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Prince William praised by Chinese internet users for tough stance on wildlife trafficking

Prince William visiting an elephant reserve in Yunnan province in southwest China. He urged China to become a global leader in the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife. Photo: AFP

Britain’s Prince William has won praise from internet users in China after he visited an elephant reserve and condemned illegal wildlife trafficking as “a vicious form of criminality”.

Thursday, 5 March, 2015, 2:59pm

Sweden's top diplomat in Hong Kong hurls insults at bar staff in FCC table row

Sweden's top diplomat in Hong Kong hurls insults at bar staff in FCC table row

Sweden's top diplomat in Hong Kong has apologised for verbally abusing staff at the exclusive Foreign Correspondents' Club during a heated argument over a table.

5 Mar 2015 - 9:34am 35 comments

Shanghai police train with 'bendable guns' that can shoot around corners

Shanghai police practice with a 'bendable gun' that can shoot around corners. Photo: Xinhua

Photos released by Shanghai police show the city's SWAT team training with "bendable guns" which allow the operator to see and shoot around corners. 

5 Mar 2015 - 12:50pm 2 comments

China says it will boost military budget by 10.1 per cent this year

Military delegates arrive for today's annual full session of the National People's Congress, in Beijing. Reuters

The increase to about US$145 billion in spending would mark the fifth year in a row of double-digit increases, despite the nation’s slowing economic growth

5 Mar 2015 - 2:49pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China endorses Alibaba as it backs e-commerce expansion of Chinese internet firms

Alibaba, the world’s largest e-commerce company, is led by its founder, Jack Ma. Photo: AFP

China will back e-commerce development and guide international expansion by Chinese internet companies, Premier Li Keqiang said today in an endorsement for companies such as Alibaba and JD.com.

5 Mar 2015 - 4:20pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Bitten by criticism, McDonald's vows to take antibiotics-laced chicken off the menu

McDonald’s Corp has long battled negative perceptions about its food, but the issue has become a bigger vulnerability as more people shift toward options they feel are made with higher-quality ingredients. Photo: AP

McDonald’s says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human health and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST.

5 Mar 2015 - 3:01pm

China’s passenger flights are '10 times safer than the average global level', says aviation chief

China's passenger flights are '10 times safer than the global average', says China's civil aviation chief, Li Jiaxiang. Photo:  AFP

Li Jiaxiang, head of Civil Aviation Administration, also vows to 'improve air traffic control services and coordinate with various parties' to tackle flight delays and poor customer service

5 Mar 2015 - 2:40pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Chinese military intelligence chief Xing Yunming held in graft inquiry

Xing Yunming has been detained by military graft-busters. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The chief of a Chinese military intelligence agency is under investigation for alleged corruption, detained by graft-busters in the run-up to Lunar New Year, according to two independent sources.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:45am 2 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

US homes raided in crackdown on pregnant Chinese ‘birth tourism’ rings

Agents question residents at an apartment complex in Rowland Heights, California, as part of the investigation yesterday. Photo: TNS

Federal agents have searched more than a dozen homes in a crackdown on so-called "maternity tourism" operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the US.

5 Mar 2015 - 3:12am 9 comments More on Chinese tourists

Knifeman slashes US ambassador; screaming attacker demands Korean unification

Knifeman slashes US ambassador; screaming attacker demands Korean unification

US Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist today by a man wielding a knife with a 25cm blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said.

5 Mar 2015 - 11:23am 3 comments

China targets 7pc economic growth this year; military spending to rise 10.1 pc

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China has set its economic growth target for this year set at around 7 percent, the lowest in more than a decade, as it seeks to focus on quality rather than quantity.

5 Mar 2015 - 10:55am More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

‘One country, two systems’ for Hong Kong must comply with China constitution, says Li Keqiang

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The implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle must strictly comply with the Chinese constitution and the Basic Law, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday.

5 Mar 2015 - 4:46pm 14 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015
Wreckage of second world war battleship Musashi. A crew of 1,023 was lost when the ship was sunk by US planes during the conflict's largest naval battle. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Japan's biggest warship found off the Philippines, says billionaire Paul Allen

5 Mar 2015 - 10:36am
Environmental firms rise in value as programme focuses national attention on poor air quality

China's answer to 'An Inconvenient Truth' sparks rush for shares in green-tech companies

5 Mar 2015 - 10:53am
The super-frugal migrant worker from Hebei province keeps only a radio, a quilt and some clothes in his cave in Jinan. Photos: China News Service

Chinese worker lives in a cave so he can send rent money home to his family

4 Mar 2015 - 3:47pm 8 comments
Alibaba founder and executive chairman of Jack Ma Yun gestures during a recent speech at National Taiwan University. Photo: AFP

The Netflix of China? Alibaba buys US$382 million stake in film and TV production company

5 Mar 2015 - 11:21am
US president Barack Obama has criticised Beijing's far-reaching anti-terrorism laws, which will affect US tech firms. Photo: Reuters

Technology leaders say 'no comment' on US-China relations amid trade war fears

5 Mar 2015 - 2:25pm
Prince William speaks at a meeting on biodiversity protection during his visit to Yunnan. Photo: Xinhua

Prince William urges China to enact permanent ban on ivory trade

5 Mar 2015 - 6:13am 1 comment
President Xi Jinping attends the opening of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on Tuesday. Photo: Bloomberg

Xi Jinping sounds alert on Taiwan independence

5 Mar 2015 - 9:54am 4 comments
Education Minister Yuan Guiren has called on universities to purge classrooms of foreign textbooks that "spread Western values". Photo: Xinhua

Overzealous Chinese officials 'could ban all foreign books', scholar fears

5 Mar 2015 - 5:38am 6 comments
Many assume that Linghu An is a relative of Ling Jihua (above) because they share an unusual family name.

