Police chief Wang Lijun loved my wife, says Bo Xilai

Bo Xilai used his final session in court yesterday to accuse his former top aide Wang Lijun of being romantically involved with his wife.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:44am More on Bo Xilai

Syria chemical attack ‘undeniable’, says John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that the evidence of a massive deadly chemical attack last week was “undeniable” and accused the Syrian government of trying to cover it up, signaling the United States was edging closer to a possible military response.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:51am More on Syrian Civil War

Kids had plenty to say: UN monitors

Adults should listen to children and pay attention to their needs, visiting members of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child have urged.

Monday, 26 August, 2013, 5:50am

Party slams Hong Kong junkets for business delegations

People's Daily lashed out yesterday at the lavish spending of mainland business delegations when visiting Hong Kong, saying anti-graft officials would investigate and punish those who wasted public funds and "tainted" the government's image.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:32am

Prosecutor demands severe punishment as Bo Xilai trial ends

Chinese prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence for ousted top politician Bo Xilai as his divisive, dramatic trial ended on Monday, saying his “whimsical” challenge to charges of bribery, graft and abuse of power flew in the face of the evidence.

26 August 2013 - 6:18pm 6 comments More on Bo Xilai

Oil company executive latest to be investigated for graft

Wang Yongchun, a deputy general manager of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), is being investigated for "gross violation of party discipline", Xinhua reported yesterday citing the Central Discipline Inspection Commission, the Communist Party's top graft-busting body.

Updated 27 August 2013 - 4:34am

Snowden stayed at Russia’s Hong Kong consulate for two days

Update

Edward Snowden, who exposed mass US surveillance programmes and was granted asylum in Russia, contacted Russian officials before he flew to Moscow and spent two days at the country's diplomatic mission in Hong Kong, a newspaper said yesterday.

27 August 2013 - 3:57am 1 comment More on Edward Snowden

Vicious bus stabbing in Chengdu leaves four dead

A brutal stabbing incident occurred in Chengdu over the weekend, leaving 11 people injured and four dead.

26 August 2013 - 7:33pm

Outspoken celebrity blogger’s arrest triggers online debate

26 August 2013 - 9:49pm

China provokes anger as it ‘restores’ Dalai Lama’s ancestral home

26 August 2013 - 1:04pm

Beijing standardises taxi apps for mobile devices

26 August 2013 - 6:11pm

Japan minister pledges help for stricken Fukushima nuclear plant

27 August 2013 - 1:27am 1 comment

Chinese police detain internet celebrity, journalist in new crackdown

26 August 2013 - 8:57am 19 comments

US crews battle huge wildfire in Yosemite area

26 August 2013 - 8:52pm

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  • What's the harshest punishment Bo Xilai could get after his jaw-dropping defiance in court? 
  • China’s internet regulator CNNIC under “the biggest attack in history”
  • People’s Daily hits out at mainland officials wining and dining in Hong Kong during business delegation visits

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Bo Xilai's trial underlines need for cross-examination in court

JEROME A. COHEN

In order to establish a rule of law worthy of the country, China will require leaders endowed with vision, wisdom and boldness. Several decades of economic, social and legal development have increased popular demand for a legal system that is fair, impartial and reasonably free of politics and corruption. What has been lacking is leadership.

Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 3:22am

Celebrating Hong Kong

Spirit of Hong Kong

Hero's instincts took over as world turned upside down

It was National Day last year. And what was supposed to be a family outing with friends to see the fireworks display in Victoria Harbour became a nightmare for Lee Ming-sun as he tried to keep his family alive in one of Hong Kong's worst maritime disasters.

But it was also a night that saw Lee display tremendous heroism when he gave up his search for his wife in order to help a drowning man.

Local trainer blitzes the field

Angel of Temple Street

Octogenarian dancer brings cheer to elderly

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.

When words are not enough: The dying art of professional letter writing

How calorie-counting and supermarkets are hitting Hong Kong's rice shops where it hurts

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

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Tenants in industrial building subdivided flats will get one-off subsidy

About 5,000 needy families living in illegally converted subdivided units in factory buildings can expect a one-off allowance of up to HK$10,000 under a policy U-turn that in effect asks officers to turn a blind eye to the unlawful alterations.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:37am 3 comments
COURTS

Maid tells court she was 'beaten, tied and had to sleep in the toilet'

An Indonesian maid told a court yesterday that she was forced to endure degrading, slave-like conditions while working for a couple who constantly beat her for no reason and failed to pay any wages or allow her to have holidays for two years.

