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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is retiring at the end of the season, bringing an end to more than 26 trophy-filled years at the club.

Updated 16:48PM

China’s top newspaper on Wednesday published a call for a “reconsideration” of Japan’s sovereignty over the island of Okinawa – home to major US bases – with the Asian powers already embroiled in...

Updated 15:59PM

China’s exports and imports grew more than expected in April from a year earlier, possibly easing some of the concerns about weakness in the recovery of the world’s second-largest economy, though...

10:42AM

Activist and former independent candidate to the National People's Congress Liu Ping has been detained on suspicion of inciting subversion of state power after being taken away by state security...

12:37PM

Rumours of a Hong Kong flight attendant rejecting demands from a uniformed military police officer became an instant hit on weibo. The officer wanted to delay take-off so she could go out and buy...

03:44PM

It's long believed that China is “the country of copycats”. However, Chinese netizens are sometimes very creative, especially when using the website of the White House to make jokes about their...

02:23PM

After thrilling thousands of delighted Hong Kongers with their first gig in Hong Kong in their 25-year history, you might have expected the boys from rock band Blur to be chauffeured around the...

03:48PM

The Bank of China has closed the account of a North Korean lender accused by the United States of helping finance Pyongyang's controversial nuclear weapons programme.

09:32AM

The risk of spillover to humans was “constant or growing”, according to one of the authors of a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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The Legislative Council has launched another inquiry into claims that former ICAC chief Timothy Tong Hin-ming overspent on meals and gifts for mainland officials.

Updated 16:15PM

Hong Kong should look into expanding the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens event and organising a large-scale cycling competition to attract more tourists, the new Tourism Board chairman said.

Updated 16:09PM

After thrilling thousands of delighted Hong Kongers with their first gig in Hong Kong in their 25-year history, you might have expected the boys from rock band Blur to be chauffeured around the...

Updated 15:48PM

Students who took part in a protest on Monday when Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying visited City University accused some security guards of unnecessary violent treatment and demanded an explanation...

03:41PM

China

China’s top newspaper on Wednesday published a call for a “reconsideration” of Japan’s sovereignty over the island of Okinawa – home to major US bases – with the Asian powers already embroiled in...

Updated 15:59PM

Rumours of a Hong Kong flight attendant rejecting demands from a uniformed military police officer became an instant hit on weibo. The officer wanted to delay take-off so she could go out and buy...

03:44PM

Activist and former independent candidate to the National People's Congress Liu Ping has been detained on suspicion of inciting subversion of state power after being taken away by state security...

12:37PM

China on Wednesday accused the United States of sowing discord between China and its neighbours after the Pentagon said Beijing was using espionage to fuel its military modernisation, branding...

11:25AM

Asia

Malaysia’s opposition appeared headed for a clash with authorities on Wednesday, saying it would defy a police threat to stop a protest rally by its leader Anwar Ibrahim over disputed election...

11:15AM

World

After months of sharp differences, Russia and the United States have agreed to push both sides in Syria to find an end to the bloodshed.

02:53PM

At least three people were killed and six injured when a container ship rammed a control tower in the northern Italian port city of Genoa late on Tuesday, harbour officials quoted on local...

01:59PM

WATCH THE VIDEO | The Ohio neighbour who helped rescue Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight was being hailed as a hero as his interview with a local television network went viral on the...

10:38AM

Business

The weak Japanese yen underpinned double digit growth in passenger traffic to Japan, Cathay Pacific Airways said on Wednesday, adding that it would increase non-scheduled flights to meet the rise...

01:51PM

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing, Asia’s largest stock exchange by market value, reported a slight gain in first-quarter net profit, beating analysts’ expectations with results that were boosted...

01:54PM

Standard Chartered said on Wednesday its first quarter operating profit was likely to be slightly lower than a year ago as an increase in hiring, and wages, pushed up costs.

