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Alibaba faces firestorm as row with regulator escalates ahead of earnings

Jack Ma speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo: bloomberg Update

Alibaba's chairman Jack Ma  is set to face a barrage of questions when the e-commerce giant reports quarterly earnings today, spurred by a government regulator's blistering accusation of widespread fraud.

Thursday, 29 January, 2015, 9:46am 16 comments More on Alibaba

Thirteen judges sworn in as China launches country’s first circuit court in Shenzhen

Judges of China's first circuit court in Shenzhen are sworn in on Wednesday morning. Photo: Chinanews.com New

The mainland launched two legal experiments in Shenzhen yesterday, setting up the country's first circuit court and a court in Qianhai that will feature a jury with members from Hong Kong.

29 Jan 2015 - 3:39am 5 comments

Chinese drone firm puts GPS block on flying over Washington after White House scare

The Phantom drone, manufactured by leading company DJI, crashed on the White House grounds on Monday, causing a security scare. Photo: EPA New

A Chinese drone maker which created the small quadcopter that recently crashed on White House grounds says it is updating its drones to prohibit flight over the US capital.

29 Jan 2015 - 12:07pm 1 comment

Hong Kong’s best ever drone video? How stunning 10km chocolate delivery stunt took months to plan

The quadcopter, carrying a piece of chocolate, takes off from Tseung Kwan O, bound for Repulse Bay, Shau Kei Wan and Chai Wan. Photo: Screengrab

An eye-catching stunt to pilot a drone over 10 kilometres of stunning Hong Kong countryside in order to deliver a chocolate bar to a friend took months of careful planning, one of the pilots has revealed.

29 Jan 2015 - 10:06am 2 comments

Brash and impatient, perhaps, but that’s how Taipei residents prefer their new mayor

Ko Wen-je, centre, Taipei's outspoken new mayor, on the night of his election win on November 29. Photo: CNA

Some call him a loose cannon due to his frequent slips of the tongue, but to others he is a godsend who can finally revamp Taipei.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:25pm 3 comments

Apple iOS 8 still plagued by bugs despite update

Apple announced record profits on Wednesday following soaring iPhone sales. Photo: Felix Wong New

Apple users complained that some problems had still not been fixed after the tech giant released an update to its iOS 8 operating system on Wednesday.

29 Jan 2015 - 12:14pm More on Apple

Apple’s quarterly profit hits record US$18 billion on ‘staggering’ iPhone sales

A newly opened Apple Store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo: Xinhua New

Apple’s quarterly profit rocketed to a corporate record US$18 billion at the end of last year on booming sales of big-screen iPhone models, especially in China.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:19pm 1 comment More on Apple

Beijing has crucial role in Paris climate talks, says French Prime Minister

A strong and lasting climate accord must be reached this year,  Manuel Vall said in Paris. Photo: AFP

Beijing has a crucial role to play in international climate talks to be held in Paris in December, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told Chinese state media on Wednesday, saying it was the key issue up for discussion between the two countries.

28 Jan 2015 - 4:19pm

Taobao probe could leave Alibaba open to US action

Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's US stock market debut. Photo: AP

A mainland regulator's criticism of online shopping site Taobao leaves its parent, Alibaba Group, potentially vulnerable to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), punitive action by US regulators and US lawsuits by shareholders, given Alibaba's US listing, analysts say.

29 Jan 2015 - 1:56am 2 comments

Chinese rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s criticism of Communist Party used to indict him

Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang is likely to face a lengthy jail term. Photo: EPA New

Human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who was put in criminal detention in May after he joined an event marking the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, has been charged with "picking quarrels and provoking trouble".

29 Jan 2015 - 3:47am 8 comments

China blasted for taking ‘bullying approach’ towards Japan with military parade

The expert also suggested that Beijing would be aiming to get the message further afield than just Japan.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:19pm 24 comments

Five more die of flu in Hong Kong as lawmaker urges vaccine increase

Five more people died of the flu yesterday, pushing this year's death toll to 64, as a Civic Party lawmaker called on the government to expand the availability of free flu vaccines.