Updated 27 August 2013 - 4:49am
POLITICS

Democracy must not escape us now: Martin Lee

Updated 27 August 2013 - 4:42am

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China

Chinese internet server jammed in hacker attack

China's domain name service suffered the largest attack ever on a mainland internet address server at the weekend, the central government said yesterday.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:29am

World

Syria chemical attack ‘undeniable’, says John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that the evidence of a massive deadly chemical attack last week was “undeniable” and accused the Syrian government of trying to cover it up, signaling the United States was edging closer to a possible military response.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:51am More on Syrian Civil War
EDWARD SNOWDEN

Snowden stayed at Russia’s Hong Kong consulate for two days

Edward Snowden, who exposed mass US surveillance programmes and was granted asylum in Russia, contacted Russian officials before he flew to Moscow and spent two days at the country's diplomatic mission in Hong Kong, a newspaper said yesterday.

27 August 2013 - 3:57am 1 comment
EGYPT

Egypt’s Mubarak back in court after release from jail

27 August 2013 - 3:43am

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WEIBO

Outspoken celebrity blogger’s arrest triggers online debate

26 August 2013 - 9:49pm
ADULTERY

Married cheats prefer lunchtime trysts

26 August 2013 - 7:28pm
APPS

Beijing standardises taxi apps for mobile devices

26 August 2013 - 6:11pm
NORTH KOREA

What do North Korean rice prices say about the supreme leader's power?

26 August 2013 - 4:10pm
CRIME

Vicious bus stabbing in Chengdu leaves four dead

26 August 2013 - 7:33pm
Live blog

Bo Xilai's trial (day 5): Wang Lijun defected after exposure of illicit relationship with Gu Kailai, says Bo

26 August 2013 - 5:28pm 3 comments
Morning Clicks

China news round-up: State media call Charles Xue a 'hypocrite', 15 Uygurs killed in shootout

26 August 2013 - 7:57am
Live blog

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

26 August 2013 - 4:26pm 1 comment
CRIME

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

26 August 2013 - 2:59pm
MEDIA

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

24 August 2013 - 3:07pm 11 comments
Live blog

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

26 August 2013 - 4:27pm 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

26 August 2013 - 4:28pm 1 comment
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Pictures: the moment a monster Qiantang River tidal wave washed tourists away

23 August 2013 - 3:05pm

Business

MTR underlying profit rises 5.1pc, to beat market target

MTR Corp beat market expectations to post a 5.1 per cent rise in underlying profit of HK$4.25 billion for the first half on a jump in rental income and passenger numbers.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:13am More on MTR
ECONOMY

Shandong may show the way in reforming China's financial sector

Will Shandong show the way for China's economy? A former chief securities regulator and now governor of Shandong province, Guo Shuqing, has launched a range of financial experiments that observers say could become an example for Premier Li Keqiang in overhauling the nation's financial sector.

Updated 27 August 2013 - 4:02am

Property

Property sales continue to rise despite curb

Leading mainland developer Evergrande Real Estate Group announced first-half revenue of 41.95 billion yuan (HK$53.16 billion) yesterday, topping the 40.63 billion yuan reported by China Vanke last month.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:07am

Little public sympathy for Hong Kong's protesting property agents

There are more than 1,000 demonstrations in Hong Kong every year and many attract considerable public support. Recently, though, there was one that failed to garner much sympathy at all - the one held by property agents and their bosses.

Updated 27 August 2013 - 4:19am

Century City companies report steep drop in profits

Updated 27 August 2013 - 4:02am

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A moving tale

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a 400-hectare seaside estate at Bagac, 150 kilometres north of Manila near Bataan's provincial capital of Balanga. Ringed by pristine green hills and rice fields, the estate holds an unusual collection that is both controversial and commendable.

Monday, 26 August, 2013, 11:08am

Museum steps in to save iconic neon cow

26 August 2013 - 9:39am

Hitchcock prefigured

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

Cybersecurity queries surge in wake of Snowden claim

Inquiries about tightening cybersecurity from local companies have "surged" since the Edward Snowden incident, consultants said yesterday at the region's first international conference on cybercrime and computer forensics.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:42am

Chinese internet server jammed in hacker attack

Updated 27 August 2013 - 4:29am

Beijing standardises taxi apps for mobile devices

26 August 2013 - 6:11pm

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Sport

New EurAsia Cup to challenge existing OneAsia event

A new Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the best players in Europe and Asia was launched yesterday, but is bound to antagonise Chinese officials who back a similar event.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:44am
CRICKET

Alastair Cook pledges strong performance in Australia Ashes series

England concluded their dominant 3-0 series win over the Australians with a dramatic draw in the fifth test at The Oval and thoughts have already turned to the next instalment of cricket's most enduring grudge match.

Updated 27 August 2013 - 3:58am
OLYMPICS

International Olympic Committee review could mean fewer athletes

Updated 27 August 2013 - 3:58am

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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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