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

Rafael Ramos (left) and Liu Wenjian

A police "assassin" boasted on Instagram "I'm putting wings on pigs today" before shooting dead two New York City police officers in a shocking daylight attack to avenge the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Monday, 22 December, 2014, 8:05am

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

The main canal of the South-North Water Transfer Project in Baoding, Hebei. Photo: Xinhua

Water that has travelled almost 1,500km should be flowing through the taps of one in four Beijing residences by the end of the year as the central route of the massive South-North Water Transfer Project comes into use.

22 Dec 2014 - 3:42am 1 comment

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

Castle Peak Power Station in Tuen Mun. Photo: Felix Wong

Importing more electricity from the mainland should be the 'last option' Hong Kong considers as it might close the door on alternative options, a British expert says.

22 Dec 2014 - 9:09am 4 comments

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

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 - 9:13am

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

The debt problems of failing "zombie" companies that local governments keep ticking over with undeserved support could come to life as the economy slows next year, a senior official has warned.

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

China will support Russia in tackling its economic difficulties, while proposing greater use of the yuan to ensure safe and reliable trade between the two countries, senior Chinese officials say.

22 Dec 2014 - 5:57am 1 comment

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

An image of the 'coal'. Photo: Meteoritics & Planetary Science

Nasa announced last week that its rover had found methane gas on Mars, and now a Chinese-led team of scientists has reported finding an organic, coal-like substance in a meteorite knocked off the Red Planet.

22 Dec 2014 - 5:57am

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

Sony salvo opens new front

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 More on North Korea

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

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

Already seen as the bridge to the mainland, Hong Kong should expand its horizons, according to the Trade Development Council's executive director Margaret Fong Shun-man.

22 Dec 2014 - 8:50am 3 comments

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 15 comments

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

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 5 comments More on Sun Hung Kai Properties
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
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

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

22 Dec 2014 - 8:25am 8 comments
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
Masataka Okubo and his wife Hiroko renew vows. Photo: Kyodo

As family matters more, renewing wedding vows is on the rise in Japan

21 Dec 2014 - 9:57pm
The grounds of Banda Aceh's Baiturrahaman mosque were strewn with debris 10 years ago, but a massive international effort cleaned it up, with some trash used to build roads.Photos: AFP

Indonesia's Banda Aceh, 10 years on, is clear of tsunami debris, but environmental hazards may remain

21 Dec 2014 - 9:47pm
Police arrest protesters in Minnesota. Photo: AFP

Arrests as protesters stage rallies against police violence in US malls

22 Dec 2014 - 6:19am 1 comment
The rouble stabilised at the end of the week. Photo: AP

Russia's economy expected to get worse in year ahead after rouble's fall

21 Dec 2014 - 10:10pm 3 comments
Thousands take part in a rally this month in Dresden, eastern Germany. The banner says: "Non-violent and united against faith wars in Germany".Photo: AP

Berlin district joins wave of opposition to Germany's policy of welcoming refugees

21 Dec 2014 - 9:42pm
A Kurdish fighter holds an IS fighter's item of clothing. Photo: Reuters

Kurdish fighters push into IS-held Sinjar

22 Dec 2014 - 6:19am

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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 - 7:00am
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 3 comments

Today's Poll

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22 Dec 2014
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Insight

China must fight corruption, one city at a time

China may consider developing its own municipal-level indices on corruption and apply them to cities, and perhaps later to counties. WINSTON MOK

Although China has embarked on the largest anti-corruption campaign in recent history, its corruption ranking by Transparency International has dropped significantly.

22 Dec 2014 - 2:01am

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

Harry's View

Asia

The grounds of Banda Aceh's Baiturrahaman mosque were strewn with debris 10 years ago, but a massive international effort cleaned it up, with some trash used to build roads.Photos: AFP INDONESIA

Indonesia's Banda Aceh, 10 years on, is clear of tsunami debris, but environmental hazards may remain

Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6km inland.

Some of it is still there - recycled into road materials, buildings and furniture.

21 Dec 2014 - 9:47pm

World

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 NEW YORK MURDERS

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

The gunman was black, the officers were Asian and Hispanic - a perplexing fact for investigators looking for answers to why Ismaaiyl Brinsley would shoot dead New York police officers Liu Wenjin and Raphael Ramos.

22 Dec 2014 - 1:19am

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
Lang Lang took liberties with Mozart. Photo: SMP

It's Mozart, but not as we know it, from Chinese pianist Lang Lang

Performing mimicry and tai chi while hitting all the right notes on the keyboard - that was showman Lang Lang at his best.

21 Dec 2014 - 5:13am

Spinal Tap find real life as a spoof

21 Dec 2014

Philip Glass' Etudes composed for posterity

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
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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

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

21 Dec 2014

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Sport

Sunderland's Adam Johnson fires home against Newcastle. PhotoAP
SOCCER

Adam Johnson secures late win for Sunderland over Newcastle

Adam Johnson’s late winner earned Sunderland a 1-0 victory over his boyhood team Newcastle United in a riveting Premier League Tyne-Wear derby at St James’ Park on Sunday.

22 Dec 2014 - 12:14am More on English Premier League 2014/15

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21 Dec 2014 - 9:18am 1 comment

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