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China's central bank announces long-awaited rate cut to boost economy

PBOC cuts interest rates for growth Update

The People's Bank of China has cut benchmark interest rates for the second time in three months, adding to a raft of recent attempts taken to counter an increasing deflation risk and a slowdown in growth.

Sunday, 1 March, 2015, 1:56am 2 comments

Jeers and anger after clapping spoils performance of world-class orchestra in Hong Kong

Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden

The jeering and finger-pointing familiar to followers of the city's political scene infiltrated its musical shrine when audience members started clapping at the wrong moment.

1 Mar 2015 - 11:42am 12 comments

Man, 61, dies of bird flu in Hong Kong after contracting virus in mainland China

A 61-year-old man has become the first person in Hong Kong to die of H7N9 bird flu this season. File photo: Sam Tsang New

A 61-year-old man has become the first person in Hong Kong to die of H7N9 bird flu this season, after contracting the virus during a visit to mainland China.

1 Mar 2015 - 3:41pm

Hong Kong women using study visas for sex work overseas

Hong Kong women are signing up for language schools in Australia as a front to work in the country's lucrative sex trade.

Hong Kong women are signing up for language schools in Australia as a front to work in the country's lucrative sex trade, according to advocates and sources in the industry.

1 Mar 2015 - 9:32am 15 comments

China's celebrity CPPCC members expected to be in spotlight after missteps

Members Zhao Benshan and Li Xiaolin. Photo: SMP, AP

It's not just the government officials and rising political stars who will come under intense media scrutiny at the national parliamentary session this week.

1 Mar 2015 - 9:36am

35,000km journey with no fuel: Swiss pilots attempt first solar-powered flight around the world

The Solar Impulse 2 on one of the test flights, cruising over Payerne municipality in Switzerland. Photo: Solar Impulse

Two Swiss pilots on a solar-powered aeroplane will attempt to complete the first ever round-the-world flight with zero fuel – with stops in Chinese cities scheduled for later this month.

1 Mar 2015 - 11:20am

Can't afford a place in Hong Kong? Here's what HK$7million will buy you abroad

Can't afford a place in Hong Kong? Here's what HK$7million will buy you abroad

In a city where property is king, HK$7 million won't get you the castle. But head overseas and that amount of money could deliver some royal returns.

1 Mar 2015 - 10:18am 5 comments

Chinese-made electronic toilet seats as good as Japanese units, top maker says

Chinese tourist learns how to use electronic toilet seat in Tokyo. Photo: Kyodo

Electronic toilet seats have recently become one of the most sought-after commodities on Chinese consumers' shopping lists when they visit Japan.

1 Mar 2015 - 3:15am 4 comments

China's ban on ivory carving imports 'more symbolic than effective'

100,000 wild elephants were killed between 2010-12, according to Save the Elephants.

Environmental campaigners have described the mainland's one-year ban on the imports of ivory carvings as "more symbolic than effective".

1 Mar 2015 - 5:08am 1 comment

Provincial official Ni Fake jailed for 17 years over multimillion dollar jade bribes

A TV screen shows the verdict passed on Ni Fake at the Intermediate People's Court in Dongying, Shandong Province on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

A former senior Chinese provincial official was sentenced Saturday to 17 years in jail for taking around 13 million yuan (HK$16.3 million) in bribes consisting largely of precious stones, a court said.

1 Mar 2015 - 5:00am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

China manufacturing contracted in February, index shows

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The latest monthly purchasing managers’ index was up to 49.9 from January’s 49.8, China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing reported. A figure below 50 shows contraction.

1 Mar 2015 - 12:10pm 1 comment

China's top political meetings to go ahead without 36 key figures snared in graft crackdown

This week's annual meetings of China's top political bodies are likely to be overshadowed by the sweeping anti-graft campaign which has taken down an unprecedented number of delegates and senior officials in just one year.

1 Mar 2015 - 9:30am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign
China's UN ambassador Liu Jieyi said he saw no "logic" behind the proposed resolution. Photo: Xinhua

China opposes draft of UN sanctions against South Sudan

1 Mar 2015 - 5:08am 1 comment
Illustration: Henry Wong

Asians face extra pitfalls on path to Ivy League universities

1 Mar 2015 - 9:00am 11 comments
Chris Smith says a status quo US policy is unsustainable if Beijing continues to insist that Hong Kong become like mainland China.

US bill ties Hong Kong trade rights to democracy in bid to press China on 2017 elections

1 Mar 2015 - 4:38am 15 comments
The forestry administration said 27 new preservation areas for giant pandas had contributed to the growth in their numbers. Photo: Xinhua

In the black: China's wild panda population grew in past 10 years, new census finds

1 Mar 2015 - 4:57am
Bruce Lee's incredible martial arts moves are what most of his fans remember. His daughter Shannon Lee says his official biopic will explore other aspects of his life, such as his art and philosophies. Photo: SCMP

Coming soon: Bruce Lee's daughter kick-starts plans for Hong Kong legend's official biopic

1 Mar 2015 - 3:42am 4 comments
Nimoy lived long and prospered.

Leonard Nimoy, iconic actor who played Star Trek's Mr Spock, dies at 83

1 Mar 2015 - 3:13am 5 comments
Median incomes of Asian families surging in US

Median incomes of Asian families surging in US

1 Mar 2015 - 3:26am
The Duke of Cambridge dresses up as a samurai warrior with a geisha in attendance at the NHK studios in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

Britain's Prince William dresses up as a samurai warrior during his tour of Japan

1 Mar 2015 - 3:39pm
India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (centre) holds a briefcase containing budget documents on Saturday. Photo: EPA

