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Shanghai takes China lead as annual report ignores GDP growth target

In the past two years, Shanghai has lowered its growth target from 8 per cent to 7.5 per cent. Photo: Reuters

Shanghai has become the first big city or provincial government to drop economic growth targets from its annual work report, a landmark break from the country's decades-long obsession with GDP.

Monday, 26 January, 2015, 6:25pm More on Chinese Economy

New IS video demands prisoner swap for second Japanese hostage after businessman executed

The extremist group claimed the remaining Japanese hostage was pleading with Japanese premier Shinzo Abe's (above) government to do a prisoner exchange. Photo: EPA Update

The Islamic State group has demanded a prisoner exchange for one remaining Japanese hostage after confirming that its militants had executed businessman Haruna Yukawa.

26 Jan 2015 - 3:52pm 3 comments

'404 - plane not found': Malaysia Airlines targeted by hackers proclaiming IS support

Malaysia Airlines' website was hacked to display a 'plane not found' message

The website of struggling carrier Malaysia Airlines, still reeling from twin disasters last year, has been hacked by a group proclaiming support for the Islamic State group.

26 Jan 2015 - 1:24pm 1 comment More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

One third of sample goods bought from Chinese websites 'fake', study finds

Workers sort parcels for delivery at a distribution centre in Shanghai. Photo: Xinhua

A survey of products bought on e-commerce websites in China showed that seven of the nine big online trading platforms were selling fake or substandard goods, state television reported.

26 Jan 2015 - 1:41pm 8 comments

30 police are killed in Philippines during raid to capture top terrorist

MILF negotiator Mohagher Iqbal (left) at a ceremony with Philippine President Benigno Aquino. The MILF group signed a peace deal with the Philippine government last year. Photo: AP

More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Philippine forces in many years, officials said.

26 Jan 2015 - 6:35am 2 comments

Shanghai authorities blasted for destroying street art on derelict housing estate

Several couples took their wedding photographs next to the images before they were destroyed by the authorities. Photo: Metro Express Update

The removal of a series of pictures by street artists in a partly-demolished residential compound in Shanghai has sparked a debate over whether the authorities were right to destroy the works.

26 Jan 2015 - 1:51pm

Ageing China braces for onslaught of dementia with 30m cases predicted by 2050

More than a quarter of mainlanders are on track to be aged over 65 by the middle of the century. Photo: Bloomberg

With one of the fastest-greying populations in the world, China is on a global hunt for solutions to an impending health crisis as age-related problems such as dementia threaten to sweep the country.

26 Jan 2015 - 10:44am 1 comment

Obama and Modi share a man-hug to show China and the world their bond is strong

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (second left) hugs U.S. President Barack Obama as first lady Michelle Obama (L) looks on upon their arrival at Air Force Station Palam. Photo: Reuters

At first glance, they might appear unlikely friends or allies. One is a right-wing nationalist and long-time international pariah, while the other is an unabashed liberal and Nobel peace laureate.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:44am 15 comments More on Barack Obama

Chinese student killed in high-speed crash 'while drag racing' in Australia

The wreckage of the Chinese student's car seen on Miles Platting Road in Queensland, Australia, in this screengrab from 9News Australia.

The 21-year-old foreign student was believed to be driving at 100km/h with at least two other cars before crashing near an overpass barrier.

26 Jan 2015 - 2:52pm

Shanghai out of fresh ideas for free-trade zone

Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong bows to Shanghai people's congress delegates on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Shanghai's mayor offered nothing new on Sunday in initiatives for the city's free-trade zone, despite looming competition from new players.

26 Jan 2015 - 12:31am 3 comments

Hong Kong runner, 24, dies after collapsing 100m from marathon finishing line

A runner who collapsed just 100 metres from the finishing line of the 10km race at the Hong Kong marathon yesterday has died in hospital.

26 Jan 2015 - 4:53pm 5 comments More on Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015

Job growth in Hong Kong financial services sector to rise 15 per cent

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Job growth in Hong Kong’s highly paid financial services sector is set to jump 15 per cent in the next few years and foreigners will dominate the new hires, a new report from the government’s Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) concludes.

