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PLA lets foreign press attend monthly briefing for first time in bid for greater transparency

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Members of foreign press were finally permitted to attend the ministry’s monthly news briefing on Thursday - a small milestone in increasingly confident military’s efforts to project transparent image.

Thursday, 31 July, 2014, 4:55pm

‘President Xi Jinping seeks his place in history – among the party greats’

Xi, who greatly admires Deng, wanted to become a leader in a similar vein, who could lead China into a new era of reform and growth, said sources including senior officials and "princelings".

31 Jul 2014 - 3:52pm 22 comments More on Zhou Yongkang

Myanmar court slaps prison sentences on eight Chinese militants accused of murder

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A court in Myanmar has sentenced eight Chinese nationals to lengthy prison terms for transporting an arsenal of firearms and hand grenades while they lived in the country illegally.

31 Jul 2014 - 7:09pm More on Myanmar's changing ties with China

Thailand’s junta arrests army general for Bangkok red-light district extortion

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A Thai army general has been arrested on suspicion of extortion in a notorious Bangkok red-light district, officials said on Thursday, in a rare case of authorities prosecuting a member of the military.

31 Jul 2014 - 5:23pm 1 comment

Millions of Hong Kong fliers delayed by mainland military restrictions

About 100,000 flights – carrying almost 15 million passengers – to and from Hong Kong airport each year are affected by military restrictions, an analysis of official civil aviation data has found.

1 Aug 2014 - 3:09am 1 comment

Pro-government Kashgar imam assasinated by 'religious extremists'

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A high-profile pro-Beijing imam in Xinjiang has been assassinated by three men who were "influenced by radical religious beliefs", police say.

1 Aug 2014 - 3:40am 1 comment

Beijing court hears gay man traumatised by clinic’s electro-shock ‘conversion therapy’

A Beijing court began hearing a landmark case on “gay conversion” treatment on Thursday, as an activist in a nurse’s uniform knelt over a patient, wielding a giant needle, outside.

31 Jul 2014 - 4:31pm 3 comments

US tells China to end prisoner organ harvesting - but Beijing insists donations are voluntary

House Foreign Affairs Committee endorses resolution calling on China to immediately end what it calls state-sanctioned harvesting of human organs from prisoners. 

31 Jul 2014 - 1:06pm

KFC owner admits China rotten food scandal causing ‘significant’ damage to sales

The owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains said on Thursday that a food safety scandal in China has hurt sales and might be severe enough to cut into the company’s global profit.

31 Jul 2014 - 5:28pm 1 comment More on China Food Scandals

China scraps urban-rural distinction in 'hukou' household registration system

The decades-old distinction between urban and rural dwellers in the mainland's widely hated hukou, or household registration system, is to end.

31 Jul 2014 - 9:32am 6 comments

Ebola epidemic unlikely outside West Africa, says scientist who helped discover deadly virus

31 Jul 2014 - 3:05pm

More than 350 new airports planned across Asia-Pacific as tourism booms

31 Jul 2014 - 4:18pm

Taiwan to seal off newly-built nuclear plant pending referendum on its future

31 Jul 2014 - 5:24pm 1 comment

Chinese journalist Hu Shuli and lawyer Wang Canfa win Magsaysay award

31 Jul 2014 - 1:07pm 2 comments

Graft case against Zhou Yongkang sends message to those still in power, say analysts

31 Jul 2014 - 11:40am 2 comments

'I was only trying to help': Peter Humphrey's letter to son insists China detective work was for public good

31 Jul 2014 - 10:38am 8 comments

Chinese scientist plans parachutes for every plane passenger made of world's lightest material

31 Jul 2014 - 11:35am 11 comments

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China must upgrade growth strategy to avoid economic stagnation

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It is widely agreed that economic development means more than GDP growth. As China is now learning, one does not guarantee the other.

1 Aug 2014 - 2:37am

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Taiwan gas pipeline blasts injure 212, fatalities feared

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Multiple gas pipeline explosions ripped through the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, leaving at least five people feared dead and injuring around 230, officials said.

1 Aug 2014 - 4:17am

Asia

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Malaysian opposition faces split over Anwar Ibrahim's bid to appoint wife chief minister

Malaysia's opposition coalition led by Anwar Ibrahim is in danger of falling apart amid a tussle with his political partners over his bid to appoint his wife chief minister of Selangor, the country's richest state.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:36am

Business

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Peak property portfolio key to HK$1.6 billion takeover tussle

Competing scions of a prominent Taiwanese family are fighting over a HK$2.4 billion property portfolio on the Peak in a bitter battle for control of assets that may leave minority shareholders in its listed vehicle the big losers.

1 Aug 2014 - 2:26am
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Hutchison Whampoa's first half earnings beats analyst forecasts

Recurring earnings before property revaluation and exceptional items for the first half at Hutchison Whampoa grew 13 per cent year on year to HK$13.5 billion, beating analysts' expectations.

1 Aug 2014 - 2:02am More on Hutchison Whampoa

Property

EARNINGS

Cheung Kong blames profit fall on developer discounts and incentives

Cheung Kong (Holdings) said yesterday that its first-half core profit slipped 1 per cent to HK$7.13 billion as price discounts and incentives being offered by developers in Hong Kong and on the mainland to entice buyers have adversely affected the profit margin of property sales.

1 Aug 2014 - 2:06am

Veteran entertainer Lawrence Cheng returns to directing after 20-year break

After years of devoting his energies to managing a radio station and producing films, entertainment veteran Lawrence Cheng Tan-shui has been getting a lot of time on screen of late.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:10am

Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel's most out-there adventure yet

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Spiritualised will play their transcendental style of music in an acoustic form

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Fu Lu Shou's Westernised Chinese dishes are a surprise hit

A Hollywood Road restaurant serving Westernised Chinese cuisine has become an unlikely success. Fu Lu Shou's menu highlights dishes that have remained classics for decades in Chinatown restaurants in countries such as Australia, the US and Britain.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:10am

Breakfast dining goes international in London

1 Aug 2014

Top mixologist Wallace Lau looks forward to a life behind bars

1 Aug 2014

Take a walk on the wild side with gadgets for the great outdoors

Standard mobile devices are fine for urban dwellers, but when you get beyond the suburbs, into the great outdoors, a new class of gadget - or at least some careful protection - is required.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:10am

Hong Kong-based inventor's breakthrough robotic boat aims to clean-up oceans

29 Jul 2014 4 comments

Disease research lab mishaps rattle scientists and regulators

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Change of venue for Super 15 final delights Canterbury Crusaders

The New South Wales Waratahs are praying for a change of luck while the Canterbury Crusaders cannot believe their good fortune heading into Saturday's Super 15 final.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:40am

Failure 'not an option' for United

Manchester United's American owners warned investors the club may struggle to keep their best players if they miss out on Champions League qualification for a second consecutive season.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:43am
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