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  • October 24, 2014
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Party vows to stop judicial meddling but gives no word on Zhou Yongkang

The Communist Party vowed to stop interference in the courts and to ensure the constitution was upheld as it wrapped up an annual agenda-setting gathering of the Central Committee on Thursday.

Thursday, 23 October, 2014, 8:42pm 2 comments More on Zhou Yongkang

Net closes on Ling Jihua, one-time top aide to ex-president Hu Jintao

Graft-busters on the mainland are closing the net around a powerful family headed by Ling Jihua, for long the right-hand man of former president Hu Jintao.

23 Oct 2014 - 4:26pm 11 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Apec finance ministers to encourage private investment on infrastructure

Finance ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum pledged to encourage private investment in infrastructure projects as part of a plan to offset the economic impact of fragile consumer demand.

23 Oct 2014 - 7:06am 1 comment

North Korea to shut borders to all foreign tourists amid Ebola fears


North Korea is sealing off all its borders in response to the global Ebola threat, two China-based travel agencies specialising in North Korea tours said on Thursday.

23 Oct 2014 - 6:51pm

Protesters claim Kenny G did voice support for Occupy, telling them 'hope you guys win eventually'

An Occupy Central protester who yesterday witnessed a visit to the Admiralty demonstration zone by saxophonist Kenny G has poured scorn on the jazz-man’s later claim that he did not support the pro-democracy protests.

23 Oct 2014 - 5:44pm 23 comments More on Occupy Central

‘Canada will never be intimidated,’ vows PM Harper after attack at parliament


Gunfire echoed through the halls of the Canadian parliament as police swarmed in to tackle a gunman who had shot dead a soldier outside before storming the building.

23 Oct 2014 - 10:45pm 16 comments

China scraps 130,000 ‘leading groups’ in effort to streamline local government

China, in an effort to streamline bureaucracy, has scrapped over 130,000 of the many “leading groups” that operate at all levels of governments across the nation, state media reported on Thursday.

23 Oct 2014 - 4:31pm 2 comments

Mapping drone prompts PLA to scramble fighter jets, mobilise troops: official media

China on Thursday deployed more than 1,200 troops and scrambled fighter jets in response to an unauthorised flight near Beijing airport by what turned out to be a mapping drone, state-run media reported.

23 Oct 2014 - 1:08pm

US media wowed after Mark Zuckerberg conducts Tsinghua University Q&A in Chinese

With a self-deprecating warning that 'my Chinese is very bad', Mark Zuckerberg launched into a Q&A in Putonghua.

23 Oct 2014 - 4:55pm 9 comments More on Facebook

Aquino says Philippines willing to help China seize illicit assets of fugitives

President Benigno Aquino said yesterday he would be willing to help Beijing seize illicit assets of Chinese who have fled to the Philippines if any cases were discovered and if Beijing requested cooperation.

23 Oct 2014 - 8:16am 1 comment

Student, Occupy leaders announce vote on government’s reform proposals


A vote will be carried out on Sunday night at the "Umbrella Plaza" in Admiralty to collect protesters’ views on whether they find the government’s offers made at unprecedented talks on Tuesday acceptable, student and Occupy Central leaders announced last night.

23 Oct 2014 - 11:40pm 6 comments More on Occupy Central

Government source hints at tougher line on Occupy protests if deadlock persists

The government yesterday increased pressure on Occupy protesters, warning that "hawks" favouring tough action to clear sit-in sites would gain the upper hand if the deadlock continues.

23 Oct 2014 - 11:24am 277 comments More on Occupy Central

China has biggest share of high-earning expats, HSBC survey reveals

23 Oct 2014 - 6:14pm 1 comment

China poised to send spacecraft ‘to moon and back’

23 Oct 2014 - 4:38am 1 comment

Chinese baby girl has 12 sewing needles removed from her body

23 Oct 2014 - 3:58pm 6 comments

Smog returns to Beijing with pollution levels set to worsen by weekend

23 Oct 2014 - 6:33pm 2 comments

Guangdong gives all-clear to 43 people monitored for Ebola

23 Oct 2014 - 8:21pm 1 comment

Beef encounters: where to go for authentic steak frites in Hong Kong

23 Oct 2014 - 2:17pm 1 comment

Japan's deputy PM pushes for meeting between Abe and Xi at Apec summit

23 Oct 2014 - 8:18pm 3 comments

Jeffrey Fowle, American freed from detention in North Korea, has joyful family reunion

