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Two arrested in Christmas Eve cash spill case in Hong Kong; HK$9 million still missing

Police arrest suspects in Kowloon. Photo: Dickson Lee Update

Police made the first arrests on Thursday night after more than HK$15 million went missing on Christmas Eve after a money transport van owned by securities firm G4S spilled large bundles of cash over a busy road in Wan Chai.

Friday, 26 December, 2014, 7:55pm 49 comments

Leaders stress that Hong Kong should stick to strict reform framework

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during his meeting with President Xi Jinping in Zhongnanhai, Beijing on Friday. Photo: Simon Song Update

State leaders have stressed that Hong Kong should stick to the stringent framework for political reform set by Beijing and pledged more support for the city's economic development.

27 Dec 2014 - 2:07am 12 comments More on Leung Chun-ying

China to beat energy intensity target in 2014 - Xinhua

Smoke billows from the chimneys of a heating plant in Jilin, China on January 8, 2014. Photo: Reuters New

China is on track to surpass its 2014 target for reducing the energy intensity of its economy, the country’s top climate change official said this week, according to state news agency Xinhua.

26 Dec 2014 - 11:10am

Tap water in Guangzhou ‘safe’, say authorities, after state TV report alleges high levels of antibiotics found in Pearl River

The authorities in Guangzhou say tap water is drawn from cleaner sections of the Pearl River. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The authorities in Guangzhou say the city’s tap water is safe to drink after a state-run television report alleged there were excessive amount of antibiotics in China’s rivers, the Guangzhou Daily reported.

26 Dec 2014 - 3:10pm 3 comments

China raises aid to Nepal five-fold in regional diplomacy push

Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses a press conference after a bilateral meeting with his Nepalese counterpart Mahendra Pandey in Kathmandu on Friday. Photo: Xinhua

China will increase official aid to Nepal by more than five times from the next fiscal year, officials said on Friday, to develop infrastructure in the landlocked nation where regional rival India has long wielded political influence.

26 Dec 2014 - 8:32pm 1 comment

HIV patients hired to ‘intimidate’ people out of homes in Henan province

A building in Nanyang with "AIDS demolition team" daubed on the walls. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A man has been detained in Nanyang , Henan province, for allegedly hiring six HIV carriers to intimidate residents into moving out to make way for a real estate project.

27 Dec 2014 - 1:31am

Top 10 most-viewed videos of the year on scmp.com

Top 10 most-viewed videos of the year on scmp.com Video

From urinating toddlers to Hong Kong protesters' teargas-fuelled clashes with police - and a rather unusual rendition of We Are The World - these were the 10 most-viewed videos on scmp.com of 2014.

24 Dec 2014 - 1:51pm 2 comments

Pope Francis condemns religious persecution in Christmas address

Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and to the world) blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Photo: AP

Speaking to a packed crowd outside St Peter’s Basilica on Thursday, the Argentine pontiff also made a strong call to end violence wrought against children amid “indifference and tears”.

26 Dec 2014 - 5:38pm More on Pope Francis

Final moments revealed of the Taiwan airliner that crashed, killing 48

The aircraft came down in a village about 1 km from the airport in Penghu. Photo: Reuters

Cockpit voice recorder tapes suggests crew had no clear idea where they were as they attempted to land in the wake of a typhoon

26 Dec 2014 - 4:14pm

Police fire on Tibetans after self-immolations in Sichuan: rights group

A Tibetan monk walks past a police car on a street in Chengdu, Sichuan province in this file picture from January 2012. Photo: AFP

Police have fired on Tibetan protesters demonstrating in Sichuan province after a series of deadly self-immolations by people from Tibet campaigning against Beijing’s rule of their Himalayan region, a London-based rights group said on Friday.

26 Dec 2014 - 5:06pm

10 years on, memorial services across Asia mark catastrophic Indian Ocean Tsunami

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Tearful memorials were held in tsunami-hit nations yesterday for the 220,000 people who died 10 years ago when giant waves decimated coastal areas along the Indian Ocean.

27 Dec 2014 - 1:53am 1 comment

Saved by a snooze - HK couple cherish family life despite tsunami memories

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A morning snooze saved two Hong Kong honeymooners in Phuket from the Indian Ocean tsunami ten years ago, but the disaster has made them treasure their family life all the more.

27 Dec 2014 - 2:12am
The leaks come as millions are starting to buy rail tickets to travel home for the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday in February. Photo: Xinhua

Pair held over leak of 130,000 passengers details from rail ticket website in China

26 Dec 2014 - 2:05pm
Movie goers Carlos Royal, right, Ryan Bergstrom, left, and Khai Ky-Yeith pose for a selfie as they attend the Christmas Day screening of "The Interview" in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles, California December 25, 2014. Photo: Reuters

'A funny movie, and more': Sony’s 'Interview' draws free speech supporters

26 Dec 2014 - 10:03am 1 comment
Newly appointed Japanese Minister of Defence Gen Nakatani enters the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo on Dec. 24, 2014. Photo: Xinhua

China urges Japan to pursue peace under new defence chief Gen Nakatani

26 Dec 2014 - 9:35am 3 comments
Ling Jihua is the latest "big tiger" to be targeted by President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign. Photo: Reuters

Ling Jihua 'to face same fate as Bo Xilai'

24 Dec 2014 - 4:04am 7 comments
Yu Zhengsheng and Le Hong Anh reach out. Photo: Xinhua

Senior Chinese leader Yu Zhengsheng calls for 'correct path' in relations with Vietnam

27 Dec 2014 - 1:47am
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou shakes hands with Kuomintang party officials after announcing his resignation from the party's chairman position during their central standing committee in Taipei December 3, 2014. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou to sue radio commentator who accused him of corruption