29 Jan 2015 - 8:41am 2 comments
A reshuffle at the top of Taiwan's military will see a raft of new appointments in the island's army, air force and navy. Photo: AFP

Taiwan looks to future with reshuffle of six senior military officials

29 Jan 2015 - 5:14am
President Xi Jinping meets members of the People's Liberation Army. Xi has urged top PLA officers to set an example for both the military and the public. Photo: Xinhua

China’s army must strictly obey Xi Jinping’s orders: PLA Daily

28 Jan 2015 - 2:32pm 1 comment
The Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, pictured after a snowfall on January 9. Photo: Xinhua

Communist cadres in Tibet punished for helping Dalai Lama

28 Jan 2015 - 4:28pm 2 comments
The government accused Taobao.com of a range of malpractices a day before the parent group Alibaba released a financial report. Photo: Bloomberg

Regulator releases damning report on Alibaba over fake, substandard goods on Taobao

28 Jan 2015 - 11:16pm 4 comments
A helicopter taking off from the helipad on the rooftop of the China World Tower, where China World Summit Wing hotel is located, can transport guests to the airport and other key areas in Beijing. Photo: Destinasian.com

Want to get around Beijing in a helicopter? Be prepared to fork out at least 40,000 yuan

28 Jan 2015 - 4:24pm
The ground in the Hou Hai historical area in central Beijing caved in, leaving a 15x5 metre hole. Photo: News.sina.com.cn

Neighbours’ homes collapse after Chinese official digs huge illegal basement

29 Jan 2015 - 5:14am 10 comments
McDonald's have applied to open a cafe in the former residence of Kuomintang leader Chiang Ching-kuo on Beishan Road, Hangzhou. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Huangzhou residents in two minds over McDonald’s outlet at historic Chiang Ching-kuo residence

28 Jan 2015 - 4:39pm 4 comments
Baidu and 361 Degrees have teamed up to launch a line of children's sneakers with built in GPS trackers.

Every step you take: Baidu teams up to sell kids’ shoes with built-in GPS trackers

28 Jan 2015 - 4:38pm
Shanxi Governor Li Xiaopeng, son of former premier Li Peng, will deliver his annual report to the provincial legislature today. Photo: SCMP Photos

Military command in Shanxi comes under anti-corruption spotlight

28 Jan 2015 - 10:44am
Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the PLA, right, greets Vincent Brooks, Commanding General of the US Army Pacific, in Beijing on January 15. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong added to Beijing's list of 'core interests' amid post-Occupy unease

29 Jan 2015 - 8:12am 11 comments

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Leader

US President Barack Obama (right) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi interact during the India-US business summit. Photo: AP

India must carefully balance ties with economic giants the US and China

29 Jan 2015 - 8:02am 1 comment
A Hospital Authority official called on more patients with chronic illnesses to switch from overstretched public hospitals to visiting private doctors. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Private health care must play a bigger role in Hong Kong

29 Jan 2015 - 8:07am

Today's Poll

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29 Jan 2015
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Insight

Welcome focus on Hong Kong women's uphill struggles

The government at least recognises the importance of creating brighter prospects for women and girls from all walks of life. SU-MEI THOMPSON

The recent policy address touches on many issues that local women's groups have been working to address. These include turning a gender lens on policymaking, helping women carers stay in the workforce and empowering women in poverty to be more economically self-reliant.

28 Jan 2015 - 7:29pm

Focus

Even before King Abdullah's death, the Saudi-US relationship was rapidly changing

Even before King Abdullah's death, the Saudi-US relationship was rapidly changing GDN

America's need for foreign oil is declining, while impatience with Saudi Arabia's ways is growing, shaking a once-tight relationship.

29 Jan 2015 - 4:18am 1 comment

Harry's View

Hong Kong

Apple announced record profits on Wednesday following soaring iPhone sales. Photo: Felix Wong TECHNOLOGY

Apple iOS 8 still plagued by bugs despite update

New

Apple users complained that some problems had still not been fixed after the tech giant released an update to its iOS 8 operating system on Wednesday.

29 Jan 2015 - 12:06pm More on Apple

World

This file photo dated December 23, 2014, shows floral tributes and a photo of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson at a memorial site outside the Lindt cafe in Sydney, one week after the siege at the cafe in which the pair died. Photo: AFP AUSTRALIA

Deadly ricochet: Police gunfire killed one of Sydney siege victims, inquest is told

One of two hostages who died after a 16-hour siege at a Sydney cafe in December was killed by ricocheting fragments of police bullets, an inquest into the deadly stand-off heard.

