break as 79-year-old Dai Mui begins her daily routine: collecting cardboard boxes from a 24-hour convenience store near her home.

25 Oct 2014 - 9:56am 27 comments

Clashes break out near North Korea border over South activists' planned balloon launch

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A clash broke out today between border residents and South Korean activists planning to launch protest balloons into North Korea, with the residents hurling eggs and using their tractors as roadblocks.

25 Oct 2014 - 2:15pm More on North Korea

China leads countries in signing up for US$50b Asian infrastructure bank

China and 20 other countries yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding to create an Asian infrastructure bank that will help finance the region's US$800 billion annual needs.

25 Oct 2014 - 5:39am 4 comments

American nurse is declared free from Ebola; gets a hug from Obama

Two American nurses were declared cured of Ebola on Friday, and one was healthy enough to leave hospital and meet President Barack Obama.

25 Oct 2014 - 4:43pm

Top Chinese envoy heading back to Vietnam ahead of South China Sea talks

25 Oct 2014 - 3:48am

Japanese police arrest Chinese trio that stockpiled 40,000 nappies

25 Oct 2014 - 3:51am 6 comments

Passport delay seen as trigger for attack on Canadian parliament

25 Oct 2014 - 4:49am

Beijing authorities step up pollution watch ahead of Apec summit

25 Oct 2014 - 2:59am 8 comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin says US is trying to 'remake the whole world'

25 Oct 2014 - 4:44am 3 comments

Founder of China's best known vocational school embroiled in domestic abuse scandal

25 Oct 2014 - 7:42am

EU nations set new climate change target, with compromises

25 Oct 2014 - 5:25am

US rules out apologising to Pyongyang to secure release of prisoners

25 Oct 2014 - 3:45am

Taiwan mayoral challengers take fight for votes to KMT strongholds

25 Oct 2014 - 4:02am

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Leader

Practice, not theory, will be true test of legal reforms

25 Oct 2014 - 4:57am 4 comments

Legislators must work for the greater good

25 Oct 2014 - 4:57am 3 comments

Today's Poll

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25 Oct 2014
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Insight

Don't compromise Hong Kong's basic principle of equality before the law

Surya Deva

Since assuming office in July 2012, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has hardly taken a wrong step in triggering a governance crisis in Hong Kong.

25 Oct 2014 - 2:34am 17 comments

Focus

Plenum's lack of action on Zhou Yongkang suggests party divisions, analysts say

Andrea Chen

That there was no announcement of the fate of disgraced Zhou Yongkang or of personnel changes in the army leadership in the communiqué issued at the end of the Communist Party's fourth plenum indicates wide divisions within the party persist.

24 Oct 2014 - 6:01am 3 comments

Harry's View

China

CORRUPTION

China's corruption fight 'will never end', says country's chief graft-buster

China’s fight against deeply ingrained corruption will never end, the country’s top official in charge of tackling graft said ahead of a key meeting to root out corruption in the world’s second-largest economy.

25 Oct 2014 - 4:40pm

China Insider

CHINA DIGEST

Mum throws daughter to death at hospital; Fujian's hottest September since 1961

25 Oct 2014
SCANDAL

Founder of China's best known vocational school embroiled in domestic abuse scandal

25 Oct 2014
ARCHAEOLOGY

120 arrested, 1,300 relics seized in Zhejiang's ‘biggest ever’ tomb-raiding case

24 Oct 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Police play dress-up to arrest cardiac patient; Kind-hearted cleaner hands in bag of cash; Clearer skies over Shijiazhuang

24 Oct 2014 1 comment
DRIVING

‘Worst driver in China’ hits nearby car 15 times while reversing out of parking space

24 Oct 2014 6 comments
CHINA DIGEST

Male prostitution ring busted; students punished for untidy dorm beds

23 Oct 2014
CHILD ABUSE

Chinese baby girl has 12 sewing needles removed from her body

23 Oct 2014 6 comments
OCCUPY CENTRAL

Communist youth arm runs online poll on 'how to punish pro-Occupy HK celebrities'

