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Dozens of bodies found in Gaza during 12-hour truce raising death toll to at least 985

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The bodies of dozens of Palestinians were pulled from the ruins of bombed-out homes in Gaza on Saturday during a brief truce that top diplomats meeting in Paris urged Israel and Hamas to extend.

Saturday, 26 July, 2014, 8:55pm 2 comments

Scare over bacteria poisoning in chickens prompts Britain to check processing plants

Britain's food safety watchdog will investigate two chicken processing factories there after reports of contamination in the poultry industry.

26 Jul 2014 - 4:46am

Guangdong provincial government sacks over 850 ‘naked officials’

More than 850 government workers in Guangdong have been forced out of their jobs as part of a crackdown on officials whose spouses and children have emigrated abroad.

26 Jul 2014 - 2:32pm 8 comments

The forgotten army of the first world war: How Chinese labourers helped shape Europe

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July 28, 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. The story of hundreds of thousands of Chinese workers, the largest non-European labour contingent in the war, is only slowly being rediscovered.

26 Jul 2014 - 11:31am More on SCMP Chronicles

Improve air safety, Ma Ying-jeou demands after deadly Penghu crash

Ma Ying-jeou yesterday ordered transport authorities to improve flight safety, as the head of airline TransAsia Airways apologised to relatives of victims killed when one of its planes crashed on the resort island of Penghu.

26 Jul 2014 - 3:01am

Malaysian, Dutch PMs to discuss gaining ‘full and secure access’ to MH17 crash site

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday he would meet his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte next week to discuss how to secure full access for investigators to the site in Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was brought down.

26 Jul 2014 - 7:31pm

Relatives of Chinese MH370 passengers say police detained and beat them

Chinese relatives of passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 claim they were detained by Beijing police for nearly 24 hours after demanding to see the carrier's official video footage showing people boarding the doomed flight.

26 Jul 2014 - 2:24pm 5 comments More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Deadly Ebola virus reaches Nigeria as West Africa death toll hits 660

Africa’s most populous country Nigeria on Friday became the fourth West African country to be affected by the Ebola virus, announcing that a Liberian national in quarantine in a Lagos hospital had died of the disease.

26 Jul 2014 - 1:53pm

Retired PLA officers told to ‘return houses’ in graft crackdown

The central government has told retired military officers to return non-essential public housing after an investigation found “irregularities”, state media said on Saturday, as Beijing stepped up efforts to stamp out official corruption and excess.

26 Jul 2014 - 5:32pm 1 comment

EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs in new round of sanctions over Ukraine

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The European Union announced on Saturday it had widened its sanctions against Russia over Moscow’s role in conflict-torn Ukraine to include the heads of intelligence services.

26 Jul 2014 - 5:43pm

McDonald’s China plans to continue using scandal-hit meat supplier OSI Group

25 Jul 2014 - 5:38pm 4 comments

Take full blame for scandal of wartime ‘comfort women’, UN urges Japan

25 Jul 2014 - 11:15pm 11 comments

Russia accuses US of smear campaign in Ukraine

26 Jul 2014 - 1:45am 1 comment

Pegasus consulting, subsidiary of Edelman, 'cooperating' with CCTV graft probe

26 Jul 2014 - 2:55am

INFOGRAPHIC: A historical look at aviation accidents (2014)

25 Jul 2014 - 11:05pm 1 comment

As John Kerry pushes for ceasefire, violence flares in West Bank

26 Jul 2014 - 4:43am 2 comments

Chinese real estate tycoon couple reject criticism of Harvard University donation

25 Jul 2014 - 7:00pm 8 comments

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Aviation industry must tackle failings exposed by plane disasters

26 Jul 2014 - 5:01am

Hong Kong reading habits a mixture of fact and fiction

26 Jul 2014 - 5:59am

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Insight

China is not Imperial Germany of the 21st century

ROBERT DUJARRIC

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," wrote Leo Tolstoy. The same might be said of peace and war (to invert the order of the author's most famous novel).

26 Jul 2014 - 4:24am 11 comments

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The forgotten army of the first world war: How Chinese labourers helped shape Europe

Interactive

July 28, 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. The story of hundreds of thousands of Chinese workers, the largest non-European labour contingent in the war, is only slowly being rediscovered.

26 Jul 2014 - 11:31am More on SCMP Chronicles

China

CORRUPTION

Retired PLA officers told to ‘return houses’ in graft crackdown

The central government has told retired military officers to return non-essential public housing after an investigation found “irregularities”, state media said on Saturday, as Beijing stepped up efforts to stamp out official corruption and excess.

26 Jul 2014 - 5:32pm 1 comment

World

MIDDLE EAST

Dozens of bodies found in Gaza during 12-hour truce raising death toll to at least 985

Update

The bodies of dozens of Palestinians were pulled from the ruins of bombed-out homes in Gaza on Saturday during a brief truce that top diplomats meeting in Paris urged Israel and Hamas to extend.

