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Lufthansa chief stunned as co-pilot believed to have ‘deliberately’ crashed plane

Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr and Germanwings Managing Director Thomas Winkelmann (left) arrive for a news conference in Cologne Bonn airport. Photo: Reuters Update

The co-pilot of the Germanwings airliner that crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people aboard appears to have brought the A320 Airbus down deliberately.

Thursday, 26 March, 2015, 11:12pm 8 comments

China's moon mission chief Ma Xingrui named party chief of high-tech hub Shenzhen

Ma Xingrui has been director of the China National Space Administration since 2013. Photo: SCMP Pictures New

One of the country’s top scientists and the former chief commander of the nation’s lunar programme will become the party boss of Shenzhen, which is seeking to foster innovation.

26 Mar 2015 - 11:26pm

Chinese have no need for websites blocked by Great Firewall, says Beijing official

Members of the 2022 Evaluation Commission for the IOC and representatives of Beijing's 2022 Winter Olympics bid committee walk outside Beijing National Stadium. Photo: AP

If Beijing is successful in its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics then foreigners who attend will get uncensored internet access, but this isn’t an issue for Chinese who “don’t like” sites like Facebook and Twitter, an official said on Wednesday.

26 Mar 2015 - 4:32pm 5 comments

Chinese businessman’s secret airfield discovered after he crashes helicopter

Rescuers pull the wreckage of the small helicopter the businessman crashed into a reservoir in Hefei, Anhui province. Photo: Reuters

A wealthy Chinese businessman’s illicit airfield was exposed and is now facing demolition after he crashed his helicopter near the site.

26 Mar 2015 - 6:43pm 1 comment

Hong Kong at 'tipping point' of becoming fast-growing and dynamic start-up ecosystem

Simon Squibb (left), CEO of Nest Investments, speaks at the SCMP Game Changers forum. Photo: SCMP Pictures New

Hong Kong is rolling out the welcome mat to a new-generation of fearless and innovative entrepreneurs as the city hopes to create a dynamic ecosystem for start-ups, experts said at the South China Morning Post's inaugural

26 Mar 2015 - 7:27pm 1 comment More on Game Changers

China vows to control risks as yuan becomes more convertible

China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan delivers a speech about "Sound Monetary Policy in the New Normal" at China Development Forum, in Beijing on March 22, 2015. China will stick to a prudent monetary policy despite a recent rate cut and a reduction in the reserve requirement ratio, Zhou said. Photo: Reuters

China will control economic risks as the country pushes reforms to make the yuan convertible on the capital account, the foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday.

26 Mar 2015 - 7:22pm

A Singapore love story: how wife's death left a tragic void in Lee Kuan Yew's life

Lee and wife Kwa Geok Choo celebrating his 80th birthday. Photo: EPA

'Without her, I would be a different man, with a different life', the late founding prime minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew said in his eulogy for his wife in 2010.

26 Mar 2015 - 6:51pm More on Lee Kuan Yew

China hands US list of corrupt officials alleged to have fled to America

An 'economic fugitive' wearing a mask is pictured on her return to China last month after allegedly spending 10 years on the run in Italy. Photo: Xinhua

China’s government has provided a list to the United States of Chinese officials suspected of corruption who are believed to have fled there.

25 Mar 2015 - 4:34pm 2 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Eight-hour queues on streets of Singapore as thousands wait to bow before Lee Kuan Yew's coffin

A military gun carriage carrying the coffin of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew travels towards Parliament House yesterday. Photo: Xinhua

Thousands of people queued patiently in Singapore yesterday to pay their last respects to founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, waiting for up to eight hours to bow before his coffin.

26 Mar 2015 - 5:45pm 27 comments More on Lee Kuan Yew

Why Chinese parents are sending their children abroad to study at a younger age

Parents from China, looking for a private education for their children in the UK, look around Kingswood school in Bath and meet the head boy of the prep school. Photo: China Foto Press

Parents are turning to overseas kindergartens as well as public and private high schools in search of a broad education for their children.

26 Mar 2015 - 9:51am 16 comments

China ramps up global manhunt for corrupt officials with operation ‘Skynet’

China is ramping up its international manhunt of fugitive corrupt officials with a new multi-agency operation, codenamed Skynet, aimed at restricting their financial channels.

26 Mar 2015 - 11:49pm 1 comment More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Will China’s president attend Lee Kuan Yew’s funeral?

Who attends a foreign leader’s funeral is not simply a matter of diplomatic protocol, it is also an indicator of the state of relations between two countries.

26 Mar 2015 - 6:04pm More on Lee Kuan Yew
Abe attends a memorial service on the 70th anniversary of the Tokyo air raid. Photo: Kyodo

China ‘invites Japan’s Abe to second world war anniversary in Beijing’

26 Mar 2015 - 9:11am
The couple in court during their trial in Anhui province. Photo:

Chinese couple accused of stealing ‘rare treasures’ from university libraries

26 Mar 2015 - 7:02pm
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco on March 25, 2015. Photo: AP

Facebook brings apps, businesses to Messenger in face of competition from WeChat, Line

26 Mar 2015 - 10:09am
Adam Lindemann (right), founder and CEO of venture capital firm Mind Fund, speaks at the SCMP Game Changers event. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong investors more willing to take risks on start-ups and entrepreneurs

26 Mar 2015 - 7:01pm
Dominic Allon, managing director of Google Hong Kong, speaks at the SCMP's Game Changers forum. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Google's Hong Kong head offers leadership tips at SCMP Game Changers event

