Britain picks up Chinese investment after Osborne trip

Britain has assuaged its hunger for economic ties with China after finance minister George Osborne came away from a trip to the Asian powerhouse with a range of investment deals.

Sunday, 20 October, 2013, 3:04pm 2 comments

Hundreds flee homes in typhoon-hit Japan island

Hundreds fled their homes on Sunday on a Japanese island already devastated by a typhoon for fear that torrential rain would trigger fresh mudslides.

20 Oct 2013 - 4:17pm

Australian bushfires threaten to reach parts of Sydney

Australian fire crews were bracing on Sunday for some of the worst conditions in decades as several major blazes threatened to merge into a mammoth firefront that could reach Sydney.

21 Oct 2013 - 3:07am

Lebanese hostages are released in prisoner swap

A flurry of back-room Middle East diplomacy has led to an ambitious international prisoner swap that freed Lebanese citizens held by Syrian rebels and two Turkish pilots kidnapped by Lebanese gunmen.

21 Oct 2013 - 3:05am

Health chiefs plan to ban adverts for overseas baby sex-selection trips

Health chiefs are set to slap an advertising ban on Hong Kong businesses that offer medical tourism packages for the growing number of couples who want to choose the sex of their babies.

20 Oct 2013 - 6:57am

Peking University says liberal professor Xia Yeliang fired for ‘poor teaching’

China’s prestigious Peking University has defended its controversial weekend sacking of an outspoken pro-democracy professor by saying Xia Yeliang had earned poor marks for teaching.

20 Oct 2013 - 2:37pm 2 comments

Google share price jumps past US$1,000

On Friday, Google's share price jumped above that amount for the first time, marking another milestone in its remarkable ascent from US$85 in its public offering in 2004.

20 Oct 2013 - 6:35am More on Google

Animated film about Mao Zedong in works to raise youth awareness

It's not your parents' Mao Zedong, and that's the point. In an attempt to appeal to a generation versed in Disney lore and Japanese anime, one of the Communist Party's key propaganda arms is making an animated film about the teenage years of the Great Helmsman.

20 Oct 2013 - 11:58am 6 comments

Files on Hong Kong among secret British government archive

Thousands of government documents on Hong Kong that have been kept in a secret archive in Britain are expected to be released next year. The files on the city - which would tower more than 80 metres high if stacked - are among some 1.2 million documents newly found to have been kept from public view.

20 Oct 2013 - 6:57am 3 comments

Parents are turning increasingly to agencies for baby sex selection

20 Oct 2013 - 6:57am

Filmmakers blast rejection of HKTV free-to-air licence

20 Oct 2013 - 9:26am 7 comments

Police force delay of Maldives presidential poll

20 Oct 2013 - 8:40am

MERS virus checks stepped up at airport as haj pilgrims return

20 Oct 2013 - 6:57am

Web 'opinion analyst' class may draw journalism grads, but some are wary

20 Oct 2013 - 6:57am

Norwegian town shocked by Somali resident's link to Nairobi attack

20 Oct 2013 - 9:37am

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Insight

China's social media may diversify amid crackdown on celebrity bloggers

Chang Ping

After prominent online commentator Charles Xue Biqun, better known as Xue Manzi, was detained on suspicion of soliciting prostitutes, Pan Shiyi, another household name in online media, appeared on a CCTV programme and stammered while speaking about the social responsibility of China's star bloggers.

21 Oct 2013 - 3:23am

Focus

Slicing into city's urban oasis

Ada Lee

Enter Victoria Park from the Causeway Bay side and there is little sign of anything amiss; it's still the green refuge that has served Hong Kong well since the 1950s. Walk towards Tin Hau and the sound of traffic slowly gives way to birdsong and the low hum of the remote-controlled craft in the popular model-boating lake. But get past the thwack of tennis balls on the well-used courts and the sounds, and sights, change.