26 Jul 2014 - 8:55pm 2 comments

China Insider

LEGAL

Chinese judge probed after marrying woman he granted almost everything to in divorce case

24 Jul 2014
NATURE

World's largest aquatic insect discovered in China's Sichuan province

24 Jul 2014
ENTERTAINMENT

Chinese park sues Paramount for 20.8m yuan over latest Transformers film

24 Jul 2014
MUSIC

Terrible rendition of China's national anthem makes Venezuelan military band a laughing stock

24 Jul 2014 4 comments
TECHNOLOGY

Look familiar? Xiaomi reveals its newest answer to the iPhone - the Mi4

23 Jul 2014 2 comments
VIDEO GAMING

Chinese gamers win US$5m top prize in international video game tournament

24 Jul 2014 1 comment
ENTERTAINMENT

Chinese farmer who makes giant Transformers from car parts cashes in on success of film

22 Jul 2014 4 comments
FOOD SAFETY

Starbucks, Dicos withdraw sandwiches as China launches nationwide probe into 'rotten meat' firm

22 Jul 2014 58 comments
sino-russian

Russians love their Chinese neighbours, Gallup poll shows

18 Jul 2014 3 comments
INTERNET

China web giant Baidu launches search engine in Brazil

21 Jul 2014 1 comment
TRANSPORT

Uber taxis: they may be luxurious, but not everyone's hailing them

18 Jul 2014 16 comments
FOOD

No more cheap breakfasts? Street food hawkers banned from Beijing's Haidian district

17 Jul 2014 1 comment
CULTURE

Mainland Chinese buyers contribute significantly to global art sales: report

17 Jul 2014
WORLD CUP

Chinese soccer fans - mostly young and female - posted 2 billion World Cup messages on Weibo

16 Jul 2014

Business

Xi Jinping comfortable with lower growth rate for China's economy

President Xi Jinping believes a slight slowdown in economic growth would be acceptable, Li Yang, a deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told a briefing yesterday as the government think tank said growth could ease to as low as 6.4 per cent.

26 Jul 2014 - 5:02am 1 comment
EARNINGS

LVMH sales slow in Hong Kong as Chinese demand drops globally

LVMH has seen a drop in demand from Chinese buyers in its home market and overseas, as well as a slowdown in Hong Kong because of political unrest, the French fashion, spirits and cosmetics group said after posting below-forecast second-quarter sales and profits.

26 Jul 2014 - 12:11am 3 comments

Property

RETAILING

Retail vacancies in Hong Kong soaring, but rents dip only slightly

Vacancy rates for retail outlets, at their highest in three years in four shopping districts, will head higher still by early next year, but not enough to bring down rents by more than a modest amount, analysts say.

26 Jul 2014 - 1:38am 2 comments

Steven Bishop, songwriter to the stars, is excited about his Hong Kong debut

Back in 1976, not many aspiring singer-songwriters recording their debut albums were lucky enough to have Eric Clapton turn up at the studio to contribute a couple of guitar solos.

23 Jul 2014 - 11:53pm

Tilda Swinton plays a vampire in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive

23 Jul 2014

Hong Kong's white elephants? Jury still out on Cyberport and Science Park

22 Jul 2014 10 comments

Bruno Menard weaves his Michelin magic in Asia

Tattooed on the left forearm of chef Bruno Menard are three Michelin stars, an indelible souvenir of his culinary achievement at L'Osier, a restaurant opened by cosmetics maker Shiseido in Tokyo.

25 Jul 2014 - 1:49am

Tasmanian whisky making its mark on the international scene

25 Jul 2014

It's a bun fight! Who sells the best burger in Hong Kong?

24 Jul 2014 15 comments

Streaming services are becoming consumers' music delivery platform of choice

Ever since the invention of the MP3 file in 1993, the music industry has been in flux. From illegal file-sharing to YouTube, from downloads to streaming services, it continues to pioneer new ways to consume content, and new business models.

25 Jul 2014 - 1:49am

China's Dragon King Bridge connects two architectural concepts

25 Jul 2014

First look: Apple's new OS X Yosemite offers sleek new styling, privacy and security

24 Jul 2014 1 comment

Magazines

Sport

CYCLING

French riders sew up podium finish in Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France and two Frenchmen will join him on the podium after a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday.

27 Jul 2014 - 12:46am
SOCCER

David v Goliath battle for Kitchee

Kitchee captain Lo Kwan-yee will meet Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a David versus Goliath encounter that will hopefully have a happy ending on Tuesday.

27 Jul 2014 - 12:39am
FIFA

China 'must bid for World Cup'

26 Jul 2014

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Magazines

You are what you eat

As a new genre of caste-based cookbooks reveals, India's multitude of culinary customs not only denotes class and region, it also symbolises faith, dictates who you marry and can be used as a barrier to social mobility, writes Amrit Dhillon.

26 Jul 2014 - 11:09pm

When an investment fund goes bad

Thousands of people saw their life savings wiped out when the "low-risk" fund into which they had put their nest eggs imploded last year. Benjamin Robertson looks into the murky world of LM Investment Management and what its collapse should signal to the investing public.

27 Jul 2014 - 12:05am

Tracing roots: illustrating Hong Kong’s botanical beauty

27 Jul 2014

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