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US races to clinch Iran nuclear deal before deadline, but 'serious gaps' remain

The United States and Iran sought yesterday to bridge gaps in negotiations on the eve of a deadline for a nuclear deal, as Iran signalled it was open to extending the talks by up to a year.

Monday, 24 November, 2014, 4:18am

Putin says Russia will not be cut off by 'Iron Curtain' amid West's sanctions over Ukraine

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President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for worsening relations with Russia since the Ukraine crisis and said Moscow would not allow itself to become internationally isolated behind another "Iron Curtain".

23 Nov 2014 - 10:03pm

Qingdao 'spy' says he was recruited from abroad via internet jobs website

A Qingdao man who was recruited by a foreign spy to take photos of mainland military bases has been apprehended and awaiting sentencing.

23 Nov 2014 - 6:51am 8 comments

CERN scientists hope particle discoveries will give clues to universe

Scientists at the world's largest smasher have discovered two new subatomic particles that could widen our understanding of the universe.

23 Nov 2014 - 6:05am

EU learns lessons a year after start of Ukraine crisis

When Ukraine pulled out of its association agreement with the European Union a year ago, kicking off its revolution, it took Brussels by surprise.

23 Nov 2014 - 11:55am

Xi Jinping thanks Fiji for help in tackling corrupt officials, pledges raft of deals in return

China appreciates Fiji's efforts to help the government chase corrupt mainland officials and their illegal assets, President Xi Jinping said during his official visit to the South Pacific nation.

23 Nov 2014 - 6:51am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Two high-ranking Thai police arrested for allegedly insulting monarchy

Two senior Thai policemen face royal insult charges, a national police spokesman said on Sunday, and warrants have been issued for their arrest.

23 Nov 2014 - 10:04pm

Occupy Central co-founders hold 'community dialogue day'

Occupy Central’s founders may have become less visible at the protest sites, but they have been planning ways to take the fight for democracy beyond the occupied zones – starting with a “community dialogue day” today.

24 Nov 2014 - 4:09am 108 comments More on Occupy Central

Concern over great seawalls of China: once lush wetlands surrounded by 11,000km of artificial structures

Rapid economic development of China's coastal regions, which produce 60 per cent of the country's gross domestic product, has also enclosed once lush wetlands with a string of seawalls, raising serious environmental concerns.

23 Nov 2014 - 6:51am 4 comments

Xi Jinping faces challenge of governing through two opposing schools of thought

The theme of last month's fourth plenum was the "rule by law" - but President Xi Jinping wants it to be complemented by the "rule of virtue".

23 Nov 2014 - 6:51am 12 comments More on Xi Jinping

US asks China to stop building Spratlys island which could host airfield

The United States has urged Beijing to stop its reclamation projects in the South China Sea, as a report provided more details on a massive island being built in the disputed waters.

23 Nov 2014 - 8:48am 65 comments

Closing time: How Hong Kong’s hawkers face a struggle to survive

23 Nov 2014 - 3:30pm 2 comments

Paper published by Communist Part endorses charge against veteran journalist Gao Yu

23 Nov 2014 - 6:51am 8 comments

Myanmese refugees made to pay US$1,000 to stay in Malaysia

23 Nov 2014 - 7:34am

Battle lines drawn for race to the White House as 2016 hopefuls respond to Obama's immigration plan

23 Nov 2014 - 7:56am 2 comments

Self-confessed convert raises the bar for baijiu

23 Nov 2014 - 7:00am

Jakarta's Christian governor takes on radical Islamist group

23 Nov 2014 - 7:34am

European Parliament wants power of Google search engine curbed

23 Nov 2014 - 8:13am

Somalia's al-Shabaab militants kill 28 non-Muslims in Kenya

23 Nov 2014 - 7:58am

Hopes of revival for dying trade of street hawking in Hong Kong

23 Nov 2014 - 8:38am 4 comments

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Leader

Modi broke taboo on women's rights in India; now action must follow

23 Nov 2014 - 6:03am

Textbook revisions by publishers an all too familiar story

23 Nov 2014 - 6:03am 2 comments

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Insight

How Hong Kong can best counter pernicious external influences

Regina Ip

Ever since Occupy Central erupted, a familiar refrain in media reports on the mainland has been the involvement of "external forces".

