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Taiwan goes to the polls for 'biggest-ever' local elections

Leaders of Taiwan's ruling and opposition parties criss-crossed the island yesterday in their final push to secure votes for their candidates today in what are billed as the island's biggest-ever local elections.

Saturday, 29 November, 2014, 3:45am 4 comments

China's answer to Breaking Bad: 'Real-life Walter White made 400,000 yuan a week'

A laid-off chemical factory worker in Guangzhou has been arrested for allegedly selling the raw materials to make methamphetamines and teaching others how to make the drug.

29 Nov 2014 - 3:02am 9 comments

India woos smaller neighbours to counter challenge from China

India pledged a slew of regional investments at a South Asian summit this week, seeking to counter China's growing economic inroads into its backyard.

29 Nov 2014 - 3:03pm 5 comments More on Narendra Modi

Chinese media freedom activist Yang Maodong pleads innocent in chaotic trial

A leading Chinese rights activist who organised rallies for media freedom pleaded not guilty to charges of disturbing public order in an all-night trial in which the judge rejected his requests for food.

29 Nov 2014 - 3:28pm

China's lesson: why the West was wrong to abandon 'chalk and talk' teaching methods

'Chalk and talk' teaching has been phased out in Western countries over the past 40 years. The success of Chinese pupils is forcing a rethink.

29 Nov 2014 - 3:50am 6 comments More on Focus

British shoppers see red as US shopping festival Black Friday debuts

British police officers were called to stores across the country yesterday as the "Black Friday" shopping frenzy imported from the United States brought surging crowds and fights over sharply discounted goods.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:48am

Greasing the wheels at driving school

Like many young adults across the world, Harold Chen could hardly wait to get his driving licence. But the bubble of excitement quickly popped when test time came.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:54am

Cao Siyuan, outspoken reformist who sought peaceful end to Tiananmen protests, dies at 68

Cao Siyuan, the drafter of the mainland's first bankruptcy law who was also accused of being a "black hand" of the Tiananmen pro-democracy movement, died early yesterday in Beijing.

29 Nov 2014 - 12:54pm

At least 120 dead in Nigeria mosque suicide attack

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At least 120 people were killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque of one of Nigeria’s top Islamic leaders.

29 Nov 2014 - 12:59pm

Senior Guangdong official who helped broker peace in Wukan probed for graft

A senior Guangdong official who forged the peaceful settlement of the 2011 Wukan protests and was a close aide of Vice-Premier Wang Yang is under investigation for corruption.

29 Nov 2014 - 9:30am

Argentina accuses HSBC in US$3b tax evasion cases

HSBC yesterday denied charges from Argentina's tax bureau that it had helped citizens in the South American country evade an estimated US$3 billion in taxes, the latest on a growing list of accusations against the bank.

29 Nov 2014 - 3:28am 1 comment More on HSBC

Chinese activists stand trial over censorship protests

29 Nov 2014 - 3:03pm 1 comment

Ferguson protesters disrupt Black Friday shopping

29 Nov 2014 - 2:36pm

Lavish Chinese wedding leaves social media stunned amid anti-corruption crackdown

29 Nov 2014 - 8:59am 5 comments

Maple Leaf plans big private school expansion on mainland

29 Nov 2014 - 3:45am

Instagrammers earn six-figure salaries as companies eye new advertising market

29 Nov 2014 - 2:52am

Restrict migrant benefits or we'll leave EU: British Prime Minister David Cameron

29 Nov 2014 - 3:20am 1 comment

Pope urges Muslim leaders to take stronger stand against extremists

29 Nov 2014 - 6:37am 1 comment

British scientists to trial 15-minute Ebola test as Hollande visits Guinea

29 Nov 2014 - 3:20am

Storm flips planes and pounds Australian city of Brisbane with hail

29 Nov 2014 - 6:34am

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Leader

Occupiers must retreat and devise a new strategy to continue momentum

29 Nov 2014 - 4:43am 27 comments

US foreign policy team is out of sync

29 Nov 2014 - 4:43am 4 comments

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Can China really reach its ambitious goals for clean energy?

ANDREW LEUNG

Russian President Vladimir Putin was not prominent at the Beijing Apec summit. Instead, what was probably on his mind was a second energy deal with China in the face of a looming "second cold war" with the West.

29 Nov 2014 - 4:35am 3 comments

Focus

China's lesson: why the West was wrong to abandon 'chalk and talk' teaching methods

Kevin Donnelly

'Chalk and talk' teaching has been phased out in Western countries over the past 40 years. The success of Chinese pupils is forcing a rethink.

29 Nov 2014 - 3:50am 6 comments

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China

Chinese media freedom activist Yang Maodong pleads innocent in chaotic trial

A leading Chinese rights activist who organised rallies for media freedom pleaded not guilty to charges of disturbing public order in an all-night trial in which the judge rejected his requests for food.

