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Malaysia formally declares MH370 crash an accident, passengers presumed dead

The wife of a missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 passenger shows her husband's picture to reporters at a media conference room in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Photo: EPA Update

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was formally declared an accident, the Malaysian government announced on Thursday, paving the way for victims’ relatives to be compensated.

Thursday, 29 January, 2015, 9:04pm 2 comments More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Downfall of China’s top officials ‘highlights politicians’ power over the law’

Chinese delegates attend a party plenum last year. Photo: AFP New

Feudal tradition has allowed those in power to stay beyond the law, says commentary in party mouthpiece magazine

29 Jan 2015 - 5:49pm 3 comments

High hopes for Tsinghua University chief appointed China’s environment minister

Tsinghua University president Chen Jining (pictured) will succeed Zhou Shengxian as environment minister in March. Photo: SCMP Pictures New

‘Radical’ Chen Jining expected to balance stakeholders’ conflicting interests in environmental protection issues

29 Jan 2015 - 12:09pm

Diverse work of disgraced top Chinese official Ling Jihua’s wife ‘all linked to his power base’

Disgraced senior Chinese official Ling Jihua's wife Gu Liping. Photo: SCMP Pictures New

Gu Liping’s jobs ranging from NGO work, entrepreneurial mentorship and even journalism were all tied to the China Youth League

29 Jan 2015 - 6:46pm 1 comment More on Ling Jihua

PLA auditor refers more corruption cases to graft busters

An unfinished residence that belonged to former Lieutenant General Gu Junshan in Puyang, Henan province. Photo: Reuters

The People’s Liberation Army auditor handed more corruption leads to graft busters in 2014 than in the previous 30 years, according to the military’s official newspaper.

The PLA audited 4,024 senior officials in the past two years, the PLA Daily reported on Thursday.

29 Jan 2015 - 6:44pm

Chinese media warns new Greek government over plan to halt sale of Piraeus port

China’s giant Cosco group is among the bidders for Piraeus port (pictured) in Greece, which is one of Europe’s busiest ports. Photo: Reuters New

New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is in a similar position to Phaeton, the Greek mythological figure given the reins of the sun only to lose control and nearly destroy the earth, Chinese media said on Thursday.

29 Jan 2015 - 4:22pm 4 comments

State media side with regulator in widening row against Alibaba Group

Alibaba's corporate headquarters in Hangzhou. Photo: Reuters

Chinese state media today voiced support for the commerce regulator in a signed commentary amid the escalating row between the authority and Alibaba Group, calling on the e-commerce giant and other big companies to bear their corporate social responsibilities and stop “bullying others by flexing their financial muscle”.

29 Jan 2015 - 6:38pm 5 comments

Chinese state media calls for dissenting Tibetan officials to be punished

China strictly limits public expressions of support for the Dalai Lama (pictured), the exiled spiritual leader who is still revered by many Tibetans. New

China’s state media on Thursday called for officials who take an “ambiguous attitude” towards Tibetan independence to be prosecuted, after personnel in the region were reportedly punished for communicating with the Dalai Lama.

29 Jan 2015 - 4:56pm 1 comment

Chinese drone firm puts GPS block on flying over Washington after White House scare

The Phantom drone, manufactured by leading company DJI, crashed on the White House grounds on Monday, causing a security scare. Photo: EPA Update

A Chinese drone maker which created the small quadcopter that crashed on White House grounds said it is updating its drones to stop further flights over the US capital, where it is banned.

29 Jan 2015 - 5:35pm 2 comments

Don’t shoot! Curious bullhead shark halts China military exercise

The bullhead shark suddenly appeared among the colourful balloons as a PLA Navy gunner was about to pull trigger. Photo: PLA Navy New

A bullhead shark stopped China’s naval flotilla in its tracks while it was conducting a military drill on an escort mission to the Gulf of Aden.

29 Jan 2015 - 5:27pm 6 comments

Reports: business watchdog justifies investigation of Alibaba offshoot

State Administration for Industry and Commerce director claims he is not biased against e-commerce giant, according to unverified transcript and recording 

29 Jan 2015 - 9:40pm 2 comments

Other cities to enjoy certain practices of Shanghai free-trade zone, cabinet says

China will replicate some practices of Shanghai’s free-trade zone in other parts of the country, the State Council said, in its latest push to let markets play a bigger role in the economy.