23 Oct 2014 29 comments
CHINA DIGEST

Pet snakes infest residential building; Bullfrog farmer wants compensation for mass deaths from polluted water

22 Oct 2014
AIR POLLUTION

Choked-up Beijing gets brief break from smog amid cold snap

21 Oct 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Teen invents cheap 3D printer; ‘drunks’ in police car that sped from scene

21 Oct 2014
ANIMAL CRUELTY

Maimed camel begging photos spark Chinese social media outrage

22 Oct 2014 9 comments
CYBER SECURITY

Chinese iCloud user information targeted in cyberattacks amid Hong Kong protests

22 Oct 2014 3 comments
Animals

Bear bites off boy's arm at Chinese zoo

21 Oct 2014 11 comments

Business

FINANCE

China leads countries in signing up for US$50b Asian infrastructure bank

China and 20 other countries yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding to create an Asian infrastructure bank that will help finance the region's US$800 billion annual needs.

25 Oct 2014 - 5:39am 4 comments
CURRENCIES

Sydney expected to get yuan clearing bank soon

Beijing is set to accelerate plans to boost the international use of yuan by concluding pacts with key regional trading partners Australia and Singapore.

25 Oct 2014 - 3:41am More on Yuan

Vladimir Ashkenazy's 'special gift to Hong Kong'

A world-class conductor has waived his undisclosed but substantial performance fee for two free concerts "as a special gift to Hong Kong".

24 Oct 2014 - 12:06pm 8 comments

Full-time comedy club gives up-and-comers a chance to test their skills

24 Oct 2014

Peter Chan's film Dearest is based on a true story of child abduction

23 Oct 2014

Chefs take an adventurous approach to preparing truffles

As the white truffle season follows the European summer black truffle season, and will in turn be followed by the Australian summer truffle, Hong Kong diners have become more than familiar with the pricey fungus. Often it comes to us shaved over pasta, or in scrambled eggs or an omelette.

23 Oct 2014 - 5:12pm 1 comment

Giovanni Greggio comes out of retirement to run Gradini in Central

23 Oct 2014

Beef encounters: where to go for authentic steak frites in Hong Kong

23 Oct 2014 3 comments

Why Google Glass is turning consumers off

It's surely one of the most discussed products of the year, but does anyone want to buy Google Glass? Wearable devices are this year's hottest products, with discussion about the search engine's smart glasses far ahead of anything else, but sightings of Glass wearers are rare.

23 Oct 2014 - 4:54pm

Cars the next driver in Apple vs Google

24 Oct 2014

Apple fast-tracks new iPads' release in mainland China ahead of Hong Kong

22 Oct 2014 1 comment

Magazines

Sport

Old hand with horses is happy to get a free rein in top Jockey Club post

Dr Simon Ip Sik-on - pillar of the Hong Kong legal community, equestrian and horse-racing enthusiast and three weeks into being the 23rd Jockey Club chairman - swirls a glass thoughtfully and runs his mind's eye over challenges that will define his time at the helm of one of this city's most icon

25 Oct 2014 - 10:09pm More on The Hong Kong Jockey Club
LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

Left Field: Let's perfect our pitch for the new Kai Tak stadium

It's not good to gloat. That's what my mum used to tell me, but it was still hard to prevent a smirk when New Zealand Maori last week cancelled a match against the Asia-Pacific Dragons in Singapore next month due to the poor surface at the new national stadium.

25 Oct 2014 - 9:12pm
RIGHT FIELD TIM NOONAN

Right Field: Twisted logic proves mainland leaders are unfit to rule

25 Oct 2014

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FASHION

Style Takes Paris PART III: Advocate and Provocateur

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It takes more than a slogan T-shirt to make a statement on the runways of Paris. Be it theatrical staging or inspirations for the collections, the veterans of fashion houses know how to get the whole world talking.

23 Oct 2014 - 9:53am

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