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Merkel holds crisis talks in Kiev as controversial Russian aid convoy pulls out

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Russia’s controversial aid convoy to war-torn eastern Ukraine returned across the border on Saturday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel held crisis talks in Kiev with the country’s pro-Western leaders.

Saturday, 23 August, 2014, 9:58pm

Suicide bomber attacks Iraqi spy HQ as America brands Foley's death a 'terror attack'

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A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into an intelligence headquarters in Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 11 people, police and medical sources said.

23 Aug 2014 - 8:39pm

Beijing film festival shut down after organisers threatened with power cuts, surveillance

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Mainland authorities shut down an independent film festival on its opening day on Saturday, a rare venue for the showing of films that may be critical of the government in a country with tight controls, the organisers said.

23 Aug 2014 - 10:28pm 1 comment

Palestinian family of five, including toddlers, killed in Israel's 'deadliest air strike'

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Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza on Saturday, killing five Palestinians from the same family, two of them children, as the war between Israel and Hamas entered a 47th day.

23 Aug 2014 - 5:22pm

Hiroshima landslide toll climbs to 46 as looming rains threaten rescue

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The death toll from devastating landslides in western Japan rose to 46 on Saturday, as rescuers worked around the clock to comb through destroyed houses searching for survivors.

23 Aug 2014 - 4:36pm

Hundreds feared drowned as migrant boat capsizes off Libya

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A wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants who were trying to reach Europe has sunk just one kilometre off the Libyan coast, the coast guard said on Saturday, and most passengers were feared drowned.

23 Aug 2014 - 10:52pm

Chinese internet censors target collective activities more than sensitive subjects, says Harvard report

Chinese censors are more worried about online discussion of protests and other "collective action events" than posts on senior leaders, government policies and other sensitive issues, research by Harvard University shows.

23 Aug 2014 - 9:54am

Mum-to-be locked in battle with Hong Kong hospital over right to keep placenta

A heavily pregnant American woman living in Hong Kong is entangled in a bureaucratic battle with a public hospital over the fate of her placenta.

23 Aug 2014 - 10:30pm 14 comments

Chinese jet ‘flew within 10 metres of US plane’

A Chinese fighter jet flew perilously close to a US military aircraft this week in a “very dangerous” incident in international air space east of Hainan Island, the Pentagon said.

23 Aug 2014 - 7:09am 11 comments

Canada bans Chinese state reporters from PM's Arctic tour over 'aggressive' behaviour

Canada has banned journalists with China’s official news agency and the Communist Party newspaper from joining Prime Minister Stephen Harper on an Arctic trip, prompting Chinese reporters to complain of discrimination.

23 Aug 2014 - 10:03pm 7 comments

Ferguson a tipping point for rage after a slew of killings of unarmed blacks

23 Aug 2014 - 1:05am 4 comments

Xi says China respects Mongolia's independence, but stresses joint development

23 Aug 2014 - 3:08pm 2 comments

Malky Mackay race storm deepens as he allegedly slurs Malaysian Vincent Tan

23 Aug 2014 - 5:49pm 1 comment

Black bear smuggling from Russia to China increases

23 Aug 2014 - 2:36am 1 comment

Interpol probes Hong Kong-based Japanese who fathered 16 surrogate babies

23 Aug 2014 - 5:28pm

Dad chose the wrong jihad: sons of Abu Bakar Bashir create own jihadist group

22 Aug 2014 - 11:47pm

Illness that has killed at least 70 in Congo is not Ebola, says WHO

23 Aug 2014 - 5:24pm

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Leader

Debate on a universal pension highlights need for tax reform

23 Aug 2014 - 6:43am 7 comments

Beijing's housing policy challenge

23 Aug 2014 - 6:47am 2 comments

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MEDIA

Canada bans Chinese state reporters from PM's Arctic tour over 'aggressive' behaviour

Canada has banned journalists with China’s official news agency and the Communist Party newspaper from joining Prime Minister Stephen Harper on an Arctic trip, prompting Chinese reporters to complain of discrimination.

23 Aug 2014 - 10:03pm 7 comments

Asia

NORTH KOREA

Japanese mayor makes rare visit to North Korea to scout new trading post

The mayor of the Japanese port city of Sakaiminato said his brief visit to North Korea was aimed at exploring the potential of a North Korean port as a trading channel for China.

