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The Humphead wrasse: one of the world’s most endangered coral reef fish, and a delicacy for affluent Chinese diners

The scarcity of the fish and its price tag of up to US$850 a kilo has only made it more appealing to those who can afford it.

8 Jun 2019 - 2:42PM

The scarcity of the fish and its price tag of up to US$850 a kilo has only made it more appealing to those who can afford it.

The Humphead wrasse: one of the world’s most endangered coral reef fish, and a delicacy for affluent Chinese diners
Opinion | Algorithms have made advertising strangely intimate – should we be worried?

First came the unsolicited emails offering anatomical enlargements, then the internet started listening in on private parleys. What will the machines learn next?

31 May 2019 - 5:31AM

First came the unsolicited emails offering anatomical enlargements, then the internet started listening in on private parleys. What will the machines learn next?

Algorithms have made advertising strangely intimate – should we be worried?
The Durrells’ Corfu – popular TV show revives Greek island’s picturesque past

A four-year stay by a British family during the 1930s led to a bestselling book that in turn transformed Corfu into a tourist trap, but now the Greek island has reclaimed its idyllic charms

15 Mar 2019 - 10:14AM

A four-year stay by a British family during the 1930s led to a bestselling book that in turn transformed Corfu into a tourist trap, but now the Greek island has reclaimed its idyllic charms

The Durrells’ Corfu – popular TV show revives Greek island’s picturesque past
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford’s life on Bali’s death row: ‘if you want to shoot me, shoot me’

The only woman to have been sentenced to death for drug crimes in Bali, Lindsay Sandiford has come to terms with her situation.

1 Mar 2019 - 4:32PM

The only woman to have been sentenced to death for drug crimes in Bali, Lindsay Sandiford has come to terms with her situation.

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford’s life on Bali’s death row: ‘if you want to shoot me, shoot me’
Children of British man killed by Chinese wife separated after grandparents’ bitter custody battle

After Michael Simpson was stabbed to death by his estranged wife Fu Weiwei, the grandparents in Britain and in China disagreed over who should have guardianship, and at what price.

21 Jan 2019 - 10:24AM

After Michael Simpson was stabbed to death by his estranged wife Fu Weiwei, the grandparents in Britain and in China disagreed over who should have guardianship, and at what price.

Children of British man killed by Chinese wife separated after grandparents’ bitter custody battle
Killing of British expat on Malaysian island of Langkawi exposes darker side of retiring to paradise

Case exposes the sometimes directionless lifestyles of retired expatriates on the tropical island; accused insists she acted in self-defence against a violent spouse, whom neighbours speak of with affection.

19 Nov 2018 - 2:52PM

Case exposes the sometimes directionless lifestyles of retired expatriates on the tropical island; accused insists she acted in self-defence against a violent spouse, whom neighbours speak of with affection.

Killing of British expat on Malaysian island of Langkawi exposes darker side of retiring to paradise
Shark fin will be gone from menus by 2020, Hong Kong’s largest restaurant chain Maxim’s says

Bowing to pressure from wildlife groups and after the Post revealed how shark fin was still being offered on under-the-counter menu, popular restaurant chain vows to halt sales by January 1, 2020.

21 Sep 2018 - 1:33AM

Bowing to pressure from wildlife groups and after the Post revealed how shark fin was still being offered on under-the-counter menu, popular restaurant chain vows to halt sales by January 1, 2020.

Shark fin will be gone from menus by 2020, Hong Kong’s largest restaurant chain Maxim’s says
Domestic helper accuses former employer and convicted maid abuser of cruel campaign of injustice

Former civil servant, who threw scalding water over her Bangladeshi helper in 2014, kept a “punishment book” listing fines imposed on replacement maid for mistakes, including failing to marinade a cucumber and using the word “just”.

7 Sep 2018 - 4:58PM

Former civil servant, who threw scalding water over her Bangladeshi helper in 2014, kept a “punishment book” listing fines imposed on replacement maid for mistakes, including failing to marinade a cucumber and using the word “just”.

Domestic helper accuses former employer and convicted maid abuser of cruel campaign of injustice
To understand China and its future, look to its past, social historian says

Hong Kong professor David Faure believes looking beyond official accounts and studying Chinese society is increasingly essential in a fast-changing world.

5 Aug 2018 - 3:43PM

Hong Kong professor David Faure believes looking beyond official accounts and studying Chinese society is increasingly essential in a fast-changing world.

To understand China and its future, look to its past, social historian says
Hong Kong World Cup fan becomes accidental hero after terrifying car crash in Russia

After crashing his hire car, Chris Taylor found himself in safe hands – a hospital braced for England’s famously rowdy fans – and a local celebrity. He spoke to Post Magazine from his Volgograd sick bed about the unexpected kindness of Russians.

30 Jun 2018 - 10:38AM

After crashing his hire car, Chris Taylor found himself in safe hands – a hospital braced for England’s famously rowdy fans – and a local celebrity. He spoke to Post Magazine from his Volgograd sick bed about the unexpected kindness of Russians.

