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LIVE: Occupy organiser tells protesters to focus National Day demonstrations on three key sites


Good afternoon and welcome to day four of our live Occupy Central coverage. Overnight the crowds of protesters that have locked down the streets of Hong Kong were battered by heavy rain as the National Day holiday began.

Wednesday, 1 October, 2014, 2:39pm 123 comments More on Occupy Central

White House calls for ‘genuine choice’ in Hong Kong elections after petition attracts 200,000 signatures


The White House has responded to a petition on its website which attracted around 200,000 signatures, calling upon it to “press the Chinese government to honour its promise of de

1 Oct 2014 - 2:39pm 7 comments More on Occupy Central

iPhone 6 gets green light for mainland sales - officially

Apple's iPhone 6 and the slightly bigger iPhone 6 Plus have finally received approval to be sold on the mainland and will be available from October 17, the US-based technology giant said yesterday.

1 Oct 2014 - 9:37am 2 comments More on Apple

Communist Party leaders turn out in full force as Xi Jinping urges unity

President Xi Jinping called for solidarity in party ranks yesterday as he delivered a speech at a National Day gathering attended by almost all retired and current leaders.

1 Oct 2014 - 7:54am 4 comments More on Xi Jinping

Occupy Central goes global: Solidarity protests planned for dozens of cities worldwide


Solidarity protests are planned in more than 30 cities around the world this week in support of ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

30 Sep 2014 - 10:15pm 4 comments More on Occupy Central

Security experts say advanced virus targeting Hong Kong protestors’ iPhones


Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a computer virus that spies on Apple Inc’s iOS operating system for the iPhone and iPad, and they believe it is targeting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

1 Oct 2014 - 1:30pm 3 comments More on Occupy Central

Five new cadres assigned to Shanxi, all from outside the province

Five senior officials have been appointed by the central government to fill posts in Shanxi after nearly half the resource-rich province's leadership were detained for alleged corruption.

1 Oct 2014 - 3:12am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Associates of disgraced PLA general Xu Caihou may have been purged for 'disloyalty'

The fate of two major generals linked to a high-ranking PLA officer under investigation for corruption are in doubt amid a reshuffle of personnel that suggests disloyal officers are being purged, analysts say.

1 Oct 2014 - 4:13am 1 comment More on Xu Caihou

First national Martyrs' Day remembers those who sacrificed for China

President Xi Jinping and state leaders attended a high-profile ceremony yesterday at Tiananmen Square in Beijing to mark the first Martyrs' Day, in an apparent attempt to promote patriotism.

1 Oct 2014 - 4:42am 3 comments

Champagne and jeers mark National Day as protesters show first sign of split


Chief executive Leung Chun-ying raised a glass of champagne to toast National Day on Wednesday morning – as thousands of protesters booed outside the traditional flag-raising ceremony and Occupy Central entered a fourth day.

1 Oct 2014 - 2:11pm More on Occupy Central

OCCUPY CENTRAL - NIGHT THREE: Full coverage of all the night's events


Thunderstorms failed to deter huge crowds from gathering in Hong Kong last night, where the umbrellas that had been used to fend off tear gas attacks two days earlier were put to their more traditional use.

1 Oct 2014 - 2:13pm 217 comments More on Occupy Central

Xi Jinping has ambition to push through sweeping changes in China

1 Oct 2014 - 4:44am

Mixed feelings for Occupy Central among Hong Kong’s recent mainland migrants

30 Sep 2014 - 11:53pm 9 comments

Fourth party plenum set for October 20-23

1 Oct 2014 - 3:08am

What's afoot with Kim Jong-un? Raft of rumours as he vanishes from view

1 Oct 2014 - 2:23am 3 comments

Barack Obama hails signing of pact to keep US troops in Afghanistan

1 Oct 2014 - 3:58am

China's latest earth observation satellite impressive in photo detail

1 Oct 2014 - 4:07am 2 comments

Obama and Modi hope to turn page in relations when they meet at White House

1 Oct 2014 - 3:07am 1 comment

Shinzo Abe faces questioning by lawmakers on Japan's change to defence policy

1 Oct 2014 - 2:23am

Thailand proposes wristbands and party curfews to keep tourists safe

1 Oct 2014 - 3:57am 1 comment

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Time for pan-democrats to take leadership of protests

1 Oct 2014 - 11:01am 5 comments

China must strike deal with West so criminals have no place to hide

1 Oct 2014 - 8:33am

Today's Poll

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  • From a week to a month: 51%
  • Over one month: 29%
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Total number of votes recorded: 478


Confrontations will continue unless we work to heal the political wounds


The arrest of students who stormed Civic Square on Friday and the police's use of tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters near government headquarters in Admiralty on Sunday night brought matters to a head.

