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The best stories of 2012 from South China Morning Post

The best stories of 2012

It's been a year of unforgettable stories from Hong Kong, China and around the world.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 3:36pm

New-mum Kate out of sight, media turn to Sweden's Princess Madeleine

Princess Madeleine waves to the public after marrying. Photo: AFP

Forget Kate. Now that the Duchess of Cambridge is about to enter the largely private state of doting motherhood (the word out of London is that the birth of her and Prince William's first child is expected this weekend), the royals-obsessed European press needs someone else to focus on.

12 Jul 2013 - 3:57am

Who said it?

Professor Hu Angang

The crisis exposed all the defects in the political system.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:53am

Briefs, January 29, 2013

Ben Affleck with his award for 'Argo' at the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: Reuters

Radio show that staged royal hoax scrapped

29 Jan 2013 - 7:05am

Briefs, January 15, 2013

The Siding Spring Observatory after the fire. Photo: AFP

The former Kate Middleton is due to give birth to her first baby in July, and her health is improving after a bout of severe morning sickness, palace officials said. 

15 Jan 2013 - 4:55am

From the Experts: The truth about morning sickness

The Duchess of Cambridge has focused attention on acute morning sickness.Photo: Reuters

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made headlines recently when news of her pregnancy broke after she was admitted to hospital suffering from acute morning sickness. Morning sickness is an unwelcome side effect that can detract from the joy of pregnancy.

1 Jan 2013 - 9:01am

Briefs, December 18, 2012

A car destroyed in the attack in the Khyber region. Photo: Reuters

A car bomb killed 17 people including women and children and wounded dozens more when it exploded near a bus queue at a market in northwest Pakistan. The bomb went off in the town of Jamrud, killing or wounding people waiting for buses to take them across the northwest and to other parts of the country. Jamrud is in Khyber district, which is part of Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt on the Afghan border.

18 Dec 2012 - 3:47am

Mourners pack Indian funeral for royal hoax call nurse

The body of Jacintha Saldanha arrives in Mangalore, India, on Sunday. Photo: EPA

Mourners on Monday packed a Catholic church in India for the funeral of the nurse who was found hanged after taking a hoax call to the hospital treating Prince William’s wife.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hospital defends response to hoax call

Pedestrians walk past the door of the King Edward VII hospital in central London. Photo: AFP

The London hospital that treated Prince William's wife Kate defended yesterday its response to the hoax call storm following reports that the nurse duped by the prank left a suicide note criticising colleagues.

15 Dec 2012 - 5:20am

Nurse in British royal hoax call case found hanged, inquest hears

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, is remembered at a candlelight vigil in Bangalore, India. Photo: AP

A nurse at a hospital treating Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate who fell for an Australian radio prank was found hanged in her room, had wrist injuries and left three notes, an inquest heard on Thursday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Nurse in Duchess of Cambridge hoax was found hanging, inquest hears

Students of the nursing college hold vigil for nurse Jacintha Saldanha in Bangalore. Photo: EPA

An inquest into the apparent suicide of a nurse duped by a hoax call from Australian DJs about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge heard yesterday that she was found hanging in her room, had wrist injuries and left three notes.

13 Feb 2013 - 6:03pm

With free speech comes responsibility

Sydney-based 2DayFM radio presenters Michael Christian (left) and Mel Greig speak during an interview. Photo: Reuters

April Fools' day jokes aside, on-air pranks set Australian radio broadcasting apart from Hong Kong's. In cut-throat ratings wars, commercial stations try to be provocative and controversial to attract more listeners. Prank phone calls are common, often to vulnerable front-desk targets like receptionists and nurses in attempts to reach celebrities.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:09am

Stop prying into celebrities' pregnancies

Britain's Prince William leaves the King Edward VII hospital with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Photo: Reuters

What is it about celebrity babies that so enthralls us? Is it their chubby cheeks, the timing of their conception - usually a carefully guarded secret - or their glowing photogenic parents? Whatever the reason, people are at it again.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:21am 1 comment

Royal prank station under pressure over who gave call clearance

Rhys Holleran, CEO of Southern Cross Austereo, the parent company of Sydney's 2Day FM radio station, attends a press conference in Melbourne on Saturday. Photo: AFP

An Australian radio network came under media pressure on Tuesday to fully explain who cleared the broadcast of a royal prank call, as the family of a dead nurse embroiled in the hoax appeared in public.

11 Dec 2012 - 12:48pm 1 comment

Tearful Australian radio host sorry for nurse’s family in UK

Sydney radio station 2Day FM presenters Michael Christian (left) and Mel Greig are interviewed by Tracy Grimshaw on Monday. Photo: AFP

One of the Australian radio presenters who made a prank call to a London hospital treating Prince William’s wife Kate on Monday sobbed as she recalled hearing the news that a nurse had been found dead.

10 Dec 2012 - 3:41pm