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Hong Kong poised for political showdown on 2017 election; Jimmy Lai to join Occupy

With Beijing expected to confirm a tough framework today for the 2017 chief executive election, both sides of the political divide have stepped up the rhetoric.

Sunday, 31 August, 2014, 8:53am 14 comments More on Occupy Central

Macau casino workers start industrial action to push for higher pay

Macau casino croupiers began an unprecedented campaign of industrial action for better working conditions - the first such move in the former Portuguese enclave's history.

31 Aug 2014 - 11:28am 2 comments More on Macau

Xi Jinping urges China's military to create 'information warfare' strategy

President Xi Jinping has called for the country's military to make technical and strategic "innovations" and to narrow the gap with other powers as new trends in warfare emerge.

31 Aug 2014 - 3:54am 6 comments More on Xi Jinping

Twitter wars: US launches social media offensive against Islamic State

The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm.

31 Aug 2014 - 10:21am

BBC edits out lesbian kiss from Doctor Who episode shown in Hong Kong

The BBC has been accused of overcautious self-censorship for cutting a lesbian kiss scene in the first episode of the new Doctor Who series when it premiered in Hong Kong last weekend.

31 Aug 2014 - 9:14am 2 comments

How Kowloon Walled City survived attempts to knock it down for almost a century

As a new edition of a book about the Kowloon Walled City is published, Fionnuala McHugh recalls how the 'cuckoo's nest' bounced back every time an attempt was made to knock it down, until it was finally razed in 1992.

31 Aug 2014 - 10:43am

Alibaba postpones US roadshow ahead of IPO

Alibaba Group is postponing the start of investor meetings for its initial public offering by about a week to answer questions posed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

31 Aug 2014 - 6:02am More on Alibaba

Coming home: John Rocha plans to spend time in Hong Kong after retiring from fashion circuit

In the four decades since he left Hong Kong, John Rocha has seen his share of ups and downs. Having announced his retirement from the fashion circuit, the Dublin-based designer is going out on a high note, writes Francesca Fearon.

31 Aug 2014 - 9:37am

Ties between Chui family and Macau's business elite grow stronger

When Macau chief executive Dr Fernando Chui Sai-on's father, Chui Tak-seng, died in 1984, the former Portuguese enclave was a very different place than it is today.

31 Aug 2014 - 11:39am 1 comment More on Macau

Fernando Chui re-elected as chief executive of Macau

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Dr Fernando Chui Sai-on today won his uncontested re-election as Macau’s chief executive, in a choreographed exercise that attracted scores of protesters pressing for full democracy from Beijing.

31 Aug 2014 - 11:19am

Shanxi Party chief to be sidelined as anti-graft campaign sweeps province

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The party boss of Shanxi province will be sidelined and replaced by his Jilin counterpart, making him the most senior leader to be tangled in a wide-ranging anti-graft campaign in the resource-rich province.

31 Aug 2014 - 3:33am 5 comments

Fernando Chui Sai-on was groomed for a top political job in Macau

31 Aug 2014 - 4:49am

Scientists teach ping-pong robots to master spin

31 Aug 2014 - 4:49am

Japanese wrestler-politician ready to rumble in North Korea - but will Kim Jong-un attend?

31 Aug 2014 - 4:54am

Activist lawyer vows to keep fighting for human rights

31 Aug 2014 - 4:49am

Six wounded as gas explosion blows off flat's air con, windows in Yuen Long

31 Aug 2014 - 4:11am

Final trip for fans as old Wan Chai Pier sails into history

31 Aug 2014 - 4:40am

India orders US helicopters as Narendra Modi begins Japan visit

31 Aug 2014 - 5:01am 1 comment

Census shows Myanmar's population is nine million fewer than estimated

31 Aug 2014 - 5:01am

A glimpse into the opaque world of Vladimir Putin's Kremlin

31 Aug 2014 - 6:02am 1 comment

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Leader

The unsung heroes who make Hong Kong special

31 Aug 2014 - 5:23am

Despite Hanoi's hedging strategy, it must settle disputes with China

31 Aug 2014 - 5:23am 4 comments

Today's Poll

  • Yes: 38%
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31 Aug 2014
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Total number of votes recorded: 77

Insight

The logic of Beijing's vision for 2017 chief executive election

Regina Ip

In a further effort to win over the support of Hong Kong people, in particular that of legislators in the pan-democratic camp, Li Fei, deputy secretary general of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, met a cross-section of Hong Kong representatives at three seminars held in Shenzhen this month.