02:50PM

Toyota Motor on Wednesday said its full-year net profit more than tripled to 962.1 billion yen (HK$75.3 billion), with the world’s largest automaker also saying it was on track for another soaring...

02:37PM

China Mengniu Dairy said on Wednesday it planned to buy 26.92 per cent of the country’s largest raw milk producer, KKR-backed China Modern Dairy Holdings Ltd, for HK$3.18 billion (US$409.8 million...

02:18PM

Lifestyle

The colourful paintings with themes of natural landscapes and animals can be seen in stops at Wan Chai and Taikoo Shing.

05:13AM

Syrus Kwan Siu-fung flips through his sketchbook, pausing sporadically to name people and places. There is his friend Stephen walking the Tsing Ma Bridge as if it were a tightrope.

11:46AM

The art market seems to be recovering its allure after a year in which no amount of wooing was able to rekindle the fervour of buyers. Sotheby's early April six-day sale indicated that the market...

12:04PM

Julie Eyres has stayed in spas all over the world. But one place she returns to each year is the Ayurveda Spa in the Orange County Resort in Coorg, India.

10:53AM

It's Friday afternoon and the hall at Renaissance College in Ma On Shan is packed with about 250 domestic helpers.

11:32AM

BioFair Palitos Chia Quinoa Snack, New York Superfoods Xpresso Chia Raw Energy Bites and Drink Chia Mango Tangerine.

11:13AM

For a band whose reputation was built around reclusiveness, the music world has been seeing an awful lot of Kraftwerk lately.

11:25AM

My daughter is in Year Two and her school bag is so heavy that I have to carry it for her. Some of her books and folders have half a year's work in and she has to take these to school most days....

11:38AM

Sport

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is retiring at the end of the season, bringing an end to more than 26 trophy-filled years at the club.
Updated 16:50PM

In the biggest professional boxing bout on Chinese soil, Philippine hero Manny Pacquiao will launch his comeback in Macau in November.

03:10PM

Novak Djokovic was dumped out of the Madrid Open in the second round on Tuesday when he went over on his ankle and incurred the wrath of the locals on the way to a shock 7-6 6-7 6-3 reverse to...

03:00PM

Magazines

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Five top stylists work the key trends for summer

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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

Commercial property deals in the city fell sharply over the past three months as short-term investors shied away after the doubling of stamp duty on the purchase of both residential and non-...

02:36AM

Hong Kong- based investment fund Telok Real Estate Partners is looking to add two more projects to its portfolio in Macau, where it expects home prices to continue rising in the face of a severe...

02:34AM

Just eight flats sold at the 10 largest estates tracked by Centaline Property Agency over the weekend, versus 10 the previous weekend. Midland Realty's index of 35 estates fell 5 per cent week on...

02:34AM

Technology

Microsoft is preparing an update to Windows 8 for release later this year. It says the changes are designed to address complaints and confusion with the new operating system.

01:24PM

Silicon Valley is taking itself a tad too seriously, and a few of its shriller residents have taken note.

02:38PM

Microsoft has sold 100 million Windows 8 licences in the six months since launch, roughly in line with the previous version, but wants to combat sputtering interest in its flagship software with a...

02:27PM

Debates

In Tuesday’s Business section, the Monitor column on the back page decided to pick a fight with the front page’s Jake’s View.

10:33AM

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

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  • Hong Kong Hong Kong greets giant Rubber Duck Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's iconic Rubber Duck sails into Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. The 16.5 metre artwork will be on display till June 9th.
  • Health Hong Kong prescribes new dose of old Chinese medicine Chinese medicine is having to adapt to keep younger generations interested. Quick-fix instant powders are increasingly replacing herbal remedies that require hours of boiling, preparation and...
  • World Chevrolet in hot water over 'offensive' ad Automobile giant General Motors is pulling from worldwide markets an advertisement whose jingle refers to China as “the land of Fu Manchu”, where people say “ching-ching, chop suey”.
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