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Chinese authorities have filed criminal charges against nearly a dozen public officials blamed for the high death toll in a fire last month that killed 121 people in a poultry plant in the...

2:32PM

China and Russia kicked off their largest-ever joint naval drills on Friday in the Sea of Japan, a further sign of the broad-based progress in ties between the former cold war rivals.

4:38PM

Shanghai officials are banking on its role as the mainland’s first free-trade zone to put the city among the world’s top financial centres. Under the plan, endorsed by the State Council on...

5:00AM

Four years after deadly ethnic clashes erupted in Xinjiang's Urumqi, the city appeared peaceful amid tightened security - but people's grievances remained. The centre of the city was closely...

5:54AM

China has proposed to cap the annual volume of its solar panel exports to the European Union and set a minimum price of its products sold there in an effort to resolve a potentially costly trade...

11:30AM

A Beijing woman jumped in front of a subway train in an apparent suicide attempt on Thursday, and miraculously survived after the train passed over her before stopping, said a media report based...

12:57PM

A four-year-old girl found begging naked and smoking cigarettes in Nanjing has been returned to her hometown, police said, after outrage online prompted authorities to action.

10:59AM

The Edward Snowden saga took a bizarre twist yesterday after former Russian spy-turned- celebrity Anna Chapman apparently proposed to the US fugitive whistle-blower via Twitter. In an unverified...

9:57AM

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday told his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang their countries’ relationship was “sweeter than honey”, during a visit to Beijing with economic ties at the...

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Coming up in SCMP

July 
5
  • Hong Kong needs double its hotel rooms, more attractions to sustain tourism growth, commission told 
  • New plans for New Territories development eyes two towns instead of three, providing 70,000 units for 170,000 people
  • Urumqi authorites tighten security on city's 4,000 public buses after deadly terror attacks
   

 

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Celebrating Hong Kong

Heartbeat of Hong Kong

In the difficult days of Sars, Freeman Lo Wing-cheung decided Hong Kong people needed cheering up. His remedy, a video evoking the city's can-do spirit, was an instant hit, getting 300,000...

5:25AM

At a casual glance, a fish stored in Rebecca Lee Lok-sze's home could be a typical Hong Kong salted variety.

But it's actually preserved in formalin and comes from Antarctica.

8:56AM

Uniquely Hong Kong

Professional letter writers were once a common sight on Hong Kong’s streets, but today only a few survive. In the latest episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, we talk to Pun Tse-ching about...

6:10PM

In this latest episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, a traditional rice shop owner laments how his business is declining in changing times, but argues it still has a vital role to play

6:11PM

Hong Kong

Hong Kong travel agencies have cancelled all tour groups to Egypt amid political upheaval in the African country.

Seven tour groups that had planned to visit the nation from now to July 20...

2:27PM

Peter Chan Chun-chuen, described by a judge as insidious, shameless and extremely greedy, was jailed on Friday for 12 years for forging a will purportedly left by late billionaire Nina Wang Kung...

Updated 4:51PM

Looking scared and red-faced, Peter Chan Chun-chuen was locked up on Thursday after he was found guilty of forging a will purportedly left by late billionaire Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum. After almost...

9:35AM

The government has introduced significant changes to its HK$120 billion new town project in the northeast New Territories that it says are designed to heed demands from affected residents and...

5:43AM

China

China and Russia kicked off their largest-ever joint naval drills on Friday in the Sea of Japan, a further sign of the broad-based progress in ties between the former cold war rivals.

4:38PM

China is investigating Swedish packaging giant Tetra Pak over the possible “misuse of its market dominance”, state media reported on Friday, as authorities ramp up scrutiny of foreign firms in the...

3:28PM

A 115-year-old woman from Chengdu city is on track to become the world’s oldest person, one Chinese newspaper claims.

3:13PM

A man in Shenzhen has been making a living by crashing cars for nearly three years, averaging to one crash every three days, police said after his arrest.

12:41PM

Asia

A bankrupt New Zealand coal company was ordered on Friday to pay the families of 29 miners killed in a 2010 methane explosion, though they may receive just a fraction of the compensation.

4:03PM

World

Bolivia’s president threatened on Thursday to close the US embassy as leftist Latin American leaders joined him in blasting Europe and the United States after his plane was rerouted amid...

3:18PM

The new MERS coronavirus that has claimed dozens of lives in the Middle East does not yet have the ability to trigger a pandemic, but vigilance is needed in case it mutates, French scientists said...

12:01PM

Lawmakers in the Gambia have introduced long jail terms for anyone convicted of going online to poke fun at the government or public officials.

