Murder, violence and distrust: Bo Xilai recounts dramatic events before police chief's defection

Bo Xilai on Saturday reconstructed events that led to him slapping the then Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun in the face, and the latter’s dramatic defection to the American consulate in Chengdu.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 10:19pm More on Bo Xilai

'Subordinate, friend and victim' Wang Lijun gives his side of the story

Wang Lijun  – Bo Xilai’s ally turned nemesis – also gave his account of his confrontation with Bo and his dramatic flight to the American consulate in Chengdu . This version is edited and condensed:

“I’m not just a witness; I’m a victim of Bo Xilai’s case.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 10:40pm 1 comment More on Wang Lijun

Bo Xilai's trial (day 3): Bo admits affair, faces former right-hand man Wang Lijun in court

Disgraced Chinese Communist party leader Bo Xilai, once expected by many to take a key leadership position in the leadership transition of 2012, is standing trial on charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power in Jinan, the capital of Shandong province. 

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 9:03pm 1 comment More on Bo Xilai

Bo’s spirited defence unlikely to influence verdict, lawyers say

"Bo was once famous for trampling the law, and now he is promoting the legal progress in China in another role," Chen Youxi, a prominent mainland lawyer, wrote in a microblog post after reading publicly-released court transcripts yesterday of the trial of the disgraced Chongqing party chief.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 5:46am More on Bo Xilai

Gu Kailai reveals son Bo Guagua’s jet-setting lifestyle in testimony

No one knows a man better than his own mother, goes an old Chinese saying. And Gu Kailai - wife of disgraced princeling Bo Xilai - vividly recounted the jaw-dropping luxury university lifestyle of her son, Bo Guagua, during her testimony, as well as others, during her husband's trial.

24 August 2013 - 8:17am 3 comments More on Bo Xilai

Fukushima inspectors ‘careless’, says Japan nuclear regulator

The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant was careless in monitoring tanks storing dangerously radioactive water, the nuclear regulator said on Friday, the latest development in a crisis no one seems to know how to contain.

24 August 2013 - 5:11am More on Fukushima nuclear accident

China trade likely strong in remainder of year, says commerce ministry

Chinese trade growth is likely to rebound further over the remainder of the year after a bounce in July, the Ministry of Commerce forecast yesterday, even as it warned that the economy might fail to achieve its government-set target for trade growth.

24 August 2013 - 5:30am

Global Times report 'inaccurate' and 'misleading', says Singapore's foreign ministry

China’s nationalist newspaper, the Global Times, has made another enemy - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

24 August 2013 - 3:07pm 10 comments

Citizens movement leader Xu Zhiyong arrested

24 August 2013 - 2:59am 3 comments

Giant panda gives birth in Washington, but who's the daddy?

24 August 2013 - 9:33am 1 comment

Liberal website pulls 'Cultural Revolution confession' writing contest

23 August 2013 - 1:05pm 1 comment

Ma Ying-jeou seeks to quiet doubts about Taiwan’s defence

24 August 2013 - 7:49am

UN pushes Syria for chemical probe, activists send samples

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The fundamental condition of childhood," said writer Jane Smiley, "is powerlessness". When Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivered his first policy address in January, there were hopes it would contain the long-overdue commitment to a children's commission, to champion the interests of the child. 

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Vote for chief executive must be wide open, says Regina Ip

Executive councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee wants the city's next leader to be returned by a wide-open vote, saying the existing system has failed to produce "the strongest leader" who can work with different political parties.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 5:12am 23 comments
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ATV chief James Shing ‘not fit to exercise control’

The Communications Authority has ordered Asia Television to remove executive director James Shing Pan-yu from his post for allowing "investor" Wong Ching to interfere in the station's day-to-day operation and fined the station HK$1 million.

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'Subordinate, friend and victim' Wang Lijun gives his side of the story

Wang Lijun  – Bo Xilai’s ally turned nemesis – also gave his account of his confrontation with Bo and his dramatic flight to the American consulate in Chengdu . This version is edited and condensed:

“I’m not just a witness; I’m a victim of Bo Xilai’s case.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 10:40pm 1 comment More on Wang Lijun

Asia

Police arrest 2nd suspect in Mumbai gang rape case

A second man was arrested in the gang rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai, police said on Saturday, promising swift justice for a crime that has renewed public outcry over sexual violence in India.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 3:31pm More on India

Japan turns up pressure on pro-Pyongyang schools

The high concrete walls of Hwang In Suk’s school enclose a world different from the rest of Japan. Another language echoes through the halls. The classrooms, with their chalky blackboards and flimsy desks, look like they haven’t been changed since the 1950s, when the school first opened.