26 Jan 2015 - 5:37pm 2 comments More on Jobs and Careers
Prominent Toronto lawyer Tim Leahy has a long history of antagonism with Canada's immigration authorities and various judges. Photo: AFP

Lawyer to Chinese migrant millionaires hoping for life in Canada is disbarred

26 Jan 2015 - 1:26pm 3 comments
The Shanghai stampede on New Year's Eve left 36 people dead. Photo: AFP

Shanghai stampede officials 'held accountable' for accident that killed 36, says mayor

26 Jan 2015 - 7:13am 2 comments
Photo: AFP

Beating Hong Kong's bad air: the best ways to defend your lungs from air pollution

26 Jan 2015 - 10:43am 3 comments
In the long run: Visualising the 2015 Hong Kong Marathon results

In the long run: Visualising the 2015 Hong Kong Marathon results

26 Jan 2015 - 10:16am
Illustration: Lau Ka Kuen

Amid rising anti-Muslim sentiment, Germany must walk a fine line

26 Jan 2015 - 3:53am 1 comment
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe labels murder of hostage as 'outrageous'

26 Jan 2015 - 10:36am 6 comments
Guangzhou's free-trade zone covers Nansha. Photo: May Tse

China's great expectations for free trade as Guangdong gets in the zone

26 Jan 2015 - 5:57am
Guangdong launches inquiry into 'abducted child ID scandal'

Guangdong launches inquiry into 'abducted child ID scandal'

26 Jan 2015 - 6:07am
At Medecins Sans Frontieres' office in Kennedy Town, Chiu Cheuk-pong shows the kind of protective gear he wore in Liberia. Photo: Nora Tam

Ebola battle 'scarier than war zone' says first Hong Kong nurse at centre of fight

26 Jan 2015 - 10:30am 1 comment
Participants pack the Island Eastern Corridor during yesterday's race. There were 73,000 entrants. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong Marathon full to bursting, even if new Wan Chai route is approved

26 Jan 2015 - 6:01pm 3 comments

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Criminals and suspects are transported to a mass sentencing rally in Xinjiang. Photo: Reuters

World must work together to defeat Islamic State and other terrorists

26 Jan 2015 - 7:00am 1 comment
Convenor Chan Ching-sum (front) and members of I Care Action march to support legislation Article 23 on March 23, 2014. The issue remains a hot potato 12 years after it was shelved following a huge public outcry speaks volumes about just how sensitive this matter is. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong must find a way to settle the Article 23 debate on national security law

26 Jan 2015 - 8:32am 6 comments

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Macau's casino crackdown a worthy attempt to evolve under 'one country, two systems' framework

To heed Xi's call for clean government, there is still much work to do. Anthony Lawrance

Macau has taken a battering of late. Share prices of casino stocks listed in Hong Kong have halved in the past year, as gaming revenues continue to plunge.

26 Jan 2015 - 5:08pm

Focus

Amid rising anti-Muslim sentiment, Germany must walk a fine line

Illustration: Lau Ka Kuen AP

Ali began noticing them in early autumn, the men on street corners of his heavily Muslim neighbourhood who hoped to "talk about Islam" with him.

26 Jan 2015 - 3:53am 1 comment

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China Insider

The diners are seen walking out of the seafood restaurant in this photo taken by Southern Metropolis Daily. MEDIA

Chinese police officials under probe after allegedly assaulting journalists at 'secretive' banquet

26 Jan 2015
Hell bank notes, used as offerings to the dead, can sometimes resemble the real thing late at night. Photo: SCMP Pictures SOCIETY

Taxi passenger suffers heart attack after being given ‘hell bank note’ in change

26 Jan 2015 1 comment
Smoke billows from the chimney of a factory in Foshan, which recorded Guangdong province's worst air quality in last year's final quarter. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Foshan’s air quality worst in Guangdong during final quarter of last year

25 Jan 2015
A man bumped into his former girlfriend recently but but the reunion quickly turned sour when he demanded she return his SIM card, which she then swallowed. Photo: Bloomberg Around the nation

Around the nation: Woman swallows ex-boyfriend's SIM card during row

23 Jan 2015
A lesbian Chinese couple kiss for the cameras outside a marriage registry office after being turned away. Some lesbians are opting to marry gay 'beards' to ease social pressure and discrimination. Photo: EPA LGBT RIGHTS

Seeking a lesbian wife: pressured Chinese gays turn to online dating for ‘cooperative marriage’

