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Walter Kwok won’t return to SHKP following conviction of brother in Rafael Hui graft trial

Walter Kwok Ping-sheung said in a statement on Sunday he was 'deeply sorrowful' that his younger brother Thomas had been convicted of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Photo: Edward Wong New

The eldest of the three billionaire Kwok brothers says he will not return to directorship at the family-controlled property empire Sun Hung Kai Properties.

Sunday, 21 December, 2014, 9:24pm 1 comment

Two New York police officers executed in their squad car in 'revenge killing'

Police guard the scene of the shooting of two New York officers as they sat in their squad car. Photo: Reuters New

A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

21 Dec 2014 - 12:17pm 12 comments

Disgraced Rafael Hui may seek legal aid for appeal, says wife who 'kept her finances separate'

Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong (left) in jail. Photo: Edward Wong

The wife of Rafael Hui Si-yan broke her silence for the first time since his graft trial started, as the chief secretary turned criminal endured his first night behind bars.

21 Dec 2014 - 9:11am 19 comments More on Rafael Hui Si-yan

Australian mother charged with murder of eight children, aged 18 months to 15 years

A floral tribute to the eight dead children. Photo: EPA

An Australian mother has been charged with the murder of eight children, seven of them her own, two days after their bodies were found in a home in the city of Cairns.

21 Dec 2014 - 1:59pm

US asked for China’s help on North Korea cyberattacks, says official

An exterior view of Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. Photo: AP

The United States has asked China to help block cyberattacks from North Korea as it considers its response to the hack of Sony Pictures, a US official said on Saturday.

21 Dec 2014 - 2:47pm 3 comments

China's Dalian Wanda Group empire has Disney in sights

Welcoming characters at Wanda Movie Park, which opened in Wuhan, Hubei province, yesterday. Photo: Simon Song

Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda Group and one of the richest man on the mainland, is positioning his entertainment empire as a challenger to global leader Disney.

21 Dec 2014 - 3:56am 3 comments

Xi Jinping tells Macau to stick to 'one country, two systems' in veiled swipe at Hong Kong

President Xi Jinping sits down with students at Macau University's new Hengqin Island campus as officials look on. Photo: AFP

President Xi Jinping pushed national education and his desire for young people to understand "the true meaning'' of the "one country, two systems" model to the forefront as he ended his two-day visit to Macau.

21 Dec 2014 - 11:12am 29 comments More on Xi Jinping

China arrests US aid worker over NGO activities helping North Koreans

North Korean children play with a photojournalist's camera. Peter Hahn, the US man arrested by China, reportedly ran bakeries to help feed North Korean children. Photo: AP

China has arrested an American aid worker based near its border with North Korea, a sign authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the region.

21 Dec 2014 - 3:24am 1 comment

How a deal was sealed: behind the scenes of historic US-China climate pact

President Xi Jinping meets his US counterpart, Barack Obama, in Beijing. Photos: AP; AFP

The US and China last month surprised the world by unveiling a historic pact to cut carbon emissions. Jeff Goodell delves into the political manoeuvring that led to the announcement.

21 Dec 2014 - 10:28am 1 comment

War of words between mainland firms highlights lack of patent protection

Dong Mingzhu labelled smartphone maker Xiaomi as "thief".

A war of words between the bosses of several major Chinese companies highlights a lack of intellectual property protection and business ethics on the mainland, industry experts say.

21 Dec 2014 - 5:35am

Xi Jinping urges Macau to rein in casinos as Beijing looks to stem the flow of illicit funds through the city

President Xi Jinping has urged Macau to put its gambling house in order by exerting greater control over the casino industry which has turned the city into the world's biggest gaming location.

21 Dec 2014 - 3:56am 6 comments More on Macau

Rafael Hui's mistress fears expensive gifts he gave her will be confiscated

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The mistress of Rafael Hui Si-yan received so much cash from her former lover that she was embarrassed to take more from him, according to an interview published in East Week magazine where she confirmed her secret affair with Hui.

21 Dec 2014 - 6:52pm
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21 Dec 2014 - 9:18am
Workers remove a poster for "The Interview" from a billboard in Hollywood, California on Thursday after Sony film studio announced it had no choice but to cancel the movie's Christmas release. Photo: AFP

China media slams axed comedy The Interview at centre of Sony cyberattack row

21 Dec 2014 - 10:05am 1 comment
Scientists hope the pioneering surgery will one day enable people who are confined to wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries to regain control of their legs. Photo: Xinhua

Paralysed dogs walk again in breakthrough spinal cord experiment by Chinese scientists

21 Dec 2014 - 10:27am 4 comments
Pro-democracy locals march under police escort. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Macau's young march during Xi Jinping's visit in wake of Occupy

