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  • July 24, 2014
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Dozens dead as plane crashes on Taiwanese resort island of Penghu during storm


At least 47 people were killed and 11 injured in Taiwan yesterday when a local TransAsia Airways plane crashed on the beach resort island of Penghu in bad weather.

Thursday, 24 July, 2014, 2:42am 4 comments

Typhoon Matmo downgraded to tropical storm as it makes landfall in China


Typhoon Matmo on Wednesday was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made landfall in heavily populated Fujian province after crossing Taiwan overnight causing only minor damage.

23 Jul 2014 - 9:02pm 2 comments

Pro-Russia rebels may have shot down MH17 by mistake, says US official

The MH17 jet may have been shot down by 'mistake' by ill-trained pro-Russian separatists, US intelligence officials said, as Malaysia sent black boxes to Britain for analysis.

23 Jul 2014 - 4:56pm 2 comments More on Malaysia Airlines flight 17

China censors giant inflatable toad story after comparisons with former Communist Party chief

Chinese reports about a giant inflatable toad have been deleted from the internet after social media users compared the puffed-up animal to former Communist Party chief Jiang Zemin.

23 Jul 2014 - 3:52pm 6 comments

Five Husi bosses quizzed by police over 'rotten meat' scandal, as 1,250 tonnes of food seized


Shanghai authorities are investigating 22 restaurants and food distributors, including McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Papa Johns and 7-Eleven, that bought meat from Husi Food.

23 Jul 2014 - 3:59pm 18 comments More on China Food Scandals

President Xi Jinping meets Fidel Castro as Beijing aims to capitalise on Cuba ties

Xi visited Cuba's former revolutionary leader in Havana on Tuesday as he aims to expand investment in the fellow communist nation, his last stop on a four-country Latin American tour.

23 Jul 2014 - 3:36pm

30,000 people quarantined in China after resident dies of pneumonic plague

Part of a city in Gansu province remained sealed off yesterday after the death of a local man from pneumonic plague last week.

23 Jul 2014 - 4:15pm 2 comments

First plane carrying bodies of MH17 victims arrives in Netherlands as nation mourns


The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, with grieving relatives and the king and queen solemnly receiving the as yet unidentified victims.

23 Jul 2014 - 11:15pm 1 comment More on Malaysia Airlines flight 17

China to face widespread flight delays due to three-week ‘military exercises’

Twelve mainland airports, many of them among the busiest, will be hit by widespread delays until the middle of next month because of what are believed to be PLA military exercises.

23 Jul 2014 - 5:20pm 25 comments

Kiev accuses Russia of shooting down fighter jets near flight MH17 crash site


Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down yesterday, not far from where a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard.

24 Jul 2014 - 1:30am 3 comments More on Malaysia Airlines flight 17

Indonesia sentences Frenchman to 15 years in prison for Bali drugs smuggling

23 Jul 2014 - 11:02pm

World marks hottest June since 1880 as temperatures soar in China

23 Jul 2014 - 4:34am 3 comments

Widodo wins Indonesian presidency, but doubts remain as rival vows supporters 'will not remain silent'

23 Jul 2014 - 12:24pm 2 comments

China hit by Western military moves in Africa, says Academy of Social Sciences report

23 Jul 2014 - 11:47am 6 comments

Alibaba says New York Times off base for linking buy-back deal to party elite

23 Jul 2014 - 10:39am 1 comment

Christians in Zhejiang cross with authorities over church demolitions

23 Jul 2014 - 9:55am 5 comments

Author lends encouragement to anti-corruption drive

23 Jul 2014 - 6:47pm

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Sino-US relations: a game of defensive play


The Chinese saying, "playing music to an ox", describes the phenomenon of two people talking past each other. It's apt imagery for the recently held Sino-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

24 Jul 2014 - 1:39am 2 comments


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Pan-dems call for talks to break the reform deadlock

Pan-democrats want to meet Beijing officials in charge of Hong Kong affairs in a bid to break the deadlock on political reform before the National People's Congress Standing Committee makes a ruling next month.

24 Jul 2014 - 2:41am 2 comments More on Universal Suffrage



Thai junta leader General Prayuth allowed to stay in power until elections held

Thailand's junta chief could stay in charge of the country as head of a provisional government until elections are held some time next year, a legal adviser said yesterday, outlining details of an interim constitution.

23 Jul 2014 - 11:24pm

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Terrible rendition of China's national anthem makes Venezuelan military band a laughing stock

23 Jul 2014 2 comments

Look familiar? Xiaomi reveals its newest answer to the iPhone - the Mi4

23 Jul 2014 2 comments

Chinese gamers win US$5m top prize in international video game tournament

22 Jul 2014 1 comment

Chinese farmer who makes giant Transformers from car parts cashes in on success of film

22 Jul 2014 4 comments

Starbucks, Dicos withdraw sandwiches as China launches nationwide probe into 'rotten meat' firm

22 Jul 2014 58 comments

Russians love their Chinese neighbours, Gallup poll shows

18 Jul 2014 3 comments

China web giant Baidu launches search engine in Brazil

21 Jul 2014 1 comment

Uber taxis: they may be luxurious, but not everyone's hailing them

18 Jul 2014 16 comments

No more cheap breakfasts? Street food hawkers banned from Beijing's Haidian district

17 Jul 2014 1 comment

Mainland Chinese buyers contribute significantly to global art sales: report

17 Jul 2014

Chinese soccer fans - mostly young and female - posted 2 billion World Cup messages on Weibo

16 Jul 2014

‘No more public peeing!’ Beijing Marathon organisers warn runners ahead of October event

16 Jul 2014

Sex worker rights activist Ye Haiyan says she is barred from leaving China

16 Jul 2014 1 comment

Hong Kong's youngest activists draw inspiration from political liberalism

16 Jul 2014 13 comments



Shanxi brokers deal to avoid Huatong default, contrary to Beijing's wishes

Central and local governments could be on a collision course in dealing with soaring mainland credit risks after provincial authorities stepped in at the last minute yesterday to help a construction company avoid a damaging debt default.

24 Jul 2014 - 1:06am

Hong Kong iBonds attract strong investor interest

The sale of the fourth batch of inflation-linked bonds worth HK$10 billion attracted hundreds of thousands of investors yesterday, although the number of subscribers appears to have grown at a much slower rate than last year's robust pace.

24 Jul 2014 - 1:06am

Steven Bishop, songwriter to the stars, is excited about his Hong Kong debut

Back in 1976, not many aspiring singer-songwriters recording their debut albums were lucky enough to have Eric Clapton turn up at the studio to contribute a couple of guitar solos.

23 Jul 2014 - 11:53pm

Tilda Swinton plays a vampire in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive

23 Jul 2014

Hong Kong's white elephants? Jury still out on Cyberport and Science Park

22 Jul 2014 10 comments

Who has the best burger in Hong Kong?

A good burger is a joy to behold. Our team put 16 of the city's most popular versions to the test.

23 Jul 2014 - 11:54pm

Dai pai dong an endangered species in Hong Kong

21 Jul 2014

Napa's long Italian love affair rolls on

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Majka proves he's the 'mountain man' in Tour de France

Poland’s Rafal Majka captured his second stage victory at the Tour de France on Wednesday, winning the 17th stage with a late breakaway on the last of four tough climbs in the Pyrenees.

24 Jul 2014 - 12:32am

Ji Cheng wants Chinese to get on their bikes

The first Chinese cyclist to compete in the Tour de France hopes he can help his compatriots rediscover a lost affection for cycling in a country where bicycles were once ubiquitous.

23 Jul 2014 - 10:26pm

Max Lee 'will inspire other players'

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