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China building large military base near disputed Diaoyu Islands: sources

A Japanese surveillance aircraft flies over the disputed Diaoyu Islands. Photo: AP

China’s military is building a large-scale base on islands near the Diaoyu Islands, several Chinese sources said yesterday.

Monday, 22 December, 2014, 12:19pm 2 comments

Luxury French villa of jailed Chinese politician Bo Xilai 'up for sale at HK$66 million'

Bo Xilai’s luxurious villa in the south of France – which a mainland court has promised to confiscate – has been put up for sale for €6.95 million (about HK$66 million). Photo: Fine & Country

Jailed Chinese Politburo member Bo Xilai’s luxury French villa – which a mainland court has promised to confiscate – has been put up for sale for about HK$66 million, the Global Times reported.

22 Dec 2014 - 12:09pm More on Bo Xilai

Chinese surgeons punished for taking group snaps beside patient during operation

Say cheese: one of the photos of Chinese doctors and nurses taken during an operation at a Xian hospital, which sparked public anger. Photo: www.qianzhan.com

Several surgeons at a Chinese hospital have been punished by health officials after taking group photos in an operating theatre - while a patient was still undergoing surgery.

22 Dec 2014 - 3:33pm 2 comments

Rafael Hui, Thomas Kwok face up to 7 years in prison for each graft conviction: prosecution

Serious faces: (L-R) Thomas Chan, Thomas Kwok and Rafael Hui arrive at court this morning in a prison van. Photo: Felix Wong
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The four men convicted in Hong Kong's biggest ever graft trial face up to seven years in jail for each of the charges they were found guilty of, lead prosecutor David Perry QC told the court this morning.

22 Dec 2014 - 2:57pm

Hong Kong's Occupy protests did not end with a loss, says co-founder Benny Tai

Occupy co-founder Benny Tai says he now realises he is not good at fighting in the streets and sometimes felt he did not fit in at protest sites. He says he will focus on contributing ideas. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Occupy Central campaign has not backfired despite recent polls showing support for Beijing's reform framework, the movement's co-founder says.

22 Dec 2014 - 8:25am 18 comments More on Occupy Central

How to spot a liar: coach to crime fighters reveals common tics

Illustration: Corbis

Looks of disgust and surprise are significant because lie detection is complex, and we often mistake the signs. "We're terrible at spotting lies," says an expert.

22 Dec 2014 - 12:58pm

Angry over land seizures and pollution, Nicaraguans block roads as Chinese-led mega canal project kicks off

Demonstrators waved flags, chanted anti-government slogans as they marched in Managua, Nicaragua's capital, on December 10. Photo: Movimiento Renovador Sandinista

Groups of men armed with wooden batons have blocked key roads in Nicaragua to protest the construction of a Chinese-financed inter-oceanic canal, whose kick-off ceremony will be held later today.

22 Dec 2014 - 12:55pm

Walter Kwok won’t return to SHKP following brother's conviction in Rafael Hui graft trial

Walter Kwok Ping-sheung said in a statement on Sunday he was 'deeply sorrowful' that his younger brother Thomas had been convicted of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Photo: Edward Wong

The eldest of the three billionaire Kwok brothers says he will not return to directorship at the family-controlled real estate empire Sun Hung Kai Properties.

22 Dec 2014 - 8:46am 9 comments More on Sun Hung Kai Properties

Underwear thief foiled after 2,000 pieces of lingerie stolen from neighbours cause ceiling collapse

A man in Guangxi province stole a colourful array of more than 2,000 sets of women's lingerie from his neighbours over the course of a year. Photo: SCMP Pictures New

The used underwear, which belonged to women in Yulin City, China, had been stolen by a male resident and hidden above ceiling tiles in his residential building's stairwells.

22 Dec 2014 - 9:34am 1 comment

As Chinese scramble for train tickets for Lunar New Year, high-speed sleepers get cold shoulder

Ticket sales at a station in Chongqing, a popular destination for the Lunar New Year. Photo: Xinhua

People snapped up rail tickets as bookings opened for the Lunar New Year's Eve services, but there was limited enthusiasm for the debut of the new high-speed sleeper services.

22 Dec 2014 - 8:12am

Top Beijing adviser raps Hong Kong for lack of national security law

Chen Zuoer, a top adviser to Beijing on Hong Kong affairs, has put the controversial idea of a national security law for the city back on the agenda by condemning it as "the only place in China" without such legislation.

22 Dec 2014 - 7:42am 44 comments

The next goldmine? venture capitalists on the lookout for Chinese tech start-ups

When technology investor Zhou Wei was looking for mainland start-ups to back, he was "100 per cent" certain that innovative online mobile and finance companies would overtake traditional peers to emerge as future stars.

