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China's richest man, Zong Qinghou, may be known for his frugality, but he bailed on two free dinners in February, snubbing invitations from Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister David...

10:17AM

Two large state-owned enterprises are swooping on the Hong Kong market with their long-awaited IPOs almost simultaneously this week, and the prospect of two large offerings is likely to cast a...

02:01PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing on Monday, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to follow him later this week.

01:38PM

Shanghai authorities are testing mislabelled mutton from a wholesaler a government website said supplies a chain of hot pot restaurants run by US fast food firm Yum Brands, the latest safety scare...

12:24PM

The Ministry of Land and Resources tells its officials to limit their wining and dining to government canteens.

02:19PM

Prime Minister Najib Razak stands on firmer ground after gaining his first mandate in weekend elections after years of walking a tightrope between voters demanding change and resistant hardliners...

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Police in Nanjing county, Zhangzhou, detained a 44-year-old woman surnamed Lin and a 33-year-old man, busting an illegal operation in which 40 tonnes of pork was allegedly sold in three months,...

08:37AM

Poultry workers moving between wet markets and farms are probably responsible for the wide geographical spread of the deadly new bird flu virus on the mainland, says a Hong Kong expert invited by...

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Growth in China’s services sector slowed sharply in April to its lowest point since August 2011, a private sector survey showed on Monday, in fresh evidence that economic revival will remain...

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A political activist who was sentenced to jail for burning and defiling the Hong Kong and national flags in protest against mainland human rights abuses had his sentenced halved on appeal in the...

Updated 16:52PM

The trial of four Citizens’ Radio activists for unlicensed broadcasting opened in Eastern Court in Sai Wan Ho on Monday with all four pleading not guilty.

Updated 16:59PM

The preparation work for building two contentious district landmarks has started, despite widespread public criticism of them being too costly and even becoming eyesores.

07:17AM

A cross-party platform similar to the format of the Basic Law Consultative Committee established almost three decades ago could help bring about a breakthrough to the apparent political deadlock...

05:00AM

China

Research by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has surprised even the study's author, who last polled political attitudes in the wake of the Tiananmen uprising in 1989.

Updated 16:11PM

The Ministry of Land and Resources tells its officials to limit their wining and dining to government canteens.

02:19PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing on Monday, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to follow him later this week.

01:38PM

China's richest man, Zong Qinghou, may be known for his frugality, but he bailed on two free dinners in February, snubbing invitations from Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister David...

10:17AM

Asia

At least 28 people have died in street battles between Bangladeshi police and tens of thousands of Islamists, officials said on Monday, deepening the divide between the secular government and...

03:19PM

World

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned against escalating a fraught situation in Syria after Israel struck targets near Damascus on Sunday, targeting what its officials said were...

03:22PM

A limousine taking nine women to a night on the town to celebrate a newlywed bride erupted in flames, killing five of the passengers who were trapped inside as the other four escaped with burn and...

02:45PM

After six consecutive years of brutal recession, with homeless and unemployment rates skyrocketing, Greek society is experiencing an “unheard-of fragmentation”, made worse by fierce austerity...

01:45PM

Business

Growth in China’s services sector slowed sharply in April to its lowest point since August 2011, a private sector survey showed on Monday, in fresh evidence that economic revival will remain...

10:32AM

Subdued factory and investment growth probably capped China’s inflation in April and depressed producer prices for a 14th consecutive month, a Reuters poll showed, clouding the outlook for the...

02:36PM

Two large state-owned enterprises are swooping on the Hong Kong market with their long-awaited IPOs almost simultaneously this week, and the prospect of two large offerings is likely to cast a...

02:01PM

Amazon.com launched an Android application store that offers paid apps in China, beating Google, as the online retailer seeks to increase the amount of digital content it offers in the world’s...

02:46PM

Banks in Singapore are urgently scrutinising their account holders as an imminent deadline on stricter tax evasion measures forces them to decide whether to send some of their wealthiest clients...

01:02PM

Lifestyle

Paul Rose’s powerful bearing and wind-worn face make him easy to spot in the crowded lobby. Sipping tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Rose seems like a man from a different time.

10:21AM

Local primary students have no problem reading and writing the Chinese characters for common words such as “mushroom”, “pumpkin” or even “universal suffrage”. Not so for Pakistani girl Igra Khan,...

10:51AM

An estimated 5 per cent of babies born in Hong Kong are underweight, according to Health Department statistics from 2011, and thus face a greater risk of disease, significant disabilities or even...

10:45AM

The night of December 22, 1995 is so long ago, but it stands out in my memory. I got a call from the ICU that a 30-year-old man, involved in an accident, was deeply comatose.

10:50AM

There was a time when the rest of Asia looked to Japan for fashion trends. That has changed over the past decade in the wake of Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, a tide of Korean television dramas and...

11:20AM
10:40AM

I can still remember being 12 years old and watching Pride and Prejudice on television (not the Keira Knightley version).

10:56AM

Tens of thousands flocked for a glimpse of the yellow inflatable sculpture over the weekend, but it has prompted ridicule among some internet users, and one even posted a video of it exploding,...

07:08AM

Has there ever been a truly great Hong Kong novel - or, for that matter, a great novel about Hong Kong? Asking around various literary types, the question was greeted with a unanimous "no".

03:32PM

Sport

A late own goal from Phil Jones secured Chelsea a 1-0 victory at Manchester United on Sunday to leave the Londoners poised for a top-four finish and a Champions League place next season.

11:42AM

An attempt by the Hong Kong Tennis Association to win back the sport's elite status at the Sports Institute and regain millions of dollars in support has been blocked by University Sports...

03:52AM

Lionel Messi came off the substitute’s bench to score twice and help Barcelona to a 4-2 win at home to Real Betis that moved them to within striking distance of the La Liga title on Sunday.

08:03AM

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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

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

Driven by strong demand, average prices of new homes in 100 major mainland cities rose 1 per cent last month from March, extending the run of increases to 11 consecutive months, the China Index...

03:36AM

Mainland home sales plunged last month after local governments fell in line with control measures demanded by Beijing.

03:34AM

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

Technology

Amazon.com launched an Android application store that offers paid apps in China, beating Google, as the online retailer seeks to increase the amount of digital content it offers in the world’s...

02:46PM

John Ellis, now 66, is one of the foremost experts in the field of particle physics. Ellis has appeared on The Daily Show and in the pages of Vanity Fair and The New York Times, as CERN, its Large...

10:28AM

Hexagonal structures are not rare in nature. For instance, the crystals in our bones and teeth, the apatites, are hexagonal. These apatite crystals contain calcium. The main fraction of calcium of...

02:51AM

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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