1 Oct 2014 - 4:02am 5 comments


United they stand: Democracy protests bond Hongkongers from all walks of life


Politicians, democracy advocates, lawmakers, senior citizens and young students – all converged on the harbourfront in Admiralty to defend a site where the city’s political landscape could be reshaped forever.

29 Sep 2014 - 8:44am 2 comments

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What's afoot with Kim Jong-un? Raft of rumours as he vanishes from view

When North Korea's leader makes no public appearances for three weeks and an official documentary shows him limping and mentions his "discomfort", what follows is a frenzy of media speculation about Kim Jong-un.

1 Oct 2014 - 2:23am 3 comments More on Kim Jong-un

China Insider


Q&A: Chinese activist scholar Teng Biao on how Occupy Central affects mainland activism

1 Oct 2014

Taxi driver murder suspect found after 16 years on the run; photographic treasures saved

1 Oct 2014

Mixed feelings for Occupy Central among Hong Kong’s recent mainland migrants

30 Sep 2014 9 comments

Media colleagues jump to senior journalist Shen Hao’s defence after televised confession

30 Sep 2014

Woman turns to bank balance fraud to impress new boyfriend; unfinished government HQ goes under the hammer

29 Sep 2014

Photos of Chinese navy's new supply ship leaked online

29 Sep 2014

Record censorship of China's social media as references to Hong Kong protests blocked

29 Sep 2014 6 comments

Instagram appears blocked in China as photos of ‘occupied’ Hong Kong circulate

29 Sep 2014 6 comments

Guangzhou villagers want Asian Games walls torn down; inquiry over new homes in Jiangxi tourism zone; Nanchang to build eight night markets

29 Sep 2014

Mum gives chase to runaway daughter on train; University greets new students with condom gift pack

26 Sep 2014
soft power

Beware the ‘chubby blue guy’: Chinese dailies warn public against Japan's ‘Doraemon’

26 Sep 2014 9 comments

Hunan city targets 'hometown clubs' to curb nepotism and favouritism

26 Sep 2014

Fresh university graduate named as Fujian city's new deputy mayor

25 Sep 2014 1 comment

300 yuan first-date steak test; Morgue appeals for help to identify 19 bodies

25 Sep 2014



Land sale revenue plunges in Chinese cities

Land sale revenue in 300 mainland cities, except Beijing, have plunged by nearly half in the third quarter from the same period last year.

1 Oct 2014 - 12:12pm

Epic film about Xiao Hong tested both the director and leading lady

Laughter fills the air when Hong Kong cinema doyen Ann Hui On-wah talks about her latest film, The Golden Era.

29 Sep 2014 - 5:28pm

Mamma Mia!

29 Sep 2014


29 Sep 2014

Consultant chef has novel ideas for new restaurant

Consultant chef Rowley Leigh, who is working with Swire Group to set up new restaurant The Continental in Pacific Place, might have been a novelist if he had worked harder at it. Becoming an acclaimed chef almost seems like an afterthought.

26 Sep 2014 - 5:11pm

Top French sommelier says keep wine and food pairings simple

26 Sep 2014

Restaurants proliferate as Europe's top chefs head to Hong Kong

23 Sep 2014

StealthGenie 'stalker app' maker arrested over its alleged privacy violation

US federal officials have announced the arrest of the maker of a smartphone app marketed as a tool for catching cheating spouses by eavesdropping on their calls and tracking their locations, a system that critics have dubbed "stalker apps".

1 Oct 2014 - 3:58am

What would you do for free Wi-fi? In experiment, some sign away eldest child

1 Oct 2014

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28 Sep 2014 1 comment



National Day Cup at Sha Tin - join SCMP Racing Post on Twitter

Welcome to scmpRacingPost's live account of racing from Sha Tin, a rare midweek day meeting to celebrate National Day. The highlight today is the return of international Group One winners Amber Sky and Sterling City in the Group Three National Day Cup (1,000m).

1 Oct 2014 - 1:24pm



6 Things You Need for A Royal Castle Stay


Have you read our story on the Royal Castles Stay? http://bit.ly/1quDTAi

Here are six things you’ll need to travel like a folklore princess. 


22 Sep 2014 - 9:11pm

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Voices from Tiananmen: Eyewitnesses look back to the spring of 1989

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