22 Dec 2014 - 10:06am
The main canal of the South-North Water Transfer Project in Baoding, Hebei. Photo: Xinhua

True cost of river diversion project to Beijing could take years to determine

22 Dec 2014 - 3:42am 2 comments
An image of the 'coal'. Photo: Meteoritics & Planetary Science

'Coal' found in meteorite points to life on Mars, says Chinese-led research team

22 Dec 2014 - 12:42pm
Castle Peak Power Station in Tuen Mun. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong should avoid more electricity imports from mainland China: British expert

22 Dec 2014 - 9:09am 13 comments
Chinese zombie firms' debt risks 'may come to life' as economy slows in 2015

Chinese zombie firms' debt risks 'may come to life' as economy slows in 2015

22 Dec 2014 - 5:57am
Beijing ready to help Russia's rattled economy, Chinese foreign minister says

Beijing ready to help Russia's rattled economy, Chinese foreign minister says

22 Dec 2014 - 5:57am 1 comment
Rafael Ramos (left) and Liu Wenjian

Police 'assassin' boasted online before shooting dead two New York officers

22 Dec 2014 - 12:59pm
Sony salvo opens new front

Sony attack opens new front in cyber warfare, say North Korean defectors

22 Dec 2014 - 3:55am
TDC executive director Margaret Fong Shun-man says Hong Kong should position itself as the gateway to Southeast Asia. Photo: May Tse

Hong Kong can be 'gateway to Southeast Asia' says TDC executive director

22 Dec 2014 - 8:50am 3 comments
Margaret Chan's temperature is checked in Conakry. Photo: AFP

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon tours Ebola-hit states as toll soars over 7,000

22 Dec 2014 - 6:19am
Investigators work where two policemen were shot, apparently by Ismaaiyl Brinsley (top right). His Instagram message (bottom right) has been taken down .Main photo: AP

Investigators work to make sense of slayings of two New York policemen

22 Dec 2014 - 1:19am

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A Christmas tree heralds the start of the festive season at home. Photo: Thinkstock

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China's FDI slowdown just a blip, as the landscape is reshaped

China's FDI slowdown just a blip, as the landscape is reshaped

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Despite sacrifices, housing must be the No 1 priority

Despite sacrifices, housing must be the No 1 priority

22 Dec 2014 - 9:23am 4 comments
Chinese tourists must be taught good manners to protect image of country

Chinese tourists must be taught good manners to protect image of country

22 Dec 2014 - 9:16am 5 comments

Today's Poll

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22 Dec 2014
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Insight

Time for former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir to take a back seat

For the good of his party, the National Front, and for himself, Mahathir should stop making things difficult for his successor. Photo: AFP SHOLTO BYRNES

When the obituaries come to be written for Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's prime minister from 1981 to 2003, they were always going to be mixed.

22 Dec 2014 - 3:50pm

Focus

Sony attack opens new front in cyber warfare, say North Korean defectors

Sony salvo opens new front AP

The hacking attack on Sony Pictures might have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations.

22 Dec 2014 - 3:55am

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World

US President Barack Obama (left) says he will review what proportionate action to take against the government of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right). Photos: AFP, Xinhua HACKING SCANDAL

Obama considers returning North Korea to terrorism list over 'cybervandalism' at Sony

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President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an “act of cybervandalism”, not one of war, against a movie company.

22 Dec 2014 - 3:43pm

Business

Lin Yong, Chief Executive Officer of Haitong International Securities. Haitong will sell about HK$29.94b of new H shares in a private placement to seven investors. PLACEMENTS

Haitong Securities share sale taps market for HK$29.9b

Haitong Securities will sell about HK$29.94 billion of new H shares in a private placement to seven investors, more than doubling the size of the state-owned broker's Hong Kong listing.

22 Dec 2014 - 8:14am
WORKFORCE

China's internet finance boom helps close salary gap with Hong Kong

The booming internet finance sector on the mainland has made the job market more attractive there as the salary gap between major Chinese cities and Hong Kong is set to further narrow.

22 Dec 2014 - 7:23am
Part of Yuko Mohri's "Urban Mining" series

Diverse works reflect humanity's impact on the environment

The entrance to this group exhibition of 12 artists from around the world is a momentary letdown.

Visitors are greeted by a three-channel, 20-minute video by Sutthirat Supaparinya projected onto the back of a mundane, panelled wall with no seating for comfortable viewing.

22 Dec 2014 - 3:46pm More on LIFE

Lang Lang plays Mozart, but not as we know it

22 Dec 2014

Spinal Tap find real life as a spoof

21 Dec 2014
Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

For an extra special holiday meal, stop talking turkey and treat your guests to a beautiful bird of their own..

21 Dec 2014 - 9:24am

How to spice up Christmas dinner: top chefs offer their tips

18 Dec 2014 1 comment

Seiji Yamamoto: 'Hong Kong chicken is best in the world'

20 Dec 2014
Illustration: Sarene Chan

Seven breakthroughs that will transform global health

Which major breakthroughs in technology have had a transformative effect on the lives of the world's poorest?

21 Dec 2014 - 7:46am

Sceptical of climate change or just sceptical of the solution?

21 Dec 2014 1 comment

Shell I stay or slowly go? 'Hardcore' snail named after punk Joe Strummer

21 Dec 2014

Magazines

Sport

Martin Skrtel heads home the last-gasp equaliser. Photo: Reuters ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

We can still make top four, insists Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt his players demonstrated the character necessary to revitalise their challenge for a top-four Premier League finish in their last-gasp 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

22 Dec 2014 - 9:32am More on English Premier League 2014/15
SPANISH PRIMERA LIGA

‘It’s even prettier than me’ – Cristiano Ronaldo pleased with statue of himself

Who says he's vain? Cristiano Ronaldo was happy to take second billing as he unveiled a giant statue - of himself - on his home island of Madeira in Portugal.

Ronaldo calls the larger-than-life bronze statue “prettier than me,” according to Spanish news agency Europa Press.

22 Dec 2014 - 9:49am
BADMINTON

Chen Long ends 2014 with victory in World Superseries Finals

22 Dec 2014

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Test your knowledge of 2014 events in Post year-end quiz

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22 Dec 2014 - 10:14am

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