31 Aug 2014 - 6:43am 8 comments

Hong Kong

Fernando Chui re-elected as chief executive of Macau

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Dr Fernando Chui Sai-on today won his uncontested re-election as Macau’s chief executive, in a choreographed exercise that attracted scores of protesters pressing for full democracy from Beijing.

31 Aug 2014 - 11:19am

Asia

MIDDLE EAST

Trapped Filipino peacekeepers clash with Syrian rebels after tense stand-off

Update

UN peacekeepers from the Philippines clashed with Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, activists and officials said, as the international organisation risked being sucked further into the conflict.

31 Aug 2014 - 4:28am 1 comment

World

Twitter wars: US launches social media offensive against Islamic State

The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm.

31 Aug 2014 - 10:21am

Business

MARKETS

Alibaba postpones US roadshow ahead of IPO

Alibaba Group is postponing the start of investor meetings for its initial public offering by about a week to answer questions posed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

31 Aug 2014 - 6:02am More on Alibaba
REGULATION

HKEx seeks views on dual-class share structure reform after Alibaba loss

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing is seeking views on whether the city should change the listing rules to introduce the controversial dual-class share structure in a bid to compete with the US after losing the listing of Alibaba to New York and draw technology firms to list here.

30 Aug 2014 - 1:29am 2 comments

Property

HOME SALES

Strong sales of new flats point to Hong Kong property market upturn

Fast-selling properties in Tseung Kwan O and at a luxury project at Kowloon Station could be a sign of an upturn in the property market.

31 Aug 2014 - 4:40am 1 comment
INVESTMENT

Shui On Land buys remaining stake in Foshan development project

Shui On Land sold two hotels in Shanghai for 2.69 billion yuan (HK$3.38 billion) to hotel operator and landlord Great Eagle - a company controlled by Lo's brother Lo Ka-shui - to reduce debt as it reported a 24 per cent drop in first-half profit.

28 Aug 2014 - 12:32pm
EARNINGS

Sino Land's core earnings decline 24pc for year

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Action thriller's pumped up in third coming

The muscle factor is even more pumped up as the Expendables franchise expands its roster in third edition, writes Kavita Daswani.

30 Aug 2014 - 10:13pm More on LIFE

First-time director makes a spirited debut with ghost film

30 Aug 2014

Indian film singer Yesudas to perform in Hong Kong

30 Aug 2014

Just what exactly is Yunnan cuisine?

Three years ago, on British television's University Challenge, contestants were asked to name a province in China beginning with "Y". They were unable to answer the question.

28 Aug 2014 - 4:49pm

Vintner plays classical music to his grapevines to improve wine quality

28 Aug 2014

Meat-free in Hong Kong: City's best vegetarian and raw-food restaurants revealed

28 Aug 2014

World Wide Web dream are being lost in a maze of apps

Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the World Wide Web nearly 24 years ago, believes the internet should maximise the sharing, perhaps caring, and certainly egalitarian principles realised by means of his invention.

31 Aug 2014 - 1:22am

Monster plants and our father's fears in new DNA research on epigenetics

31 Aug 2014

Solution to 'sheepdog mystery' found in the use of two basic rules

31 Aug 2014

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Sport

SOCCER

Manchester giants gorge on humble pie as Burnley manage goalless draw and Stoke stun champions

Stoke City condemned defending champions Manchester City to their first defeat of the English Premier League season with a shock 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium yesterday.

31 Aug 2014 - 12:32am

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Coming home: John Rocha plans to spend time in Hong Kong after retiring from fashion circuit

In the four decades since he left Hong Kong, John Rocha has seen his share of ups and downs. Having announced his retirement from the fashion circuit, the Dublin-based designer is going out on a high note, writes Francesca Fearon.

31 Aug 2014 - 9:37am

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