23 Jan 2015 6 comments
The Chinese man who surprised commuters by riding on the Beijing subway with a "watermelon head mask" appeared to be drunk. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: 'Melon head' man spotted on metro in China - and taken away by police

23 Jan 2015
A man high on drugs thought he was proposing to popular Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (pictured), but it turned out to be his colleague. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Hallucinating Chinese man proposes to 'Fan Bingbing' - or so he thinks

22 Jan 2015
Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video Animal Care

Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video

22 Jan 2015
Diners visiting a new restaurant in Shenyang, Liaoning, have a winter-only option of being serving in an igloo. The interior is heated enough to prevent diners from freezing, but not so warm to melt the surroundings. Photo: SCMP Pictures Around the nation

Around the nation: Shenyang restaurant offers winter dining in an igloo

21 Jan 2015
Disgraced former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun (right) showed off his calligraphy work in 2010. Anti-corruption

'Leave the arts to artists,' China's top graft-buster warns officials of corruption under disguise of art groups

20 Jan 2015 3 comments
Rescue workers climb a 30-metre transmission tower in Zhengzhou to rescue a chef upset over a colleague's criticism of his cooking. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chef threatens to jump off tower after colleague says his cooking is too salty

19 Jan 2015
WeChat angers China officials for flying virtual American flags on Martin Luther King Day

WeChat angers China officials for flying virtual American flags on Martin Luther King Day

20 Jan 2015 8 comments
The Fuyan police department insisted the officers were pictured in their real training sites. Photo: Weibo SECURITY

Police unit in China's restive Xinjiang mocked for cinematic recruitment posters

16 Jan 2015 7 comments
A foot-and-mouth outbreak has been reported among cattle in Wuhan. Photo: AP CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Foot-and-mouth outbreak among cattle in Wuhan

16 Jan 2015

Property

Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak, without its landmark main building that was demolished two years ago, sold for a record HK$5.1 billion. Photo: Sam Tsang HOUSING

Sales on The Peak breathe life into Hong Kong luxury property market

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Big-ticket sales on The Peak are seen as breathing life back into a luxury property sector that has languished in the doldrums even as prices in the mass market deepen their push into record territory.

23 Jan 2015 - 4:25pm 2 comments
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Jiang Wen's Gone with the Bullets shot down by Chinese film-goers

Of late, Jiang Wen's life seems to be imitating his art. It's a tragicomic turn for the acclaimed Chinese actor-director, not unlike the fate that befalls the protagonist in his new film, Gone with the Bullets.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:58am More on LIFE

Principals of Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra call on chiefs to quit

26 Jan 2015

Forerunners of YouTube - Art Institute of Chicago's video collection is unofficially collated online by a grad student

24 Jan 2015
Vicky Lau started out in advertising before learning her trade at Le Cordon Bleu in Bangkok and working at Michelin-starred Cépage in Hong Kong.

Vicky Lau, Asia's Best Female Chef 2015, not afraid to experiment

The owner of Michelin-starred Tate Dining Room & Bar, in Central, who has been named Best Female Chef 2015 by the organisers of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, talks to Kylie Knott about Hong Kong's evolving food scene.

24 Jan 2015 - 10:28pm

Wine lovers, do your homework before an auction

24 Jan 2015

Chefs, get out of the kitchen! It's the way to earn respect

24 Jan 2015
Video game review: Funk of Titans  - musical adventure hits all the wrong notes

Video game review: Funk of Titans - musical adventure hits all the wrong notes

If you're basing an entire game around the world of funk, the least you could do is infuse it with some music. But that's the least of Funk of Titans' problems, because while it may look like a fun and frivolous download-only game for the Xbox One, it's such an incredible disappointment we wouldn't even bother with it on a smartphone.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:36am More on LIFE

3D face scanner delivers form-fitting eyewear accurate to within 0.1mm

26 Jan 2015

Genetically recoded organisms could be safe enough to use to clean up oil spills or break down toxic chemicals

25 Jan 2015

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Standard  Liege fans display a banner  depicting the decapitation of Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour. Photo: AFP

‘Beheading’ banner at Belgian match causes outrage

Fans of Belgian giants Standard Liege on Sunday caused outrage when they unfurled a banner showing a mocked-up image of former captain Steven Defour being beheaded.

26 Jan 2015 - 10:19am

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