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If Occupy prompts Beijing to intervene, 'one country, two systems' would take a hit, adviser says

The "one country, two systems" principle would face a "grave" situation if the Occupy Central movement created prolonged disturbances that prompted intervention from Beijing, Lau Siu-kai said.

Saturday, 12 July, 2014, 4:33am 17 comments More on Occupy Central

Bar Association calls for options on reform offering 'greatest possible' public participation

The government will "abuse the concept of the rule of law" if it rejects the notion of voters nominating chief executive candidates without offering alternatives that ensure the greatest possible public participation, the Bar said yesterday.

12 Jul 2014 - 2:35am 35 comments More on Beijing White Paper 2014

Legco finance committee approves HK$1.6b Queen Mary Hospital reconstruction proposal

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A HK$1.6 billion request for funds to redevelop Queen Mary Hospital received unanimous support from lawmakers, passing in the final minute of the Legislative Council Finance Committee's final meeting before the summer break.

13 Jul 2014 - 3:41am 3 comments

Guangdong TV news channel quietly changing from Cantonese to Putonghua

Most original programmes on the news channel of Guangdong TV will be produced and broadcast in Putonghua from September, sources inside the network said, a move that is causing outrage among Cantonese speakers in Guangzhou.

12 Jul 2014 - 7:29am 14 comments

Fans cry foul over FCC World Cup final menu

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The Foreign Correspondents’ Club has averted a diplomatic food fight less than 24 hours before Germany and Argentina kick-off in the soccer World Cup final.

The private member’s bar on Friday lined-up a menu distinctly in flavour of Germany.

12 Jul 2014 - 9:45pm 4 comments

US secretary of state pushes plan to ‘clean up’ disputed Afghan vote

US Secretary of State John Kerry was on Saturday to hold a second day of talks with Afghanistan’s feuding presidential hopefuls, seeking a deal to “clean up the tally” after disputed elections.

12 Jul 2014 - 5:02pm

Israeli onslaught claims 121st victim in Gaza as Obama offers to help broker truce

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Israel's bombardment of Gaza claimed its 121st Palestinian life on Saturday as Hamas pounded central Israel with rockets and Washington offered help brokering a truce.

12 Jul 2014 - 1:33pm 14 comments

Big interest expected in small flats at Fung Yuen, Tai Po

Tiny flats on offer at Cheung Kong's Mont Vert in Tai Po are set to cause a big impact among investors and first-time buyers. The 1,071-unit project in Fung Yuen offers 196 flats with sizes of less than 200 sq ft.

12 Jul 2014 - 2:38am 20 comments

Deep cracks found in ceiling of Hong Kong high-speed railway terminus

Deep cracks have been found in concrete ceilings at the West Kowloon high-speed rail terminus, raising more questions about the already delayed construction project.

12 Jul 2014 - 8:26am 11 comments

Leading broadcaster Rui Chenggang detained in CCTV graft investigation

A leading anchor with China Central Television was taken away for investigation on Friday, mainland media reported. Rui Chenggang's sudden departure left an empty seat beside his co-host when his show aired that night.

13 Jul 2014 - 4:00am More on CCTV

Fears of tough action by Beijing following allegation BOC launders money

12 Jul 2014 - 4:36am 2 comments

iPhone feature could be national security threat, says Chinese broadcaster CCTV

12 Jul 2014 - 5:01am 16 comments

Hui led committee that suppressed favoured developer to avoid favouritism claims, court told

12 Jul 2014 - 3:28am

Chinese man accused of hacking into US computers

12 Jul 2014 - 12:36pm

Japan able to aid US ships under attack: minister

12 Jul 2014 - 1:25pm

Can Democratic Party be divided and still conquer?

12 Jul 2014 - 4:46am

Judge overturns HK Electric conviction over 2012 Lamma ferry crash

12 Jul 2014 - 3:28am

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Drone invasion needs regulation

13 Jul 2014 - 3:25am

Measles threat to migrant workers

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Drone invasion needs regulation

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Drones, for most people, are the unmanned aerial vehicles that the US uses for surveillance and missile attacks in terror-prone parts of the world. But these war-ready machines comprise only a tiny percentage of the market, with most being in the hands of users ranging from amateur photographers to university researchers.

13 Jul 2014 - 3:25am

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Leading broadcaster Rui Chenggang detained in CCTV graft investigation

A leading anchor with China Central Television was taken away for investigation on Friday, mainland media reported. Rui Chenggang's sudden departure left an empty seat beside his co-host when his show aired that night.