21 Dec 2014 - 11:22am 4 comments
Birthday blues for Kwok family matriarch after graft trial overshadows 85th

Birthday blues for Kwok family matriarch after graft trial overshadows 85th

21 Dec 2014 - 9:52am 1 comment
Illustration: Craig Stephens

Stranger than fiction: how Kim Jong-un had last laugh over Seth Rogen movie

21 Dec 2014 - 6:44am 4 comments
Janie Lee shows a property to her client Wei Hongbin. Photo: AP

Chinese buyers fall in love with Seattle real estate

21 Dec 2014 - 8:02am 5 comments
The walking tour around North Point was a trial run to see whether it could be interesting to both blind and sighted participants. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Walking tour offers insight into life for blind people on Hong Kong's streets

21 Dec 2014 - 5:13am
A woman takes a picture of a poster for the film 'The Interview' outside the Regal Theater in New York on Thursday. Photo: EPA

North Korea insists it is not responsible for Sony cyberattack, proposes joint US probe

21 Dec 2014 - 3:39am 3 comments
Rand Paul (left) and Marco Rubio clash over Cuba policy.

Republican hopefuls Paul and Rubio clash over Cuba policy

21 Dec 2014 - 6:13am

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President Xi Jinping commended Macau for its "accurate" implementation of "one country, two systems".

One country, two different cities

21 Dec 2014 - 7:22am
Political will needed to beat pollution

Political will needed to beat pollution

21 Dec 2014 - 7:22am

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Hong Kong's split over what constitutes our Lion Rock spirit

Are our core values a single-minded pursuit of "genuine universal suffrage", or the love of law and order, stability and prosperity? Photo: Robert Ng Regina Ip

On December 15, Occupy Central finally went out with a whimper after the police cleared the last remaining tents in Causeway Bay - an anti-climactic end to 79 days of tension and disorder in Hong Kong's government and business centres.

21 Dec 2014 - 7:53am 10 comments

Focus

Birthday blues for Kwok family matriarch after graft trial overshadows 85th

Birthday blues for Kwok family matriarch after graft trial overshadows 85th Peggy Sito

Executives of property giant Sun Hung Kai Properties are still guessing when the 85th birthday of the Kwok family's matriarch will be celebrated.

21 Dec 2014 - 9:52am 1 comment

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China

A man in Guangxi province stole a colourful array of more than 2,000 sets of women's lingerie from his neighbours over the course of a year. Photo: SCMP Pictures SOCIETY

Perverted thief caught after stolen women’s lingerie come tumbling down from ceiling

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Some thieves have a penchant for the strangest things.

Residents in Yulin city, Guangxi province, were treated to a colourful array of more than 2,000 sets of women’s lingerie laid out neatly on the ground at a public space in their neighbourhood on Saturday.

21 Dec 2014 - 3:28pm

Asia

The grounds of Banda Aceh's Baiturrahaman mosque were strewn with debris 10 years ago, but a massive international effort cleaned it up, with some trash used to build roads.Photos: AFP INDONESIA

Indonesia's Banda Aceh, 10 years on, is clear of tsunami debris, but environmental hazards may remain

Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6km inland.

Some of it is still there - recycled into road materials, buildings and furniture.

21 Dec 2014 - 9:47pm

World

Investigators work where two policemen were shot, apparently by Ismaaiyl Brinsley (top right). His Instagram message (bottom right) has been taken down .Main photo: AP NEW YORK MURDERS

Investigators work to make sense of slayings of two New York policemen

The gunman was black, the officers were Asian and Hispanic - a perplexing fact for investigators looking for answers to why Ismaaiyl Brinsley would shoot dead New York police officers Liu Wenjin and Raphael Ramos.

21 Dec 2014 - 9:57pm
Lang Lang took liberties with Mozart. Photo: SMP

It's Mozart, but not as we know it, from Chinese pianist Lang Lang

Performing mimicry and tai chi while hitting all the right notes on the keyboard - that was showman Lang Lang at his best.

21 Dec 2014 - 5:13am

Spinal Tap find real life as a spoof

21 Dec 2014

Philip Glass' Etudes composed for posterity

21 Dec 2014
Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

For an extra special holiday meal, stop talking turkey and treat your guests to a beautiful bird of their own..

21 Dec 2014 - 9:24am

How to spice up Christmas dinner: top chefs offer their tips

18 Dec 2014 1 comment

Seiji Yamamoto: 'Hong Kong chicken is best in the world'

20 Dec 2014
Illustration: Sarene Chan

Seven breakthroughs that will transform global health

Which major breakthroughs in technology have had a transformative effect on the lives of the world's poorest?

21 Dec 2014 - 7:46am

Sceptical of climate change or just sceptical of the solution?

21 Dec 2014

Shell I stay or slowly go? 'Hardcore' snail named after punk Joe Strummer

21 Dec 2014

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Sport

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is weary of Stoke City when his Blues travel to the Britannia Stadium. Photo: EPA

Jose Mourinho vows to avoid repeat of last season's Stoke slip-up

Jose Mourinho knows Chelsea must avoid a repeat of last season's nightmare trip to Stoke if they are to re-establish their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Monday night.

21 Dec 2014 - 8:58pm More on English Premier League 2014/15

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