‘A billion dollars for the man who marries my lesbian daughter’: Gigi Chao upset as father doubles ‘dowry’

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The lesbian daughter of Hong Kong property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung has spoken of her anguish at the news that her father has doubled a marriage “dowry” to HK$1 billion to any man who could marry her.

Thursday, 23 January, 2014, 11:45am 13 comments More on Cecil Chao

Fears that government funding for controversial school could be put towards 'brainwashing' curriculum

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An organisation with strong links to a group at the centre of the national-education row in 2012 will have its government funding doubled to HK$1.3 million next year, raising concerns that the money will be used to promote the controversial “brainwashing” curriculum.

23 Jan 2014 - 4:15pm More on National Education

Complaints over data privacy at record high amid direct-marketing checks

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Complaints and enquiries to the privacy watchdog peaked last year, driven partly by new restrictions on companies’ use of their customers’ personal data for direct marketing.

23 Jan 2014 - 1:06pm More on Office of the Privacy Commissioner

More powerful test on chickens to boost defence against bird flu

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Starting from Friday, the government will test live poultry imports with a more sensitive plasma test as threats of the deadly H7 bird flu virus loom in the mainland, the health minister said on Thursday.

23 Jan 2014 - 11:39am More on Bird Flu

12 new free-trade zones to follow in Shanghai's footsteps

The central government has agreed in principle to approve 12 new free-trade zones (FTZs), three months after giving the special status to Shanghai.

23 Jan 2014 - 4:17pm 1 comment More on Shanghai Free-trade Zone

Hong Kong under pressure to improve rights of city's 300,000 maids

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Hong Kong is facing external pressure to bolster the basic rights of the city's 300,000 migrant domestic workers in the wake of the alleged abuse of an Indonesian maid by her employer.

23 Jan 2014 - 11:34am

Maid 'hit with mop, ruler and hanger' court hears as employer faces seven charges

Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih's former employer hit her with a mop, vacuum cleaner tube, hanger and ruler, apparently because of her poor job performance, a court heard yesterday.

23 Jan 2014 - 11:52am

Chinaleaks: Hong Kong anti-poverty duo 'failed to declare ties to tax haven'

Two members of the government's Commission on Poverty failed to declare ties to companies registered in the secretive tax haven of the British Virgin Islands, leaked documents show.

23 Jan 2014 - 1:00pm 5 comments More on British Virgin Islands leaks

Ocean Park unveils vision for new water playground for 2017

23 Jan 2014 - 11:41am 2 comments

Beijing announces strict new curbs on heavy industry to combat smog

23 Jan 2014 - 8:25am 1 comment

Split over fate of 33-tonne ivory pile as some say 'don't destroy it, use it'

23 Jan 2014 - 12:35pm 5 comments

Activist Xu Zhiyong goes on trial as backer Wang Gongquan bailed

23 Jan 2014 - 11:53am

Lenovo halts trading as speculation on IBM server deal heats up

23 Jan 2014 - 10:22am

US to host Africa summit amid concern over China's influence

23 Jan 2014 - 3:29am

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CY Leung's policy address deserves praise for thoughtful anti-poverty measures

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23 Jan 2014 - 4:14pm

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Lip-smacking tune? Xi's famous shop visit inspires new 'Pork Bun Song'

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A song about Xi Jinping’s visit last month to a pork bun shop in Beijing will be released after Lunar New Year, the West China City Daily reported.

The song, titled Pork Bun Shop, was written by famous 60-year-old composer Wu Songjin.

23 Jan 2014 - 4:07pm

World

POLITICS

Three years since revolution, Egypt still shackled by human rights woes

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Egypt’s military-installed authorities are quashing dissent and trampling on human rights, three years after the revolt which toppled Hosni Mubarak, Amnesty International charged Thursday.

23 Jan 2014 - 2:48pm

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Is he talking about war or peace? Shinzo Abe comments on 'pre-war UK, Germany' irk Chinese netizens

23 Jan 2014
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Shanghai pilot programme encouraging local dialect in kindergartens under fire

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China news round-up: Xi Jinping to visit Europe in March, New Citizen Movement trials continue

23 Jan 2014
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New taxi app rewards programme lets riders potentially travel for free

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22 Jan 2014
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Flattering profile on Li Xiaolin, ex-premier's daughter, draws flak amid ChinaLeaks revelations

22 Jan 2014 2 comments
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22 Jan 2014 1 comment
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ChinaLeaks: Exposé on Chinese elite’s offshore accounts comes at sensitive time

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21 Jan 2014 8 comments
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Business

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Lenovo halts trading as speculation on IBM server deal heats up

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Trading in the shares of Lenovo, the world’s largest supplier of personal computers, was halted Thursday morning as speculation swirled about the company’s possible acquisition of International Business Machines’ low-end server business.

23 Jan 2014 - 10:22am More on Lenovo
ECONOMY

12 new free-trade zones to follow in Shanghai's footsteps

The central government has agreed in principle to approve 12 new free-trade zones (FTZs), three months after giving the special status to Shanghai.

23 Jan 2014 - 4:17pm 1 comment More on Shanghai Free-trade Zone

Property

RETAILING

Rise of online shopping forces mainland malls into rethink

The rise of online shopping on the mainland is forcing malls to restructure their retail mix to provide more entertainment and food and beverage outlets in order to boost customer traffic.

22 Jan 2014 - 4:24pm

Millionaire behind Mr Chow chain in US makes China return with HK art show

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Best known as a celebrity restaurateur whose 1960s mission to change Western attitudes to Chinese food has lasted nearly 50 years, Michael Chow is also a trained painter who, until recently, had not picked up his brushes for decades.

23 Jan 2014 - 4:30pm

China's terracotta warriors to star in superhero film

21 Jan 2014

Singer Sarah Brightman tells of her plan to record a song in space

21 Jan 2014 1 comment

Former El Bulli creative director is conjuring up new restaurants

Ferran Adria is famous as the chef of storied Spanish restaurant El Bulli, but plenty of self-professed foodies know very little about his younger brother Albert, who worked alongside Ferran as creative director of the El Bulli laboratory.

21 Jan 2014 - 11:11am More on LIFE

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Sport

Li Na sails into Australian Open final after demolishing teen Eugenie Bouchard

China’s Li Na advanced to her second successive Australian Open final with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday.

23 Jan 2014 - 1:56pm 1 comment

Magazines

Two's company: dissident literary couple Tsering Woeser and Wang Lixiong

United by their passion for a new China, the outspoken literary couple have become a force to be reckoned with. Violet S. Law reports.

18 Jan 2014 - 11:09pm 2 comments

Booze clues: why do we drink the way we do?

Whether we're celebrating, commiserating, relaxing or regrouping, our reaction to alcohol is dictated by expectations as well as choice of tipple. Kat Austen steps up to the bar.

18 Jan 2014 - 10:41pm

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