The government and student leaders remained poles apart on how the city should elect its leader in 2017, after their televised meeting yesterday failed to resolve the issue that triggered the Occupy Central mass sit-ins. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the government would submit a report to Beijing reflecting the latest public sentiment and would consider setting up a platform for dialogue on constitutional development, but that failed to please the five leaders from the Federation of Students. SCMP asked protesters in Admiralty for their reactions. Read the full story here.
After a 7-month trial, former Paralympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday recieved up to five years in prison for the culpable homocide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Both sides seemed satisfied with the decision, which Judge Thokozile Masipa described as a "delicate balance between the crime, the criminal and the interest of society." Read the full story here.
At least 20 people were injured in Hong Kong early Sunday in a fourth night of violence between protesters demanding free elections and police trying to restore traffic to the major Mongkok thoroughfare. The clashes follow three weeks of largely peaceful pro-democracy rallies. Read the full story here.
Thousands of runners battled thick smog at the Beijing Marathon on Sunday, with some donning masks as air pollution soared to 16 times the maximum recommended level. The level of small pollutant particles known as PM2.5 reached more than 400 micrograms per cubic metre. Read the full story here.