Bo Xilai's trial (day 4): Bo calls former police chief 'abominable' liar

China's disgraced 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.

Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 2:13pm More on Bo Xilai

American drug smuggler Jon Garlock's jail term slashed after transfer to US

Jon Randall Garlock, who was granted a prison transfer from Hong Kong to the United States in 2011, is now free despite having served just a fraction of his 24-year sentence, angering justice officials and lawmakers.

Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 6:38am 18 comments

British women 'beaten and left stranded' following row in Guangzhou shoe shop

Two British women who travelled to Guangzhou on a week-long shopping trip in June remain stuck in the city two months later after an argument over counterfeit slippers led to them allegedly being assaulted.

Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 6:48am 9 comments

US confident of TPP deal by October

The United States and 11 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region have begun a final push to reach a landmark trade deal this year and hope for significant progress by an October meeting of leaders in Bali, the top US trade official said.

Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 7:21am 1 comment

Taipei rejects, and analysts doubt, report US would consider grand bargain on Taiwan arms sales

Reports in mainland state media that Beijing is seeking to set up a working group with the US on arms sales to Taiwan has put renewed focus on the military relations between Beijing, Taipei and Washington.

25 August 2013 - 6:54am 1 comment

US naval forces 'repositioned' amid calls for strike against Syria

The United States is repositioning naval forces in the Mediterranean and is ready to act if Barack Obama calls for a strike against Syria, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel indicated.

25 August 2013 - 7:56am 1 comment

Outspoken Chinese American investor Charles Xue detained in Beijing 'prostitution bust'

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Famous Chinese-American angel investor and social media celebrity Charles Xue has been detained in Beijing for suspected involvement in prostitution, the Beijing police said on Sunday. 

25 August 2013 - 3:40pm 3 comments More on Charles Xue

Chinese reporter detained after accusing official

Police have detained a Chinese journalist on suspicion of causing trouble after he openly alleged that a senior government official was negligent with his public duties, lawyers said Saturday.

25 August 2013 - 8:52am 3 comments

Guardian strikes deal with The New York Times to share Edward Snowden's leaked documents

25 August 2013 - 7:56am 1 comment

San Diego mayor resigns over sex-harassment suit

25 August 2013 - 7:56am

India's onion crisis may end in election tears for government as prices rocket

25 August 2013 - 7:21am

Ballmer's net worth soars on retirement announcement

25 August 2013 - 6:49am 1 comment

Mooncake ban may be too late to halt extravagance

25 August 2013 - 6:48am

Disaffection with Leung Chun-ying sees renewed flight to Vancouver, says activist

25 August 2013 - 6:38am 9 comments

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SFC and Department of Justice must get over their differences

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The Securities and Futures Commission long ago shed its reputation as a toothless tiger to become a financial market regulator to be reckoned with. Victories in a crackdown on insider dealing and market manipulation are testament to that. Those investigations resulted in successful prosecutions by the Department of Justice, with courts imposing heavy penalties and compensation for investors, and enhanced Hong Kong's reputation for having a level playing field.

Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 5:24am

Celebrating Hong Kong

Spirit of Hong Kong

Local trainer blitzes the field

Champion trainer Dennis Yip Chor-hong will have no shortage of support in the grandstands and around the paddocks for the coming horse racing season.

In less than three weeks he hopes to see his stable steal a march on his rivals in the opening meeting at Sha Tin.

Angel of Temple Street

Octogenarian dancer brings cheer to elderly

Small miracles: How hundreds of babies left in a squalid orphanage found loving adoptive parents

Uniquely Hong Kong

Dim Sum: A tradition that's anything but dim

“Making dim sum isn’t easy," says chef Mak Gui-pui. “There are many factors that can influence the taste. Take barbecued pork buns - even the weather can affect the outcome,” he adds.

He is talking about how higher external temperatures can hasten the process of fermentation, making it easier for baked goods to turn sour in hot weather.

As the founder of Tim Ho Wan, one of Hong Kong’s most popular dim sum restaurants, Mak, 50, knows what he's talking about.

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Talking to the dead: the art of making Taoist paper effigies

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Hong Kong

China graft crackdown hits Hong Kong's 'Dried Seafood Street'

In a narrow Hong Kong street filled with the tang of dried sea creatures, shopkeepers are blaming China's recent corruption crackdown for falling sales of expensive banquet foods such as shark fin and abalone.

Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 12:12pm 2 comments

Asia

Mumbai police arrest fifth man in gang-rape case

Mumbai police on Sunday arrested the fifth and final member of a gang suspected of raping a photographer, a crime that reignited anger about women’s safety in India following a similar attack last year.

Updated Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 4:35pm

China Insider

Outspoken Chinese American investor Charles Xue detained in Beijing 'prostitution bust'

25 August 2013 - 3:40pm 3 comments
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Bo Xilai's trial (day 4): Bo calls former police chief 'abominable' liar

25 August 2013 - 2:13pm
MEDIA

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

24 August 2013 - 3:07pm 10 comments
Live blog

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

24 August 2013 - 9:03pm 1 comment
MOTORING

Electric cars in China: Tesla opens pre-orders for mainland customers

23 August 2013 - 3:37pm
Live blog

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

24 August 2013 - 10:16am 1 comment
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Pictures: the moment a monster Qiantang River tidal wave washed tourists away

23 August 2013 - 3:05pm
CULTURAL REVOLUTION

Liberal website pulls 'Cultural Revolution confession' writing contest

23 August 2013 - 1:05pm 1 comment
INVESTMENT BANKING

Hardworking Chinese financiers grapple with Bank of America intern's death

23 August 2013 - 11:29am 2 comments
CITY LIFE

Multimillionaire couple in Hubei now bus drivers

23 August 2013 - 8:20am
Morning Clicks

China news round-up: State media slam Bo Xilai's 'final madness', no mooncakes for cadres

23 August 2013 - 9:19am
AVIATION

Irate TV host calls for sacking of aviation chief

23 August 2013 - 4:20am
IMPORTED FOOD

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

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 1 comment

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
PROPERTY

Henderson boss stays hopeful as profit falls

23 August 2013 - 5:30am

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Hitchcock prefigured

The first Hitchcock film I ever saw I was about eight or nine. It was The Birds," Robin Baker recalls with animated enthusiasm.

Updated Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 4:20pm

A gentle push

Updated 25 August 2013 - 4:20pm

Postcard: Locarno

Updated 25 August 2013 - 4:20pm

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

21 August 2013 - 10:20pm

Wine Tasting: Cristal and company from Louis Roederer

22 August 2013 - 10:29pm

Hong Kong, mainland Chinese students set sights on Mars landing

A handful of Hong Kong and mainland Chinese are among more than 165,000 people from 140 countries vying to spend the rest of their lives on Mars.

Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 8:34am

China's high-speed-rail programme a case of too far, too fast

25 August 2013 - 4:58am

Tiny bat defies the rule about longevity

25 August 2013 - 4:58am

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Sport

Relief for Wenger as Arsenal's young British players steal show at Fulham

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hit out at critics who say he does not give young British players a chance after fielding five in their 3-1 win over Fulham yesterday.

Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 5:02am
RUGBY UNION

Referee killed the game for us, fumes McKenzie

The All Blacks' 27-16 win over the Wallabies in their Rugby Championship rematch left Australian coach Ewen McKenzie fuming at rulings by referee Jaco Peyper which he felt changed the course of the game.

25 August 2013 - 5:02am

Novak Djokovic addresses United Nations

25 August 2013 - 5:02am

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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.

Wednesday, 21 August, 2013, 10:20pm 1 comment

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