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Singapore says final farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew

A bugler plays the Last Post as attendees stand for a minute of silence during the funeral service of former leader Lee Kuan Yew at the University Cultural Centre at the National University of Singapore. Photo: Reuters Update

When Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew was a 64-year-old prime minister in 1988, he declared: "Even from my sickbed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up."

Monday, 30 March, 2015, 3:56am 1 comment More on Lee Kuan Yew

China's central bank on alert for deflation

Governor of People's Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan speaks at a sub-forum during the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia. Photo: Xinhua

PBOC chief Zhou Xiaochuan warns of need for vigilance as some prices take a hit from weaker demand in the domestic economy.

30 Mar 2015 - 7:03am More on Chinese Economy

Chinese navy evacuates Chinese nationals from war-torn Yemen

An armed man stands guard in front of a tank in Aden, Yemen. Air raids began in the country late last week. Photo: AFP

China had started evacuating its 590 citizens from war-torn Yemen, Foreign Minister Wang Yi confirmed, as Arab leaders vowed to continue Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels.

30 Mar 2015 - 3:32am 1 comment

AIIB welcomes Australia and Denmark, the two latest US allies to apply to join Beijing-led bank

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey says in a joint statement that good progress has been made on the AIIB's design but some key matters are still to be resolved. Photo: Xinhua

China welcomed Australia and Denmark's move to join its new development bank on Sunday, with the two countries becoming the latest US allies to show support for Beijing's efforts to boost its influence in the region.

30 Mar 2015 - 5:26am

Anti-graft activist Ou Shaokun 'caught with prostitute' in Hunan raid

Ou Shaokun documents abuse of government cars. Photo: Joe Tan

A Guangzhou-based activist best known for his campaigns against official abuse of government cars, was detained in neighbouring Hunan for allegedly soliciting a prostitute, police confirmed on Sunday.

30 Mar 2015 - 5:27am

China's controversial flight route M503 takes off despite protests in Taiwan

Pro-Taiwan independence activists in Taipei display banners opposing the M503 flight route on Thursday. Photo: AFP

A controversial flight route came into operation on Sunday despite protests in Taiwan, with the first flight heading to Hong Kong.

30 Mar 2015 - 5:29am

The Lee Kuan Yew dividend

Lee Kuan Yew's casket sits covered by Singapore's flag behind a portrait of the founding prime minister at yesterday's state funeral. Photo: Reuters

The intense focus on the founding premier's achievements that has followed his death may solidify support for the People's Action Party.

30 Mar 2015 - 4:10am More on Lee Kuan Yew

Beijing's Winter Olympics bid praised by IOC inspectors

A display for the proposed Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on the Olympic Green in Beijing. Photo: AP

IOC inspectors left Beijing on Sunday after praising the capital's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics that, if successful, would make it the first city to hold both the winter and summer games.

30 Mar 2015 - 5:27am

Polar Ocean Park to join Disneyland at centre of Shanghai's effort to become global tourism hub

Tourists dive in the aquarium at Haichang Polar Ocean World in Chengdu, in Sichuan. Haichang plans to open a polar theme park in Shanghai. Photo: Xinhua

First it was Mickey Mouse. Then Kung Fu Panda. Now, penguins and polar bears are being recruited in Shanghai's efforts to attract tourists.

30 Mar 2015 - 5:28am

Another stunner from fabulous Fiji at Hong Kong Sevens

The bubbly flows as the outstanding Fiji squad celebrate their victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Fiji were untouchable as they swept to a popular 33-19 victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday night.

30 Mar 2015 - 2:25am More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015

Mainland China officials says innovation can fail in talk on Hong Kong's Basic Law

Any innovative system can fail, a top Beijing official said in reference to Hong Kong's Basic Law - before stressing that he strongly believed the "one country, two systems" principle would prove a success.

30 Mar 2015 - 3:32am More on Universal Suffrage

No need for promises of more political reform, says top Beijing official

There is no need for Beijing to promise that the election model for the chief executive could be amended beyond 2017 as this is already guaranteed by the Basic Law, mainland official on legal affairs Zhang Rongshun has said.

30 Mar 2015 - 3:32am More on Universal Suffrage
Dr Mamie Lau May-ming shows a Geiger counter reading she recorded at a covered pedestrian bridge in Nam Cheong. Photo: Bruce Yan

City's background radiation levels 'astounding', says former top official

30 Mar 2015 - 3:32am 1 comment
Ratna Lestari Harjana says if Indonesia manages to have good governance, the foreign investors will be confident.

