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

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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.

Sunday, 23 November, 2014, 9:52pm

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 5 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 'to hand themselves in to police on December 5'

The decision came after a three-hour meeting with Occupy Central’s volunteers on Saturday - 55 days since the protest began - and as organisers kicked off a campaign to take the drive to community level.

23 Nov 2014 - 8:19pm 99 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 3 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 9 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 64 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 1 comment

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 3 comments

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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 33 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 3 comments

Harry's View

Hong Kong

EXPLOSION

Neighbours shed light on 'reclusive' man killed in suspected Kowloon blast suicide

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The lone man who died in yesterday's Kowloon estate explosion, in what investigators suspect is a suicide, was anti-social but otherwise appeared "normal", according to his immediate neighbours.

23 Nov 2014 - 4:54pm

China

Golden Horse Film Festival

'Blind Massage' big winner of Taiwan's Golden Horse film awards

A Chinese-French film about blind masseurs and Chinese actor and director Chen Jianbin scooped the most accolades at Taiwan’s 51st Golden Horse movie awards, considered the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars.

23 Nov 2014 - 12:07pm 1 comment

Asia

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

World

NUCLEAR TALKS

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

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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.

23 Nov 2014 - 9:52pm

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

CROSS-BORDER RELATIONS

Beijing summons top Hong Kong officials to discuss Guangdong's future

Top Hong Kong officials have been summoned to attend the first ever state-level cross-border meeting on Guangdong development on Tuesday despite unresolved local social and political issues brought to light by the Occupy Central movement.

23 Nov 2014 - 6:46am 40 comments
ECONOMY

China's central bank surprises markets with lending rate cut to 5.6 per cent

The People's Bank of China yesterday lowered its benchmark lending rate by 40 basis points - its first change in rates since 2012 - in an unexpected concession to pressures from a slowing economy and increasingly high borrowing costs.

22 Nov 2014 - 5:21am 11 comments

Property

INVESTMENT

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

Deep-pocketed Hong Kong investors could be surprise beneficiaries of Greece's attempt to woo wealthy mainland investors with promises of visa-free travel in Europe.

23 Nov 2014 - 6:46am

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

Magazines

Sport

BADMINTON

China's Chen Long loses while giant-killing run ends for Okuhara

China's embarrassing badminton singles run in the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open was completed on Sunday when world No 2 Chen Long lost in the final at the Coliseum.

23 Nov 2014 - 10:06pm

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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