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Search continues for missing 277 after South Korea ferry capsizes en route to Jeju

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South Korean coastguards and navy divers were working frantically under floodlights to find 277 people still missing after a ferry capsized in what could be the country’s worst maritime disaster in over 20 years

Thursday, 17 April, 2014, 1:37am 5 comments

Lawmaker accused of rape by TV anchor sentenced to 11 years for corruption and fraud

A rich businessman and former lawmaker from Heilongjiang province accused of rape by a former television anchorwoman was sentenced to 11 years in prison for corruption and fraud, state media reported on Tuesday.

16 Apr 2014 - 5:30pm

Beijing says one-third of its pollution comes from outside the city

About a third of the air pollution in China’s smog-hit capital comes from outside the city, official media reported on Wednesday, citing a pollution watchdog.

16 Apr 2014 - 6:01pm 1 comment

China GDP growth slowest since 2012 but beats expectations

China’s economy grew at its slowest rate last quarter since the third quarter of 2012 – though it slightly exceeded economists’ expectations – increasing the chances of policy easing, but massive stimulus looks unlikely.

16 Apr 2014 - 12:41pm 9 comments More on Chinese Economy

Lanzhou to build second water supply after benzene scare

Lanzhou authorities will add a second water source for the Gansu city of more than 3 million after supervision at the main supplier was found lacking following a contamination scandal, state media reported.

16 Apr 2014 - 11:55am

US, China in ‘productive’ talks on North Korea after nuclear test threat

The United States and China have held “productive” talks on North Korea, the US State Department said on Tuesday, part of stepped-up international diplomacy after Pyongyang warned of plans to conduct a new type of nuclear test.

16 Apr 2014 - 11:33am

Families of MH370 passengers walk out of glitch-ridden Malaysia Airlines video conference

The morning meeting, which was delayed by 20 minutes, ended abruptly when the relatives could only receive visuals but no audio from the Malaysian side.

16 Apr 2014 - 10:46pm 5 comments More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

UBS orders internal probe as banker is named in affair, graft allegations against state firm chairman

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Swiss bank UBS has ordered an internal investigation into a senior Hong Kong-based banker, just one day after a Chinese journalist and whistle blower accused her of having an extramarital affair with the chairman of a state-owned conglomerate and helping him transfer and launder large amounts of money gained from alleged corrupt deals.

16 Apr 2014 - 11:28pm 1 comment More on China Resources (Holdings)

64,000 chopsticks, one portrait of Jackie Chan

16 Apr 2014 - 9:25pm

China's ‘lost’ sexual past is laid bare in Sotheby's erotic art exhibit

16 Apr 2014 - 5:45pm 1 comment

Sir Alex Ferguson to auction HK$39 million wine collection in Hong Kong

16 Apr 2014 - 5:19pm

Under new rules, rich Chinese should learn French if they want to move to Canada

16 Apr 2014 - 12:25pm 4 comments

Ocean floor search for missing Flight MH370 cut short again by technical problems

16 Apr 2014 - 6:09pm

Online censorship rolled back on 25th anniversary of death of reformist leader

16 Apr 2014 - 12:17pm 2 comments

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TRAVEL

Solitary refinement: Bagan, Myanmar's architectural city of wonders

16 Apr 2014 - 10:51pm

Today's Poll

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Insight

Three cheers for Hong Kong's new companies law

RICHARD HARRIS

Hong Kong's new Companies Ordinance is a study in the remarkable - it is progressive, changes some centuries-old company law concepts to suit the digital age and genuinely breaks new ground.

17 Apr 2014 - 12:57am 2 comments

World

UKRAINE

Pro-Russian separatists defiant ahead of Geneva talks on Ukraine crisis

An operation by Ukrainian forces to reassert control over its eastern regions floundered yesterday in the face of pro-Russian resistance, a day ahead of international talks on the escalating crisis.

17 Apr 2014 - 1:16am 1 comment

Business

Premier Li Keqiang rules out strong stimulus despite weaker growth

Premier Li Keqiang has resisted calls for a strong stimulus despite the mainland's economy expanding at its slowest pace since 2012.

17 Apr 2014 - 1:21am
SHARES

Citic Pacific agrees to asset acquisition from parent

Citic Pacific has agreed to buy almost all of its parent's assets not already under the Beijing-backed steel-to-property Hong Kong-listed firm for 227 billion yuan (HK$284.8 billion), which would make it the second-largest listed conglomerate in Greater China after the Li Ka-shing-led Hutchison Whampoa.

17 Apr 2014 - 1:09am More on Citic Pacific

Property

'Through train' sparks fresh interest in FTZ property

Li Liang was overjoyed last week when he began to be swamped by inquiries about office rent and commercial property available for purchase in the free-trade zone (FTZ) in the Waigaoqiao area of Shanghai.

17 Apr 2014 - 1:11am More on Shanghai Free-trade Zone
REAL ESTATE

Investment slows on mainland as property cools

A cooling real estate market weighed down fixed-asset investment growth on the mainland to the slowest pace in over a decade, official data showed yesterday, boding ill for the world's second-largest economy in 2014 and adding to expectations of housing policy relaxation as early as the current quarter.

17 Apr 2014 - 1:11am
OFFICE PROPERTY

‘Through train’ sparks fresh interest in offices in free-trade zone

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Picking up the pieces

"Not many people know this but the area used to be treasure trove for the industry. It's significant both culturally and historically — not just for Hong Kong but Southeast Asia," says Rachel Cheung Wai-sze of the Unit Gallery in Kowloon. The area Cheung refers to is Wun Yiu ("The Bowl Kilns") in Tai Po and the industry is porcelain making. The period was 1368-1644.

16 Apr 2014 - 11:31pm

New theatre piece by Tang Shu-wing tackles life's big questions with Apple-like simplicity

16 Apr 2014

Hong Kong Dance Company treasures the mundane

16 Apr 2014

Hong Kong restaurants turning toward sustainable, organic fare

Local restaurants embrace sustainably produced, organic and, where possible, local ingredients, writes May Tse.

16 Apr 2014 - 10:39pm

Wine tasting: a bad year results in some good wines from Rocca di Montegrossi

16 Apr 2014

Bordeaux throws up surprises for 2013 vintage after a patchy growing season

11 Apr 2014

Who's telling truth about Tamiflu after latest study of trial data

Researchers who fought for years to get full data on Roche's flu medicine Tamiflu said last week that governments who stockpiled it were wasting billions of dollars on a drug whose effectiveness was in doubt.

13 Apr 2014 - 3:22am

Peaches Geldof's death may amplify concerns about modern dieting fads

13 Apr 2014 1 comment

Butterfly species once threatened by climate change adapts to new habitat

13 Apr 2014

Magazines

Sport

South African star Variety Club to race in Group One Champions Mile

A thrilling renewal of the HK$12 million Group One Champions Mile is in prospect on May 4, with dual South African Horse Of The Year, Variety Club, one of the headline visitors along with one of the world's most influential new owners.

16 Apr 2014 - 10:17pm

Magazines

COVER STORY

City of angles: Five outdoor enthusiasts show a different view of Hong Kong

Ernesto Spicciolato emerges from the mist and drags his kayak up onto the shore in the otherwise empty Hap Mun bay on what has turned out to be one of the foggiest days of the year – the zero visibility adds to the sense of utter remoteness, though we’re actually only a 15-minute ride away from Sai Kung pier.

15 Apr 2014 - 8:55am

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