29 Jan 2015 - 6:40pm More on Shanghai free-trade zone
Judges of China's first circuit court in Shenzhen are sworn in on Wednesday morning. Photo: Chinanews.com

Thirteen judges sworn in as China launches country’s first circuit court in Shenzhen

29 Jan 2015 - 3:39am 7 comments
Ko Wen-je, centre, Taipei's outspoken new mayor, on the night of his election win on November 29. Photo: CNA

Brash and impatient, perhaps, but that’s how Taipei residents prefer their new mayor

28 Jan 2015 - 11:25pm 3 comments
Missiles displayed at the last big military parade in Beijing in 2009. The event is usually held every 10 years on National Day on October 1. Photo: Xinhua

China blasted for taking ‘bullying approach’ towards Japan with military parade

28 Jan 2015 - 5:19pm 27 comments
Apple announced record profits on Wednesday following soaring iPhone sales. Photo: Felix Wong

Apple iOS 8 still plagued by bugs despite update

29 Jan 2015 - 6:11pm
A newly opened Apple Store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo: Xinhua

Apple’s quarterly profit hits record US$18 billion on ‘staggering’ iPhone sales

29 Jan 2015 - 1:11pm 1 comment
A strong and lasting climate accord must be reached this year,  Manuel Vall said in Paris. Photo: AFP

Beijing has crucial role in Paris climate talks, says French Prime Minister

28 Jan 2015 - 4:19pm
President Xi Jinping is targeting corruption in state enterprises. Photo: Reuters

China launches massive suicide survey after party officials’ deaths during graft crackdown

29 Jan 2015 - 4:48pm
Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's US stock market debut. Photo: AP

Taobao probe could leave Alibaba open to US action

29 Jan 2015 - 1:56am 3 comments
Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang is likely to face a lengthy jail term. Photo: EPA

Chinese rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s criticism of Communist Party used to indict him

29 Jan 2015 - 3:47am 8 comments
A reshuffle at the top of Taiwan's military will see a raft of new appointments in the island's army, air force and navy. Photo: AFP

Taiwan looks to future with reshuffle of six senior military officials

29 Jan 2015 - 6:50pm

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Leader

US President Barack Obama (right) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi interact during the India-US business summit. Photo: AP

India must carefully balance ties with economic giants the US and China

29 Jan 2015 - 8:02am 3 comments
A Hospital Authority official called on more patients with chronic illnesses to switch from overstretched public hospitals to visiting private doctors. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Private health care must play a bigger role in Hong Kong

29 Jan 2015 - 8:07am

Today's Poll

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29 Jan 2015
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Insight

Hong Kong's Article 23 obligations are already in our legal armoury

Is there a way of complying with Article 23 without infringing on our freedoms? Cliff Buddle

When Hong Kong's leader Tung Chee-hwa announced the withdrawal of plans to introduce controversial new national security laws 12 years ago, he said the community needed some breathing space.

29 Jan 2015 - 8:39pm

Focus

Even before King Abdullah's death, the Saudi-US relationship was rapidly changing

Even before King Abdullah's death, the Saudi-US relationship was rapidly changing GDN

America's need for foreign oil is declining, while impatience with Saudi Arabia's ways is growing, shaking a once-tight relationship.

29 Jan 2015 - 4:18am 2 comments

Harry's View

World

French soldiers and police patrol Charles de Gaulle airport as part of an enhanced anti-terrorism plan.Photo: AFP SECURITY

Europe's new surveillance regime

The European executive has called for the prompt passage of new legislation to collect and retain information on anyone flying into or out of the EU as part of a package of counter-terror policies following the jihadi attacks in Paris and alleged foiled terrorist murders in Belgium.

29 Jan 2015 - 10:06pm

China Insider

The endangered South China tiger cub, which is now feeding normally at a zoo in Jiangxi province after a breeder was found to have repeatedly hit the cub. Photo: Chinanews.com CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: endangered South China tiger cub nursed back to health after abuse at zoo

29 Jan 2015
The bullhead shark suddenly appeared among the colourful balloons as a PLA Navy gunner was about to pull trigger. Photo: PLA Navy MILITARY

Don’t shoot! Curious bullhead shark halts China military exercise

29 Jan 2015 6 comments
President Xi Jinping is targeting corruption in state enterprises. Photo: Reuters Anti-corruption

China launches massive suicide survey after party officials’ deaths during graft crackdown

29 Jan 2015
More than 80,000 visitors went to Beijing's Palace Museum on 42 days last year. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing’s Palace Museum to limit visitors to 80,000 a day over security fears

28 Jan 2015
Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says the outbreak has been brought under control. HEALTH

Measles outbreak hits Beijing office building, prompting emergency vaccinations

28 Jan 2015
Beijing police warned women in 2013 not to wear miniskirts, hot pants or skimpy clothing in the summer to avoid sexual harassment. Photo: Reuters CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing advisers call for women-only carriages to fight sexual harassment

27 Jan 2015
The photo shows a policeman lifted a woman by the collar and threw her on the pavement as dozens of fellow officers watched. SOCIETY

Police in three Chinese provinces take heat after ‘brutality’ images surface online

28 Jan 2015
Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff HEALTH

Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff

27 Jan 2015
The diners are seen walking out of the seafood restaurant in this photo taken by Southern Metropolis Daily. MEDIA

Chinese police officials suspended after allegedly assaulting journalists at 'secretive' banquet

