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Eleven people have been killed and 50 others injured in a fire in central China’s Hubei province that spread to a hotel.

The fire broke out just after 6.30am on Sunday in Xiangyang city and...

Updated 16:54PM

A 34-year-old man from Kaifeng is reported to be in critical condition, while the other, a 65-year-old farmer from Zhoukou, is stable, according to the Xinhua news agency.

01:09PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Japan on Sunday, the last stop on an Asian tour aimed at solidifying support for curbing North Korea’s nuclear programme and reassuring US allies after...

03:46PM

A wave of wealthy immigrants from mainland China is transforming Vancouver in Canada, but the influx has seen property prices soar and most are reluctant to give up Chinese citizenship.

07:46AM

Indonesian investigators on Sunday began working to determine what caused a new Lion Air passenger jet to miss a runway while landing on the resort island of Bali, crashing into the sea without...

02:57PM

The atmosphere was more street carnival than riot, with people of all ages – many of them barely born when she left office in 1990 – dancing, playing tambourines, blowing whistles and horns.

03:52PM

Shop owners in Fenghuang old town, a popular tourist site in Hunan province , have seen business fall by as much as half since the local government introduced an entry fee for tourists last week....

01:56PM

The Obama administration has put Japan on notice that it is watching its economic policies to ensure they were not aimed at devaluing the yen to gain a competitive advantage.

07:46AM

The crime thriller won in nine categories, making mystery drama The Bullet Vanishes the big loser, having received the same number of nominations as Cold War, 12, but winning none.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong's biggest corruption case took a new twist when a man insisting on anonymity filed a legal bid to stop the prosecutors disclosing to the defendants materials seized from him.

05:13AM

The academic behind a plan to block traffic in Central in the fight for democracy is seeking to move the debate on universal suffrage beyond the issue of screening candidates.

06:02AM

The crime thriller won in nine categories, making mystery drama The Bullet Vanishes the big loser, having received the same number of nominations as Cold War, 12, but winning none.

03:26PM

You could call it manna from heaven, a parish priest in Ireland got the shock of his life last week when a mystery woman from Hong Kong appeared on the doorstep of his church and handed him a €100...

06:02AM

China

Eleven people have been killed and 50 others injured in a fire in central China’s Hubei province that spread to a hotel.

The fire broke out just after 6.30am on Sunday in Xiangyang city and...

Updated 16:54PM

Top Chinese leaders urged the United States to settle its differences with Beijing on the basis of mutual respect, after declaring Sino-US relations solid during meetings with US Secretary of...

06:16AM

A 34-year-old man from Kaifeng is reported to be in critical condition, while the other, a 65-year-old farmer from Zhoukou, is stable, according to the Xinhua news agency.

01:09PM

Shop owners in Fenghuang old town, a popular tourist site in Hunan province , have seen business fall by as much as half since the local government introduced an entry fee for tourists last week....

01:56PM

Asia

Indonesian investigators on Sunday began working to determine what caused a new Lion Air passenger jet to miss a runway while landing on the resort island of Bali, crashing into the sea without...

02:57PM

World

The atmosphere was more street carnival than riot, with people of all ages – many of them barely born when she left office in 1990 – dancing, playing tambourines, blowing whistles and horns.

03:52PM

One month after Hugo Chavez died, his leftist legacy goes on the line after a swift but bitter race between Maduro, the acting president who casts himself as the late leader’s “son,” and...

02:52PM

The two men have been at loggerheads amid mounting criticism of Fayyad’s economic policies by Abbas’s ruling Fatah movement, but Washington had lobbied hard for the 61-year-old, US-educated...

11:37AM

Business

The price of gold fell to its lowest level in more than 18 months amid fears that sales of the precious metal forced on Cyprus by its desperate financial plight would lead to wholesale dumping by...

07:46AM

The People's Bank of China set the midpoint at 6.2506 yuan per US dollar - up from the fixing of 6.2578 on Thursday - ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Asia. The yuan jumped...

06:22AM

Shanghai plans to establish a secondary market to enhance liquidity for private equity funds, creating a new exit for embattled early investors amid a drought in initial public offerings.

04:58AM

The rapid development of new central business districts (CBDs) by local governments on the mainland will result in the real estate market being flooded with a huge volume of new commercial...

06:25AM

The British Virgin Islands has chosen Hong Kong as its headquarters for a new push into the Asian market as it faces a global storm linked to a massive leak of client data and claims of secrecy,...

05:03AM

Lifestyle

On December 26, 2004, when the tsunami broke across the shores of the Indian Ocean, killing at least 275,000 people in a dozen countries, my three small children and I were paddling in the sea in...

Updated 16:39PM

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

One of the highlights of last month's Geneva Motor Show was the Rolls-Royce Wraith, the ultra-luxury carmaker's new gran turismo. And it wasn't long before it made an appearance in the city where...

10:00AM

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

Sport

Snedeker kept his cool in the suffocating pressure of Augusta National to shoot a flawless three-under par 69 to finish the day at seven-under and in sight of a first major title.

12:59PM

As bad as things seemed for Mark Webber at the Malaysian Grand Prix, they took a sharp turn for the worse at the Chinese Formula One GP yesterday.

04:44AM

Arsenal scored three times in the last five minutes to beat Norwich City 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium and leap to third place in the Premier League table.

04:44AM

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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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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

The new “digital public library” set to launch this month aims to provide an alternative to Google for those looking for American cultural information online.

12:38PM

The scientists who were recruited to appear at a conference called Entomology-2013 thought they had been selected to make a presentation to the leading scientists who study insects. But they found...

02:16AM

In the rapidly developing technology of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), machines are "hearing" and understanding spoken language, and performing actions on verbal commands.

02:16AM

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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