23 Oct 2014 - 6:02am

Visa system for migrant victims of crime depends on where they live in US

23 Oct 2014 - 9:31am

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Protesters, government should focus on what can be achieved

23 Oct 2014 - 8:19am 20 comments

Judge does South Africa proud in Pistorius trial

23 Oct 2014 - 8:22am 2 comments

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  • Longer than a month: 73%
23 Oct 2014
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Democracy is on its last legs


The ongoing Occupy movement by pro-democracy protesters has wreaked havoc in Hong Kong. There is no end in sight. Yet, in this melodramatic saga, we may be forgetting the basics: What exactly is "democracy"? Who deserves it? Does it really work?

23 Oct 2014 - 5:18pm 24 comments


Violence in Mong Kok: Are the protests spinning out of control?

Joyce Ng

Concerns are growing that the Occupy movement in Mong Kok has spun out of control and is on the verge of turning into a riot, after nights of violent clashes since police reclaimed part of the rally site.

20 Oct 2014 - 4:36pm 57 comments

Harry's View

Hong Kong

Student, Occupy leaders announce vote on government’s reform proposals


A vote will be carried out on Sunday night at the "Umbrella Plaza" in Admiralty to collect protesters’ views on whether they find the government’s offers made at unprecedented talks on Tuesday acceptable, student and Occupy Central leaders announced last night.

23 Oct 2014 - 11:40pm 6 comments More on Occupy Central



Tokyo governor confident Xi Jinping will agree to meet Shinzo Abe

The governor of Tokyo said he believed a rift-healing summit would take place between the leaders of China and Japan next month, as he touted the economic benefits Chinese tourists brought to his city.

23 Oct 2014 - 11:28pm



Bull market in equities may not peak until 2018

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”. This is one of my favourite investment mantras, tested over several market cycles – the more things change, the more they stay the same.

23 Oct 2014 - 9:44am

Volatility crimps banks’ risk-taking, spikes expose cracks in markets

A dramatic upswing in volatility is putting post-crisis financial markets to the test, as curbs on banks’ ability to take risks and an increase in technology-driven trading expose potential new cracks in the system.

23 Oct 2014 - 12:01pm

Full-time comedy club gives up-and-comers a chance to test their skills

When Jim Brewsky arrived in Hong Kong from the US a little more than two years ago, he never thought he'd find himself doing stand-up comedy, let alone winning the region's leading comedy competition.

24 Oct 2014 - 12:19am

Peter Chan's film Dearest is based on a true story of child abduction

23 Oct 2014

The Jacksons bring classic hits to Hong Kong

22 Oct 2014

Chefs take an adventurous approach to preparing truffles

As the white truffle season follows the European summer black truffle season, and will in turn be followed by the Australian summer truffle, Hong Kong diners have become more than familiar with the pricey fungus. Often it comes to us shaved over pasta, or in scrambled eggs or an omelette.

23 Oct 2014 - 5:12pm

Giovanni Greggio comes out of retirement to run Gradini in Central

23 Oct 2014

Beef encounters: where to go for authentic steak frites in Hong Kong

23 Oct 2014 1 comment

Why Google Glass is turning consumers off

It's surely one of the most discussed products of the year, but does anyone want to buy Google Glass? Wearable devices are this year's hottest products, with discussion about the search engine's smart glasses far ahead of anything else, but sightings of Glass wearers are rare.

23 Oct 2014 - 4:54pm

Cars the next driver in Apple vs Google

23 Oct 2014

Apple fast-tracks new iPads' release in mainland China ahead of Hong Kong

22 Oct 2014 1 comment




Hong Kong waiting in wings for World Cup berth

Hong Kong could replace the West Indies at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand if the two-time world champions are unable to resolve a pay dispute between the players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

23 Oct 2014 - 10:49pm



Style Takes Paris PART III: Advocate and Provocateur


It takes more than a slogan T-shirt to make a statement on the runways of Paris. Be it theatrical staging or inspirations for the collections, the veterans of fashion houses know how to get the whole world talking.

23 Oct 2014 - 9:53am

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