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Tenno heika banzai, or “long live the emperor”, was commonly chanted by Japanese soldiers in the second world war, said CCTV, adding that it is “extremely unusual” for a top government official to...

01:02PM

The scandal-plagued Red Cross Society of China has admitted that more than 80 million yuan donated (HK$100 million) by more than 100 Chinese artists to build an art school and fund other...

05:46AM

Investigators found no foreign links to extremist violence in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region last week in which 25 people died, state media said on Thursday, diverging from past claims that...

01:13PM

The death toll from the H7N9 bird flu virus has risen to 25, state media said on Thursday as the World Health Organisation warned the influenza virus was “one of the most lethal” ever seen.

Updated 16:17PM

China still follows regulations adopted from the Soviet Union to test bottled drinking water, the Beijing News reported on Thursday.

02:48PM

WATCH THE VIDEO | The inflatable sculpture, by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, finally set sail after weeks of tests. It will be on display near Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui until June 9.

Updated 16:48PM

Referring to China as "the land of Fu Manchu", where people say "ching-ching, chop suey", might have been considered acceptable, even amusing, when the lyrics were originally penned in the US in...

08:30AM

Gambling revenue in Macau, the world’s biggest gaming destination, rose 13.2 per cent in April year-on-year, buoyed by strong demand from wealthy Chinese punters.

02:53PM

Angry labourers started taking to the streets the day after the disaster, blocking major highways to several industrial areas outside the capital, Dhaka.

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Hong Kong

The last time Hong Kong was this cold in May, the world was still fighting a great war, the Legislative Council had just eight official members and Russia's Romanovs were still in power.

02:10PM

WATCH THE VIDEO | The inflatable sculpture, by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, finally set sail after weeks of tests. It will be on display near Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui until June 9.

Updated 16:48PM

The managing director of investigation firm Verity Consulting, Kelvin Ko Chiu, said sick leave claims involving private companies and their insurers now accounted for more than 50 per cent of his...

07:25AM

The plan is expected to touch on the size and composition of the future nominating committee for chief executive candidates, and the interpretation of the "democratic procedures" prescribed in the...

05:09AM

China

The final day of a Chinese holiday marked terror for more than 20 people who fell into a river when a suspension bridge tilted in the tourist town of Fenghuang. All of them survived.

01:20PM

Tenno heika banzai, or “long live the emperor”, was commonly chanted by Japanese soldiers in the second world war, said CCTV, adding that it is “extremely unusual” for a top government official to...

01:02PM

The death toll from the H7N9 bird flu virus has risen to 25, state media said on Thursday as the World Health Organisation warned the influenza virus was “one of the most lethal” ever seen.

Updated 16:17PM

New restrictions on using military licence plates on luxury cars came into effect in the mainland on Wednesday - prompting an immediate wave of furious microblog posts exposing vehicles still...

11:58AM

Asia

An Indian man on death row in Pakistan for spying died on Thursday nearly a week after he was attacked by fellow prisoners, who were swiftly charged with murder as New Delhi demanded justice.

02:37PM

World

In Kentucky, where some children get their first guns even before they start first grade, Stephanie Sparks was cleaning the kitchen as her five-year-old son played with the small rifle he was...

03:35PM

US authorities on Wednesday charged three men with interfering with the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing, saying they hid fireworks and a backpack belonging to one of the suspected...

05:30AM

Referring to China as "the land of Fu Manchu", where people say "ching-ching, chop suey", might have been considered acceptable, even amusing, when the lyrics were originally penned in the US in...

08:30AM

Business

Gambling revenue in Macau, the world’s biggest gaming destination, rose 13.2 per cent in April year-on-year, buoyed by strong demand from wealthy Chinese punters.

02:53PM
03:15PM

China’s factory-sector growth eased in April as new export orders fell for the first time this year, a private survey showed on Thursday, suggesting the euro zone recession and sluggish US demand...

11:04AM

Executives from Google and its auditor Ernst & Young will be called again to a British parliament committee to testify on tax, after a Reuters investigation highlighted inconsistencies in the...

