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Beijing's massive water project opens to reservations from critics

Water flows past an open sluice gate in the middle route of the South-to-North Water Diversion project in Henan province. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing received its first flows from the South-North Water Diversion Project, but critics say it will only temporarily quench the city's thirst and will take much-needed supplies from other areas.

Sunday, 28 December, 2014, 2:15am

Mainland parks like Ocean Kingdom threaten Hong Kong establishment

An artist's impression of Ocean Kingdom on Hengqin Island.

From the colours used in its fake sea vistas to the stuffed toys that fill the souvenir stalls, Ocean Kingdom on Hengqin Island in Zhuhai looks, sounds, tastes and even smells much like Ocean Park in Hong Kong.

28 Dec 2014 - 1:30am 1 comment

China to list legal places of worship, ‘root out’ illegal activities: state media

Wang Zuoan says names and addresses for "all Buddhist and Taoist venues" would be published within two years. Photo: SCMP

China is to publish online details of legal religious venues, the official Xinhua news agency reported, apparently in an effort to identify unsanctioned groups as part of an effort to "root out illegal religious activities".

28 Dec 2014 - 1:13am 1 comment

Japan proposes resuming maritime hotline talks with China

President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their November meeting in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Tokyo has proposed restarting talks with Beijing next month on setting up a hotline to avert maritime incidents in the disputed East China Sea, Kyodo reported, citing Japanese government sources.

28 Dec 2014 - 4:05am 1 comment More on Diaoyu Islands

Parents on mainland China say their snatched children forgotten by uncaring system

Zhang Xiuhong shows a ripped poster of her missing teenaged daughter, which she says was damaged by the police. Photo: AP

In the grainy video, Zhang Xiuhong can see her daughter ride her bike down a country road on her way to school one spring afternoon six years ago.

28 Dec 2014 - 4:01am 1 comment

Innovation Works partner says Chinese tech developers catching up to overseas counterparts

Innovation Works was founded by former Google China chief Dr Lee Kai-fu. Photo: Simon Song

Technology experts in Silicon Valley are misjudging the competitive threat posed by the mainland's tech industry, says a partner of Innovation Works, a leading mainland business incubator.

28 Dec 2014 - 4:01am

Hacking hits home

Illustration: Sarenen Chan

Online security companies have been making predictions for 2015, from the malware that will be trying to weasel into our computers and smartphones to the prospect of cyberwar involving state-sponsored hackers.

28 Dec 2014 - 1:20am More on Focus

Has Beijing backed a US$50bn canal project in Nicaragua? Funding mystery continues

Has Beijing backed a US$50bn canal project in Nicaragua? Funding mystery continues

When one of the poorest countries in the Americas and a little-known Chinese businessman said they planned to undertake one of the biggest engineering projects in history, few people took them seriously.

28 Dec 2014 - 12:52am

North Korea calls US President Barack Obama a ‘monkey’ as Sony hacking row continues

North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un visits a greenhouse for growing vegetables accompanied by military top brass. Photo: EPA Update

North Korea called US President Barack Obama a "monkey" for inciting cinemas to screen a comedy featuring a fictional plot to kill its leader, and blamed Washington for an internet blackout last week.

28 Dec 2014 - 2:17am 15 comments More on North Korea

Japan unleashes massive stimulus plan for growth

Shinzo Abe approving the stimulus plan yesterday. Photo: Kyodo

Japan's cabinet approved 3.5 trillion yen (HK$225 billion) in fresh stimulus for the ailing economy, pledging to get growth back on track and restore the country's precarious public finances.

28 Dec 2014 - 5:22am More on Abenomics

Island Line Kennedy Town extension opens on time

After a bruising year beset with delayed projects, budget overruns and breakdowns, the MTR Corporation finally has something to celebrate with the opening - on time - of the West Island Line extension on Sunday.

28 Dec 2014 - 1:03am More on MTRC

Just more than a third of Hong Kong's lost highway cash recovered: police

Police have recovered HK$6.4 million of the HK$15.23 million that went missing after it tumbled from a moving money transport van in Wan Chai on Christmas Eve.

