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Frantic search for AirAsia flight missing after bad weather prompts change of course

Family members of passengers on board AirAsia flight QZ 8501 talk on their phones at an airport crisis centre in Surabaya. Photo: Reuters Update

An AirAsia flight is reportedly missing after losing contact with air traffic control while travelling in Indonesian airspace, triggering a massive search.

Sunday, 28 December, 2014, 9:51pm 6 comments

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 5 comments

Police urge public to return highway cash as HK$9 million is still missing

Police warn those who have taken cash from the scene that failure to return it will be considered theft.

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 - 2:34pm 5 comments

Hundreds trapped as ferry burns in heavy seas off Greece

A car ferry docks in France. A similar vessel was ablaze off the Greek coast on Sunday. Photo: EPA Update

Hundreds of passengers were trapped on a burning car ferry off Greece on Sunday, pleading to be rescued by a flotilla of nearby ships that battled storm conditions in open water to try to reach them.

28 Dec 2014 - 7:37pm

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 2 comments More on Diaoyu Islands

Police at funeral for slain officer turn their backs on New York mayor

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (centre) leaves the funeral of New York Police Officer Rafael Ramos at the Christ Tabernacle Church in New York. Photo: EPA

Hundreds of officers outside the church where a funeral was held for a policeman killed along with his partner in an ambush shooting turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke during Saturday’s service.

28 Dec 2014 - 3:08pm

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 2 comments

From ransomware to cyberwar, 2015 will be a perilous year for Internet security

Illustration: Sarenen Chan

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

28 Dec 2014 - 10:29am 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

A year and a half after the US$50 billion project was launched by President Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist guerrilla, the doubts have only grown.

28 Dec 2014 - 10:53am 5 comments

Beijing's massive water project opens to doubts from critics

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.

28 Dec 2014 - 10:41am 5 comments

Hong Kong MTR's West Island Line 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 - 10:15am 25 comments More on MTRC
North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un visits a greenhouse for growing vegetables accompanied by military top brass. Photo: EPA

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

28 Dec 2014 - 10:54am 24 comments
An artist's impression of Ocean Kingdom on Hengqin Island.

Chinese theme parks like Ocean Kingdom in Hengqin threaten Hong Kong parks

28 Dec 2014 - 7:58am 9 comments
Shinzo Abe approving the stimulus plan yesterday. Photo: Kyodo

Japan unleashes massive stimulus plan for growth

28 Dec 2014 - 5:22am 1 comment
Voters cast their ballots in Yangon municipal elections on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Yangon holds municipal elections for first time in 60 years

28 Dec 2014 - 11:36am
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
Aerial view shows houses submerged under flood waters in Pengkalan Chepa, near Kota Bharu on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Rescuers struggle to reach 160,000 flood victims in Malaysia as anger mounts

27 Dec 2014 - 6:26pm
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 - 8:08am
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
Policeman Daniel Caban holds a baby he helped deliver.Photo: AP

US policemen celebrate Christmas delivering baby on subway train

28 Dec 2014 - 12:00am

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

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Leader

US President Barack Obama's decision to restore relations is more than a step in the right direction. Photo: AP

Time to end irrational sanctions on Cuba

28 Dec 2014 - 7:21am
Cash is strewn over Gloucester Road in Wan Chai.

Cash grab a stain on city's honesty

28 Dec 2014 - 7:21am 4 comments

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Give Hong Kong people more incentives to switch to private health care

The government wants people with higher income to switch to the private sector to free up the public health care system to cater to the needy. Photo: Edward Wong ALEX HE

Hong Kong's long-awaited health care financing reform was finally unveiled this month. If implemented, the voluntary health insurance scheme will bring about significant changes to the city's health financing arrangements, which have been in place for decades.

28 Dec 2014 - 9:01pm

Focus

From ransomware to cyberwar, 2015 will be a perilous year for Internet security

Illustration: Sarenen Chan GDN

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

28 Dec 2014 - 10:29am

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Business

Shinzo Abe approving the stimulus plan yesterday. Photo: Kyodo JAPAN

Japan unleashes massive stimulus plan for growth

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 1 comment More on Abenomics
BUSINESS

Birmingham City FC holding company halts trading over ex-CEO's online comments

Trading in Hong Kong-listed Birmingham International Holdings was halted this month because of online comments made by the club's then-director Peter Pannu, the parent company disclosed last week.

28 Dec 2014 - 2:54am

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

From ransomware to cyberwar, 2015 will be a perilous year for Internet security

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

28 Dec 2014 - 10:29am More on Focus

Taking the slow food life to space, Italian style

28 Dec 2014

Periodic table still poses puzzles while offering cures for researchers

28 Dec 2014

Magazines

Sport

South China forward Detinho and Eastern defender Jean Kilama battle for possession during Sunday's game. Photo: Xinhua CANBO SENIOR SHIELD

Dismal start for South China coach Mario Gomez as Caroliners trounced

Mario Gomez got off to the worst possible start as South China’s new coach as his team conceded two goals in the first 10 minutes against rivals Eastern in the Canbo Senior Shield on Sunday.

28 Dec 2014 - 9:12pm

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22 Dec 2014 - 10:14am

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