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Japan PM condemns apparent killing of hostage as 'outrageous and impermissible'

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with his National Security Council on the crisis. Photo: Reuters

Japanese officials said on Saturday night that they were investigating a new online message allegedly from Islamic State claiming one of the two Japanese hostages it holds has been executed.

Sunday, 25 January, 2015, 4:01pm 11 comments

Girl, 12, who pulled off HK$36 million diamond heist hunted by Hong Kong police

Girl, 12, who pulled off HK$36 million diamond heist hunted by Hong Kong police

A robbery gang who used an innocent-looking child to stage the audacious theft of a HK$36 million diamond necklace were being hunted by police.

25 Jan 2015 - 8:19am 9 comments

Beating Hong Kong's bad air: the best ways to defend your lungs from air pollution

Photo: AFP

Clean air in Hong Kong remains a long way off. From purifiers to a positive attitude, Angharad Hampshire explores the best defences currently available for our lungs.

25 Jan 2015 - 10:38am More on LIFE

Tony Blair's thank-you letter to Muammar Gaddafi puts pressure on Hong Kong

Sami al-Saadi and family were detained. Photo: SMP

A letter from former British PM Tony Blair thanking Gaddafi for his cooperation in hunting down opponents of the Libyan dictator has placed fresh pressure on the Hong Kong government.

25 Jan 2015 - 9:53am 8 comments

Revolutionary Fervour: Part 3 of Hong Kong's biggest collection of Chinese propaganda posters

Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Sport Games, undated picture

Get a fascinating insight into China's propaganda machine through a huge collection of communist posters from the 1950s to 1990s, currently on display in Hong Kong.

25 Jan 2015 - 1:35pm

China Communist Party magazine blasts professors who spread 'Western values'

Professor He Weifang says he party's reputation can only be harmed by a crackdown on free speech.

The Communist party's influential magazine Qiushi Journal lashed out at university professors for defaming China by spreading Western values, raising concerns about academic freedom on the mainland.

25 Jan 2015 - 9:13am 16 comments

Xi Jinping visits PLA unit linked to Bo Xilai on first inspection tour of the year

President Xi Jinping meets with senior officers of the 14th army group in Kunming. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping chose the 14th Army Corps, a former power base of the jailed Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai, for his first domestic inspection tour this year.

25 Jan 2015 - 5:29am 2 comments More on Xi Jinping

Police show Occupy founders evidence that may be used against them

Occupy founders appear at police HQ yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang Update

The three co-founders of Occupy Central got a glimpse of the authorities' case against them as they were shown video clips and articles they wrote, which police say are proof they "incited" people to take part in the protests.

25 Jan 2015 - 1:40am 23 comments More on Occupy Central

Stop meddling in science awards, Chinese computer federation tells government

Zhang Yaoxue won this year's  State Natural Science Award, prompting a backlash from a top-tier computer science association. Photo: Gov.cn

An organisation representing computer academics and experts on the mainland has urged the government to stop interfering in who gets the nation's top science and technology awards.

25 Jan 2015 - 5:13am 16 comments

Hi-tech firms sowing seeds of future profits

An orange orchard featured in an advertisement by Nongfu Spring, one of the mainland firms to diversify into the agricultural sector. Photo: SMP

Technology firms and other companies on the mainland venturing into agriculture might have to wait years to develop their expertise and turn strong profits, according to analysts.

25 Jan 2015 - 5:29am

Shanghai stampede officials 'held accountable' for accident that killed 36, says mayor

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The Shanghai New Year’s Eve crush which left  36 dead showed 'critical neglect', the mayor of the city said Sunday, while insisting those responsible had been held accountable.

25 Jan 2015 - 4:04pm 2 comments

Mao Zedong's Great Famine of 1958-62 still blights rural lives

The Great Famine, sparked by Mao Zedong's radical 'Great Leap Forward', killed more than 40 million people and left a legacy of suffering and rural poverty that persists five decades on.

