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Live: Protesters gather at chief executive’s offices in Tamar ahead of ultimatum to resign

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Protests are expected to ramp up a gear tonight after student leaders set CY Leung a deadline of tomorrow to resign before they start occupying government buildings.

Thursday, 2 October, 2014, 5:48am 79 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 calling upon it to “press the Chinese government to honour its promise of democratic elections to the Hong Kong citizenry.”

1 Oct 2014 - 8:03pm 31 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

No inch of compromise over Occupy Central in Chinese state media commentaries

Articles in Chinese state media on Wednesday indicate that the Central leadership in Beijing has no intention of considering giving in to the demands by Hong Kong demonstrators and allow genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong in 2017.

1 Oct 2014 - 11:41pm 6 comments More on Occupy Central

Political opponents refuse to compromise as Occupy Central protests rumble on

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Hong Kong’s two main political groups are no closer to compromise despite a week of protests that continue to draw hundreds of thousands of demonstrators out onto the streets.

1 Oct 2014 - 6:02pm 6 comments More on Occupy Central

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 - 6:20pm 5 comments More on Xi Jinping

What is Occupy Central? 10 key facts about Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement

Why have thousands of demonstrators taken to the city's streets and what do they want? All the main questions about the protests answered here.

1 Oct 2014 - 4:08pm 6 comments More on Occupy Central

Ebola spreads to US as airline passenger who flew from Liberia confirmed to have deadly virus

A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said.

2 Oct 2014 - 2:44am 2 comments More on Ebola Virus

Artists project messages of support from around the world to Occupy Central protesters

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A group of Hong Kong artists have been transmitting messages of support from around the world for pro-democracy protesters in the city.

1 Oct 2014 - 6:27pm 2 comments More on Occupy Central

OCCUPY CENTRAL - DAY FOUR: Full coverage of all the day's events

Students protesting for Hong Kong's democracy vowed today to occupy government buildings if the city's Chief Executive CY Leung failed to step down by Thursday. Their declaration came as National Day celebrations in Victoria Park managed to attract just a few hundred people.

1 Oct 2014 - 7:54pm 224 comments More on Occupy Central

Demonstrators set CY Thursday deadline to resign with threat to step up protests

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Student leaders of pro-democracy protests say that if Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying does not resign by Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings.

1 Oct 2014 - 7:52pm 35 comments More on Occupy Central

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

1 Oct 2014 - 4:10pm

Security experts say advanced virus targeting Hong Kong protesters’ iPhones

1 Oct 2014 - 5:59pm 3 comments

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

30 Sep 2014 - 10:15pm 5 comments

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

1 Oct 2014 - 3:12am

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

1 Oct 2014 - 4:13am 1 comment

First national Martyrs' Day remembers those who sacrificed for China

1 Oct 2014 - 4:42am 3 comments

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 10 comments

Fourth party plenum set for October 20-23

1 Oct 2014 - 3:08am

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Xi Jinping's call for party unity is crucial to implementing reform

2 Oct 2014 - 4:29am

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Insight

A turning point for democracy in Hong Kong

Cliff Buddle

The dramatic scenes of mass protest on the streets of Hong Kong this week mark a defining moment in the city's political development. It is not just a question of how the city's leader should be elected.

2 Oct 2014 - 3:47am 1 comment

Focus

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

CHRIS LAU

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 3 comments

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China

NATIONAL DAY

'Full body search' for 10,000 pigeons in Tiananmen Square

Tight security was imposed in Tiananmen Square yesterday with even pigeons taking part in a National Day flag-raising ceremony undergoing two rounds of checks, including the avian equivalent of a full body search.

2 Oct 2014 - 3:29am
LAND RIGHTS

Farmers offered an urban dream, but at what cost?

In return for waiving their rights to the land they have lived on for generations, farmers in Ningguo in Anhui province are being offered up to 900,000 yuan (HK$1.14 million) per hectare and the chance to start a new life as urban dwellers.

2 Oct 2014 - 3:29am
ENVIRONMENT

U.S. seeks a solution to Asian carp invasion

2 Oct 2014

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Asia

JAPAN

Japan's high-speed Shinkansen bullet train turns 50

Zipping cross-country in a super-high-speed train has become commonplace in many countries these days, but it was unheard of when Japan launched its bullet train between the cities of Tokyo and Osaka 50 years ago.

2 Oct 2014 - 3:43am

China Insider

CHINA DIGEST

Free entry opens tourist floodgates at Three Gorges Dam; Last emperor's brother calls for Puyi play to be pulled

2 Oct 2014
MEDIA

No inch of compromise over Occupy Central in Chinese state media commentaries

1 Oct 2014 6 comments
OCCUPY CENTRAL

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

1 Oct 2014
CHINA DIGEST

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

1 Oct 2014
Solidarity

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

30 Sep 2014 10 comments
MEDIA

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

1 Oct 2014
CHINA DIGEST

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

29 Sep 2014
DEFENCE

Photos of Chinese navy's new supply ship leaked online

29 Sep 2014
INTERNET

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

29 Sep 2014 7 comments

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

29 Sep 2014 6 comments
CHINA DIGEST

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
CHINA DIGEST

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
CORRUPTION

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

26 Sep 2014

Business

STOCK MARKET

Fat finger mistake may have caused HK$4.8 trillion stock order in Japan

Trillions of yen worth of stock orders in some of Japan's biggest firms had to be cancelled yesterday, possibly as the result of a "fat finger" error.

2 Oct 2014 - 4:50am
ACQUISITIONS

China HealthCare buys into hospital

China HealthCare Holdings plans to acquire the operating rights of an unspecified mainland hospital for HK$2.38 billion as it explores the opportunities created by Beijing's decision to reform the health sector.

2 Oct 2014 - 4:34am

Property

LAND SALES

Land sale revenue plunges in Chinese cities

Land sales revenue in 300 mainland cities - not including Beijing - plunged by nearly half in the third quarter from the same period last year as developers shunned government land sales amid a market downturn.

2 Oct 2014 - 2:42am

Shenzhen Oct-Loft jazz festival brings 30 bands

More than 100 jazz musicians from around the world descend on Shenzhen this month for a burgeoning festival run by two passionate aficionados.

1 Oct 2014 - 10:31pm

DJ Afrojack is at the top of his game

1 Oct 2014

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

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

Microsoft skips 9 to introduce Windows 10

The next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasise advances it is making towards a world centred on mobile devices and internet services.

2 Oct 2014 - 3:45am More on Microsoft

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

1 Oct 2014

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

1 Oct 2014

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Sport

ASIAN GAMES

Coach Gareth Baber issues rallying cry as Hong Kong go for gold

Hong Kong's rugby sevens team are going to have to do it the hard way if they are to get their hands on Asian Games gold - but they insist they're ready.

2 Oct 2014 - 12:29am More on 2014 Asian Games - Incheon
GOLF

Home crowd can lift Feng to victory at Reignwood LPGA

The power of home support should never be under-estimated in golf. Just ask the 12 Europeans who, raucously cheered on by the Gleneagles galleries, swatted aside the limp challenge of their disunited American rivals last week.

1 Oct 2014 - 10:58pm
PIT STOP RICHARD DREW

Singapore gift puts Lewis Hamilton in driver's seat

1 Oct 2014

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Magazines

Tot spots: how to plan a baby-friendly day out in the city

Planning a day out in Hong Kong can be a daunting prospect when you're still getting used to your new family member. The heat, the crowds and a distinct lack of pram-friendly pavements make it all too tempting just to stay at home. But it's time to break out of the cocoon.

1 Oct 2014 - 10:48pm

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