Feuding Kwok family reach ‘amicable agreement’ over SHKP property empire


The Kwok family that controls Sun Hung Kai Properties announced on Tuesday they have reached “an amicable agreement regarding the treatment of the family’s interests”.

Tuesday, 28 January, 2014, 4:51pm 1 comment

Inside the world's biggest shark abattoir: shocking pictures show scale of slaughter

A Hong Kong-based conservation group claims a Zhejiang company is running the world's largest shark abattoir, processing hundreds of endangered specimens a year to produce health supplements and meat for restaurants.

28 Jan 2014 - 3:29pm 12 comments

Would-be helpers from Bangladesh scared off by abuse fears

Just a fraction of the 5,000 Bangladeshi maids who had been expected to take jobs in Hong Kong under a deal struck last year have arrived - with many put off by reports of mistreatment and abuse.

28 Jan 2014 - 5:54am 12 comments More on Erwiana Sulistyaningsih

HKMA urges Hong Kong banks to keep higher-than-Basel capital reserves


The Hong Kong Monetary Authority is in talks with local lenders to keep more reserve capital than is required internationally in case there is an economic downturn – but banks have opposed the recommendation, sources say.

28 Jan 2014 - 12:30pm

‘Immigration prison’ sentence for would-be Canadians is about to get longer

The period of residency required before applying for Canadian citizenship is referred to by the Chinese immigrant community as “yiminjian”, or “immigration prison”. Now, the “prison sentence” looks like it is about to get longer.

28 Jan 2014 - 4:54pm 5 comments

‘Angry Birds, Google Maps are watching you’: US, British spies tapping phone apps, Snowden papers show


Documents leaked by former NSA contactor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in Angry Birds and a host of other apps installed on smartphones across the globe.

28 Jan 2014 - 4:55pm More on Edward Snowden

Local and mainland chickens may be separated after H7N9 found in imported bird


The government will look into separating local chickens from mainland-imported ones to prevent the H7N9 bird flu from spreading between the poultry, the health minister says.

28 Jan 2014 - 4:14pm More on Bird Flu

Deloitte China forecasts HK$50.3 billion fiscal surplus


Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has probably got his maths wrong again, Deloitte China says.

The accounting firm estimated the government would see a HK$50.3 billion surplus by the end of March instead of the HK$4.9 billion deficit that Tsang had predicted.

28 Jan 2014 - 3:07pm 8 comments

Innovation chief should be leading scholar, says Exco’s Andrew Liao

28 Jan 2014 - 8:53am 5 comments

Man cleared of cruelty after throwing dogs off fifth floor balcony 'because he was epileptic'

28 Jan 2014 - 9:28am 6 comments

Xi Jinping's security commission to also tackle financial industry

28 Jan 2014 - 8:57am

Manila's City of Dreams casino a bet on China, says James Packer

28 Jan 2014 - 4:20pm 8 comments

Burglars arrested with HK$180,000 loot in McDonald's

28 Jan 2014 - 4:57pm

First meeting of Beijing and Taipei cross-strait affairs officials

28 Jan 2014 - 4:53am

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Respect and tolerance for all must be enshrined in Hong Kong policy

Kerry Kennedy

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's second policy address nailed his government's socially progressive credentials to the mast.

28 Jan 2014 - 2:42pm

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Cybercrime cases surge as police struggle to crack them


Cybercrimes are the hardest cases to crack, the police chief has said as he revealed that e-mail scams and “sextortion” cases have seen a significant surge despite the overall crime figure dropping to a 10-year low.

28 Jan 2014 - 4:20pm More on Cybercrime



Knights Templar drug kingpin arrested as Mexico 'legalises' anti-cartel vigilante forces


Mexico essentially legalised the country’s growing “self-defence” groups on Monday, while also announcing that security forces had captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which the vigilante groups have been fighting for the last year.

28 Jan 2014 - 4:21pm

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Reappearance of Google.cn site spurs speculation of internet giant's return

28 Jan 2014

A literal success: China's TV spelling bees enjoy surprise popularity

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

25 Jan 2014 1 comment

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

24 Jan 2014 7 comments
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24 Jan 2014

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

24 Jan 2014

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

24 Jan 2014

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

23 Jan 2014 5 comments


Price controls eased at high end for major cities in China

The mainland's top cities lifted a price cap on home pre-sale licences earlier this month, in a move that will release blocked high-end projects and add fuel to an already red-hot land market.

28 Jan 2014 - 3:42am

Beijing's failure to keep promise leads to ineffective curbs

The mainland cabinet said in March last year that it would hold officials accountable if home prices soared out of control.

But 2013 saw home prices surge more than 20 per cent in many cities, apparently overshooting annual targets.

28 Jan 2014 - 1:36am

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Meet fireworks engineer Wilson Mao

On three days of every year - January 1, Lunar New Year and National Day on October 1 - spectacular fireworks light up the Hong Kong skyline, drawing "ooohs" and "aaahs" from the thousands of onlookers.

28 Jan 2014 - 10:23am More on LIFE

Godfather of Chinese gambling films Wong Jing has another up his sleeve

28 Jan 2014

Review: Schumann Fest

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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




Cricket World Cup hopes alive and well as Hong Kong crush Namibia

Hong Kong pulled off a magnificent 76-run victory over Namibia on Tuesday to keep alive their chances of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup.

28 Jan 2014 - 2:13pm


Could Zhuhai's new Ocean Kingdom create a market for imported killer whales?

As one of China's biggest theme parks opens its doors in Zhuhai, conservationists fear killer whales may soon be put on show there, opening the floodgates on demand for orcas around the country, writes Simon Parry.

27 Jan 2014 - 6:05pm 5 comments

Imperfectly perfect: Kate Moss at 40

Most models can only dream of a 25-year career but Kate Moss, who turned 40 this month, shows no sign of relinquishing her position as fashion's No1 femme fatale. Imogen Fox reports.

25 Jan 2014 - 11:47pm

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