25 Jan 2015 - 9:09am 27 comments More on Focus
Riot policemen patrol along a street. Photo: Reuters

Beijing seeks assurances of safety for Chinese nationals and their property in Kinshasa, Congo after riots

25 Jan 2015 - 8:19am
People's Park Complex, a commercial and residential facility in Singapore, has been identified along with Sim Lim Square and Lucky Plaza as having a high incidence of consumer complaints. Photo: Singapore Press Holdings

Singapore's reputation as shopping haven damaged by shady salesmen

25 Jan 2015 - 2:38am 2 comments
Co-producer Nick Bonner visits Hong Kong for a screening of the new film. Photo: David Wong

Western-produced film made in N. Korea avoids 'The Interview' fate, screening approved

25 Jan 2015 - 4:44am
David Gething in Antarctica, the site of the first marathon he faced. Photos: SCMP

New world champion: Hong Kong runner conquers seven marathons on seven continents in seven days

25 Jan 2015 - 1:30am 7 comments
Putonghua-speaking climbers at the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge belt out their favourite Mandarin karaoke songs. Photo: SCMP

Karaoke's new heights: Chinese tourists can climb Sydney's 134m Harbour Bridge to sing Mandarin hits

25 Jan 2015 - 4:45am 4 comments
Amarilla in her mother's picture.

Spotlight on fate of Paraguayandrug mule on death row in China

25 Jan 2015 - 7:46am
The facade of this 200-year-old house in Kathmandu's Baidya Chowk area will be restored, at least for now. Photo: Bibek Bhandari

Conservationist strives to save Kathmandu's architectural heritage

25 Jan 2015 - 7:09am
Bambang Widjojanto (centre), the deputy head of the Corruption Eradication Commission, after his release yesterday. Photo: EPA

Jakarta police free top official from national anti-graft agency

25 Jan 2015 - 7:09am
Yingluck Shinawatra has been impeached. Photo: AFP

US envoy heads to Thailand after junta's lawmakers ban ousted ex-PM, threaten jail

25 Jan 2015 - 7:10am
Myanmar military freed record 418 child soldiers in 2014, UN confirms

Myanmar military freed record 418 child soldiers in 2014, UN confirms

25 Jan 2015 - 7:09am

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Former Editor-in-chief Brian Leung Kai-ping (left) and feature editor Jamie Tso Hiu-nok of HKU student union's publicatiob Undergrad. Photo: May Tse

More needs to be done to engage the youth of Hong Kong

25 Jan 2015 - 6:58am 1 comment
Saudi's newly enthroned King Salman (centre) receives pledges of loyalty following the death of King Abdullah during his funeral. Photo: AP

Hard path ahead for Saudi Arabia's new ruler

25 Jan 2015 - 6:58am 1 comment

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More needs to be done to engage the youth of Hong Kong

Former Editor-in-chief Brian Leung Kai-ping (left) and feature editor Jamie Tso Hiu-nok of HKU student union's publicatiob Undergrad. Photo: May Tse SCMP Editorial

Our young people do not always get the care and respect they deserve. Their roles are being perceived as anything from victims of social ills to idealistic advocates.

25 Jan 2015 - 6:58am 1 comment

Focus

Singapore's reputation as shopping haven damaged by shady salesmen

People's Park Complex, a commercial and residential facility in Singapore, has been identified along with Sim Lim Square and Lucky Plaza as having a high incidence of consumer complaints. Photo: Singapore Press Holdings KYODO

With its hi-tech, safe and modern shopping paradise image, Singapore has long attracted tourists from around the world keen to splurge on the latest smart phones and other fancy electronic gadgets.

25 Jan 2015 - 2:38am 2 comments

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China

Shanghai's mayor Yang Xiong (front) delivers his speech at today's municipal legislature meeting. Photo: AFP ECONOMY

Shanghai takes China lead as annual report ignores GDP growth target

Shanghai has taken the lead with its annual government work report not providing any gross domestic production growth target for this year after the central leadership previously said less importance should be attached to such predictions.

25 Jan 2015 - 4:06pm

China Insider

A man bumped into his former girlfriend recently but but the reunion quickly turned sour when he demanded she return his SIM card, which she then swallowed. Photo: Bloomberg Around the nation

Around the nation: Woman swallows ex-boyfriend's SIM card during row

23 Jan 2015
A lesbian Chinese couple kiss for the cameras outside a marriage registry office after being turned away. Some lesbians are opting to marry gay 'beards' to ease social pressure and discrimination. Photo: EPA LGBT RIGHTS

Seeking a lesbian wife: pressured Chinese gays turn to online dating for ‘cooperative marriage’

23 Jan 2015 6 comments
The Chinese man who surprised commuters by riding on the Beijing subway with a "watermelon head mask" appeared to be drunk. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: 'Melon head' man spotted on metro in China - and taken away by police

23 Jan 2015
A man high on drugs thought he was proposing to popular Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (pictured), but it turned out to be his colleague. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Hallucinating Chinese man proposes to 'Fan Bingbing' - or so he thinks

