Security tightened in disaster-hit Yuyao after clashes over relief efforts

Security has been tightened in a city in coastal Zhejiang province after thousands of local residents clashed with police over insufficient disaster relief efforts following Typhoon Fitow.

Wednesday, 16 October, 2013, 11:33am More on Yuyao

Senate in last-minute deal to end US debt crisis

Update

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced a deal to raise the US debt limit and end the government shutdown.

17 Oct 2013 - 4:27am

Nanjing mayor Ji Jianye placed under disciplinary investigation

The mayor of Nanjing has been placed under Communist Party investigation for "economic crimes", a euphemism for corruption, sources and state media said. The action against Ji Jianye comes amid an ongoing anti-graft campaign which has intensified since President Xi Jinping took the helm of the party in November.

17 Oct 2013 - 3:14am

Hopeless search as Philippine quake death toll hits 151

Survivors of a huge earthquake that killed more than 150 people in the Philippines rummaged hopelessly on Wednesday through ruins for friends and relatives, as rescue workers struggled to reach isolated communities.

16 Oct 2013 - 9:39pm

Lao Airlines plane crashed into Mekong River in Laos killing all 49 on board

Update

At least seven French citizens and five Thais were among those who died when the plane carrying 39 passengers and five crew went down eight kilometres from the airport in Champasak province in southern Laos.

17 Oct 2013 - 4:07am

Chinese rich set new record of 168 billionaires

Forbes has identified 168 billionaires in China with the publication of its annual China Rich List, setting a new record after surpassing the previous high of 146 billionaires in 2011.

16 Oct 2013 - 8:01pm 1 comment

Outspoken critic of ex-Google China chief Lee Kai-fu receives criticism of his own

Outspoken current affairs commentator Zhou Xiaoping, who gained national recognition for his scathing criticisms of former Google China chief Lee Kai-fu, has become a target of criticism himself.

16 Oct 2013 - 9:25pm 1 comment

Zhejiang journalist receives internet death threats over housing market reports

Local police have begun investigations after a reporter received death threats for his stories on the cooling housing market in Wenzhou city, Zhejiang province.

16 Oct 2013 - 4:27pm 1 comment

It's orderly, but more crowded than the Tube, says Boris Johnson of Beijing's subway

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who is on a high-profile visit in Beijing this week, took a ride on the capital’s notoriously crowded subway on Tuesday and said he found it even more “crowded” than the Tube in London.

16 Oct 2013 - 1:10pm

Chinese securities regulator's Weibo launch draws fire from critics

16 Oct 2013 - 3:20pm

Elderly woman tries to drown herself after her sons refuse to support her

16 Oct 2013 - 7:19pm 1 comment

Are Moutai advance orders a signal that China’s austerity drive is on the wane?

16 Oct 2013 - 5:37pm

Typhoon Wipha kills 17, but mostly spares Tokyo and nuclear power plant

17 Oct 2013 - 3:02am

Nine dead after Chinese cargo ship sinks off South Korea

16 Oct 2013 - 11:13am

Khmer Rouge trial hears closing statements

16 Oct 2013 - 5:18pm

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Insight

30 years on, Hong Kong's dollar peg is still a star performer

JOHN TSANG/JOHN GREENWOOD

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the linked exchange rate system. For 30 years, it been the cornerstone of Hong Kong's monetary and financial stability. The system has been tested through different economic cycles and financial crises, and has continued to work well for us. Today, it is an integral part of our daily life.

17 Oct 2013 - 2:59am 1 comment

Focus

The damage is already done to Product USA

MCT

Standard & Poor's downgraded US government bonds to AA from AAA amid the August 2011 debt ceiling debacle. The other two major ratings agencies - Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings - didn't follow suit at the time, but Fitch said late on Tuesday that it had put the United States on a watch list, meaning US bonds might be downgraded.

17 Oct 2013 - 4:28am

Harry's View

Celebrating Hong Kong

Spirit of Hong Kong

Helping Hand volunteer's errands of mercy

Helping others doesn’t have to be about grand gestures or large philanthropic projects.

It can be the little things that count.

In the case of Mak Kam-fung, a volunteer at a Helping Hand elderly home, it’s about being there for the residents on a daily basis.

Mak, 66, worked for Helping Hand, a charity dedicated to serving the needy elderly, for 15 years as a cleaner before becoming a volunteer.

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Entrepreneur Lizette Smook loves Hong Kong, healthy innovation, and the environment

Blind student's words speak of grit and spirit

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Hong Kong’s handcarts keep the city on a roll

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It’s a simple contraption – an iron frame, foldout handle and four rubber wheels – but in Hong Kong the old-fashioned handcart is what keeps the city rolling.