26 Mar 2015 - 7:05pm
Some like it (very) hot: Five Hong Kong restaurants for spice lovers

Some like it (very) hot: Five Hong Kong restaurants for spice lovers

26 Mar 2015 - 11:46am
Sujith Abraham says China is "big business". Photo: Nora Tam

Oracle to hire 1,000 sales staff in Asia-Pacific, including mainland China and Hong Kong

26 Mar 2015 - 10:37am
Rescue helpers clean up after a scaffolding collapsed in an economic zone in central Vietnam. Photo: EPA

Fourteen workers killed as scaffolding collapses at Vietnam construction site

26 Mar 2015 - 7:33pm
Visitors admire a skeletal replica of the Omeisaurus Tienfuensis, which lived in the middle Jurassic, some 160 million years ago, around the same time as the Euanthus panii flower. Photo: AFP

'World's earliest flower' found in northeast China

26 Mar 2015 - 11:58am 1 comment
Malik performing with One Direction in Glasgow. Photo: AP

Hong Kong gig was Zayn Malik’s last as he quits One Direction

26 Mar 2015 - 6:07pm

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Abe and Xi's infamous icy handshake. Photo: Reuters

Japanese apology is only a start

27 Mar 2015 - 1:00am
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie's best-remembered part may ultimately be as a role model for confronting women's abiding fear of cancer and radical treatment. Photo: AFP

Angelina Jolie's fine work as a role model

27 Mar 2015 - 1:00am

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Under Lee Kuan Yew, the press was only as free as it needed to be to serve Singapore

For Lee, the media was one of three institutions in Singapore he needed to control in order to govern effectively. The other two were the Treasury and the armed forces. CHEONG YIP SENG

One November evening in 1999, Lee Kuan Yew telephoned: He was troubled by a new information phenomenon, which was threatening to overwhelm the traditional media industry.

26 Mar 2015 - 5:41pm


Can China, Sri Lanka mend ties with Maithripala Sirisena's visit to Beijing?

Newly elected Maithripala Sirisena (left) and Xi Jinping will look to mend fences after a rocky start to the year when Beijing ally Mahinda Rajapaksa (right) lost the presidential elections in Sri Lanka. Photos: AFP, AP Debasish Roy Chowdhury

Sri Lankan president's visit key to resetting frayed ties in a region increasingly important to China.

26 Mar 2015 - 4:37am

Harry's View


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants more professionalism among the country's journalists. Photo: AFP INDIA

Fears over India’s new media university based on China’s state-run institution

The Indian government’s plans to spend US$32 million on a media university modelled on the state-run Communication University of China has come under fire, with critics alarmed that the world’s biggest democracy should seek inspiration on media matters from a one-party state.

26 Mar 2015 - 7:33pm


A man pedals past the ICBC bank branch in China. Photo: Bloomberg BANKS

China’s ICBC bank 2014 profits up 5 per cent, bad debt ratio climbs


Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, the world’s largest bank by assets, held up worse than expected in 2014, with profits hitting 275.8 billion yuan, rising just 5 per cent on the year before.

26 Mar 2015 - 9:05pm More on ICBC

PetroChina’s 2014 net profit tumbles 17.3 per cent as plunge in oil prices weigh


PetroChina, the nation’s largest oil and gas producer, posted a 17.3 per cent decline in net profit for last year on the back of oil prices which tumbled to its lowest in six years.

26 Mar 2015 - 5:36pm More on PetroChina
Mong Kok from overhead (click to launch photo gallery). Photo: Nero Chan

Hot shots: Hong Kong through the lenses of three very different photographers

Learn the tricks of the trade from drone photographer and videographer Nero Chan, sports photographer Lloyd Belcher and wildlife photographer Martin Williams.

26 Mar 2015 - 4:53pm More on Explore Hong Kong

Hong Kong gig was Zayn Malik’s last as he quits One Direction

26 Mar 2015

Hong Kong's artists can't just ride on Art Basel's coat-tails

26 Mar 2015
Some like it (very) hot: Five Hong Kong restaurants for spice lovers

Some like it (very) hot: Five Hong Kong restaurants for spice lovers

Hot food fans would be lost without all those dried seeds, berries and other plant matter that end up in spice jars. Here's our pick of five different restaurants to tingle your tastebuds.

26 Mar 2015 - 11:46am

Fairtrade wines: what the label means for drinkers

25 Mar 2015

Restaurant review: Yakiniku Great specialises in lean cuts

26 Mar 2015
A Manchester pedestrian passes by an O2 mobile phone store, previously operated by Spain's Telefonica SA but recently acquired by Hutchison Whampoa. Photo: Bloomberg

Li Ka-shing’s conglomerate agrees to HK$118 billion takeover of Britain's O2 mobile network


Hutchison Whampoa, the flagship conglomerate of billionaire Li Ka-shing, has agreed to buy British mobile network operator O2 for HK$118.29bln (US$15b, £10.25b).

26 Mar 2015 - 1:07am 3 comments

Flush with riches: Scientists strike gold in human faeces

25 Mar 2015

Scientists confirm huge meteorite crashed into central Australia between 300 and 600 million years ago

25 Mar 2015



Steve Smith's century against India in the World Cup semi-final was a composed and perfectly constructed innings. Photo: Reuters

Aussie run machine Steve Smith does it again

Steve Smith's golden summer just keeps on getting better. Australia's new run-scoring machine just can't seem to do any wrong and now he is off to the Cricket World Cup final.

26 Mar 2015 - 10:48pm More on Cricket World Cup 2015

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