China welcomes US debt agreement, but Xinhua pours scorn on politicians

China welcomed the resolution of the US debt ceiling deadlock, saying it will contribute to global economic stability, but Xinhua poured scorn on Washington's politicians.

Friday, 18 October, 2013, 4:36am 1 comment

Air pollution leading cause of cancer, World Health Organisation warns

The World Health Organisation has classified outdoor air pollution as a leading cause of cancer. Previously, air pollution had been found to boost the chances of heart and respiratory diseases.

18 Oct 2013 - 4:51am

Hillary Clinton sheds light on Wang Lijun and Chen Guangcheng asylum requests

Former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton has revealed how two diplomatic crises that threatened the stability of ties with China were defused last year.

18 Oct 2013 - 4:54am More on Chen Guangcheng

Poly Culture Group plans US$100m Hong Kong IPO

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The culture and auction business unit of the powerful state-owned company Poly Group is preparing to choose Hong Kong for its public listing soon after it abandoned its planned IPO at the Shanghai Stock Exchange earlier this year amid regulatory uncertainties on the mainland.

17 Oct 2013 - 2:44pm More on China Poly Group Corporation

Does Chinese leaders' animation debut signal a revamped propaganda strategy?

Chinese state leaders who are known for their poker faces and uncharismatic demeanours have finally received a facelift in the form of a viral animation clip in which they appear as amicable cartoon figures. 

17 Oct 2013 - 3:50pm More on Xi Jinping

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.

17 Oct 2013 - 11:50am 4 comments

US House passes bill to reopen government and increase debt limit

The US House of Representatives late on Wednesday passed legislation to avoid a damaging default on government debt and to reopen federal agencies shuttered when funding ran out on October.

17 Oct 2013 - 11:46pm 2 comments

'I love Chinese food, you know that it's true'

Alison Gold's viral music video "I Love Chinese Food" is taking the internet by storm - and viewers in China aren't as offended by it as Americans are.

17 Oct 2013 - 6:33pm 7 comments

Former Premier Wen Jiabao re-appears to praise Xi Jinping’s father

Seven months after Wen Jiabao retired from a decade in office as China’s premier, he this week returned to the limelight to praise the father of President Xi Jinping on national television.

17 Oct 2013 - 3:01pm More on Wen Jiabao

Osborne's Chinese bank concessions prompt check on British finance rules

17 Oct 2013 - 12:20pm 1 comment

Complete nervous system discovered preserved in 520-million-year-old fossil in southwest China

17 Oct 2013 - 11:57am 1 comment

Six sentenced in Shandong over faking cremations for profit

17 Oct 2013 - 9:45pm

Three blasts take Myanmar bombing spree to Chinese border

17 Oct 2013 - 4:56pm

Outrage over 15.5b yuan projects to mark Mao's birth

17 Oct 2013 - 4:26pm

One third of Chinese travellers admit stealing hotel furniture

17 Oct 2013 - 4:19pm 8 comments

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  • Exco rejected Ricky Wong's TV licence bid out of fear for 'intensified competition', says source 
  • Transformers no match for Hong Kong's tough guys as US film crew blackmailed, policemen assaulted in Quarry Bay 
  • China central bank says 'considering' Hong Kong proposal to scrap 20,000-yuan intraday exchange limit

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Insight

Help more Hongkongers become homeowners

KER SIN TZE

Public housing is an important subject in cities like Hong Kong and Singapore. Over 80 per cent of Singaporeans live in flats built by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), and nearly 50 per cent of the Hong Kong population reside in flats developed by government agencies. The governments of the two cities have provided housing to a significant proportion of their people.

18 Oct 2013 - 2:51am

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.

Christopher Schrader – man of extraordinary action

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

Blind student's words speak of grit and spirit

Uniquely Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s handcarts keep the city on a roll

AFP

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.

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

Dim Sum: A tradition that's anything but dim

Hong Kong

BANKING

China's central bank likely to lift yuan conversion limit for Hongkongers

The People's Bank of China is likely to scrap the 20,000 yuan-a-day limit on currency conversion for Hong Kong people, Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief executive Norman Chan Tak-lam says.

18 Oct 2013 - 4:41am 1 comment

World

ECONOMY

China welcomes US debt agreement, but Xinhua pours scorn on politicians

China welcomed the resolution of the US debt ceiling deadlock, saying it will contribute to global economic stability, but Xinhua poured scorn on Washington's politicians.

18 Oct 2013 - 4:36am 1 comment
US POLITICS

Republicans hope 'tea party' is chastened by futile Obamacare fight

For the Republicans who despise US President Barack Obama's health care law, the past few weeks should have been a singular moment to turn its botched rollout into an argument against it. Instead, in a futile campaign to strip the law of federal money, the party focused harsh scrutiny on its own divisions, hurt its national standing and undermined its ability to win concessions from Democrats. Then they surrendered almost unconditionally.

18 Oct 2013 - 4:39am
SECURITY

Cameron accuses The Guardian of hurting security with Snowden leaks

18 Oct 2013

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Business

BANKING

China's central bank likely to lift yuan conversion limit for Hongkongers

The People's Bank of China is likely to scrap the 20,000 yuan-a-day limit on currency conversion for Hong Kong people, Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief executive Norman Chan Tak-lam says.

18 Oct 2013 - 4:41am 1 comment
BANKING

Lenders offer new investment route

The mainland's banking regulator will allow select banks to launch asset management plans (AMP) in a pilot scheme from today, introducing a new channel for lenders to tap into the funds of savers.

18 Oct 2013 - 4:31am

Property

LUXURY PROPERTY

Luxury project plays safe on price

New World Development and Wheelock Properties kicked off sales at the Austin with asking prices at least 9 per cent below market expectations for the luxury project.

18 Oct 2013 - 4:31am More on New World Development

Ai Xuan: portrait of the artist

Ai Xuan is a realist and proud of it. Even as avant-garde Chinese artists attract ever greater attention - and rake in record prices - Ai has only become more fervent in his devotion to his "old-fashioned" style of painting.

17 Oct 2013 - 7:01pm

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

17 Oct 2013

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

15 Oct 2013

Fish farms and alternative species keep caviar on the menu

How do you like your fish eggs? At Tosca at The Ritz-Carlton the Italian farmed caviar might come with warm spaghetti, on a lobster tail or on potato bread. At Finds in The Luxe Manor, the Nordic roe comes fresh, smoked, cured or dried.

17 Oct 2013 - 6:56pm

Pinot noir fanciers venture further afield

17 Oct 2013

Private kitchens face a fork in the road

17 Oct 2013

Asian designers make a splash at London Design Festival

The London Design Festival, which took place last month, is not a commercial beast like the Milan Furniture Fair.

17 Oct 2013 - 6:37pm

Galaxy Note 3 phablet is strictly for S Pen fans

17 Oct 2013

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

13 Oct 2013

Magazines

Sport

Ernie Els hungry for victory at his first Macau Open

When birthday boy Ernie Els joked "I got my cake and I'm gonna eat it too", it was not just a thank you to the Venetian Macau Open for presenting him with a chocolate gateaux on Thursday, but also a warning to the rest of the field the Big Easy is serious about winning on his first visit to the c

18 Oct 2013 - 12:07am

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

12 Oct 2013

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