27 Jan 2015
Workmen tried twice - and failed both times - to fill a large hole that kept appearing in the street beside a building in Deshengmen Inner Street, Beijing early on Saturday. Photo: China News CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: residents' underground digging sparks Beijing night road collapse

27 Jan 2015
Hell bank notes, used as offerings to the dead, can sometimes resemble the real thing late at night. Photo: SCMP Pictures SOCIETY

Taxi passenger suffers heart attack after being given ‘hell bank note’ in change

26 Jan 2015 1 comment
Smoke billows from the chimney of a factory in Foshan, which recorded Guangdong province's worst air quality in last year's final quarter. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Foshan’s air quality worst in Guangdong during final quarter of last year

25 Jan 2015
A man bumped into his former girlfriend recently but but the reunion quickly turned sour when he demanded she return his SIM card, which she then swallowed. Photo: Bloomberg Around the nation

Around the nation: Woman swallows ex-boyfriend's SIM card during row

23 Jan 2015
A lesbian Chinese couple kiss for the cameras outside a marriage registry office after being turned away. Some lesbians are opting to marry gay 'beards' to ease social pressure and discrimination. Photo: EPA LGBT RIGHTS

Seeking a lesbian wife: pressured Chinese gays turn to online dating for ‘cooperative marriage’

23 Jan 2015 6 comments

Business

Jack Ma speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo: Bloomberg REGULATION

Alibaba faces firestorm as row with regulator escalates ahead of earnings

Update

Alibaba's chairman Jack Ma  is set to face a barrage of questions when the e-commerce giant reports quarterly earnings today, spurred by a government regulator's blistering accusation of widespread fraud.

29 Jan 2015 - 5:20pm 24 comments More on Alibaba
CHINA

China regulator to inspect stock margin trading at 46 firms - Xinhua

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China’s stock regulator will inspect the stock margin trading business of 46 companies, the official Xinhua news agency said, amid concerns the country’s stock markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a sudden reversal.

29 Jan 2015 - 10:15am More on Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Property

Aloysius Lee, the chief executive of South Beach Consortium, is on a road show in the region to promote South Beach hotel. Photo: Nora Tam HOSPITALITY

CDL launches campaign to woo Hong Kong and mainland China tourists

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City Developments Ltd (CDL), a major developer in Singapore, is launching an aggressive push to market its joint-venture luxury hotel to lure travellers from Hong Kong.

28 Jan 2015 - 6:43pm 1 comment
C-SUITE

CDL's Aloysius Lee gears up for next challenge after steering S$3 billion project in Singapore

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Five years ago, Aloysius Lee Tse-sang returned to Singapore from Hong Kong after serving as chief executive of South Beach Consortium, a joint venture formed by City Developments Ltd (CDL) and other parties to head a S$3 billion (HK$17.3 billion) hotel-office-residential-retail development projec

28 Jan 2015 - 6:46pm
STYLE

Style with David Roden, January 28, 2014

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More Property news

They started something: works from Birdy Chu Shun's exhibition (above and below).

Occupy Central changed the way Hongkongers think, says artist

Birdy Chu's multimedia show, It's just the beginning, at the Goethe-Institut Hongkong, documents the democracy protests from different angles.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:42pm More on Occupy Central

Swans frontman Michael Gira can't look back

29 Jan 2015

Artist Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood share similar creative interests

28 Jan 2015
First we had robot cooks...

Megabytes: supercomputer writes first cookbook

Touting such eyebrow-raising combinations as an Indian turmeric paella, a Turkish-Korean anchovy Caesar salad and a Creole shrimp-lamb dumpling, a new contender for hottest cookery writer of 2015 is preparing to elbow aside the likes of Jamie Oliver, Mary Berry and Nigella Lawson: IBM’s supercomp

29 Jan 2015 - 5:36pm

Snake soup, braised oxtail and fondue - three winter warmers

28 Jan 2015

Restaurant review: Chino - refreshing blend of Mexican and Japanese fare

29 Jan 2015
First we had robot cooks...

Megabytes: supercomputer writes first cookbook

Touting such eyebrow-raising combinations as an Indian turmeric paella, a Turkish-Korean anchovy Caesar salad and a Creole shrimp-lamb dumpling, a new contender for hottest cookery writer of 2015 is preparing to elbow aside the likes of Jamie Oliver, Mary Berry and Nigella Lawson: IBM’s supercomp

29 Jan 2015 - 5:36pm

Apple iOS 8 still plagued by bugs despite update

29 Jan 2015

Hong Kong’s best ever drone video? How stunning 10km chocolate delivery stunt took months to plan

29 Jan 2015 4 comments

Magazines

Magazines

Solo mission: Reese Witherspoon has garnered rave reviews for her turn in Wild.

Your guide to the best films and live acts from here to March

With the Oscars looming and a string of top live music acts descending on Hong Kong, the next two months promise a feast for the eyes and ears. Here’s our guide to the best movie openings and live shows.

29 Jan 2015 - 11:06am

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