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16 PLA major generals, many of them newly promoted, under investigation for military corruption

A file photo taken on July 1, 2014 shows PLA soldiers marching at PLA Hong Kong Garrison Stonecutters Island Barracks. The massive crackdown indicated Xi was willing to step in to eradicate the legacy of disgraced top officials. Photo: Edward Wong

At least 16 People's Liberation Army major generals have been taken away for investigation in relation to graft cases involving their former superiors, according to sources close to the military.

Monday, 2 March, 2015, 8:48am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Man, 61, dies of bird flu in Hong Kong after contracting virus in mainland China

A 61-year-old man has become the first person in Hong Kong to die of H7N9 bird flu this season. Photo: Sam Tsang

A 61-year-old man has become the first person in Hong Kong to die of H7N9 bird flu this season, after contracting the virus during a visit to the mainland.

2 Mar 2015 - 4:59am More on H7N9 avian flu

Prince William arrives in China for four-day visit

Prince William is greeted by a lion dancer. Photo: EPA

Britain's Prince William arrived in Beijing on Sunday night, beginning his four-day visit in China where he will meet young people, promote cultural exchanges and engage business leaders.

2 Mar 2015 - 6:12am 1 comment

Chinese surveillance camera supplier confirms hacking loophole

Some security products used by Jiangsu's public security arms have been controlled by devices with foreign internet protocol addresses. Photo: Reuters

A major supplier of surveillance cameras to mainland police confirmed on the weekend that vulnerabilities in its networks exposed clients to cyberattacks from overseas.

2 Mar 2015 - 12:07pm

Samsung unveils sleek Galaxy S6 smartphones to take on Apple

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (left) and Galaxy 6 are presented during the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photo: AFP

Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones as it seeks to claw back market share following Apple's launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year.

2 Mar 2015 - 12:50pm More on Samsung

Can't afford a place in Hong Kong? Here's what HK$7million will buy you abroad

Can't afford a place in Hong Kong? Here's what HK$7million will buy you abroad

In a city where property is king, HK$7 million won't get you the castle. But head overseas and that amount of money could deliver some royal returns.

1 Mar 2015 - 10:18am 6 comments

Hong Kong protest sees violence, pepper spray and arrests, but triads stay away

Police face off with protesters during yesterday's rally in Yuen Long, the latest in a series of protests aimed at traders from the mainland. Photo: Felix Wong Update

Chaotic scenes hit the narrow streets of Yuen Long yesterday as clashes marred the latest protest against mainland traders.

2 Mar 2015 - 12:49pm 56 comments More on Parallel trading

Time for Hong Kong to start forging ahead, urge leading figures

They will be featured in a major new series by the Post. Called Moving Forward, the first set of 10 interviews will run every weekday starting today. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

It is time for Hong Kong to move forward with the energy and zeal that kept it going over the past 170 years, say some of the city’s leading figures.

2 Mar 2015 - 8:03am

Jeers and anger after clapping spoils performance of world-class orchestra in Hong Kong

Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden

The jeering and finger-pointing familiar to followers of the city's political scene infiltrated its musical shrine when audience members started clapping at the wrong moment.

1 Mar 2015 - 11:42am 17 comments

'Targeting' by Beijing sees foreign firms limit China investment plans

A general view taken in November, 2013 shows the skyline of a central business district in Beijing. Twenty-four per cent of companies planning to invest more than US$250 million last year either cancelled or postponed their plans. Photo: AFP

Multinationals worried about being targeted in government investigations are scaling back mainland investment for the first time in a decade, according to a report on foreign-owned operations in southern China.

2 Mar 2015 - 8:11am 2 comments More on Chinese Economy

Chinese celebrity's air pollution video stirs online dust-up

A former TV celebrity has unleashed a storm of criticism and a wave of support with a self-funded, An Inconvenient Truth-style documentary on the nation's air pollution scourge.

2 Mar 2015 - 6:09am 5 comments More on Beijing air pollution

Hong Kong businessmen lack the hunger to conquer the world, blasts leading entrepreneur

Hong Kong companies lack the hunger that it takes to conquer the world, says a leading entrepreneur.

2 Mar 2015 - 9:54am More on Focus
A file photo taken in June, 2014 shows people vote in unofficial referendum on political reform at Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union in Causeway Bay. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Beijing 'fears blank vote plan for 2017 election will spark crisis'

2 Mar 2015 - 10:45am 8 comments
Erwiana (left) and lawmaker Emily Lau yesterday. Photo: David Wong

Reform regulation of domestic helpers to protect them from abuse, rights group urges

2 Mar 2015 - 6:07am 3 comments
Relatives of MH370 victims pray in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AP

Australia to trial 'world first' plane tracking system after MH370 mystery

2 Mar 2015 - 5:21am
A man carrying a boy walk outside a property agency featuring posters of the latest high-rise apartment buildings. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong property cooling measures cloud dreams of young homebuyers

2 Mar 2015 - 11:10am 22 comments
Ryan Choi of Hong Kong TransLingual Services, a social enterprise which makes HK$500,000 a year. Photos: May Tse, Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong social enterprises should aim to turn over HK$10b a year

2 Mar 2015 - 6:07am
Unconventional, or alternative, assets generally refers to private equity, property, commodities and even works of art. They usually increase in value over a longer timeframe than conventional assets like bonds and stocks. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong fund managers urged government to invest new future fund in unconventional assets

