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Beijing may boost project spending in Russia amid rouble crisis

A "Russian-doll" building in Inner Mongolia. China will not give up its partnership with Russia, an analyst says. Photo: SCMP

China is preparing to flex its financial strength amid the economic crisis in Russia as it closely watches how the slump of the Russian rouble affects cooperation between the two countries, mainland analysts have said.

Friday, 19 December, 2014, 8:42am 11 comments

Vladimir Putin strikes a defiant tone and accuses West of provoking Russia

Vladimir Putin, under intense pressure over Ukraine and the Russian economy, makes a point during his annual news conference in Moscow yesterday. Photo: EPA

Faced with his country's economy tanking, in part because of Western sanctions, President Vladimir Putin showed no sign of changing tack on war-torn Ukraine and compared Russia to a bear fighting for survival.

19 Dec 2014 - 11:26am 6 comments

Service-oriented trade pact further opens Guangdong to Hong Kong firms

Guangzhou, in Guangdong province, may be one of the areas attracting Hong Kong businesses. Photo: AP

Hong Kong firms now have greater access to Guangdong and more freedom to operate there, under a new trade liberalisation agreement expected to pave the way for the development of a free trade zone in the province.

19 Dec 2014 - 1:52am 1 comment

After Occupy, more Hongkongers back government’s reform package, study finds

Chinese University study finds more people want Legco to approve Beijing's electoral reform package. Photo: Sam Tsang

More Hongkongers now want legislators to approve the government's electoral reforms next year than before the start of the Occupy Central civil disobedience action for democracy, a university poll has found.

19 Dec 2014 - 11:26am 29 comments More on Occupy Central

Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung granted first regulatory approval for Australia casino

Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung granted first regulatory approval for Australia casino

A proposed HK$50 billion Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort, backed by Honk Kong billionaire Tony Fung Wing-cheung, was granted regulatory approval by an Australian state planning department.

19 Dec 2014 - 11:27am 2 comments

Legco passes law granting three days of paternity leave at 80 per cent of pay

Legco passes law granting three days of paternity leave at 80 per cent of pay

Male employees in private companies can get three days of paternity leave at four-fifths of their average daily wages from March at the soonest after lawmakers gave their approval.

19 Dec 2014 - 2:07am 1 comment

Hong Kong port losing market share in south China

Hong Kong's share of the south China cargo base had dropped from more than 70pc in 2010 to below 40pc in 2011.

A report on Hong Kong's port development commissioned by the government found that the city has been facing more competition from other south China ports.

19 Dec 2014 - 9:35am

Etihad’s 'three-room suite' takes air travel to new heights of luxury

A mock-up of the "bedroom" of the 125 sq ft suite being offered by Etihad Airways aboard the airline's new Airbus A380. Photo: AP

Abu Dhabi’s national carrier, Etihad, has showcased the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with “the only three-room suite in the sky.”

19 Dec 2014 - 11:20am

For China’s anti-corruption crackdown, Fridays and weekends are good days for big news

The end of the internal inquiry into the former security tsar Zhou Yongkang was officially announced on the stroke on midnight on the first Saturday of this month. Photo: Reuters

China's Communist Party’s top anti-graft agency has revealed that Fridays and the weekend are officially good days for revealing big news about corrupt senior officials.

18 Dec 2014 - 5:13pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Review: 'The Interview' deserves to be seen, even if it almost makes Kim Jong-un seem likable

Diana Bang, Seth Rogen and James Franco in 'The Interview'. Photo: AP

That I was one of the relative few to see “The Interview” is not a boast I take any pleasure in.

19 Dec 2014 - 11:28am

Hong Kong plans HK$27 billion ‘housing reserve’ to achieve new homes target

A multibillion-dollar "housing reserve" will be created from the public coffers to help the Housing Authority meet the government's goal of building 290,000 public flats in the next decade.

19 Dec 2014 - 1:22am 7 comments

Road accidents kill more people in China than cancer, Lancet study finds

Road injuries have emerged as the third-leading cause of death in China, compared with eighth in the developing world and ahead of a range of cancers, according to a global study in The Lancet medical journal.

19 Dec 2014 - 9:05am 7 comments
Kunkun, an eight-year-old Chinese HIV sufferer, watches as residents sign a petition calling for him to be banished from Xichong village, in Sichuan province. Photo: Screenshot

Grandfather of boy with HIV defends signing petition to have him banished from village

19 Dec 2014 - 7:22am 6 comments
Former president Chen Shui-bian in 2009 as he is led into detention. His supporters have threatened to go on hunger strike if he is not formally released from prison. Photo: AP

Taiwan considers releasing jailed former president Chen Shui-bian for medical treatment

19 Dec 2014 - 5:49am
Some in Madagascar believe that the real target of last week's violence was Prime Minister Roger Kolo (left) or President Hery Rajaonarimampianina (right). Photo: AFP

‘We won’t work with the Chinese’: why a Madagascar labour dispute turned deadly

18 Dec 2014 - 9:23pm 1 comment
Randall Park (centre) as Kim Jong-un in The Interview. It had been predicted to earn about US$30 million in its opening weekend.Photo: AP

'North Korea behind cyberattacks' that led Sony to cancel The Interview

19 Dec 2014 - 10:02am 1 comment
People queue outside an Apple store in Beijing. Chinese consumers have been snapping up Apple products bought in Russia after the rouble started weakening. Photo: EPA