29 Nov 2014 - 3:28pm

Asia

SOUTH ASIA: ANALYSIS

India woos smaller neighbours to counter challenge from China

India pledged a slew of regional investments at a South Asian summit this week, seeking to counter China's growing economic inroads into its backyard.

29 Nov 2014 - 3:03pm 5 comments More on Narendra Modi

World

FERGUSON SHOOTING

Ferguson protesters disrupt Black Friday shopping

Demonstrators temporarily shut down three large shopping malls in Missouri on a busy shopping day as rallies were held nationwide to protest a grand jury’s recent decision not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

29 Nov 2014 - 2:36pm

China Insider

CHINA DIGEST

Mother of all hot pots; temple stolen overnight; wild panda dies of injuries

29 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Stabbing death after cat abused; armed bank robber forced to wait; student repels sex attacker using taekwondo

28 Nov 2014

Two out of every five foreign-educated Chinese earn below 5,000 yuan a month: study

28 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Drone sparks military alert; taxi driver saves suicidal woman - three times

27 Nov 2014
AIR POLLUTION

Beijing considers permanent odd-even ban on vehicles after success of 'Apec blue'

27 Nov 2014 1 comment
TV drama

'Game of Thrones' comes to China as Tencent joins forces with HBO

27 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Gold offered for lost dog; 'disabled girl raped'; drugs gang busted

27 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Boy, 6, attacked; police targeted with hot tea; head of family at 8

27 Nov 2014
TERRITORIAL DISPUTE

'We have lagged too far behind': China hits back at US calls to stop island project

25 Nov 2014 3 comments
ART

Chinese photographer spoofs famous ancient painting with images of modern social ills

24 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Goats overdose on vaccine; Thief makes off with cash from traffic police office; Fugitive's 16-year run ends in car crash

27 Nov 2014
INTERNET PIRACY

Popular Chinese pirated-video site closed amid official pressure

25 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Woman student leader powers on to wing strength contest; Boyfriend survives girlfriend's murder plot

22 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Poor couple on trial for selling children; Teen leaps to death after cheating accusation

21 Nov 2014

Business

TAX EVASION

Argentina accuses HSBC in US$3b tax evasion cases

HSBC yesterday denied charges from Argentina's tax bureau that it had helped citizens in the South American country evade an estimated US$3 billion in taxes, the latest on a growing list of accusations against the bank.

29 Nov 2014 - 3:28am 1 comment More on HSBC
ECONOMY

Consumer confidence in Hong Kong rises as China economy stabilises

Consumer confidence in Hong Kong has bounced back from a five-month low as a stabilised mainland economy gives retailers renewed optimism, a new index shows.

29 Nov 2014 - 3:46am

HK gallery's periodic offer of free space to unknown artists is a winner

Last year Nic Kwok Ting-fung had an idea. Since his father opened the Wan Fung Gallery in 1986, they have faced the same problem that plagues many of the big galleries: the gallery is in limbo with nothing new to bring in art lovers in the down times between the monthly exhibitions.

28 Nov 2014 - 5:39pm More on LIFE

Japanese poster exhibition an eclectic mix

27 Nov 2014

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera returns

27 Nov 2014

Fine dining at Fanling Industrial Estate

Fanling Industrial Estate isn't the most obvious location for a fine dining restaurant, especially one that not only wants to offer its customers a menu with the expected emphasis on presentation and flavour, but also claims to serve healthy food.

27 Nov 2014 - 7:51pm

Dine-Art is the latest in a trend for art-oriented restaurants

28 Nov 2014

China loves red wine, but white may become more popular

27 Nov 2014

Scientists in Yunnan unlock secrets of 'magical' microbe-killing plant

Scientists say they have discovered that the pepper-like fruit of a plant native to Yunnan can kill germs as efficiently as antibiotics, with few side effects.

28 Nov 2014 - 5:40am

Tweeting about a revolution

27 Nov 2014

Space station espresso machine a giant leap for mankind

26 Nov 2014

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Sport

CRICKET

Huge outpouring of tributes for untimely death of Australia’s Phillip Hughes

Flags flew at half mast and thousands of fans and players paid tribute on Friday as Australia and the world cricket community united in an outpouring of grief for the tragic death of batsman Phillip Hughes.

28 Nov 2014 - 10:36pm
RACING

Divine Calling trying to put his feet on ground as he makes his reappearance

Divine Calling's main target - the Hong Kong Classic Mile - is still nearly two months away, but with considerable hype already building around the likely favourite, his trainer Tony Millard is trying to stay in the here and now ahead of the Australian import's second-up run at Sha Tin on Sunday.

28 Nov 2014 - 10:06pm
TRIATHLON

Retaining Hong Kong title at New World International Triathlon will be difficult, says Tony Dodds

29 Nov 2014

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FILM

Eddie Redmayne dove into science for his role in The Theory of Everything

Portraying genius physicist Stephen Hawking proved the biggest challenge yet for rising star Eddie Redmayne.

28 Nov 2014 - 1:05pm

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