2 Mar 2015 - 8:25am
A Chinese food shop near Seoul's Konkuk University. Photo: Crystal Tai

Misperception of crime rate make South Koreans wary of Seoul Chinatown

2 Mar 2015 - 6:41am
Soldiers walk past a vendor in Bangkok. Thousands of hawkers are set to be relocated. Photo: AFP

Thai junta to relocate street hawkers in bid to clean up Bangkok

2 Mar 2015 - 6:41am
Janata Dal (United), a powerful group in eastern Bihar state, chief Sharad Yadav (right), speaks to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at his residence in New Delhi. Photo: AP

India’s ruling Hindu party forms coalition in mainly Muslim Kashmir

2 Mar 2015 - 6:41am
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Death threats and a late-night dinner before Russia's Nemtsov was shot dead

2 Mar 2015 - 11:05am

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Hong Kong must reconsider a broader tax base for fiscal stability

Hong Kong must reconsider a broader tax base for fiscal stability

2 Mar 2015 - 3:43am 5 comments
Indonesian students rally against Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott following his statement over the tsunami aid from Australian government outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta. Photo: AFP

Australia needs to show respect for Indonesia's laws and sovereignty

2 Mar 2015 - 8:32am 3 comments

Today's Poll

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Insight

Hong Kong's way forward is through innovation

The world is changing rapidly and we cannot afford to lag behind. EDWARD TSE SUNNY CHENG

Smartphones have changed the world. In many ways, they are more powerful than a personal computer because people carry them around all day, every day.

2 Mar 2015 - 12:03am 2 comments

Focus

Hong Kong businessmen lack the hunger to conquer the world, blasts leading entrepreneur

In the first of a special series on ideas to take Hong Kong forward, we speak to industrialist Roy Chung Chi-ping. Photo: Nora Tam Tony Cheung

Hong Kong companies lack the hunger that it takes to conquer the world, says a leading entrepreneur.

2 Mar 2015 - 9:54am

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China

Education Minister Yuan Guiren told senior Beijing university officials last month that foreign textbooks that 'spread Western values' should be banned. Photo: Reuters EDUCATION

Major Beijing universities still using foreign textbooks despite minister's call for ban

Education Minister Yuan Guiren called for foreign textbooks that 'spread Western values' to be banned last month when he met senior Peking and Tsinghua university officials 

2 Mar 2015 - 11:13am

Asia

A South Korean war veteran burns a banner with photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right), and late leaders Kim Jong-il (centre) and Kim Il-sung (left), during a rally to call for unity between the two Koreas in Seoul on Sunday. Photo: AP KOREAN PENINSULA

North Korea fires missiles into the sea in angry response to US military drills

North Korea fired two missiles into the sea and vowed “merciless” retaliation today as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational.

2 Mar 2015 - 11:18am

World

A photo taken last March shows the shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion search aircraft on low-level clouds as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Photo: Reuters AVIATION

MH370 search cannot last forever, may be called off within weeks, says Australia’s deputy PM

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever, Australia’s deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already under way between Australia, China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks.

2 Mar 2015 - 11:21am More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Property

Some major development sites have recently been acquired by small players with help from “big brothers” in China, says one expert. Photo: Nora Tam PROPERTY

Smaller Hong Kong developers go head to head with the major players

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Most of Hong Kong's small and medium-sized developers were stuck on the sidelines of the city's property market four years ago.

2 Mar 2015 - 9:29am 1 comment
The Chinese Orchestra in full flow on Saturday. Photo: Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Chinese Orchestra shrugs off controversy with a stirring performance

The city’s flagship ensemble showed no sign of a recent mutiny as it unleashed a powerful sound in the absence of three backbone players in a performance for the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

2 Mar 2015 - 11:50am More on Hong Kong Arts Festival 2015

Review: The Amahs' disjointed storytelling lets down this marathon tearjerker

1 Mar 2015

Jeers and anger after clapping spoils performance of world-class orchestra in Hong Kong

1 Mar 2015 17 comments
Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks at a conference in San Francisco in June 2014. Photo: Reuters

Google executive: 'It would be a privilege to serve Chinese users'

Senior Google vice president Sundar Pichai believes the Chinese market is a 'huge opportunity' for the global internet giant.

2 Mar 2015 - 12:49pm More on Google

Chinese surveillance camera supplier confirms hacking loophole

2 Mar 2015

Samsung unveils sleek Galaxy S6 smartphones to take on Apple

2 Mar 2015

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SOCCER

John Terry the hero as Chelsea claim League Cup

John Terry embellished his status with Chelsea fans as “captain, leader, legend” by scoring the goal that set his side on the way to a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup final at a rain-sodden Wembley on Sunday.

2 Mar 2015 - 9:44am

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Richard Leakey. Photos: May Tse; Corbis; The Leakey Foundation; AFP Wildlife conservation

Richard Leakey on a conservation crusade (just don't mention God)

A scion of the Leakey family – whose fossil discoveries helped reveal how humans evolved – Richard has also been hailed as a saviour of the African elephant. Sarah Lazarus wonders whether Brad Pitt will do justice to this charismatic Kenyan in a forthcoming biopic …

1 Mar 2015 - 6:05pm

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