Indonesia puts out call to Hong Kong investors with its infrastructure plan

30 Mar 2015 - 3:32am
ISACA president Robert Stroud says people should be more concerned about the safety of their health data. Photo: Franke Tsang

Schools urge parents to be vigilant in wake of phone kidnap threat scams in Hong Kong

30 Mar 2015 - 4:36am
Financial Secretary John Tsang last month announced a review of the 174-year-old organisation's business operations. Photo: AFP

Hongkong Post urged to use global links to expand e-commerce business

30 Mar 2015 - 4:53am
Howard dressed as North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-un impersonator disrupts Hong Kong broadcast of Lee Kuan Yew's funeral

30 Mar 2015 - 4:08am 7 comments
A giant strawberry, called a 'Skyberry', for sale at a fruit shop in Tokyo. Photo: Kyodo

Luxury strawberries take Japanese market by storm with specialty producers vying to be top of the pile

30 Mar 2015 - 7:18am
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been invited to address a joint meeting of US Congress. Photo: AP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set to make history when he addresses joint meeting of US Congress

30 Mar 2015 - 7:18am
Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz. Photo: Reuters

Germanwings crash opens debate over medical privacy after Andreas Lubitz concealed his mental illness

30 Mar 2015 - 7:29am
A volunteer sorts through donations at a food bank in London. Photo: AFP

Growing inequality and growing number of food banks looms as one of the main issues in British election

30 Mar 2015 - 7:31am
A police officer in Freetown, Sierra Leone during the three-day lockdown in response to fears of a surge in Ebola cases. Photo: AP

Resurgence of Ebola forces Guinea and Sierra Leone to tighten security

30 Mar 2015 - 7:31am

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When it comes to food, China is right to shift focus to quality rather than quantity

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Lee Kuan Yew, a true economist

Economics is all about achieving the best, subject to constraints. Lee Kuan Yew recognised and respected the constraints of the real world. FRANCIS LUI

Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore," his son, Lee Hsien Loong rightly remarked. To understand what this brilliant man achieved, we must look at Singapore itself. From the founding of Singapore as a nation in 1965 to 2014, its real gross domestic product expanded by 37.9 times.

29 Mar 2015 - 9:01pm 2 comments

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The Lee Kuan Yew dividend

Lee Kuan Yew's casket sits covered by Singapore's flag behind a portrait of the founding prime minister at yesterday's state funeral. Photo: Reuters ZURAIDAH IBRAHIM

The intense focus on the founding premier's achievements that has followed his death may solidify support for the People's Action Party.

30 Mar 2015 - 4:10am

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Dr Mamie Lau May-ming shows a Geiger counter reading she recorded at a covered pedestrian bridge in Nam Cheong. Photo: Bruce Yan ENVIRONMENT

City's background radiation levels 'astounding', says former top official

"Astounding" levels of background radiation measured in some of the city's poorly ventilated urban areas were almost a third higher than the world average, a former environmental protection official has revealed.

30 Mar 2015 - 3:32am 1 comment

Asia

A bugler plays the Last Post as attendees stand for a minute of silence during the funeral service of former leader Lee Kuan Yew at the University Cultural Centre at the National University of Singapore. Photo: Reuters SINGAPORE

Singapore says final farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew

Update

When Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew was a 64-year-old prime minister in 1988, he declared: "Even from my sickbed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up."

30 Mar 2015 - 3:56am 1 comment More on Lee Kuan Yew

Business

Governor of People's Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan speaks at a sub-forum during the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia. Photo: Xinhua CHINA

China's central bank on alert for deflation

PBOC chief Zhou Xiaochuan warns of need for vigilance as some prices take a hit from weaker demand in the domestic economy.

30 Mar 2015 - 7:03am More on Chinese Economy
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Morgan Stanley to expand China team as stock market reforms take hold

US investment bank Morgan Stanley plans to add dozens of new jobs to its China-focused equity research and corporate analysis teams over the coming year as Beijing moves to give foreign investors more direct access to mainland stock markets.

29 Mar 2015 - 9:59pm
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With a new album and a fashion line, pop culture's most polarising figure Kanye West is here to make waves.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:52pm

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DNA studies shed light on genetic mixing across four continents

The internet and modern genetics have been a pair of high-wattage searchlights slicing through one of the darkest periods of modern human history: more than three centuries of conquest, slave trade and population displacement in the Americas.

29 Mar 2015 - 8:58am

Nitrogen emissions in smog threatens to 'massacre' world's forests: Chinese scientists

29 Mar 2015 2 comments

Destroying the soil is going to be the death of us if we're not careful

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The bubbly flows as the outstanding Fiji squad celebrate their victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Another stunner from fabulous Fiji at Hong Kong Sevens

Fiji were untouchable as they swept to a popular 33-19 victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday night.

30 Mar 2015 - 2:25am More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015

Aussies show signs of sevens rugby resurgence after winning Plate

The glory days of Australian rugby sevens might be a distant memory for some and laughed off as pure myth by others but there were signs of life in the Green and Gold at the Hong Kong Sevens as they lifted the Plate with a 21-17 victory over the United States.

30 Mar 2015 - 2:20am More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015

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28 Mar 2015 - 11:27pm 5 comments

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