12:20PM

Business

China is investigating Swedish packaging giant Tetra Pak over the possible “misuse of its market dominance”, state media reported on Friday, as authorities ramp up scrutiny of foreign firms in the...

3:28PM

China has proposed to cap the annual volume of its solar panel exports to the European Union and set a minimum price of its products sold there in an effort to resolve a potentially costly trade...

11:30AM

China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group, China’s largest private shipbuilder, appealed for financial help from the Chinese government and big shareholders on Friday after cutting its workforce and...

12:48PM

Asian markets climbed on Friday after the European Central Bank said it would keep interest rates at record lows for “as long as necessary”, while concerns over Portugal’s political crisis also...

11:00AM

Apple is in a waiting period with the US gadget giant seeking the “next big direction” almost two years after the death of its groundbreaking boss Steve Jobs, the company’s co-founder Steve...

11:16AM

Lifestyle

Brunei last month became the first Asian country to issue a nationwide ban on the sale of shark's fin.

9:39AM

It may sound improbable, but Hong Kong wine lovers have Robert Mugabe to thank for a rare opportunity to commission their own customised barrels of wine.

9:39AM

Nods to David Bowie were everywhere in Paris.

9:39AM

More than 600 stately princes ruled over half of India's territory during British colonial times. Along with their opulent palaces and grand mansions, other trappings of royalty included fleets of...

9:39AM

From afar, China seems like an emerging design powerhouse. Every year, more than 10,000 students graduate from the mainland's 400 design schools.

9:39AM

It's rare for there to be a stampede to buy a celebrity wine. And rarer still when that wine is a rosé. But two things made Chateau Miraval sell 6,000 bottles in five hours, and provoke articles...

9:39AM

A mixologist friend once told me that his Japanese counterparts held Western bartenders in low esteem. I'm afraid Yoshitomo Hiramatsu has just independently confirmed this. "Bartending in other...

9:39AM

Among those contributing to the din at Delaney's pub in Wan Chai on a recent Thursday evening was group of about 20 people, discussing, of all things, data.

9:12AM

Sport

Sabine Lisicki became the first German woman since 1999 to reach a Grand Slam final when she defeated Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 9-7 yesterday in a thrilling Wimbledon semi-final.

5:05AM

Officials on both sides of the equator admitted yesterday that passage of the Betting Duty (Amendment) Bill by the Legislative Council did not make international commingling a certainty for...

5:14AM

Hong Kong's bid to qualify for two major International Cricket Council tournaments over the next six months has received a major boost with 10 of its top players receiving government funding from...

5:14AM

Magazines

5 Jul 2013

Food for thought

4 Jul 2013

Essential sounds of summer

30 Jun 2013

Chinese combatants at the Battle of Gettysburg

27 Jun 2013

Superman is back

27 Jun 2013

Six Hong Kong personalities discuss what's in their portfolio

23 Jun 2013

Fishing methods threaten the lives and livelihoods of those who depend on them

20 Jun 2013

Big voice, small package: an audience with Japanese R'n'B superstar Misia

19 Jun 2013

Pâtissiers cater to Hong Kong's growing love of cakes

16 Jun 2013

The last of China's foot-bound women

9 Jun 2013

Family life suits investment guru Jim Rogers

7 Jun 2013

Drawn by design

10 May 2013

Private art collections gain momentum in Asia

23 Apr 2013

Swing into summer with the hottest hairstyles

22 Apr 2013

How women can hit their full earnings potential

20 Mar 2013

Size is starting to matter at trendsetting restaurants

Property

Hong Kong real estate agents are united. On Sunday morning, agents from big and small firms will march to government headquarters at Tamar in Admiralty to protest against measures designed to cool...

5:20AM

The government’s tough revamp of the rules on home sales has seen transactions in the primary market virtually grind to a halt, but some sectors have found a silver lining in the cloud hanging...

5:21AM

Data released by Ricacorp (Commercial, Industrial and Retail) Properties shows the number of retail transactions plunged 85.6 per cent to 158 last month from a peak of 1,098 in February.

5:25AM

Technology

Lawmakers in the Gambia have introduced long jail terms for anyone convicted of going online to poke fun at the government or public officials.

12:20PM

Apple is in a waiting period with the US gadget giant seeking the “next big direction” almost two years after the death of its groundbreaking boss Steve Jobs, the company’s co-founder Steve...

11:16AM

Samsung Electronics missed quarterly earnings forecasts on Friday as it reported a 47 per cent rise in April-June operating profit to a record 9.5 trillion won (HK$65.5 billion), reviving concerns...

10:19AM

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...

6:02AM

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...

4:58AM

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