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  • April 12, 2013
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Top US officials urged China on Friday to use all its leverage to stop North Korea’s “destabilising” actions on the Korean peninsula, saying it was in regional and global interests.

03:00PM

The death toll from H7N9 bird flu in China reached 10 on Thursday with another victim in Shanghai, as China confirmed 38 human cases of H7N9 avian influenza after announcing on March 31 that it...

12:25PM

Air quality seriously deteriorated in some major metropolises on the mainland last year, but there were surprising improvements in a few cities, said an environmental report released in Beijing...

05:42AM

North Korean soldiers carried out parachute drills along the border with China yesterday as Taiwan's government became the first to urge its citizens to delay visiting South Korea. More than 50...

01:39PM

G8 foreign ministers strongly condemned North Korea over its nuclear programme and said Thursday they were appalled by the rising death toll in Syria as they wrapped up two days of talks that...

11:20AM

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will set up its Asian headquarters in Hong Kong next month despite a worldwide outcry against tax havens after many of its rich clients’ information has been...

Updated 16:22PM

Taiwan's fishery authorities say they would kick out mainland trawlers caught in areas covered under a new Taipei-Tokyo fishing-rights accord reached on Wednesday.

05:15AM

A recovery for Japan's carmakers in the world's largest vehicle market hit a snag yesterday when Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda recalled 32,572 vehicles in China. But that is just a fraction of...

05:31AM

Gigi Chao, the lesbian daughter of property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, said she would never stop trying to get her parents to accept her partner. "I think it will be a great pity if I cannot...

08:40AM

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After nearly a month of belligerent bluster from North Korea, China appears to have had enough, ending its silence about North Korea's brinkmanship and suddenly roaring its disapproval of its ally...

03:12AM

Hong Kong

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will set up its Asian headquarters in Hong Kong next month despite a worldwide outcry against tax havens after many of its rich clients’ information has been...

Updated 16:22PM

American Express is partially withdrawing the concierge service for high-end clients that it launched to mark itself out as a classier option than rivals Visa and MasterCard.

08:34AM

Striking dock workers on Friday staged a sit-in protest outside the offices of billionaire Li Ka-shing, the owner of the main operator of the Kwai Chung cargo terminal where they work.

03:42PM

Martin Lee Chu-ming yesterday retracted a proposal for electoral change he put forward a day earlier and apologised to his critics in the pan-democratic camp, saying he had "let them down".

08:27AM

China

Riot police were called to Fenghuang old town on Thursday as locals protested against a new entry fee for the popular tourist site in Hunan, which was introduced on Wednesday.

03:16PM

China is feeling the man-made heat of global warming. That’s the conclusion drawn by scientists looking at the burning of fossil fuels and one country’s rise in daily temperature spikes.

03:27PM

Blamed for empty shop shelves from Europe to Australia, networks of baby formula traffickers are shipping milk powder to Chinese parents fearful of local products, and working ever harder to meet...

02:36PM

Space is playing an increasing role in security talks between the United States and China, although no formal dialogue dedicated to space security has begun, a senior US State Department official...

09:59AM

Asia

A US government agency has said North Korea has a nuclear weapon it can mount on a missile, adding an ominous dimension to threats of war by Pyongyang.

But the assessment was swiftly...

01:51PM

World

Gun control supporters in the US Senate won the first showdown over how to respond to the December school shootings in Connecticut, defeating an effort by conservatives to derail firearms...

Updated 16:04PM

The late Hugo Chavez’s self-declared socialist revolution will be put to the test at a presidential election on Sunday that pits his chosen successor against a younger rival promising change in...

Updated 16:43PM

Even as US officials this week awaited the arrival of a sample of the new bird flu virus from China - typically the first step in making a flu vaccine - government-backed researchers had already...

02:43PM

Business

New loans extended by mainland banks and non-bank entities grew more than anticipated last month, suggesting there is ample liquidity available to support a recovery in the world's second-largest...

05:58AM

The H7N9 bird flu outbreak has already had an impact on stocks of firms in expected sectors, such as restaurants, and unexpected ones, including carmakers. Now the new strain of avian flu, which...

05:59AM

Preliminary figures from the Rating and Valuation Department's "Hong Kong Property Review 2013" report shows that 15,820 new flats will go on the market next year, 16.8 per cent more than this...

06:00AM

Industrial Securities, a medium-sized brokerage on the mainland, is considering a listing in Hong Kong as it follows bigger domestic rivals in exploring overseas markets.

05:43AM

American Express is partially withdrawing the concierge service for high-end clients that it launched to mark itself out as a classier option than rivals Visa and MasterCard.

08:34AM

Lifestyle

With an impressive body of work from more than three decades of directing, Chen Xinyi might be described as the high priestess of mainland theatre.

10:01AM

Sri Lankan cuisine features scorching chillies, spicy curries, crisp breakfast hoppers (a bowl-shaped pancake made from rice flour and coconut milk) and tangy pickles, and although you can taste...

10:01AM

It all started a year ago when the peplum - a flared, gathered or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist - began to appear on spring-summer 2012 catwalks. While adding an extra bit of...

10:42AM

We've had smartphones and smart cars. Now it's time to embrace smart glass.

10:00AM

"If you've only tasted mass market beer, I'm afraid you haven't actually tasted beer at all," says Garrett Oliver.

That's unlikely to be the view a number of large corporations in the...

10:04AM

It took a high school exchange trip to Japan and some nudging from his mother for the head chef and co-owner of Sushi O to pursue a culinary career. Ian Persi - or just Persi, as he prefers to be...

10:01AM

The University of Hong Kong Museum Society's silver anniversary gala dinner a fortnight ago proved to be a splendid affair.

10:00AM

10:01AM

Sport

Chinese 14-year-old schoolboy Guan Tianlang turned his historic first round at the 77th Masters on Thursday into one for the ages, firing a one-over par 73 to stand as the low amateur player.

09:14AM

The Hong Kong Football Association will revisit its eligibility rules after league champions Kitchee were found to have fielded a Hong Kong-born New Zealand national as a local despite him not...

04:31AM

Sebastian Vettel intensified his fight with Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, saying the Australian hurt the team in the past and did not deserve consideration in the Malaysian team orders affair.

04:41AM

Magazines

7 Apr 2013

On the run in Pyongyang

5 Apr 2013

The new voice of avant-garde Asia

31 Mar 2013

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

 

24 Mar 2013

The best from the catwalks of Paris and Milan

20 Mar 2013

Size is starting to matter at trendsetting restaurants

17 Mar 2013

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

8 Mar 2013

The new voice of avant-garde Asia

5 Mar 2013

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

14 Dec 2012

Asian jewellers winning fans in the west

22 Nov 2012

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

19 Nov 2012

Hermès vs LVMH: Inside fashion's bitterest corporate battle

15 Nov 2012

Restaurants where you can savour the finest views of the city

27 Sep 2012

Pucker up to the bright, bold and beautiful pouts of autumn

17 Sep 2012

Investors set to grasp Myanmar's glittering window of opportunity

6 Sep 2012

Delicious new blends

Property

Preliminary figures from the Rating and Valuation Department's "Hong Kong Property Review 2013" report shows that 15,820 new flats will go on the market next year, 16.8 per cent more than this...

06:00AM

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

Technology

We've had smartphones and smart cars. Now it's time to embrace smart glass.

10:00AM

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

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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