22 Jan 2015
Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video Animal Care

Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video

22 Jan 2015
Diners visiting a new restaurant in Shenyang, Liaoning, have a winter-only option of being serving in an igloo. The interior is heated enough to prevent diners from freezing, but not so warm to melt the surroundings. Photo: SCMP Pictures Around the nation

Around the nation: Shenyang restaurant offers winter dining in an igloo

21 Jan 2015
Disgraced former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun (right) showed off his calligraphy work in 2010. Anti-corruption

'Leave the arts to artists,' China's top graft-buster warns officials of corruption under disguise of art groups

20 Jan 2015 3 comments
Rescue workers climb a 30-metre transmission tower in Zhengzhou to rescue a chef upset over a colleague's criticism of his cooking. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chef threatens to jump off tower after colleague says his cooking is too salty

19 Jan 2015
WeChat angers China officials for flying virtual American flags on Martin Luther King Day

WeChat angers China officials for flying virtual American flags on Martin Luther King Day

20 Jan 2015 8 comments
The Fuyan police department insisted the officers were pictured in their real training sites. Photo: Weibo SECURITY

Police unit in China's restive Xinjiang mocked for cinematic recruitment posters

16 Jan 2015 7 comments
A foot-and-mouth outbreak has been reported among cattle in Wuhan. Photo: AP CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Foot-and-mouth outbreak among cattle in Wuhan

16 Jan 2015
Yi Junqing made his first public appearance in 22 months. Photo: AP anti-corruption campaign

Chinese propaganda official sacked for sex scandal reappears as Marxist scholar

15 Jan 2015 3 comments
A man surveys the Forbidden City in Beijing on Wednesday as air quality in the capital descended to heavily polluted levels. Photo: Simon Song ENVIRONMENT

Double jeopardy of fog and heavy smog across northern, central China

16 Jan 2015 2 comments
Police in Henan province said a man, filmed by a surveillance camera, is suspected of stealing cash and sex toys worth more than 10,000 yuan from eight Luoyang sex shops in one night. Photo: Dahe Daily CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese police hunt man who stole cash and sex toys

14 Jan 2015

Business

The MPF and other retirement plans cover 90 per cent of Hong Kong's workers. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Planned MPF reforms don't go far enough

The city's pension regulator this year is set to push through a reform of the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme that will require providers to offer a simple, core fund with low fees. But analysts believe the reforms would improve but not solve all the problems that beset the retirement scheme.

25 Jan 2015 - 4:39pm
ACQUISITIONS

Li Ka-shing eyes biggest telecoms deal with bid to buy UK mobile operator O2

Asia's richest man Li Ka-shing is about to make his biggest-ever acquisition, with a deal to buy British mobile operator O2 for as much as £10.25 billion (HK$120 billion).

24 Jan 2015 - 1:27am 4 comments

Property

Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak, without its landmark main building that was demolished two years ago, sold for a record HK$5.1 billion. Photo: Sam Tsang HOUSING

Sales on The Peak breathe life into Hong Kong luxury property market

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Big-ticket sales on The Peak are seen as breathing life back into a luxury property sector that has languished in the doldrums even as prices in the mass market deepen their push into record territory.

23 Jan 2015 - 4:25pm 1 comment
Vicky Lau started out in advertising before learning her trade at Le Cordon Bleu in Bangkok and working at Michelin-starred Cépage in Hong Kong.

Vicky Lau, Asia's Best Female Chef 2015, not afraid to experiment

The owner of Michelin-starred Tate Dining Room & Bar, in Central, who has been named Best Female Chef 2015 by the organisers of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, talks to Kylie Knott about Hong Kong's evolving food scene.

24 Jan 2015 - 10:28pm

Wine lovers, do your homework before an auction

24 Jan 2015

Chefs, get out of the kitchen! It's the way to earn respect

24 Jan 2015
Creating the genetic firewall

Genetically recoded organisms could be safe enough to use to clean up oil spills or break down toxic chemicals

Synthetic amino acids may one day allow scientists to create "genetic firewalls" that prevent genetically modified crops or animals from escaping into the wild and causing environmental damage.

25 Jan 2015 - 8:08am

Debate over artificial intelligence raises moral, legal and technical questions

25 Jan 2015 1 comment

GSK, Pfizer must lower price of vital vaccine: Medecins sans Frontieres

25 Jan 2015

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