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  • April 11, 2013
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LATEST: US says North Korea is "skating very close to a dangerous line”; and South Korean and US experts officials also suggested a missile launch was likely in the build-up to April 15.

Updated 16:35PM

It forced Gigi Chao, 33, out of the closet and into the middle of a global media frenzy as the world's most famous lesbian. Now she has emerged as a new leader in the fight for equal rights for...

02:38PM

Prosecutors filed charges against Liu in Beijing's No 2 Intermediate Court yesterday, Xinhua reported, in a long-anticipated move in an investigation that had led to the dismantling of the...

04:18AM

"A game's result, everyone knows it already. Who is going to appear in the next season, we already know. Who is the enemy, we know that, too," says the writer who has seven million Weibo followers...

09:55AM

The government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) called the investigation by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) into BVI’s financial services industry “illicit”. 

10:28AM

Malaysian politicians and their relatives have parked their wealth in offshore companies, while some of Indonesia's richest families have shifted money to these offshore havens, according to the...

05:07AM

Taipei and Tokyo reached an agreement yesterday that would allow Taiwanese fishermen to fish in a larger area of disputed waters in the East China Sea, prompting unease in Beijing. Taiwan's...

05:51AM

The captains of the two vessels that collided off Lamma Island on October 1 were each charged with 39 counts of manslaughter on Thursday over the National Day tragedy that claimed the lives of 39...

02:45PM

Residents of Nanjing, Jiangsu province, are now banned from raising livestock as health authorities yesterday confirmed that five more people have contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus in the...

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Five people were injured when a fire broke out at South Horizons housing estate in Ap Lei Chau early on Thursday and more than 100 residents were roused from sleep and evacuated.

03:37PM

The captains of the two vessels that collided off Lamma Island on October 1 were each charged with 39 counts of manslaughter on Thursday over the National Day tragedy that claimed the lives of 39...

02:45PM

The first day of talks to end the dockers' strike ran into complications when the unions involved tabled different demands, and contractors failed to reach consensus with any of them.

12:50PM

It forced Gigi Chao, 33, out of the closet and into the middle of a global media frenzy as the world's most famous lesbian. Now she has emerged as a new leader in the fight for equal rights for...

02:38PM

China

Chinese cinemas cancelled all screenings of Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained just as it was released on Thursday, local media said, with one viewer adding a showing stopped after one...

03:27PM

Former railways minister Liu Zhijun, who is facing corruption charges involving millions of dollars, changed lawyers after his attorney could not guarantee he would escape execution for his crimes...

03:16PM

Zhang Jinlai, who played the Monkey King in Journey to the West, has called on the government to wade in on a proposed project to demolish a part of Xingjiao Temple where a revered Tang Dynasty...

03:20PM

Taipei and Tokyo reached an agreement yesterday that would allow Taiwanese fishermen to fish in a larger area of disputed waters in the East China Sea, prompting unease in Beijing. Taiwan's...

05:51AM

Asia

North Korea on Thursday renewed a threat to permanently close its Kaesong joint industrial zone with South Korea, blaming the “confrontation” policies of the South’s new president, Park Geun-hye...

01:19PM

World

US Secretary of State John Kerry and other G8 foreign ministers were on Thursday to hold a second day of talks in London focused on Syria after rebels again appealed for weapons.

Updated 16:25PM

Malawi issued a scathing critique of pop diva Madonna on Wednesday, accusing her of exaggerating her contributions to the southern African country and unreasonably demanding special treatment...

03:49PM

Air strikes have hit bakeries and hospitals among other civilian targets in Syria, a watchdog reported on Thursday, accusing the regime of killing thousands in such raids it said amounted to war...

10:24AM

Business

KFC parent Yum Brands warned that a new bird flu outbreak in China badly hit restaurant sales there this month, even as the company also reported a sharper-than-expected slide in March sales in...

10:37AM

China aims to shut down 7.8 million tonnes of outdated steel capacity this year as part of its plans to consolidate and upgrade the sprawling and chaotic sector, the country’s industry ministry...