Chinese traders snap up iPhones, luxury goods in Russia as rouble drops

18 Dec 2014 - 8:51pm
Li Yali was the senior police officer in the Chinese city of Taiyuan until last year, when footage of his son’s drunken violence went viral on the internet. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chinese police chief who let off drink-driving son charged with corruption

18 Dec 2014 - 3:28pm 2 comments
Long-awaited proposals for the reform and modernisation of agriculture in China are due to be discussed by policy officials next week. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese ministries 'may have watered down' plans for farming reform and modernisation

18 Dec 2014 - 2:15pm
A China Unicom store in Hong Kong. Anti-corruption investigators on the mainland have been focusing on state-owned enterprises. Photo: Bloomberg

China Telecom executive investigated for corruption

18 Dec 2014 - 12:24pm
Rescue workers at the scene of the explosions in Kaohsiung. Among the people charged is the head of the gas pipeline operator. Photo: AFP

Twelve charged over Taiwan gas blasts disaster

18 Dec 2014 - 5:16pm
President Xi Jinping proved popular in Africa, Eastern Europe and parts of Asia, according to the survey, but not in Japan and Vietnam.  China is embroiled in territorial disputes with its two near neighbours. Photo: Xinhua

Xi Jinping ‘most popular world leader’, says poll

18 Dec 2014 - 4:44pm 6 comments

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Leader

Hugjiltu's parents (centre) receive the verdict in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. Photo: AFP

Judicial independence is essential

19 Dec 2014 - 6:41am
More effort needed to integrate ethnic minority students

More effort needed to integrate ethnic minority students

19 Dec 2014 - 8:58am

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What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive of Hong Kong. Photo: Felix Wong

On chief executive saying that with the clearing of the last Occupy site the episode of illegal occupation activities is over:

Jeffrey Chau - Don't be naive! This is a never-ending story unless you respond to the appeals of the young protesters.

19 Dec 2014 - 10:07am

Focus

Cuba and the US: Five decades of feuding

Headlines from October 23, 1962, at the height of the missile crisis. Photo: Corbis Tribune News Service

When Cuba's most affluent citizens fled Fidel Castro and his leftist revolutionaries after they took power on New Year's Day 1959, they sought refuge by the thousands in southern Florida.

19 Dec 2014 - 2:38am

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Asia

A police car blocks a street at an address in Manoora near Cairns, far north Queensland, where the bodies were found. Photo: EPA AUSTRALIA

Eight children found 'stabbed to death' in Australian home

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Australian police say eight children – some toddler-age – have been killed at a home in a northern Australian city.

Early reports said the children were stabbed fatally.

19 Dec 2014 - 11:37am

World

Some of the alleged abuse of children is said to have taken place at Dolphin Square estate near Parliament House in London. Photo: EPA BRITAIN

Claims that three boys were murdered are credible, say UK police probing ‘VIP child abuse’

Police looking into accusations that powerful figures at the heart of the British establishment were involved in child sex abuse in the 1970s and 1980s said they were investigating “credible” allegations three young boys had been murdered.

19 Dec 2014 - 11:28am

Property

The flat is on the 28th floor at Fung Tak Estate. Photo: SCMP HOME SALES

HK$4 million sale of ex-public flat in Fung Tak Estate beats Kowloon record

A flat in a Wong Tai Sin estate has become the most expensive former public rental-housing residence in Kowloon after it was sold for HK$4 million.

19 Dec 2014 - 5:13am
Cynthia Liu says the eight years she spent building up the Hong Kong Film Archive were among her most rewarding. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Leading light in Hong Kong Film Archive's creation retires

For Cynthia Liu Chiu-fun, stepping into the lobby of the Hong Kong Film Archive is almost like embarking on a journey through time.

19 Dec 2014 - 5:13am 1 comment

Hongkonger wins National Geographic world photo contest with Ocean Park snap

19 Dec 2014

Invader’s Hong Kong street art returns with a HK$1m price tag at Sotheby’s

19 Dec 2014
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How to spice up Christmas dinner: top chefs offer their tips

Christmas is no holiday for chefs. If they're not working in restaurant kitchens, they're probably cooking for friends and family at home.

18 Dec 2014 - 6:20pm 1 comment More on LIFE

Quest by Que in Wan Chai has new take on Vietnamese cuisine

17 Dec 2014

Special winter menus all around Hong Kong, and 7-star Michelin chef to come

17 Dec 2014
Smartphone app Waze is blamed by some LA residents for morning traffic jams in their once quiet neighbourhood. Photo: Screenshot

Smartphone app being used to beat LA traffic angers freeway's neighbours

When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled.

16 Dec 2014 - 10:35am

Android accessing personal data in phones, Hong Kong's privacy watchdog warns

16 Dec 2014 4 comments

The new shape-shifters: pluripotent stem cells

14 Dec 2014

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Sport

Max Lee would be an Olympic hopeful for Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam SQUASH

I want to see squash at 2020 Tokyo Olympics, says Hong Kong sports chief Timothy Fok

Hong Kong sports chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting will give his full backing to squash's bid to reach the Olympics after the International Olympic Committee decided to increase the number of events for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

19 Dec 2014 - 12:00am
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Wada opts not to appeal against 'hush-hush' China ban on Olympic swimming ace Sun Yang

The World Anti-Doping agency said on Wednesday it will not appeal against a three-month ban imposed against China’s controversial double Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang, but will warn China over the case.

18 Dec 2014 - 10:51am

Djokovic and Williams top ITF awards

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