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Kaohsiung residents outraged at ‘slow response’ to gas leaks

Angry residents of Kaohsiung accused the Taiwanese authorities of acting too slowly to prevent a series of gas explosions that killed and injured more than 300.

Saturday, 2 August, 2014, 4:07am

US$100m Ebola emergency response plan unveiled by WHO's Margaret Chan

The World Health Organisation is launching a US$100 million response plan to combat an "unprecedented" outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, director general Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun said yesterday.

1 Aug 2014 - 9:03am 1 comment

China confirms new generation long range missiles: report

China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reported yesterday.

2 Aug 2014 - 3:46am 3 comments

Rescuers search for survivors in Kaohsiung after series of deadly gas explosions

Taiwan’s rescuers today used life sign detectors to scour several bustling streets that had been blasted into long trenches after a series of gas explosions overnight killed 25 people and injured 259 others in the port city of Kaohsiung.

1 Aug 2014 - 6:40pm 1 comment

More stressed officials taking their own lives as corruption crackdown presses on

Last month alone, six officials committed suicide, according to media reports. Two, from Henan and Hubei respectively, left letters saying they were depressed; one was reported to have accepted bribes.

1 Aug 2014 - 3:58am 8 comments

Kim Jung-un, Obama, and even the PLA are all dancing to China's newest viral music video

Forget PSY’s Gangnam Style – the newest viral music video to emerge from Asia is Little Apple, a toxically infectious tune produced by the Chopstick Brothers, two Beijing-based filmmakers.

1 Aug 2014 - 6:49pm 2 comments

China's July PMI hits 27-month high on strong factory orders

Activity in the mainland's factory sector expanded last month at the fastest pace in 27 months on stronger demand, a government survey showed, adding to evidence that the economy is regaining momentum after a burst of government stimulus measures.

2 Aug 2014 - 12:33am

Israel declares Gaza ceasefire over as 50 Palestinians die in renewed shelling

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Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday and killed more than 50 Palestinians in renewed shelling, saying militants had breached the truce shortly after it began and apparently captured an Israeli soldier.

2 Aug 2014 - 2:43am 1 comment

Shanghai officials under scrutiny as Beijing anti-graft inspection team sweeps into city

Shanghai officials are jittery after a high-profile disciplinary inspection team from Beijing moved into the city on Wednesday.

1 Aug 2014 - 6:28pm 4 comments

Grief and shock in city that looks more like a war zone

Minutes after firefighter Wang Chung said goodbye to his wife and two daughters over the phone on Thursday night, he received reports of white foam erupting from drains with a strong smell of gas.

2 Aug 2014 - 4:18am

Q&A: Hong Kong a hub for illegal gambling, says FIFA’s former head of security Chris Eaton

1 Aug 2014 - 10:14pm

PLA restates allegiance to Xi Jinping after Zhou corruption probe announced

1 Aug 2014 - 7:50am 6 comments

Inferno in the streets as suspected gas explosions kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan's Kaohsiung

1 Aug 2014 - 5:23pm 8 comments

Blur ditch album recorded in Hong Kong after city proved ‘too hot’ to finish writing songs

1 Aug 2014 - 9:21am 3 comments

Millions of Hong Kong fliers delayed by mainland military restrictions

1 Aug 2014 - 4:40pm 20 comments

Explosions ring out as MH17 investigators return to Ukraine crash site

1 Aug 2014 - 12:42am

Qianhai court in Shenzhen to allow Hong Kong jurors to deal with Hong Kong-related cases

1 Aug 2014 - 4:03am 1 comment

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Fall of Zhou Yongkang no cause for hope of change

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In some media reports, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection investigation of Zhou Yongkang has been described as signifying the most serious power struggle in the Communist Party since the Cultural Revolution.

2 Aug 2014 - 4:09am

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BUDGET

Government bureaus must cut growth in spending by 1pc for two years

Government bureaus and departments have been asked to cut their growth in spending on existing programmes by 1 per cent a year for two years from 2016.

2 Aug 2014 - 3:38am 1 comment

Business

TRADE

Impasse at WTO seen as boosting appeal of bilateral deals for China

The World Trade Organisation's failure to reach a significant multilateral deal may prompt countries such as China to accelerate talks on bilateral and regional pacts in a bid to rejuvenate sluggish trade growth, analysts say.

2 Aug 2014 - 12:50am
EARNINGS

Bank of East profits rise 6pc, thanks to increase in mainland lending

Bank of East Asia's net profit rose 6 per cent to HK$3.58 billion in the first six months of the year as it expanded offshore lending to mainland clients.

2 Aug 2014 - 12:50am

Veteran entertainer Lawrence Cheng returns to directing after 20-year break

After years of devoting his energies to managing a radio station and producing films, entertainment veteran Lawrence Cheng Tan-shui has been getting a lot of time on screen of late.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:10am

Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel's most out-there adventure yet

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Spiritualised will play their transcendental style of music in an acoustic form

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Fu Lu Shou's Westernised Chinese dishes are a surprise hit

A Hollywood Road restaurant serving Westernised Chinese cuisine has become an unlikely success. Fu Lu Shou's menu highlights dishes that have remained classics for decades in Chinatown restaurants in countries such as Australia, the US and Britain.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:10am

Breakfast dining goes international in London

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Top mixologist Wallace Lau looks forward to a life behind bars

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Take a walk on the wild side with gadgets for the great outdoors

Standard mobile devices are fine for urban dwellers, but when you get beyond the suburbs, into the great outdoors, a new class of gadget - or at least some careful protection - is required.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:10am

Hong Kong-based inventor's breakthrough robotic boat aims to clean-up oceans

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Disease research lab mishaps rattle scientists and regulators

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Sport

It may cost up to HK$1,800 to see Argentina play in Hong Kong

Fans could face the highest ticket price ever - HK$1,800 - to watch World Cup finalists Argentina on October 14, but organisers are still confident of a sell-out to cover the extraordinary costs of hosting Lionel Messi & company.

2 Aug 2014 - 12:51am

Hong Kong aim to spring surprise against tough Uruguay

Captain Nick Hewson and his forwards will hold the key to Hong Kong's fate in the biggest game in their history against Uruguay in a first-round World Cup repêchage in Montevideo on Saturday (early Sunday morning Hong Kong time).

2 Aug 2014 - 12:10am

Dustin Johnson takes leave of absence from tour over 'personal challenges'

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