13 Jul 2014 - 4:00am More on CCTV

Asia

JAPAN

Quake measuring 6.8 causes small tsunami on Japan's northeastern shores

Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant was an aftershock of the quake that sparked 2011's deadly tsunami along the country's northeast coast, and warned of more to come.

13 Jul 2014 - 4:10am More on Fukushima nuclear disaster

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2014 World Cup

These charts show how China's Weibo has gone mad for the World Cup

11 Jul 2014 1 comment
EDUCATION

Students, faculty up in arms against 'elitist academy' at China's Peking University

11 Jul 2014 2 comments
TECHNOLOGY

Xiaomi teases its next smartphone, due for release July 22

10 Jul 2014 1 comment
CULTURE

How a Chinese government decree could take the glimmer out of Vienna's Golden Music Hall

10 Jul 2014 1 comment
HISTORY

First Chinese government delegation to commemorate China’s WW1 dead in France

10 Jul 2014 1 comment
CRIME

'I strangled her by accident in a blindfolded pillow fight': A killer’s explanation that only Beijing’s high court buys

9 Jul 2014 28 comments
TECHNOLOGY

Xiaomi founder Lei Jun donates HK$93 million worth of stocks to employees

8 Jul 2014 1 comment
CENSORSHIP

Outspoken commentator Li Chengpeng silenced on Chinese social media

8 Jul 2014 3 comments
FOREIGN RELATIONS

Indian PM Modi praised for rebuffing China’s power play on Brics development bank

8 Jul 2014 16 comments
RELIGION

Hong Kong's Cardinal Joseph Zen asks Pope Francis not to visit China

4 Jul 2014 24 comments
TAIWAN

Women's groups criticise Taiwanese advert for 'promoting large breasts as a beauty standard'

7 Jul 2014
CENSORSHIP

Weibo more heavily censored during Hong Kong's July 1 march than on Tiananmen anniversary

4 Jul 2014
ENVIRONMENT

Let it breathe: Beijing considers 'wind tunnels' design for the city to combat smog

2 Jul 2014 5 comments
TAIWAN

Meet 'Square Head Bro', the Taiwanese man with the blockhead hairstyle

4 Jul 2014 1 comment

Business

BANKING

Fears of tough action by Beijing following allegation BOC launders money

The Bank of China cash-transfer service at the centre of money laundering allegations could escalate the sabre-rattling between the mainland's liberal-minded bankers and conservative regulators.

12 Jul 2014 - 4:36am 2 comments More on Bank of China
LISTINGS

Alibaba expected to receive US approval for IPO despite federal commission warnings

Alibaba Group's proposal for what could be the largest initial stock offering in US history is sailing through Washington with few bumps.

12 Jul 2014 - 4:53am 1 comment More on Alibaba

Cop turns exorcist in horror movie

Director Scott Derrickson describes his film, Deliver Us from Evil, as " Serpico meets The Exorcist".

12 Jul 2014 - 8:37pm More on LIFE

Thin line between apes and humans

12 Jul 2014

Artist Wilson Shieh brushes up on political activism

12 Jul 2014

Australian truffles offer off season alternative

Selling Australian-grown Périgord truffles to French chefs may seem a foolhardy, even impossible goal, but that is exactly what The Truffle & Wine Co has successfully done.

11 Jul 2014 - 12:09am

Feast like a king: Modern restaurants seek to recreate Chinese imperial cuisine

11 Jul 2014 1 comment

We tell you where to find good quality, affordable eateries in Macau

9 Jul 2014

Google founders see a brave new world of data-driven health care

When Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, sat down for a rare frank and open chat with the veteran technology venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, they admitted, among other things, that Google was interested in health care but scared of its intense regulation.

13 Jul 2014 - 3:10am More on Google

Scientists including in China study thorium-fuelled nuclear power

13 Jul 2014

Genome sequencing offers glimpse of tipping point for age-related diseases

13 Jul 2014

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Sport

ARGENTINA V GERMANY

One step from immortality

Argentina's Lionel Messi will never have a better opportunity to prove he is one of the greatest players of all time than in this World Cup final against Germany.

13 Jul 2014 - 1:13am More on World Cup 2014
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Germany out to shatter Messi's dream

A Germany side chasing a place in history will attempt to wreck Lionel Messi's dream of a World Cup coronation with Argentina on Sunday as the month-long football carnival hits a climax at the Maracana Stadium.

13 Jul 2014 - 1:19am
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Heartbreak for hosts Brazil is visiting fans' opportunity

13 Jul 2014

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Guilt trips: war vets return to Vietnam

Haunted by their past, veterans of the Vietnam war are returning to former battlefields to make peace with the ghosts of the conflict and help those who are still picking up the pieces, writes Eric San Juan.

12 Jul 2014 - 11:21pm

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