12:07PM

Personal computer sales plunged 14 per cent in the first three months of the year, the biggest decline in two decades of keeping records, as tablets continue to gain in popularity and buyers...

10:28AM

The hidden human face of North Korea’s decision to shutter an industrial park it ran with Seoul is its 53,000-strong workforce. At the Kaesong industrial zone, North Korean workers earned regular...

11:34AM

For decades, Europe’s utilities were vertically integrated behemoths that had a monopoly on the production and distribution of energy.

01:18PM

Lifestyle

Even Kim Jong-un’s threats of nuclear war can’t divert world attention from the main event on the Korean peninsula this week – the launch of Psy’s hugely anticipated follow-up to his global hit...

03:12PM

I applaud the Chinese documentary A Clear Sky  - which recently premiered at the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Updated 16:36PM

Chinese-French abstract painter Zao Wou-ki, who died on Tuesday at his home Switzerland aged 93, has been praised by experts and critics as a significant figure in 20th-century Chinese art who...

12:30PM

During the week of Lunar New Year, Xidan Bookstore in the city centre was a hive of activity.

12:05PM

09:31AM

I have been divorced for four years and now plan to marry my girlfriend of two years. But my daughter, 16, might move to Hong Kong. Her mother in Britain has threatened several times to send her...

09:31AM

People are taking to running in record numbers, so it's no surprise that selling running shoes - the only essential gear you need for the sport - has become a lucrative business.

09:31AM

Growing up in a small village in Cologne, Germany, Martin Lieberz fell in love with sport at an early age.

09:35AM

Sport

Lionel Messi came off the bench with half an hour remaining on Wednesday to inspire Barcelona to a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint Germain which took his team through to the Champions League semi-finals...

09:41AM

Guan Tianlang has been the talk of Augusta this week, with seasoned pros amazed as much by the 14-year-old Chinese player's poise and maturity as his ball-striking as he prepares to become the...

04:26AM

Second half goals from Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro sealed Bayern Munich’s Champions League semi-final place with a classy 2-0 win over Juventus on Wednesday.

09:47AM

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One of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the Russian Arctic region is again drawing interest after decades out in the cold

 

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The best from the catwalks of Paris and Milan

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Size is starting to matter at trendsetting restaurants

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Dean Cecilia Chang defrauded a US university for three decades - but who else knew?

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Let there be light with spring's wash of modern pastels

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Let's party with the latest in shimmer and smouldering colour

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Hermès vs LVMH: Inside fashion's bitterest corporate battle

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Investors set to grasp Myanmar's glittering window of opportunity

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Property

A downtown mansion near Singapore's Orchard Road is going on the market for a jaw-dropping S$300 million (HK$1.88 billion), with the owner betting that developers may profit from dividing the site...

02:18AM

A week after most mainland cities announced details of the latest round of State Council-ordered cooling measures, home sales in the secondary market across the country plunged as much as 90 per...

05:07AM

Wheelock Properties yesterday outbid eight developers to win a residential site in Tseung Kwan O for HK$2.45 billion for what is to be its third development in the district.

05:07AM

Technology

In his latest dispatch from the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shows us what happens when you feel like you just need to let it all out.

05:52PM

The first Bioshock was an instant classic, breaking free from the first-person shooter mould by focusing as much on its original sci-fi story and imaginative steampunk visuals as its exciting...

04:21PM

Forget Freud and psychotherapy. You want to read dreams, get an MRI and a pattern recognition program for your computer. Researchers have managed what they said was "the world's first decoding" of...

09:55AM

Debates

Housing was the dominant theme of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's maiden policy address last month. His plans include rezoning green-belt land, reclamation outside Victoria Harbour and stepping...

04:58AM

Leung Chun-ying's maiden policy address lasted for more than two hours and covered everything from housing supply to help for the disabled. But the chief executive has faced a growing wave of...

06:51AM

The appearance of colonial-era flags at recent demonstrations in the city has infuriated mainland commentators and former top officials.

05:24AM

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