28 Dec 2014 - 5:34am
Voters cast their ballots in Yangon municipal elections on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Yangon holds municipal elections for first time in 60 years

27 Dec 2014 - 5:54pm
Acid attack victims Rupa (left), 19, and Ritu, 18, stage a hunger strike in New Delhi demanding strict laws to deal with acid attacks earlier this month.Photo: Associated Press

India to adopt tough new measures against acid attacks after another victim is disfigured

27 Dec 2014 - 11:51pm
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during his meeting with President Xi Jinping in Zhongnanhai, Beijing on Friday. Photo: Simon Song

China leaders stress Hong Kong should stick to strict reform framework

27 Dec 2014 - 7:44am 30 comments
Cairo University students protest last month after charges against former president Hosni Mubarak were dropped. Photo: Reuters

Legal experts blast speed, volume of presidential edicts restricting Egyptians' rights

28 Dec 2014 - 6:17am
Chris Kyle (pictured) apparently saw Routh as a troubled veteran in need of help.

Murder trial and lawsuits: The dark reality behind film 'American Sniper'

28 Dec 2014 - 12:22am
Pakistani Islamists gather for the victims of the Peshawar school massacre in front of the radical Red mosque on December 19. Photo: AFP

Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for cleric who sympathised with school massacre

28 Dec 2014 - 5:22am
Movie goers queue for "The Interview" at a theater in Los Angeles. Photo: AFP

'The Interview' makes US$1 million before online revenues roll in

28 Dec 2014 - 6:17am
Illustration: Craig Stephens

Organgutan oblivious to Argentine court ruling that it was a 'nonhuman person' unjustly confined

28 Dec 2014 - 6:22am
The hooded man is arrested in Kowloon Bay. Photo: Dickson Lee

Third person held over cash frenzy sparked by HK$52m security van spill

27 Dec 2014 - 2:22am 7 comments
A woman prays at a mass grave of tsunami victims during yesterday's 10th anniversary commemoration in Aceh Besar, Indonesia. Photo: AP

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

27 Dec 2014 - 2:58pm 2 comments

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China's FDI slowdown just a blip, as the landscape is reshaped

China's FDI slowdown just a blip, as the landscape is reshaped

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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

Today's Poll

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Insight

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

Hacking hits home

Illustration: Sarenen Chan GDN

Online security companies have been making predictions for 2015, from the malware that will be trying to weasel into our computers and smartphones to the prospect of cyberwar involving state-sponsored hackers.

28 Dec 2014 - 1:20am

Harry's View

Hong Kong

Amy But Wai-fan says police officers slapped her three or four times, until my ear bled. LAW ENFORCEMENT

Protester claims police officers struck her

A 19-year-old pro-democracy activist has alleged plain-clothes officers slapped her in the head until she bled as she was driven to the Mong Kok police station just after midnight on Christmas Eve.

28 Dec 2014 - 2:54am 4 comments

Asia

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 3 comments
Transformers: Age of Extinction

The top arts stories of 2014

FILM

Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction had its world premiere in Hong Kong on June 19; the movie went on to be a mega box office hit worldwide.

27 Dec 2014 - 12:08pm More on LIFE

Top five films of 2014, as chosen by South China Morning Post reviewers

27 Dec 2014

Comic-book heroes tops with film fans

27 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
Illustration: Sarenen Chan

Hacking hits home

Online security companies have been making predictions for 2015, from the malware that will be trying to weasel into our computers and smartphones to the prospect of cyberwar involving state-sponsored hackers.

28 Dec 2014 - 1:20am More on Focus

Review: The Crew - cracks show in road racing game

27 Dec 2014

E-readers harm sleep quality, study finds

24 Dec 2014 3 comments

Magazines

Sport

Chelsea's John Terry heads the ball back to his goalkeeper while on defensive duties against West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day. Chelsea maintained their 100 per cent home record in the league this season with a 2-0 win. Photo: AFP

John Terry as good as ever, says Mourinho

Former England captain John Terry is performing as well in the central defence as he was a decade ago, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

27 Dec 2014 - 11:32pm More on English Premier League 2014/15

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22 Dec 2014 - 10:14am

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