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LIVE: Malaysia Airlines jet confirmed shot down over Ukraine, killing 295

Update

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday confirmed that the Malaysia Airlines jet that crashed in eastern Ukraine killing all 295 on board, was suspected to have been shot down.

Friday, 18 July, 2014, 4:58am 9 comments

Popular protest spot Civic Square closed for security works, public access limited

A three-metre-high fence is being built outside the government's headquarters amid security fears after several mass protests.

18 Jul 2014 - 3:37am 8 comments

T3 signal raised as Typhoon Rammasun brings strong winds and rain to Hong Kong

Update

The Observatory raised typhoon signal No 3 at 4.15pm as Typhoon Rammasun edged closer to Hong Kong, bringing with it squally showers and gusts of wind up to 70km/h.

17 Jul 2014 - 9:45pm

Ozone pollution in Hong Kong at worst level in a decade: environmental report

Ozone pollution is at its worst in nearly a decade, indicating deteriorating regional air quality, environmental group Clean Air Network found.

18 Jul 2014 - 3:15am 1 comment

Beijing slams British 'interference' as Nick Clegg meets Hong Kong pro-democracy activists

China accused London of interfering in its internal affairs after British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg met two leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activists urging greater freedoms from Beijing.

17 Jul 2014 - 6:09pm 43 comments More on Beijing White Paper 2014

Israel orders ground offensive in Gaza; heavy shelling on border

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said.

18 Jul 2014 - 4:25am

Early resignation of MTR Corp chief Jay Walder 'may scare off candidates'

The resignation of MTR Corporation chief executive Jay Walder a year before his contract ends has raised concerns that potential candidates will be put off the job.

18 Jul 2014 - 3:11am 1 comment More on MTRC

Beijing's reform guidelines may set out definition of 'democratic', candidate numbers

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Beijing could decide next month whether to cap the number of candidates who will be allowed to run for Hong Kong chief executive, Basic Law expert Albert Chen says.

18 Jul 2014 - 3:12am 11 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Malaysia Airlines passenger jet ‘shot down’ over Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines plane with 295 people on board was hit by a missile and crashed over eastern Ukraine last night.

18 Jul 2014 - 3:07am 1 comment

Rebel site suggests insurgents shot down Malaysia plane by mistake

A social media site attributed to a top Ukrainian rebel commander said the insurgents had shot down an army transporter at the location where a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed Thursday near the Russian border.

18 Jul 2014 - 4:06am

Uber taxis: they may be luxurious, but not everyone's hailing them

18 Jul 2014 - 4:58am 5 comments

Shanghai will be hurt most by Three Gorges Dam project, researcher says

17 Jul 2014 - 4:43pm

MTR chief Jay Walder to exit a year early in wake of cross-border rail link delay

17 Jul 2014 - 7:21am 44 comments

Passengers thrown about Hong Kong-bound plane by turbulence

17 Jul 2014 - 7:25am 8 comments

UK will mobilise global community if China breaches ‘one country, two systems’: Nick Clegg

17 Jul 2014 - 12:37pm 88 comments

Towngas backs down after asking staff to sign anti-Occupy Central petition

17 Jul 2014 - 8:25am 8 comments

Private hospitals may be forced to reveal fee details

17 Jul 2014 - 7:32am

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Leader

Give China a chance at Middle East peace

18 Jul 2014 - 3:50am

Don't censor pollution data

18 Jul 2014 - 3:52am

Today's Poll

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17 Jul 2014
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Insight

Electoral reform in Hong Kong must be based on proper understanding of its context

Carrie Lam

The task force on constitutional development, which I headed, has submitted its consultation report to the chief executive, who has just made a report to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

18 Jul 2014 - 4:03am

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China

LAW

Zhang Sizhi, lawyer for detained journalist, points to legal breach by authorities

Veteran mainland rights lawyer Zhang Sizhi, who represents arrested journalist Gao Yu, said yesterday the authorities have breached the law by failing to notify her family of her formal arrest a month and a half ago.

18 Jul 2014 - 4:10am

China Insider

TRANSPORT

Uber taxis: they may be luxurious, but not everyone's hailing them

18 Jul 2014 5 comments
FOOD

No more cheap breakfasts? Street food hawkers banned from Beijing's Haidian district

17 Jul 2014
CULTURE

Mainland Chinese buyers contribute significantly to global art sales: report

17 Jul 2014
WORLD CUP

Chinese soccer fans - mostly young and female - posted 2 billion World Cup messages on Weibo

16 Jul 2014
MARATHON

‘No more public peeing!’ Beijing Marathon organisers warn runners ahead of October event

16 Jul 2014
CIVIL RIGHTS

Sex worker rights activist Ye Haiyan says she is barred from leaving China

16 Jul 2014 1 comment
scholarism

Hong Kong's youngest activists draw inspiration from political liberalism

16 Jul 2014 10 comments
FOOD

'Vampire drinks' banned by China’s food safety authority

16 Jul 2014
MEDIA

PR firm Edelman distances itself from detained Chinese TV anchor Rui Chenggang

16 Jul 2014 1 comment

Detention of CCTV 'superstar' anchor Rui Chenggang polarises opinion across China’s social media

15 Jul 2014 2 comments
TELEVISION

Fox News host’s racial slur sparks online backlash in China

15 Jul 2014 39 comments
LAW

Winemaker Penfolds in legal battle with 'trademark squatters' over right to use its Chinese name

15 Jul 2014
TELEVISION

After 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad', US network dreams up Chinese-inspired drama series

13 Jul 2014 1 comment
2014 World Cup

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

11 Jul 2014 2 comments

Business

REGULATION

Hong Kong Monetary Authority's lack of independence queried in IMF study

The IMF has called into question the independence of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) from the chief executive at a time of growing concern over the city's exposure to mainland borrowers.

18 Jul 2014 - 3:37am
GAMING

Sands China profit hit by rising costs for Macau casino staff

Macau casino operator Sands China fell 1.24 per cent after the firm reported second-quarter results below analysts' consensus estimates because of a bigger staff bonus package, underscoring the intense competition for talent in the gambling enclave.

18 Jul 2014 - 2:57am

Property

HOUSING

Strong bidding for Xiamen land points to continued home price rises

As temperatures rose into the mid 30s one recent Friday morning in Xiamen, residents were warned of the risk of heatstroke. But things were getting much hotter at the auction hall at the city's Administrative Service Centre.

18 Jul 2014 - 2:52am

Winemaker Penfolds in legal battle with 'trademark squatters' over right to use its Chinese name

Update

Australian winemaker Treasury Wine Estates, owner of the popular Penfolds brand, is facing a legal challenge in China in the latest of a series of high-profile trademark disputes involving big international brands. 

15 Jul 2014 - 4:24am

Australian truffles offer off season alternative

11 Jul 2014 1 comment

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

11 Jul 2014 1 comment

Inside the Observatory: How Hong Kong's weathermen make their predictions

A weather forecaster's job is usually a thankless one; no one gives them credit when they get it right; and when predictions are off base, they face a storm of condemnation.

15 Jul 2014 - 9:45am 1 comment More on LIFE

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

13 Jul 2014 1 comment

Scientists including in China study thorium-fuelled nuclear power

13 Jul 2014 2 comments

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Sport

BOXING

It won't be easy for Pacman, says Roach

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has warned that Chris Algieri could be a "surprise package" when he faces Manny Pacquiao in November, saying the little-known American had earned his shot against the Filipino superstar.

17 Jul 2014 - 10:26pm

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