India's budget pledges infrastructure spending to help economy ‘fly’

1 Mar 2015 - 5:40am
Flowers mark the spot where Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near St Basil's Cathedral. Photo: AFP

Outrage in and outside Russia follows opposition figure Boris Nemtsov's murder

1 Mar 2015 - 12:22pm 4 comments

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The land that will be used for cross country skiing during the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Zhangjiakou. Photo: Simon Song

Beijing hosting the Winter Olympics is not a certainty

1 Mar 2015 - 6:41am
Visitors look at a menu displayed outside a food truck in Hokkaido, Japan. Photo: Bloomberg

Food trucks can add some spice to the Hong Kong food scene

1 Mar 2015 - 6:41am

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Collaborate, don't compete: how regional China can prosper

Tianjin is the world's 10th busiest container port. Beijing and Hebei should help it increase market share. Photo: AP WINSTON MOK

A long time before market liberalisation in New Zealand, when a dominant food company was asked who were its key competitors, senior managers usually said other plants within the same company, not foreign brands.

2 Mar 2015 - 12:08am

Focus

Asians face extra pitfalls on path to Ivy League universities

Illustration: Henry Wong TNS

University admission season ignites deep anxieties for Asian-American families, who spend more than any other demographic on education.

1 Mar 2015 - 9:00am 11 comments

Harry's View

Hong Kong

Vegetables being grown in Kwun Tong Road. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong concerned over vegetable imports from mainland China, study finds

With safety concerns to the fore, more than 81 per cent of Hongkongers prefer vegetables grown locally to those imported from the mainland, a study by the Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre found.

1 Mar 2015 - 11:19pm

China

Beijing is shrouded in haze, the subject of a new video.Photo: AP ENVIRONMENT

Chinese celebrity's air pollution video stirs online dust-up

A former TV celebrity has unleashed a storm of criticism and a wave of support with a self-funded, An Inconvenient Truth-style documentary on the nation's air pollution scourge.

2 Mar 2015 - 12:19am

Asia

Janata Dal (United), a powerful group in eastern Bihar state, chief Sharad Yadav (right), speaks to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at his residence in New Delhi. Photo: AP INDIA

India’s ruling Hindu party forms coalition in mainly Muslim Kashmir

India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party was Sunday sworn into government for the first time in the country’s only Muslim-majority state after a power-sharing deal with a regional rival.

1 Mar 2015 - 4:16pm

World

The Solar Impulse 2 on one of the test flights, cruising over Payerne municipality in Switzerland. Photo: Solar Impulse SOLAR ENERGY

35,000km journey with no fuel: Swiss pilots attempt first solar-powered flight around the world

Two Swiss pilots on a solar-powered aeroplane will attempt to complete the first ever round-the-world flight with zero fuel – with stops in Chinese cities scheduled for later this month.

1 Mar 2015 - 11:20am

Business

Factory operations usually slow during the Lunar New Year holidays, the National Bureau of Statistics says. Photo: Reuters ECONOMY

Gloomy February factory data supports China rates move

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The mainland's factory sector contracted again last month, official data showed yesterday, underlining the central bank's weekend decision to cut benchmark interest rates for the second time in three months in an effort to boost the economy.

1 Mar 2015 - 11:47pm
INFRASTRUCTURE

Unattractive returns a challenge for China PPPs

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Beijing's efforts to promote public-private partnership (PPP) as a way to attract private capital to infrastructure projects and ease the debt burden on local governments face difficulties due to unattractive returns, analysts and an infrastructure firm said.

1 Mar 2015 - 8:28pm

Property

Some major development sites have recently been acquired by small players with help from “big brothers” in China, says one expert. Photo: Nora Tam PROPERTY

Smaller Hong Kong developers go head to head with the major players

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Most of Hong Kong's small and medium-sized developers were stuck on the sidelines of the city's property market four years ago.

1 Mar 2015 - 9:51pm
Pilots hope to fly around the world powered only by the sun

Pilots hope to fly around the world powered only by the sun

Two pioneering aviators will take off from Abu Dhabi this week, hoping to complete the first round-the-world flight using zero fuel - in a mission that will test the limits of human endurance.

1 Mar 2015 - 3:15am 1 comment

Scientists have finally discovered the function of eyelashes

1 Mar 2015

Game theory drives Greek finance minister in duel with creditors

1 Mar 2015

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Sport

Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho curls home a fine strike to seal a vital Premier League win for Liverpool. Photo: Reuters ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Philippe Coutinho's curler secures three points for Liverpool against Manchester City

Philippe Coutinho scored a late winner against Manchester City at Anfield for the second straight season as Liverpool won 2-1 on Sunday to dent the champions' chances of hauling in Premier League leaders Chelsea.

2 Mar 2015 - 12:13am More on English Premier League 2014/15
ATHLETICS

Ultra delight for long-distance runners in Hong Kong

Hong Kong junior half-marathon record holder Nestor Wong Wai-chung romped away with both the senior and overall title in the inaugural 50km Rotary HK Ultramarathon held in Central on Sunday.

1 Mar 2015 - 10:38pm
SOCCER

Daniel McBreen strikes again as South China edge past Citizen

1 Mar 2015

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Richard Leakey. Photos: May Tse; Corbis; The Leakey Foundation; AFP Wildlife conservation

Richard Leakey on a conservation crusade (just don't mention God)

A scion of the Leakey family – whose fossil discoveries helped reveal how humans evolved – Richard has also been hailed as a saviour of the African elephant. Sarah Lazarus wonders whether Brad Pitt will do justice to this charismatic Kenyan in a forthcoming biopic …

1 Mar 2015 - 6:05pm

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