21 Oct 2013 - 4:53am

Harry's View

Celebrating Hong Kong

Spirit of Hong Kong

Spirit of Hong Kong: Time to vote for the People's Choice Award

Annemarie Evans

Over the past months, we have shared with you more than 100 stories of Hong Kong heroes - people who have been nominated for the Spirit of Hong Kong Awards for inspiring or empowering others; for giving selflessly within the community; for their honesty and integrity; or by showing perseverance and endurance.

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Helping Hand volunteer's errands of mercy

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.

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RIGHTS

Indian Christian man can't find burial place for his wife in Hong Kong

Losing a loved one is painful, but for Mariasusai Andrews, the death of his wife was made worse when he was unable to secure a niche for her ashes. After a bewildering six months, the husband said her urn of ashes still sits in a funeral home, unable to find a final resting place. The family's Indian ethnicity limits their burial options.

21 Oct 2013 - 4:53am

China

CORRUPTION

Xi sets up special unit to probe Zhou Yongkang corruption case

President Xi Jinping has set up a special unit headed by Fu Zhenghua, Beijing police chief and deputy minister of public security, to investigate the scandal surrounding retired leader Zhou Yongkang, bypassing the Communist Party's internal disciplinary apparatus, sources say.

21 Oct 2013 - 4:53am

Asia

PHILIPPINES

Self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu in the Philippines dies

Jamalul Kiram III, 75, who described himself as the "Sultan of Sulu" after a group of islands in the southern Philippines, died at a government hospital but remained defiant to the end, his wife, Fatima Kiram said.

21 Oct 2013 - 2:34am

World

LITERATURE

Authors willing to bow to China's censors

Chinese readers of Ezra Vogel's sprawling biography of China's reformist leader Deng Xiaoping may have missed a few details that appeared in the original English edition.

21 Oct 2013 - 4:09am

Business

JPMorgan close to US$13b settlement with US justice department

JPMorgan Chase's record US$13 billion deal to end US probes of its mortgage-bond sales would free America's largest bank from mounting civil disputes with the government while leaving a criminal inquiry unresolved.

21 Oct 2013 - 4:54am More on JPMorgan Chase
PROPERTY

Buyer rush for luxury flats breathes life into market

It might be well past mid-autumn but it could well be spring for Hong Kong's luxury property market, with two projects in West Kowloon well received by local buyers over the weekend, thanks to pricing at the low end of the secondary market and deal sweeteners.

21 Oct 2013 - 3:56am

Property

PROPERTY

Buyer rush for luxury flats breathes life into market

It might be well past mid-autumn but it could well be spring for Hong Kong's luxury property market, with two projects in West Kowloon well received by local buyers over the weekend, thanks to pricing at the low end of the secondary market and deal sweeteners.

21 Oct 2013 - 3:56am

Blue Notes: Jazz acts at the Hong Kong Arts Festival

The full line-up has been announced for the 42nd Hong Kong Arts Festival, which runs from February 18 to March 22 next year, and includes four very different jazz artists.

20 Oct 2013 - 5:07pm More on LIFE

New leaves

20 Oct 2013

Postcard: Busan

20 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

Scientist finds contagious yawning takes hold among older chimpanzees

A young chimpanzee will yawn when a human does, regardless of whether the face is familiar, according to a study that suggests contagious yawning grows stronger in our primate cousins as they grow up.

20 Oct 2013 - 5:26am

Lessons for US politicians in Nobel winners' efficient markets theories

20 Oct 2013 2 comments

Apps to keep tabs on yourself

20 Oct 2013

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Sport

GOLF

Scott Hend floors Ernie Els to win Macau Open

Australian Scott Hend put South African star Ernie Els on the ropes after nine holes, then boxed clever for the rest of the final round to win the US$800,000 Venetian Macau Open by three shots.

20 Oct 2013 - 6:41pm More on Venetian Macau Open
SOCCER

Wayne Rooney should not be judged on his past, says Roy Hodgson

England striker Wayne Rooney has the potential to be one of the standout players of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and should not be judged on his past disciplinary problems, manager Roy Hodgson says.

20 Oct 2013 - 11:36pm

Jorge Lorenzo wins incident-packed race Down Under

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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 6 comments
TRAVEL

The rail thing

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