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China to step up counterterror measures amid fears over returning IS fighters

Beijing is expected to step up counterterrorism measures, analysts say, amid fears that militants will return from Syria and Iraq to launch attacks in China.

Wednesday, 24 September, 2014, 3:05am

Ilham Tohti to appeal separatism conviction and jailing for life, lawyers say

Moderate Uygur scholar Ilham Tohti plans to appeal against his conviction for separatism and sentence of life imprisonment, his lawyers say.

24 Sep 2014 - 3:05am

Xi supports 'democracy', but not in the Western sense

The two takeaway words were "consultative democracy" but the key message was gradual improvement, not radical reform.

24 Sep 2014 - 4:33am More on Xi Jinping

Spiked batons, neck-chains and shock shields: Report slams China's 'tools of torture' trade

Amnesty has criticised China in a new report for failing to regulate the production and trade of excessively violent law enforcement equipment such as spiked batons or thumb cuffs.

24 Sep 2014 - 3:06am 14 comments

Dengue epidemic rises rapidly in Guangdong

A deadly outbreak of dengue fever in Guangdong has spiked alarmingly in the last week, with 1,200 cases alone reported in Guangzhou between Saturday and Monday.

24 Sep 2014 - 4:34am

Chinese and Indian troops dug in amid stand-off high in Himalayas

Hundreds of Indian and Chinese troops have dug into positions on a high Himalayan plateau, leading India's army chief to cancel an overseas trip to monitor the stand-off.

24 Sep 2014 - 4:33am

UN chief Ban Ki-moon calls on world leaders to act now on global warming

The largest gathering of world leaders on climate change opened at the United Nations, facing calls for action to put the planet on course towards reversing global warming.

24 Sep 2014 - 4:27am More on Ban Ki-moon

Macau will be a winner for years, US casino billionaire Steve Wynn wagers

Casino billionaire Steve Wynn has dismissed fears that Macau's gaming industry is threatened by the mainland's crackdown on corruption and extravagance, saying he's bullish about the city's long-term prospects.

24 Sep 2014 - 3:45am More on Macau

'Privacy-safe' search engine DuckDuckGo latest internet service to get blocked in China

Chinese authorities appear to have blocked US-based search engine DuckDuckGo, which has enjoyed rising popularity over its privacy-oriented searches and iOS integration.

24 Sep 2014 - 3:07am 7 comments

Distrust of Beijing hits post-handover high, as students step up action

Leung Chun-ying's security staff and police held a dozen "striking" students at bay yesterday after they rushed towards the chief executive as he left his office yesterday morning. Leung then beat a hasty retreat into the building.

24 Sep 2014 - 5:20am 39 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Rafael Hui 'got secret HK$11m payment from Beijing after top mainland official offered help'

In a sensational twist in the High Court yesterday, former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan revealed he received a secret HK$11 million payment "from Beijing" amid offers of help from top mainland official Liao Hui.

24 Sep 2014 - 4:47am

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to rock Madison Square Garden

24 Sep 2014 - 5:28am 1 comment

North Korea tests Beijing with hijack of another Chinese fishing boat

24 Sep 2014 - 3:28am

Philippine mall forced to remove T-shirts calling rape a 'snuggle with a struggle'

24 Sep 2014 - 3:27am

Don't mention the Bush war; Obama's dilemma as he tries to rally UN

24 Sep 2014 - 3:36am 2 comments

White House intruder had machete and ammunition in car, court told

24 Sep 2014 - 4:25am

Dramatic fall in global Scotch whisky sales, with China's austerity drive a factor

24 Sep 2014 - 4:17am

Tiger character to join Russian children's TV show is Putin's choice

24 Sep 2014 - 3:59am

Wall Street sit-in sends message to global finance, seen as fuelling climate crisis

24 Sep 2014 - 4:14am

Author Hilary Mantel defends short story on killing of Margaret Thatcher

24 Sep 2014 - 4:04am

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Leader

Whatever Beijing does, 'one country, two systems' must be preserved

24 Sep 2014 - 5:18am

Beijing's crackdown on English teachers vital to protect pupils

24 Sep 2014 - 5:18am

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Insight

Reform, not monetary stimulus, is China's only choice to revive growth

ANDY XIE

China's economy continues on a downward trend. The main reason is the lack of significant reforms to implement the decision of the party Central Committee's third plenum.

24 Sep 2014 - 4:30am 1 comment

Focus

Now is the time for the return of Made in Hong Kong

Denise Tsang

Tucked in a windowless, 100-square foot, air-conditioned room in an old industrial building in Chai Wan, three engineers are hunched over watches, trying to repair timepieces that sell for at least HK$30,000 each.