24 August 2013 - 9:30am
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Former Australian leader condemns US gun culture

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Baghdad holds funerals for 28 killed in park suicide bomb

Baghdad residents held funerals on Saturday for victims of a suicide bombing that killed 28 people in a city park, even as authorities pressed operations against militants to stem growing violence.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 8:53pm More on Iraq
SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa’s Mandela unstable at times

The South African government says former leader Nelson Mandela remains in critical but stable condition in hospital, though “medical interventions” are required because his health sometimes becomes unstable.

24 August 2013 - 8:23pm
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Death toll in Lebanon bombings rises to 47

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Global Times report 'inaccurate' and 'misleading', says Singapore's foreign ministry

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24 August 2013 - 9:03pm 1 comment
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Electric cars in China: Tesla opens pre-orders for mainland customers

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Bo Xilai's trial (day 2): Bo says wife 'crazy', perjured against him under duress

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Liberal website pulls 'Cultural Revolution confession' writing contest

23 August 2013 - 1:05pm 1 comment
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Hardworking Chinese financiers grapple with Bank of America intern's death

23 August 2013 - 11:29am 2 comments
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Multimillionaire couple in Hubei now bus drivers

23 August 2013 - 8:20am
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China news round-up: State media slam Bo Xilai's 'final madness', no mooncakes for cadres

23 August 2013 - 9:19am
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Irate TV host calls for sacking of aviation chief

23 August 2013 - 4:20am
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From the Elbe back to the Yangtze, German hairy crabs in hot demand

23 August 2013 - 8:19am
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Caught on camera: high-pressure fountain blasts boy 2m into the air

22 August 2013 - 1:15pm 2 comments
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Anhui policemen watched as man stabbed woman, 17, to death

22 August 2013 - 12:46pm 6 comments
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Business

Alibaba in stand-off with HKEx over Hong Kong IPO

Hong Kong stock market regulators will not grant any special exemptions to ensure a local share listing for mainland e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, sources with direct knowledge of the discussions told the South China Morning Post.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 5:20am 1 comment More on Jack Ma

China trade likely strong in remainder of year, says commerce ministry

Chinese trade growth is likely to rebound further over the remainder of the year after a bounce in July, the Ministry of Commerce forecast yesterday, even as it warned that the economy might fail to achieve its government-set target for trade growth.

24 August 2013 - 5:30am

Property

Going cool on cooling

A property glut in some smaller cities raises questions over how far the mainland's decade-long housing boom can last at a time when the fragile economy is more vulnerable than ever to a possible retreat in the red-hot property market.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 4:23am

Small cities pivotal to property’s support for China’s growth

A property glut in some smaller cities raises questions over how far China’s decade-long housing boom can last at a time when the fragile economy is more vulnerable than ever to a possible retreat in the red-hot property market.

23 August 2013 - 12:59pm
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Henderson boss stays hopeful as profit falls

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Society by James Whittle: Pregnant pause at Shiseido

It was pandemonium at the grand opening of the Shiseido image shop at the IFC Mall, as paparazzi and passers-by flocked to take snapshots of celebrities.

Friday, 23 August, 2013, 10:17am 1 comment

China’s movie market booms with local content

22 August 2013 - 10:52pm 1 comment

Dada Chan and the case of the disappearing career

22 August 2013 - 5:34pm

French restaurant Serge et le Phoque will evolve at its own pace

Late-night chats are not famous for producing ideas that still sound great the next day, if they are remembered at all. Charles Pelletier and chef Frédéric Peneau had one such talk at a wedding reception in Bali, but this idea had some traction.

Friday, 23 August, 2013, 9:44am

Artisan butchers a cut above the rest

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Wine Tasting: Cristal and company from Louis Roederer

22 August 2013 - 10:29pm

Nokia says India 'least favourite market': report

Finnish telecom giant Nokia has told India’s government that the country is now its “least favourable market” to operate in and it makes better sense to export its products from China, a report said on Friday.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 10:04am

Review: Haswell laptops deliver on long battery

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Yahoo passed Google in US Web visitors in July

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Sport

New Zealand beats Australia 27-16

Winger Ben Smith kept up his prolific try-scoring record in test matches this season, touching down twice as New Zealand took advantage of lax defence to beat Australia 27-16 in the Rugby Championship and retain the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 6:49pm More on Rugby Union

Magazines

Noughts and Exes raring to release their third album

"I THINK WE'VE REACHED the perfect symbiotic balance," says Joshua Wong, founder and frontman of Hong Kong indie band Noughts and Exes, who are about to release their third album.

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