02:44PM

The first Chinese-owned vehicle manufacturer in the United States has unveiled ambitious plans to build as many as 1,000 electric buses a year at a refurbished RV manufacturing plant in the Mojave...

10:50AM

Lifestyle

The West Kowloon museum has received its first donation from a Hong Kong collector, who hopes to challenge people's ideas about art and politics with a performance work featuring two security...

05:09AM

Designer and artist Stanley Wong Ping-pui has made the largest-ever donation of his works to the planned M+ museum, and he will donate more. The trans-disciplinary creative personality who slides...

05:09AM

A distorted life-sized taxi, a symphony of sounds made by MTR turnstiles, five women dressed up as Hong Kong's five tallest buildings. These are just a few of the Hong Kong-inspired contemporary...

05:47AM

An international school or English Schools Foundation (ESF) education is usually the default choice for expatriate families in Hong Kong. But this may not be the case for much longer.

09:49AM

In a clinic a short stroll from Mong Kok MTR station, Jeremy Ritcey yelps in pain. "That was getting close to a 10," he says, laughing nervously to distract himself from the needles piercing his...

10:01AM

Ahead of the launch of its 2013/14 season this Friday, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its new concertmaster, Jing Wang, a 28-year old Canadian-Chinese, to succeed incumbent...

10:25AM

City Contemporary Dance Company's full-length production The Buying Game explores that most Hong Kong of occupations - shopping.

10:29AM

Sarah Webb, author of the popular teen-advice series Ask Amy Green, has been shortlisted twice for Britain's Queen of Teen awards and the Irish Book Awards, and her other books have won acclaim...

10:37AM

Sport

Bahrain royal Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa became scandal-hit Asian football’s new leader today with a crushing election win following a campaign filled with intrigue and controversy.

12:30PM

Bayern Munich stormed fortress Nou Camp to claim a berth in the first all-German Champions League final when they routed Barcelona 3-0 on Wednesday for a crushing 7-0 aggregate success that saw...

08:03AM

Captain Sam Warburton has insisted that the British and Irish Lions have the talent and depth in their backline to match Australia out wide this summer and will not play "10-man rugby".

05:43AM

Magazines

2 May 2013

Five top stylists work the key trends for summer

28 Apr 2013

Charity work, violence colour the reputation of Ananda Marga

25 Apr 2013

Britpop darlings go out with a bang

23 Apr 2013

Swing into summer with the hottest hairstyles

22 Apr 2013

How women can hit their full earnings potential

21 Apr 2013

Demographics and distance from home help forge close bonds between domestic helpers
 

18 Apr 2013

Four celebrity offspring make their way in the world of showbiz

14 Apr 2013

Getting to grips with ever-evolving Cantonese

7 Apr 2013

On the run in Pyongyang

5 Apr 2013

The new voice of avant-garde Asia

20 Mar 2013

Size is starting to matter at trendsetting restaurants

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

Property

Causeway Bay is to lose a popular pub and restaurant on Hoi Ping Road to an office development. Landlord Hysan Development told more than 20 tenants of Sunning Plaza several weeks ago they would...

03:44AM

The exodus of investors from Hong Kong's property market - sparked by the government's measures in February to curb speculation - is continuing, with buyers now seeking alternatives in the West....

03:44AM

The Residential Properties (First-hand Sales) Ordinance, aimed at shielding buyers from dishonest sales practices, came into force on Monday and will affect the launch of new flats in the short...

03:44AM

Technology

Facebook, its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and dozens of banks asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit accusing the social media company of misleading investors about its financial...

02:48PM

Executives from Google and its auditor Ernst & Young will be called again to a British parliament committee to testify on tax, after a Reuters investigation highlighted inconsistencies in the...

02:44PM

Microsoft is seeing slow sales of a version of Windows designed for thin and light tablets, even as the tablet market as a whole is growing, a research firm reported.

02:13PM

Debates

Reporters Victoria Ruan and Celine Sun spoke to senior executives and observers from several countries on the sidelines of this month's Boao Forum. Many believe China will maintain its rapid...

06:02AM

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

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