26 Dec 2014 - 9:47am
Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Hefei, Anhui province December 24, 2014. Photo: Reuters

China stocks close up over 3 pct on financial revival

25 Dec 2014 - 3:52pm 4 comments
File photo of Jaycee Chan, also known as Jaycee Fong Cho-ming, Hong Kong actor and singer, and son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan. Photo: Reuters

Jackie Chan says he feels ashamed of son's drug abuse

25 Dec 2014 - 5:39pm 18 comments
File photo of Fan Zhong. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Senior executive at China's Dongfeng Motor Group investigated for corruption

25 Dec 2014 - 2:31pm
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, centre, listens as he meets with China's President Xi Jinping (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing December 23, 2014. Photo: Reuters

After Beijing visit, Thai PM says country should learn from China's economic rise

25 Dec 2014 - 2:23pm 2 comments

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Sony Pictures' initial caving in to the demands of cyberhackers threatening to attack cinemas planning to show The Interview was widely criticised in the US for the message sent to blackmailers and those trying to curtail free speech. Photo: AFP

Cyberattacks a growing threat that needs united response

27 Dec 2014 - 3:00am
Thai students and foreign tourists place candles on a sand sculpture during commemorations on the the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami at Patong beach in Phuket. Photo: AFP

Complacency the new tsunami threat

27 Dec 2014 - 3:00am

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The grim reality of China's migrant factory workers

A study on the mental health of migrant workers found that more than half surveyed suffered from depression. LIJIA ZHANG

Shortly before midnight on September 30 this year, a 24-year-old worker named Xu Lizhi jumped to his death from the 17th floor of a Shenzhen residential building that belonged to his employer Foxconn.

26 Dec 2014 - 7:47pm

Focus

A Bush-Clinton rematch in 2016 grows increasingly plausible

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen AP

There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking the nation's president.

27 Dec 2014 - 1:01am

Harry's View

China

Yu Zhengsheng and Le Hong Anh reach out. Photo: Xinhua DIPLOMACY

Senior Chinese leader Yu Zhengsheng calls for 'correct path' in relations with Vietnam

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Beijing has called for Sino-Vietnamese links to proceed along a "correct path", sending a senior politician to Hanoi amid ongoing tension between the two nations over the South China Sea.

27 Dec 2014 - 1:47am More on Paracel Islands

Asia

A woman prays at a mass grave of tsunami victims during yesterday's 10th anniversary commemoration in Aceh Besar, Indonesia. Photo: AP TSUNAMI ANNIVERSARY

10 years on, memorial services across Asia mark catastrophic Indian Ocean Tsunami

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Tearful memorials were held in tsunami-hit nations yesterday for the 220,000 people who died 10 years ago when giant waves decimated coastal areas along the Indian Ocean.

27 Dec 2014 - 1:53am 1 comment

World

Movie goers Carlos Royal, right, Ryan Bergstrom, left, and Khai Ky-Yeith pose for a selfie as they attend the Christmas Day screening of "The Interview" in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles, California December 25, 2014. Photo: Reuters

'A funny movie, and more': Sony’s 'Interview' draws free speech supporters

"The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 movie theatres across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and statements by patrons that they were championing freedom of expressi

26 Dec 2014 - 10:03am 1 comment

Business

A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an advertising billboard outside the Greentown residential construction site in Hangzhou. Photo: Reuters PROPERTY

Greentown shares soar on sale of 24.29pc stake to state-owned CCCG

Shares of mainland developer Greentown China soared on Wednesday by the most in two-and-a-half years after it announced it was selling a 24.288 per cent stake to a state-owned construction firm for HK$6.01 billion.

27 Dec 2014 - 3:56am
BANKING

China’s central bank mulls easing liquidity requirements at lenders

The People's Bank of China is weighing up whether to change rules governing how loan-to-deposit ratios are calculated at banks, a move that would boost liquidity conditions, banking-sector sources said.

27 Dec 2014 - 3:56am

Property

Potential buyers at a residential sales event. Property prices are seen falling in the event of interest rate rises. Photo: David Wong PROPERTY

Hong Kong home prices hit record, outlook cloudy pending rate rise

Hong Kong home prices surged to a record high this year, ignoring the government's introduction of tough measures designed to cool the red-hot property market, as the rally extended for a fifth straight year.

27 Dec 2014 - 3:55am
German composer Zollitsch triumphs with traditional Chinese works

German composer Zollitsch triumphs with traditional Chinese works

Munich-born composer Robert Zollitsch, better known as Lao Luo, showed his extraordinary grasp of the depth and subtlety of Chinese music and blended it with his own German symphonic tradition.

24 Dec 2014 - 6:03am

Lang Lang plays Mozart, but not as we know it

23 Dec 2014 2 comments

Diverse works reflect humanity's impact on the environment

22 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

23 Dec 2014 1 comment

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

20 Dec 2014
Light emitted by e-readers affected the body's release of the sleep hormone melatonin.

E-readers harm sleep quality, study finds

Your bedtime e-reader habit may be robbing you of sleep rather than helping you drift off, a US study has found.

24 Dec 2014 - 3:44am 3 comments

More drones in the US skies after Christmas has FAA officials concerned

24 Dec 2014

TrailWatch app for Hong Kong hikers doubles as conservation tool

23 Dec 2014 1 comment

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Sport

West Ham's Andy Carroll (left) and Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic have a difference of opinion at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Reuters

Chelsea give West Ham the festive blues

Premier League leaders Chelsea showed West Ham United no Christmas cheer with a one-sided 2-0 Boxing Day victory that enhanced their status as title favourites.

27 Dec 2014 - 1:50am More on English Premier League 2014/15

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22 Dec 2014 - 10:14am

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