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  • July 24, 2014
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Hongkonger 'among 48 dead' in Taiwan crash as airline plans HK$258,000 for each victim's family


A probe was today underway as to the cause of a plane crash in Taiwan which claimed the lives of 48 people including two French nationals and, according to reports, one Hongkonger.

Thursday, 24 July, 2014, 1:44pm 9 comments

Kiev accuses Russia of shooting down fighter jets near flight MH17 crash site


Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down yesterday, not far from where a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard.

24 Jul 2014 - 12:33pm 10 comments More on Malaysia Airlines flight 17

Shanxi No 2 graft buster Yang Senlin confirmed to be in detention

The second-highest graft buster in Shanxi was detained after his supervisor published an article urging the punishment of officials who objected to the leadership's anti-graft crackdown.

24 Jul 2014 - 11:37am 1 comment More on Ling Jihua

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

With its intimidating, pincer-like mandibles, thick black body and wingspan that could cover a man's face, this is one creepy-crawlie you wouldn't want to see buzzing around your bedroom.

24 Jul 2014 - 2:06pm

Apple’s Yosemite Mac operating system offers a sleek look, privacy and security


Apple opens a public beta programme for OS X Yosemite today – and the South China Morning Post can give a sneak preview of what’s in store for users after spending two days testing the system.

24 Jul 2014 - 2:03pm More on Apple

US pushes for Gaza truce as death toll tops 700


Gaza death toll tops 700 as Israeli tank fire before dawn on Thursday killed 16 people, including six members of the same family, as United States and UN pursue a peaceful solution.

24 Jul 2014 - 12:36pm

UK lawmakers may visit Hong Kong as part of inquiry into Joint Declaration

UK lawmakers may visit Hong Kong as part of a parliamentary probe of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, 30 years after it was signed - a move welcomed by pan-democrats.

24 Jul 2014 - 10:10am 15 comments More on Universal Suffrage

China's first Tour de France cyclist wants Chinese to get on their bikes

The first Chinese cyclist to compete in the Tour de France hopes he can help his compatriots rediscover a lost affection for cycling in a country where bicycles were once ubiquitous.

24 Jul 2014 - 10:38am

China dredges channels near disputed islands as Beijing 'asserts stance on South China Sea'

China is dredging navigation channels in a disputed area of the South China Sea in a move analysts say shows Beijing's increasingly assertive stance over its claims to sovereignty in the region.

24 Jul 2014 - 9:23am 2 comments

Blogger jailed for six years as Beijing gets tough on 'rumour-mongering'

A court in Yunnan has convicted a well-known microblogger on the charges of "illegal business practices" and "picking quarrels and provoking trouble".

24 Jul 2014 - 9:21am 3 comments

NBA star LeBron James visits Hong Kong to make hoop dreams come true

24 Jul 2014 - 4:57am 1 comment

Chinese man pleads guilty to attempting to smuggle military secrets out of US

24 Jul 2014 - 12:37pm

Senior doctor leading fight against Ebola contracts the virus in Sierra Leone

24 Jul 2014 - 10:37am

Death row prisoner takes nearly two hours to die in botched execution

24 Jul 2014 - 12:30pm

United States presents fresh evidence on MH17 downing, but remains unsure on who fired missile

24 Jul 2014 - 8:11am 3 comments

Indonesia's president-elect Joko Widodo faces battle to win over his own party

24 Jul 2014 - 11:59am

Thai junta leader General Prayuth allowed to stay in power until elections held

24 Jul 2014 - 11:17am 1 comment

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24 Jul 2014 - 9:43am

Legco fence is no barrier to people's right to hold protests

24 Jul 2014 - 10:09am 2 comments

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Sino-US relations: a game of defensive play


The Chinese saying, "playing music to an ox", describes the phenomenon of two people talking past each other. It's apt imagery for the recently held Sino-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

24 Jul 2014 - 3:56am 5 comments



MH17 voice recorder in good condition, say aviation experts

The cockpit voice recorder of the Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine is in good condition, the UN civil aviation body said on Wednesday, adding that it was holding talks with airlines and states on how to assess the danger posed by conflicts.

24 Jul 2014 - 12:26pm More on Malaysia Airlines flight 17

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

24 Jul 2014

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

24 Jul 2014

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

23 Jul 2014 4 comments

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

23 Jul 2014 2 comments

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

24 Jul 2014 1 comment

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

22 Jul 2014 4 comments

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

22 Jul 2014 58 comments

Russians love their Chinese neighbours, Gallup poll shows

18 Jul 2014 3 comments

China web giant Baidu launches search engine in Brazil

21 Jul 2014 1 comment

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

18 Jul 2014 16 comments

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

17 Jul 2014 1 comment

Mainland Chinese buyers contribute significantly to global art sales: report

17 Jul 2014

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

16 Jul 2014

‘No more public peeing!’ Beijing Marathon organisers warn runners ahead of October event

16 Jul 2014



Shanxi brokers deal to avoid Huatong default, contrary to Beijing's wishes

Central and local governments could be on a collision course in dealing with soaring mainland credit risks after provincial authorities stepped in at the last minute yesterday to help a construction company avoid a damaging debt default.

24 Jul 2014 - 4:49am

Hong Kong iBonds attract strong investor interest

The sale of the fourth batch of inflation-linked bonds worth HK$10 billion attracted hundreds of thousands of investors yesterday, although the number of subscribers appears to have grown at a much slower rate than last year's robust pace.

24 Jul 2014 - 1:06am

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

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

A good burger is a joy to behold. Our team put 16 of the city's most popular versions to the test.

24 Jul 2014 - 12:15pm 11 comments

Dai pai dong an endangered species in Hong Kong

21 Jul 2014

Napa's long Italian love affair rolls on

18 Jul 2014

Apple’s Yosemite Mac operating system offers a sleek look, privacy and security


Apple opens a public beta programme for OS X Yosemite today – and the South China Morning Post can give a sneak preview of what’s in store for users after spending two days testing the system.

24 Jul 2014 - 2:03pm More on Apple

Researchers work on new aluminium product

24 Jul 2014

Everyday drones will soon take to the skies for alls sorts of reasons

20 Jul 2014




Glasgow opens Commonwealth Games with colourful ceremony

Glasgow welcomed a large part of the world and remembered recent tragedies as a diverse and colourful opening ceremony signalled the start of the 20th Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on Wednesday.

24 Jul 2014 - 11:10am

Vincenzo Nibali ‘still in comfort zone’ as he controls Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali is winning the Tour de France so easily that the Italian admitted he is actually riding within himself.

Since all three past winners of the world’s greatest bicycle race crashed out earlier during the Grand Boucle, Nibali has been in a class of his own.

24 Jul 2014 - 11:25am

Majka proves he's the 'mountain man' in Tour de France

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