Beijing, we have a problem: China's first moon rover Jade Rabbit breaks down

Update

China's first lunar rover, the Jade Rabbit, appears to have broken down halfway through its three-month mission to the moon. Jade Rabbit experienced a "mechanical control abnormality" and scientists were examining the best ways to carry out repairs, Xinhua reported.

Sunday, 26 January, 2014, 9:40am 23 comments More on Jade Rabbit lunar rover

Li Na's road to victory

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Li Na claimed her second Grand Slam title after a straight-sets victory in the women's final at the Australian Open on Saturday night. Spending a total of over 10 hours on the tennis court, she conceded only one set in the entire tournament.

26 Jan 2014 - 12:03pm

Suu Kyi will be invited to Beijing, says China's ambassador to Myanmar

China's ambassador to Myanmar says it is only a matter of time before Beijing invites the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for an official visit. The Nobel Peace laureate has said she would like to visit China, which still holds significant economic and political influence in Myanmar, but the invitation should come from the Chinese government.

26 Jan 2014 - 5:35am 2 comments More on Aung San Suu Kyi

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor rules out bid for chief executive in 2017

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has made clear that she has no interest in running for the city's top job in 2017. While senior figures in both the main political camps have been talking about her suitability for the role of chief executive, Lam says she is expecting something else in some three years' time - retirement.

26 Jan 2014 - 5:33am 3 comments

'Unhappy' divorcee rams Taiwan's presidential office in a truck

Update

The driver, identified as Chang Te-cheng, powered the gravel truck up a flight of steps, past security posts, through four types of security barrier, including iron railings, tyre shredders and a huge bulletproof screen, and into the foyer of the building.

26 Jan 2014 - 4:36am 2 comments

3 dead in US mall shooting; police disable devices

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A man carrying a shotgun opened fire at a busy shopping mall in suburban Baltimore on Saturday, killing two employees of a skate shop and then himself as panicked shoppers ran for cover, police said. Five others were injured.

26 Jan 2014 - 12:29pm 2 comments

China sentences legal activist Xu Zhiyong to 4 years in jail

A Beijing court on Sunday sentenced a legal scholar and founder of a social movement to four years in jail for disrupting order in public places, in a case that the US government and other critics say is retribution against his push to fight corruption and create equal educational opportunities.

26 Jan 2014 - 12:01pm

Waiting times at Hong Kong theme parks rise as tourism increases

Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland saw their annual attendance figures exceed six million in 2012, but both had yet to reach their maximum capacity, a government assessment of Hong Kong's tourism capacity concluded.

26 Jan 2014 - 5:33am 4 comments

Fear grips markets as investors worry about China's growth and US profits

26 Jan 2014 - 5:29am 1 comment

Anton Casey loses his job after Facebook 'poor people' comment

26 Jan 2014 - 5:35am 20 comments

Thousands flock to Victoria Park for Lunar New Year Fair

26 Jan 2014 - 5:33am

Uygur scholar Ilham Tohti accused of 'separatist offences' by prosecutors

26 Jan 2014 - 4:55am

The PLA declares war on fun as entertainment troops face cutbacks

26 Jan 2014 - 5:35am 3 comments

Manila and Muslim Moro rebels clear final hurdle to Mindanao peace deal

26 Jan 2014 - 5:04am

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China right to play greater role in Mideast peace talks

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Sustainable prosperity cannot come for a country without stability. China's reliance on the Middle East for energy resources means it has every interest in ensuring that the nations from which it gets its oil and does business with are stable. That is one reason why it is increasingly turning its back on a foreign policy of non-intervention in favour of political involvement. But there is more than economics to the new approach adopted since Xi Jinping took the presidency last year: a nation so important internationally should, and has to, help resolve conflicts.

26 Jan 2014 - 5:00am

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TOURISM

Waiting times at Hong Kong theme parks rise as tourism increases

Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland saw their annual attendance figures exceed six million in 2012, but both had yet to reach their maximum capacity, a government assessment of Hong Kong's tourism capacity concluded.

26 Jan 2014 - 5:33am 4 comments
POLITICS

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor rules out bid for chief executive in 2017

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has made clear that she has no interest in running for the city's top job in 2017. While senior figures in both the main political camps have been talking about her suitability for the role of chief executive, Lam says she is expecting something else in some three years' time - retirement.

26 Jan 2014 - 5:33am 3 comments
LUNAR NEW YEAR

Thousands flock to Victoria Park for Lunar New Year Fair

26 Jan 2014

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China

FIRE

Fire destroys 100 homes in centuries-old Guizhou village: reports

A fire has destroyed more than 100 homes in a Chinese village built three centuries ago, state media said on Sunday, the third blaze to ravage a cultural site in weeks.

The blazes, which all erupted in the southwest of the country, often burned down old wooden structures.

26 Jan 2014 - 3:34pm

Asia

JAPAN

Head of Japan broadcaster calls anger over wartime brothels ‘puzzling’

Japan should not be singled out for criticism of the use of military brothels during the second world war, the new chairman of Japan’s influential public broadcaster NHK was quoted as saying in remarks likely to spark widespread anger.

26 Jan 2014 - 4:36pm

World

UKRAINE

Kiev protesters oust police after storming building in new clashes

Protesters in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Sunday ousted special police forces from a flashpoint building in the city after storming the premises in new clashes, officials said.