24 Sep 2014 - 6:13am

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CHINA DIGEST

Fatal end to cancer patient’s ‘hunger cure’; Multi-pronged plan to deal with school intruders

23 Sep 2014
HISTORY

Chinese state media commentary over Great Leap Forward death toll draws fierce online debate

23 Sep 2014 12 comments
DISEASE

Rare ‘stone man syndrome’ turning Chinese teenager's body to bone

23 Sep 2014
Electric vehicles

Chinese Tesla owners complain of insurance hassle and long delays for repairs

23 Sep 2014 3 comments
internet CENSORSHIP

'Privacy-safe' search engine DuckDuckGo latest internet service to get blocked in China

24 Sep 2014 7 comments
SECURITY

Spiked batons, neck-chains and shock shields: Report slams China's 'tools of torture' trade

24 Sep 2014 14 comments
CHINA DIGEST

Jinan air quality ranked poorest; rare disease turns muscle into bone

22 Sep 2014
EDUCATION

One-third of Chinese do not speak Putonghua, says Education Ministry

23 Sep 2014 14 comments
ENTERTAINMENT

Outpouring of support greets Faye Wong and Nicholas Tse after rumours they're back together

23 Sep 2014 3 comments
SUICIDE

Anti-graft scholar calls for closing of suicide ‘loophole’ used by corrupt officials

22 Sep 2014
CHINA DIGEST

More strain on Beijing water supply; deaf crime boss jailed; Shenzhen metro sued over death

22 Sep 2014
ONE-CHILD POLICY

Families win legal struggle to inherit frozen embryos under one-child policy

22 Sep 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Chopstick up boy’s nose; virtual romance; British woman becomes urban cop in Hunan; addict sells daughter, 3, for drugs; judge suspected of rape

19 Sep 2014
ROAD SAFETY

A foreign 'chengguan'? British woman, 21, becomes traffic warden in Hunan

21 Sep 2014 14 comments

Business

ECONOMY

China's factories pick up pace but credit costs hold back recovery

Update

Mainland manufacturing activity picked up speed this month, but rising borrowing costs have prevented a recovery in overall economic growth that has been hit hard by cooling property demand.

24 Sep 2014 - 1:25am
FINANCE

Financial Secretary John Tsang eyes law reform to attract capital to Hong Kong

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah yesterday said Hong Kong was amending its laws to become a more attractive financial hub, which analysts said would enable the city to compete against rivals such as Singapore.

24 Sep 2014 - 3:47am More on John Tsang Chun-Wah

Rockers Evocation do city proud in German battle of bands

Sporting a name that makes them sound more like a horror film than a band, proud Hongkongers Evocation recently rocked the international stage at Wacken Open Air in Germany.

22 Sep 2014 - 4:39pm

Picturesque Music - A Yuan Dynasty Painting Reinvented

22 Sep 2014

Czech Dances

23 Sep 2014

Restaurants proliferate as Europe's top chefs head to Hong Kong

Call it the law of unintended consequences or the butterfly effect - or perhaps just a delicious irony. Europe's fragile economy has led a number of its culinary talent to seek more attractive rewards on our shores, leading to a proliferation of new restaurants opening in the city.

23 Sep 2014 - 11:13am

New club celebrates the wider world of whiskies

19 Sep 2014

Gelato champs churn out a taste of the good life

19 Sep 2014

Animation expert wants to create computer systems that can think and feel

A lifelike baby girl projected on the screen looks wonderingly, her large eyes focused on the man facing her. When he smiles, she does too, although it's not clear why she's imitating him.

23 Sep 2014 - 10:33am

Electronic gadgets are the new stars in luxury market

23 Sep 2014 1 comment

Drivers set to take a back seat as the driverless car comes of age

21 Sep 2014

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Sport

CYCLING

Sarah Lee confident of another victory

Hong Kong's golden girl Sarah Lee Wai-sze stayed on track for her second gold medal in Incheon after making a convincing start in the women's sprint on Tuesday.

23 Sep 2014 - 10:39pm More on 2014 Asian Games - Incheon

Dan Excel's Aussie campaign thrown in disarray by fever

Trainer John Moore is in a race against time to have Dan Excel ready for the A$3 million (HK$20.7 million) Cox Plate in Melbourne on October 25 after the gelding sprouted a temperature on Tuesday and will miss his scheduled first-up run in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on Sunday.

23 Sep 2014 - 10:08pm
ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

Who is the world's best jockey? We're all about to find out

23 Sep 2014

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6 Things You Need for A Royal Castle Stay

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Here are six things you’ll need to travel like a folklore princess. 

 

22 Sep 2014 - 9:11pm

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Voices from Tiananmen: Eyewitnesses look back to the spring of 1989

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