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CORRUPTION

Nanjing mayor Ji Jianye placed under disciplinary investigation

The mayor of Nanjing has been placed under Communist Party investigation for "economic crimes", a euphemism for corruption, sources and state media said. The action against Ji Jianye comes amid an ongoing anti-graft campaign which has intensified since President Xi Jinping took the helm of the party in November.

17 Oct 2013 - 3:14am

Asia

JAPAN

Typhoon Wipha kills 17, but mostly spares Tokyo and nuclear power plant

Update

A typhoon killed 17 people in Japan yesterday, most on an offshore island, but largely spared the capital and caused no new disaster as it brushed by the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power station.

17 Oct 2013 - 3:02am

World

UNITED STATES

Senate in last-minute deal to end US debt crisis

Update

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced a deal to raise the US debt limit and end the government shutdown.

17 Oct 2013 - 4:27am
CANADA

Soft-hearted boss or cruel abuser? Hong Kong emigrant jailed for human trafficking

As far as Franco Orr Yiu-kwan and his wife could see, their only crime against their Filipino maid was being "too soft-hearted". But a Canadian jury begged to differ, convicting Orr, 50, of human trafficking in a landmark case. On Tuesday, the former Hong Kong businessman was sentenced to 18 months' jail for human trafficking.

17 Oct 2013 - 3:13am
CRIME

Two girls charged over bullying suicide of Rebecca Sedwick, 12

17 Oct 2013

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CURRENCIES

Stronger yuan deters buyers at Canton Fair

Many buyers and exporters at the Canton Fair say they are expecting the yuan to strengthen further in the next 12 months, threatening to dampen trade sentiment in the world's second-biggest economy.

17 Oct 2013 - 4:06am More on Renminbi
FREE-TRADE ZONE

Shanghai trade zone should aid 'real economy', not just banks: HKMA chief

Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief executive Norman Chan Tak-lam said yesterday Shanghai's free-trade zone should benefit the real economy and businesses engaged in trade, and not just financial services firms.

17 Oct 2013 - 4:06am More on HKMA

Property

Sun Hung Kai duty subsidy seen working after The Cullinan sales

Sun Hung Kai Properties' strategy of offering a 70 per cent subsidy on stamp duty seems to have paid off after it sold 20 more flats at its luxury residential project in West Kowloon at a higher price even as property analysts warn home prices could tumble up to 25 per cent from their peak by next year.

17 Oct 2013 - 4:06am More on Sun Hung Kai Properties
BRICKS & MORTAR

Hong Kong's historical districts, buildings at risk as profit maximized

The 107-year-old Western Market in Sheung Wan is one of the few Edwardian buildings remaining in Hong Kong but the redevelopment of the beautiful building under the management of the Urban Renewal Authority and its predecessor agency over the past 22 years has disappointed.

17 Oct 2013 - 3:11am
REGULATION

Hong Kong property cooling rules make strong case for 'buyer beware'

16 Oct 2013

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Botticelli's Venus is first Renaissance artwork to be shown publicly in city

One of Italy's national treasures - Venus by Florentine Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli - will be on display at University of Hong Kong's Museum and Art Gallery from Friday until December 15.

17 Oct 2013 - 12:59am More on LIFE

Review: High praise for Opera Hong Kong's rendition of 'Flying Dutchman'

15 Oct 2013

Social enterprises give disabled performers a chance to shine

14 Oct 2013

Esprit de core

Apples aside, the main ingredients for the perfect tarte Tatin are patience and perseverance.

12 Oct 2013 - 10:50pm 1 comment

Wine consultants help salvage a poor harvest in France

10 Oct 2013

A popular mainland charity is coming to a restaurant near you

11 Oct 2013

Alpine swifts fly for six months at a time, study finds

The birds remained airborne for more than six months, eating, drinking and sleeping on the fly, so to speak. Swiss scientists recently published their findings in the journal Nature Communications.

13 Oct 2013 - 2:32am

Physicist recalls witnessing Higgs particle's discovery at CERN

14 Oct 2013

US army developing 'Iron Man' body armour for soldiers of the future

13 Oct 2013

Magazines

Sport

Ernie Els arrives safe and sound for Macau Open

South African Ernie Els' plans to celebrate his birthday with an impressive showing in the opening round of the Venetian Macau Open on Thursday were almost blown off course by Typhoon Wipha.

16 Oct 2013 - 10:13pm

Magazines

At one with nature

It's goodbye to minimalism as bold, organic and art-inspired works take over the spring-summer catwalks at Paris Fashion Week, writes Jing Zhang.

12 Oct 2013 - 10:29pm 1 comment
FOOD

Esprit de core

Apples aside, the main ingredients for the perfect tarte Tatin are patience and perseverance.

12 Oct 2013 - 10:50pm 1 comment
TRAVEL

The rail thing

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