26 Jan 2014 - 3:44pm
CANADA

Death toll from Quebec fire rises to 32

Crews pulled just two more bodies from the ice-covered rubble of a Quebec retirement home on the third day of the excruciating search, bringing to 10 the number of confirmed dead from a massive fire. The effort to recover another 22 people presumed killed will resume on Sunday morning.

26 Jan 2014 - 2:28pm
EGYPT

At least 49 dead in 24 hours of clashes on Egypt revolt anniversary

26 Jan 2014

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POLITICS

New security commission to be led by top three in Communist Party

25 Jan 2014 1 comment
GAMING

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24 Jan 2014
soft power

Tycoon Wang Jianlin lashes out at US 'soft power' scholar's comments at Davos

24 Jan 2014 6 comments
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China news round-up: 3 killed in Xinjiang clash, Xu Zhiyong calls for end to one-party rule

24 Jan 2014
GAMING

Infographic: China's online game industry made HK$105 billion in 2013

24 Jan 2014
APPLE

Apple gets serious about Siri on the mainland, seeks native speakers of Putonghua

24 Jan 2014
DIPLOMACY

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

23 Jan 2014 4 comments
EDUCATION

Shanghai pilot programme encouraging local dialect in kindergartens under fire

23 Jan 2014 1 comment
Morning Clicks

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

24 Jan 2014
APPS

New taxi app rewards programme lets riders potentially travel for free

22 Jan 2014
WEIBO

Talent show star dubbed 'Chinese Rain Man' raises suspicions

22 Jan 2014
PRINCELING

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

22 Jan 2014 2 comments
Q&A

China is biggest exporter of illicit capital, says watchdog group

22 Jan 2014 2 comments
Morning Clicks

China news round-up: Xu Zhiyong to face trial, leak exposes elite's secret offshore accounts

22 Jan 2014 1 comment

Business

MARKETS

Fear grips markets as investors worry about China's growth and US profits

Fear is back in the market. Investors are worried about slower economic growth in China, a gloomier outlook for US corporate profits and an end to easy-money policies in the United States and Europe. They're also fretting over country-specific troubles around the world - from economic mismanagement in Argentina to political instability in Turkey.

26 Jan 2014 - 5:29am 1 comment
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

At Davos, fear of economic hard landing for China, and Japan enmity

The risk of a hard landing for China's economy and the threat of military conflict with Japan were among the top concerns for experts gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

26 Jan 2014 - 5:29am 1 comment More on Davos

Property

PROPERTY

Shortfall in construction of new flats 'will curb fall in property prices'

Hong Kong's property market continues to experience a shortage of new supply, with the number of completed flats falling to a four-year low last year, but analysts expect supply to pick up in coming years.

25 Jan 2014 - 4:29am 1 comment

US developer Silverstein's 13.4b yuan bid wins Qianhai site

Silverstein Properties, developer of the World Trade Centre towers in New York, bought a 51,416 square metre lot in Qianhai yesterday for a mixed-use project for 13.4 billion yuan (HK$17.1 billion), pushing the price of local land to a record.

24 Jan 2014 - 2:19am 1 comment

Developer Hang Lung waits for signs of spring on mainland

24 Jan 2014 1 comment

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Compromise as Minnesota Orchestra's labour dispute ends

After 15 months of an acrimonious labour dispute that cost the Minnesota Orchestra an entire season and a host of musicians, including its music director, Osmo Vanska, the orchestra will resume concerts next month.

26 Jan 2014 - 3:53pm More on LIFE

'Saving Mr Banks' tells the back story behind 'Mary Poppins' screen rights

26 Jan 2014

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Hong Kong's vegetarian and healthy eating restaurants are slowly winning fans

Hong Kong Vegetarian Society founder Dr Simon Chau is the impossibly youthful, 66-year-old poster child for the city's raw food movement. Among the claimed benefits of his diet are looking even younger every year, a brain that works at turbo speed and an overall feeling of total contentment.

24 Jan 2014 - 7:07pm More on LIFE

Nosh's pastry chef offers French classics with a Japanese twist

24 Jan 2014

Slovenian winemakers seek apostles to spread the word on best labels

24 Jan 2014

Nasa's Opportunity chalks up10 years roving Mars surface

A decade after landing on Mars, the rover Opportunity is still chugging along. Sure, it has some wear and tear. One of its six wheels and two instruments stopped working long ago. It has an arthritic joint. Its flash memory occasionally suffers a senior moment. But these problems are considered minor for a journey that was supposed to be just a three-month adventure.

26 Jan 2014 - 4:53am

In praise of the low-tech

26 Jan 2014

Google Glass app allows you to see what your partner sees during sex

26 Jan 2014 2 comments

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BOXING

Manny Pacquiao gets chance for revenge over Tim Bradley

Filipino southpaw Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring for a re-match and the chance of revenge against American Timothy Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas, promoter Bob Arum said.

26 Jan 2014 - 2:51pm More on Manny Pacquiao
SOCCER

Sergio Aguero saves Manchester City in FA Cup

Sergio Aguero’s late hat trick rescued Manchester City from FA Cup humiliation at the hands of second-tier Watford, ushering the Premier League title favorites into the fifth round along with Liverpool and Everton on Saturday.

26 Jan 2014 - 2:56pm More on English FA Cup
TENNIS

Third time lucky for Li Na

26 Jan 2014 1 comment

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COVER STORY

Sandra Ng unleashes a double dose of Lunar New Year levity

With two new films out this month, including the latest instalment of the wildly popular Golden Chicken franchise, Sandra Ng works hard for her laughs, writes Edmund Lee.

22 Jan 2014 - 11:17pm

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