'Are you his brother?' China antigraft inspector gets grief for sharing surname with corrupt official

5 Mar 2015 - 12:10pm
Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People for the annual session of the National People's Congress. Photo: Jason Lee

China’s military budget to increase ‘about 10 per cent’, lowest rise in five years

5 Mar 2015 - 2:52am 16 comments

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John Tsang's message was common sense: if you cannot afford it, do not buy.

Sweet dreams of home ownership can turn into nightmare

5 Mar 2015 - 2:22am 1 comment
Buildings amid heavy air pollution, in Wuhan, Hubei. Photo: Reuters

Chai Jing's documentary on pollution brings out the stark truth

5 Mar 2015 - 8:08am 6 comments

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Government should rethink blanket incentives for shippers with new regulation due soon

Ships berthed at the Kwai Chung port. Here in Hong Kong, the shipping industry voluntarily initiated the Fair Winds Charter in 2011. Photo: EPA SIMON NG

In last week's budget speech, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah proposed to extend a government incentive scheme to March 2018 that halves the port facilities and light dues charged on ocean-going vessels that switch to low-sulphur fuel while at berth in Hong Kong.

5 Mar 2015 - 12:02pm

Focus

Educator Leung Kee-cheong on how to end class struggle in Hong Kong

In a special series on ideas to take the city into the future, we talk to educator Leung Kee-cheong. Photo: K.Y. Cheng SHIRLEY ZHAO

Hong Kong needs to change its education system. That is if it's serious about wanting more entrepreneurs to spur innovation and competition. Otherwise, money spent on start-ups is money poured down the drain.

5 Mar 2015 - 3:46pm 7 comments

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Knifeman slashes US ambassador; screaming attacker demands Korean unification SOUTH KOREA

Knifeman slashes US ambassador; screaming attacker demands Korean unification

US Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist today by a man wielding a knife with a 25cm blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said.

5 Mar 2015 - 11:23am 3 comments

World

Prosecutors argue Dzhokar Tsarnaev (inset) and his older brother had carried out the attacks to avenge the deaths of Muslims overseas. Photo: Reuters BOSTON MARATHON

‘It was him’: Boston bomber’s lawyers as trial opens admit he carried out deadly attack

Gruesome details of injuries sustained by victims of the Boston Marathon bombings were recounted to jurors yesterday as lawyers for the Muslim student on trial for the attack admitted he carried out the bloody assault.

5 Mar 2015 - 3:39pm

Business

The Galapad Settler utilises graphene in its design to increase battery life and touchscreen sensitivity. Photo: Galapad SMARTPHONES

Graphene-based Chinese smartphone technology could 'boost battery life by 50 per cent'

Phone and tablet owners frustrated that their devices only stay charged for half a day may have found their salvation in new Chinese smartphones which contain the so-called wonder material graphene. 

5 Mar 2015 - 4:10pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING
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HKBN prices shares in Hong Kong at HK$9, raises over US$750 million

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HKBN, the city’s second-largest broadband service provider, priced shares on Thursday for its upcoming initial public offering at HK$9 apiece, raising more than US$750 million for its investors and company executives.

5 Mar 2015 - 3:44pm
Gao Weigang's Consume is in the Encounters section of Art Basel.

20 must-see contemporary art exhibits in Art Basel month

With the third edition of Art Basel Hong Kong and the launch of a new satellite fair, March is the busiest month on the city's contemporary art calendar. Here are 20 shows you shouldn't miss.

5 Mar 2015 - 1:01pm More on Art Basel 2015

Yoshitomo Nara: neo-pop artist who defies categorisation

4 Mar 2015

The Gate Theatre stages Pride and Prejudice in Hong Kong

4 Mar 2015
Last year's Macau Wine & Dine Festival. This year's is bigger, but there's enough space for everyone to enjoy the wine, a veteran of such shows says.

Venetian Macao hosts third wine-and-dine festival

It’s third time the charm for the Macau Wine & Dine Festival festival, which in its first two years was quite small and barely worth the excursion from Hong Kong.

5 Mar 2015 - 4:23pm

Art on a plate: hotels offer Art Basel-themed menus

4 Mar 2015

Bordeaux 2005: how 'vintage of the century' drinks at 10 years old

5 Mar 2015
The Galapad Settler utilises graphene in its design to increase battery life and touchscreen sensitivity. Photo: Galapad

Graphene-based Chinese smartphone technology could 'boost battery life by 50 per cent'

Phone and tablet owners frustrated that their devices only stay charged for half a day may have found their salvation in new Chinese smartphones which contain the so-called wonder material graphene. 

5 Mar 2015 - 4:10pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING

The Netflix of China? Alibaba buys US$382 million stake in film and TV production company

5 Mar 2015

Apple, Google device users vulnerable to hacking over 'zombie' security bug

5 Mar 2015

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Sport

Hong Kong boxer Rex Tso Sing-yu (right) in action against Espinos Sabu in November last year. Photo: Edward Wong BOXING

Rex Tso joins Top Rank stable in world title hunt

Rex Tso Sing-yu’s dream of becoming Hong Kong’s first world champion has received a massive boost after he signed with one of the world’s biggest promoters.

5 Mar 2015 - 8:50am More on Rex Tso Sing-yu

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Photos: ©Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara: neo-pop artist who defies categorisation

Ahead of two important solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, the Japanese artist with a global cult following is dismissive of the way others interpret his work, saying: 'This is just what comes out.'

4 Mar 2015 - 11:43pm More on Art Basel 2015

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