29 Jan 2015 - 10:57am

China Insider

More than 80,000 visitors went to Beijing's Palace Museum on 42 days last year. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing’s Palace Museum to limit visitors to 80,000 a day over security fears

28 Jan 2015
Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says the outbreak has been brought under control. HEALTH

Measles outbreak hits Beijing office building, prompting emergency vaccinations

28 Jan 2015
Beijing police warned women in 2013 not to wear miniskirts, hot pants or skimpy clothing in the summer to avoid sexual harassment. Photo: Reuters CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing advisers call for women-only carriages to fight sexual harassment

27 Jan 2015
The photo shows a policeman lifted a woman by the collar and threw her on the pavement as dozens of fellow officers watched. SOCIETY

Police in three Chinese provinces take heat after ‘brutality’ images surface online

28 Jan 2015
Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff HEALTH

Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff

27 Jan 2015
The diners are seen walking out of the seafood restaurant in this photo taken by Southern Metropolis Daily. MEDIA

Chinese police officials suspended after allegedly assaulting journalists at 'secretive' banquet

27 Jan 2015
Workmen tried twice - and failed both times - to fill a large hole that kept appearing in the street beside a building in Deshengmen Inner Street, Beijing early on Saturday. Photo: China News CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: residents' underground digging sparks Beijing night road collapse

27 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

Business

Jack Ma speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo: bloomberg REGULATION

Alibaba faces firestorm as row with regulator escalates ahead of earnings

Update

Alibaba's chairman Jack Ma  is set to face a barrage of questions when the e-commerce giant reports quarterly earnings today, spurred by a government regulator's blistering accusation of widespread fraud.

29 Jan 2015 - 9:46am 15 comments More on Alibaba
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Yahoo spinning off 15 per cent stake in China’s Alibaba

New

Yahoo plans to spin off its 15 per cent stake in China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, responding to pressure to hand over to shareholders its prized e-commerce investment valued at roughly US$40 billion.

28 Jan 2015 - 10:09am More on Alibaba

Property

Aloysius Lee, the chief executive of South Beach Consortium, is on a road show in the region to promote South Beach hotel. Photo: Nora Tam HOSPITALITY

CDL launches campaign to woo Hong Kong and mainland China tourists

New

City Developments Ltd (CDL), a major developer in Singapore, is launching an aggressive push to market its joint-venture luxury hotel to lure travellers from Hong Kong.

28 Jan 2015 - 6:43pm
C-SUITE

CDL's Aloysius Lee gears up for next challenge after steering S$3 billion project in Singapore

New

Five years ago, Aloysius Lee Tse-sang returned to Singapore from Hong Kong after serving as chief executive of South Beach Consortium, a joint venture formed by City Developments Ltd (CDL) and other parties to head a S$3 billion (HK$17.3 billion) hotel-office-residential-retail development projec

28 Jan 2015 - 6:46pm
STYLE

Style with David Roden, January 28, 2014

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More Property news

They started something: works from Birdy Chu Shun's exhibition (above and below).

Occupy Central changed the way Hongkongers think, says artist

Birdy Chu's multimedia show, It's just the beginning, at the Goethe-Institut Hongkong, documents the democracy protests from different angles.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:42pm More on Occupy Central

Swans frontman Michael Gira can't look back

29 Jan 2015

Artist Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood share similar creative interests

28 Jan 2015
Lamb brisket casserole with bamboo shoots and black mushrooms at House of Tang.

Snake soup, braised oxtail and fondue - three winter warmers

HOUSE OF TANG Chinese restaurant at the Metropark Hotel Kowloon in Mong Kok is serving warming winter dishes until the end of February.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:42pm

Restaurant review: Chino - refreshing blend of Mexican and Japanese fare

29 Jan 2015

Hooters to open up in Hong Kong as part of aggressive Asia expansion

29 Jan 2015 13 comments
The partial skull (centre) found in the Israel cave is placed between the skulls of a modern human and Neanderthal (left)  for comparison. Photo: EPA

55,000-year-old cave skull bolsters theory that early humans cohabited with Neanderthals

A 55,000-year-old partial skull found in the Middle East gives clues to when our ancestors left their African homeland, and strengthens theories that they co-habited with Neanderthals, scientists said.

29 Jan 2015 - 11:54am

Apple iOS 8 still plagued by bugs despite update

29 Jan 2015

ZTE in global launch of new Blade smartphone

29 Jan 2015

Magazines

Magazines

Solo mission: Reese Witherspoon has garnered rave reviews for her turn in Wild.

Your guide to the best films and live acts from here to March

With the Oscars looming and a string of top live music acts descending on Hong Kong, the next two months promise a feast for the eyes and ears. Here’s our guide to the best movie openings and live shows.

29 Jan 2015 - 11:06am

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