23 Nov 2014 - 6:03am 41 comments

Focus

Hopes of revival for dying trade of street hawking in Hong Kong

Jennifer Ngo

Tucked between high-rise offices of multinational companies in Central, the hawkers of Stanley Street serve steaming cups of Hong Kong-style milk tea to early rising workers.

23 Nov 2014 - 8:38am 4 comments

Harry's View

Hong Kong

OCCUPY CENTRAL - DAY 57

Democracy leaders split over plan to hand themselves into

The three co-founders of Occupy Central plan to turn themselves into police next week but vowed to continue supporting protesters under a "two-stage" surrender plan.

24 Nov 2014 - 4:15am More on Occupy Central

China

Ebola virus

Japan, China, South Korea agree on Ebola cooperation

The health ministers of China, Japan and South Korea said yesterday they would collaborate closely in preventing Ebola and other deadly diseases from entering their borders.

24 Nov 2014 - 4:40am More on Ebola Virus

Asia

JAPAN

Boom in Chinese tourism to Japan

With her camera in her hand, Zhang Yan is strolling the willow-lined lanes of Kyoto's geisha district looking for a restaurant. She says she can't make her mind up between tempura or sushi.

24 Nov 2014 - 4:15am

World

IRAN

US races to clinch Iran nuclear deal before deadline, but 'serious gaps' remain

The United States and Iran sought yesterday to bridge gaps in negotiations on the eve of a deadline for a nuclear deal, as Iran signalled it was open to extending the talks by up to a year.

24 Nov 2014 - 4:18am

China Insider

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
INTERNET

China blocks thousands more websites as ‘Great Firewall’ targets cloud services

18 Nov 2014 7 comments

Accused social media scandal monger Yang Xiuyu jailed for four years by Beijing court

18 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Mystery over Guangzhou University student's death; BMW owner flies into rage over 5 yuan parking charge

18 Nov 2014
Visa relaxation

US relaxation of visa scheme triggers fears over ‘brain drain’ from China

18 Nov 2014

Business

ECONOMY

China's surprise rate cut fuels hopes for more easing

The mainland's surprise move to reduce interest rates for the first time in more than two years has fired up expectations of further cuts aimed at shoring up an economy that is on track to record its weakest annual growth since 1990.

24 Nov 2014 - 4:03am
TRAVEL

Easing travel rules key to China cruise growth

With only 0.1 per cent of the Chinese population opting to take cruise ship holidays, the mainland offers the biggest potential in the global cruise industry, but only if the current regulatory restrictions are eased, industry executives say.

24 Nov 2014 - 4:03am

Property

PROPERTY

London price tags close to home for mainland buyers in Hong Kong

With a depressed domestic market, Chinese developers are increasingly taking their rivalries offshore, with lofty ambitions matched by sky-high prices.

24 Nov 2014 - 3:58am

Hong Kong's housing market facing a slump in 2015

Anyone looking for blue skies and sunshine in Hong Kong's property market could be disappointed. It's hard to find an analyst who can put a positive spin on prospects for next year, with predictions of price dips of at least 5 per cent in 2015.

24 Nov 2014 - 3:58am
INVESTMENT

Freedom to travel adds to lure of Athens flats for wealthy Hongkongers

23 Nov 2014

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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

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Sport

BOXING

Stop ducking and fight me, Pacquiao tells Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao threw down the gauntlet to Floyd Mayweather Jnr once again as he challenged the unbeaten American to come out of his shell and give the world what boxing fans are waiting for.

23 Nov 2014 - 11:17pm More on Manny Pacquiao

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

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