23 Aug 2014 - 10:24pm

World

maritime disasters

Hundreds feared drowned as migrant boat capsizes off Libya

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A wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants who were trying to reach Europe has sunk just one kilometre off the Libyan coast, the coast guard said on Saturday, and most passengers were feared drowned.

23 Aug 2014 - 10:52pm

China Insider

GAMING

Xiaomi announces partnership with Ouya to distribute video games in China

22 Aug 2014
JUSTICE

Hawker Nian Bin in hiding after Chinese court overturns death sentence

23 Aug 2014 1 comment
LABOUR

Strike by container truck drivers brings Ningbo road to a standstill

21 Aug 2014
LEGAL

Woman on trial for demanding right to visit jailed Falun Gong father

21 Aug 2014
GAMING

Microsoft's Xbox One is coming to mainland China, but still much cheaper in Taiwan

21 Aug 2014 3 comments
COURTS

German sentenced to death in China for double murder of ex-girlfriend and her partner

21 Aug 2014
documentary

Questions over timing of documentary about Mao right-hand man Liu Shaoqi

20 Aug 2014
TRANSPORT

Passengers run for their lives ... all because foreigner ‘fainted’ on Shanghai train

20 Aug 2014 36 comments
sino-australian relations

China media blasts Australian critics as ‘prancing provocateurs’ after tycoon’s outburst

21 Aug 2014 7 comments
CULTURE

Renewed ghostwriting accusations against Chinese author, director Han Han trigger media storm

20 Aug 2014 1 comment
GAMING

'Give us a Chinese-language version of Pokémon', China's passionate gamers proclaim

19 Aug 2014 8 comments
RELIGION

'If I could, I'd go to China tomorrow': Pope makes fresh overtures to end 63-year impasse

19 Aug 2014 2 comments
WEATHER

Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall to continue battering southern China

19 Aug 2014
NGO

What is Beijing up to? Summer of increased harassment, surveillance leaves Chinese NGOs on edge

19 Aug 2014 3 comments

Business

ACQUISITIONS

Fosun shrugs off debt concerns as it looks for more overseas acquisitions

Fosun International is determined to stay on the hunt for acquisitions, brushing off ratings agency concerns that debt-fuelled overseas investments are hurting the conglomerate's financial health.

23 Aug 2014 - 1:29am 1 comment More on Fosun Group
DEBT

Dim sum bond issuance set to drop 50pc in second half

Dim sum bond issuance could plunge about 50 per cent in the second half of the year from the first half as the cost of borrowing yuan in offshore markets surges relative to the price of raising onshore debt.

23 Aug 2014 - 1:06am

Artist Cai Guoqiang gets more bang for his bucks

Cai Guoqiang's works are often huge, sometimes explosive, but always thought-provoking, writes Fionnuala McHugh.

23 Aug 2014 - 10:53pm

South Korean actor Song Kang-ho has big-screen staying power

23 Aug 2014

DJ Steve Aoki has a lot of new projects on his plate

23 Aug 2014

Guide to the city's online food courier services

Digital food couriers are taking off in the city with the arrival of several newcomers, promising takeaway diners access to a greater variety of menus and to-the-door delivery. Nan-Hie In puts them to the test.

21 Aug 2014 - 5:49pm More on LIFE

The sweets at Papabubble are popular with adults as well as children

22 Aug 2014

Wine Opinion: Couple revive traditional cider making in Normandy

22 Aug 2014

Word of mouth: Language-recognition software takes off

Language processing software is set to do away with the need for computer keyboards, writes Jamie Carter.

22 Aug 2014 - 1:32am More on LIFE

London's love for skyscrapers reaches new heights

22 Aug 2014

House News closed last month, but other independent sites still exist

19 Aug 2014 1 comment

Magazines

Sport

Hong Kong-based fighter Alberto Mina triumphs in UFC bout

A lifetime of preparation exploded into just over four minutes of pure action for Alberto Mina at the CotaiArena in Macau on Saturday night.

23 Aug 2014 - 11:38pm

Magazines

No charm intended

A soft-power approach has seen a strong bond develop between Hong Kong and the French, unlike 130 years ago, when France went to war with China. Stuart Heaver looks back at a forgotten conflict.

23 Aug 2014 - 11:17pm

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