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Typhoon Kalmaegi hits Hainan Island with 144km/h gusts as Guangdong braces for impact

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Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall in Hainan on Tuesday morning and is expected to hit Guangdong province as local governments issued high-level emergency response alerts.

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014, 6:26pm 1 comment

China's ambassador to UK accuses Chris Patten of 'rank hypocrisy' about Hong Kong democracy

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Liu Xiaoming said the UK did 'nothing' to encourage democracy in Hong Kong during more than a century and a half of colonial rule

16 Sep 2014 - 5:10pm 84 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Thai police question three Myanmese men over murder of British tourists found dead on beach

Update

Thai police questioned three Myanmese men over the murder of two British tourists on Koh Tao, as their bodies were due to arrive in Bangkok for forensic tests.

16 Sep 2014 - 4:26pm

Goldfish undergoes 'high-risk' brain surgery

A goldfish called George was on the mend in Australia on Tuesday after undergoing “high risk” brain surgery in an operation that the veterinarian described as “fiddly”.

17 Sep 2014 - 2:17am 4 comments

Volcano spews lava in Philippines eruption

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The Philippines’ most active volcano has belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometre down its slope, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said on Tuesday.

16 Sep 2014 - 11:23pm

Islamic State suspects are Chinese Uygurs

Four suspected Islamic militants arrested in Indonesia are members of China's ethnic Uygur minority community and were trying to meet Indonesia's most wanted extremist, authorities said.

16 Sep 2014 - 9:45am

Xi Jinping arrives in Sri Lanka seeking to boost trade and maritime ties

Update

President Xi Jinping arrived in Sri Lanka where he will launch construction of a Chinese-backed US$1.4 billion port city as he promotes his vision of a “maritime silk road”.

16 Sep 2014 - 5:54pm More on Xi Jinping

Japan slaughters first dolphins in widely-condemned annual cull

Update

Dolphin slaughter season began in Japan on Tuesday, as the country kicked off an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups.

17 Sep 2014 - 2:13am 8 comments

Shanxi official dumps mistress by making her sign '400,000-yuan termination deal'

An official in China's Shanxi province has been left red-faced after photos of a "termination agreement" he signed with his jilted mistress were posted online.

16 Sep 2014 - 2:49pm

Half of China's millionaires 'plan to leave country within five years'

Around half of China's rich aim to move to another country within the next five years, according to a Barclays Wealth report.

16 Sep 2014 - 7:10am 69 comments

Tougher mainland scrutiny of foreign teachers after child sex scandal fears

Beijing has issued new guidelines calling for stricter scrutiny of foreigners working in the capital – especially teachers from abroad – following child sex scandals in Beijing and Nanjing last year.

16 Sep 2014 - 9:02am 10 comments

Chinese charged in Philippines with possession of drugs worth HK$1.2b

17 Sep 2014 - 1:48am 1 comment

Chinese parents clash with striking Canadian teachers as school year fails to start

17 Sep 2014 - 2:21am 4 comments

Taiwanese fighter jets land on highway in ‘China attack’ war games

16 Sep 2014 - 2:49pm 4 comments

Chinese man buys iPhone 5S with huge stacks of five mao bills

16 Sep 2014 - 4:51pm 1 comment

'You bunch of bums!' Harbin teacher berates students for failing to buy Teachers' Day gift

16 Sep 2014 - 9:46am 2 comments

Philippines orders evacuation as Mayon volcano threatens to erupt

16 Sep 2014 - 11:10pm

Rubber duck artist Florentijn Hofman's giant rabbit burns to a crisp in Taiwan

15 Sep 2014 - 5:18pm 1 comment

Incinerator dioxin levels reduced but new rules allow more types of waste to be burned

16 Sep 2014 - 9:04am 1 comment

Watch your step! Mobile phone-lane opens in Chongqing for smartphone addicts

15 Sep 2014 - 5:44pm 2 comments

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With electoral reform, baby steps would be better than standstill

16 Sep 2014 - 5:37pm 9 comments

'Gutter oil' scandal shows why we must keep track of the food chain

16 Sep 2014 - 7:28am 2 comments

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Insight

Ukraine crisis a reminder to West that biggest threat is from Russia, not China

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American political risk expert Ian Bremmer recently wrote that the US and Europe had been evasive on the Russian aggression in Ukraine.

17 Sep 2014 - 2:50am

Focus

Co-founder Simon Xie remains Alibaba's man of mystery

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Inside Alibaba, where co-founders are revered like rock stars, relatively few employees know about the soft-spoken executive who for years kept his same cramped office.

16 Sep 2014 - 3:23am

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FAMILIES

'Racist' cartoon issued by Japanese ministry angers rights activists

Human rights activists in Japan have reacted angrily to a new pamphlet released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that they claim is racist and stereotypical for depicting Caucasian fathers beating their children.

17 Sep 2014 - 1:44am 1 comment

World

SECURITY

Switzerland flags 'safe passage' for Edward Snowden to spying inquiry

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden could be granted safe passage in Switzerland if he helped a potential criminal inquiry into US spying there, the Swiss public prosecutor's office said.

17 Sep 2014 - 1:56am More on Edward Snowden

Business

THE VIEW

Building blocks needed in HK’s political development

The political reform framework decided by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress has evoked strong reactions in Hong Kong.

16 Sep 2014 - 7:32pm 5 comments
FUNDRAISING

China Renji Medical Group finalises 2 for 1 rights issue

Medical centre management company China Renji Medical Group on Tuesday finalised a two for one rights issue to help finance future expansion plans.

16 Sep 2014 - 7:39pm

Property

Mainland developers boost fundraising in Hong Kong

Mainland developers have stepped up their fundraising in Hong Kong to safeguard against a winter chill in case sales disappoint during the crucial autumn buying season.

16 Sep 2014 - 4:29pm

Internet radio pair aiming for a mass audience

Of the many internet radio stations in Hong Kong, D100 stands out as more like a mainstream operation. That's because it has links to Digital Broadcasting Corporation (DBC), which was co-founded by commentator and entrepreneur Albert Cheng King-hon.

16 Sep 2014 - 1:07pm

Revamped museum will shift focus to local works

16 Sep 2014

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15 Sep 2014

Culinary incubators rent out professional kitchens

Before Claire Cheung, a co-founder of Churro's Twist, opened her new dessert outlet last Saturday, she developed and tested her recipes at Kitchen Sync.

11 Sep 2014 - 5:24pm

Gaggan Anand's progressive Indian cuisine is inspired by prog rock

11 Sep 2014

New TV series highlights Asian wines

11 Sep 2014

Apple makes it easy to remove U2's free album from iTunes

Apple has released a tool that lets people boot U2 off their iTunes after a cacophony of complaints about not wanting the Irish rock band's automatically downloaded free album.

17 Sep 2014 - 2:10am More on Apple

Apple's smartwatch fails to impress Swiss makers of luxury timepieces

16 Sep 2014 4 comments

Internet radio stations are taking off in Hong Kong

15 Sep 2014

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Sport

No surrender for battler Jamie Wong

Iron woman Jamie Wong Wan-yiu has issued her battle cry - "no surrender" - as Hong Kong's cycling team hope to again deliver medals in Incheon.

16 Sep 2014 - 10:11pm More on 2014 Asian Games - Incheon

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