Hong Kong World Cup fan becomes accidental hero after terrifying car crash in Russia
Shark fin on ‘premium’ menu at popular Hong Kong chain Maxim’s despite pledge

Maxim’s claimed in 2017 to be the first Chinese restaurant chain to phase out shark fin, but still has a hidden menu called ‘The Premium’ selling the controversial product. WildAid activists accuse the company of misleading the public, but the chain claims the hidden menus don’t count.

11 Sep 2018 - 6:57PM

Maxim’s claimed in 2017 to be the first Chinese restaurant chain to phase out shark fin, but still has a hidden menu called ‘The Premium’ selling the controversial product. WildAid activists accuse the company of misleading the public, but the chain claims the hidden menus don’t count.

Shark fin on ‘premium’ menu at popular Hong Kong chain Maxim’s despite pledge
Tiger selfies: Chinese, Indian tourists lead cruel social media trend that’s driving Thailand’s captive-wildlife industry

As tourists flock to venues such as Tiger Kingdom in Thailand in quest for ever more audacious photos to post on Facebook and Instagram, animal-rights groups claim the internet craze is the cause of a ‘lifetime of suffering’ for the felines

20 Jun 2018 - 12:36PM

As tourists flock to venues such as Tiger Kingdom in Thailand in quest for ever more audacious photos to post on Facebook and Instagram, animal-rights groups claim the internet craze is the cause of a ‘lifetime of suffering’ for the felines

Tiger selfies: Chinese, Indian tourists lead cruel social media trend that’s driving Thailand’s captive-wildlife industry
Why blessing scams in Hong Kong are on the rise – and how to spot them

The number of reported cases has increased dramatically since 2016, with fraudsters targeting the elderly and robbing millions in cash and valuables

12 May 2018 - 9:25PM

The number of reported cases has increased dramatically since 2016, with fraudsters targeting the elderly and robbing millions in cash and valuables

Why blessing scams in Hong Kong are on the rise – and how to spot them
Tiger farms and illegal wildlife trade flourishing in Laos despite promise of a crackdown

‘Low-risk, extremely-high-return’ trade in endangered species’ body parts now ‘out of control’, says wildlife-crime expert

25 Jul 2018 - 12:42PM

‘Low-risk, extremely-high-return’ trade in endangered species’ body parts now ‘out of control’, says wildlife-crime expert

Tiger farms and illegal wildlife trade flourishing in Laos despite promise of a crackdown
A Mr Big of wildlife trafficking: could elusive Laos casino operator be behind rackets that run to drugs, child prostitution?

Mystery surrounds business empire with office in Wan Chai accused by US authorities of running an international criminal organisation in a small corner of Laos

24 Jul 2018 - 4:36PM

Mystery surrounds business empire with office in Wan Chai accused by US authorities of running an international criminal organisation in a small corner of Laos

A Mr Big of wildlife trafficking: could elusive Laos casino operator be behind rackets that run to drugs, child prostitution?
Hong Kong dishes out severe punishment for drug mules while gang leaders remain free

Study finds SAR to be one of the toughest jurisdictions in the world for apprehended drug couriers

19 Mar 2018 - 10:21AM

Study finds SAR to be one of the toughest jurisdictions in the world for apprehended drug couriers

Hong Kong dishes out severe punishment for drug mules while gang leaders remain free
Hong Kong priest’s mission to save drug mules from a system that favours kingpins

Crusading Hong Kong prison chaplain is seeking shorter jail terms for couriers and greater police efforts to hunt down senior gang members

19 Mar 2018 - 10:23AM

Crusading Hong Kong prison chaplain is seeking shorter jail terms for couriers and greater police efforts to hunt down senior gang members

Hong Kong priest’s mission to save drug mules from a system that favours kingpins
Rohingya refugees, employed as extras in BBC TV drama, relive horror of being forced from their homes 

Desperate exiles in Malaysia take roles in harrowing reconstruction to feed their families

4 Feb 2018 - 10:54AM

Desperate exiles in Malaysia take roles in harrowing reconstruction to feed their families

Rohingya refugees, employed as extras in BBC TV drama, relive horror of being forced from their homes 
From Meghan Markle to Thai royalty – the no-fuss Bangkok restaurant that’s a hit with the rich and famous

Located near the city’s Grand Palace, Chote Chitr’s homespun fare is popular with members of the Thai monarchy, as well as with the British princess-to-be

5 Feb 2018 - 11:17AM

Located near the city’s Grand Palace, Chote Chitr’s homespun fare is popular with members of the Thai monarchy, as well as with the British princess-to-be

From Meghan Markle to Thai royalty – the no-fuss Bangkok restaurant that’s a hit with the rich and famous
Why Chinese and Indian celebrities love this Maldives resort

JA Manafaru’s star-studded guest list includes Noel Gallagher, Luis Figo and film stars because it offers the one thing the rich and the famous yearn for – privacy. Plus, there’s an enviable 8,000-bottle collection of the best wines

16 Jan 2018 - 9:13AM

JA Manafaru’s star-studded guest list includes Noel Gallagher, Luis Figo and film stars because it offers the one thing the rich and the famous yearn for – privacy. Plus, there’s an enviable 8,000-bottle collection of the best wines

Why Chinese and Indian celebrities love this Maldives resort
Like a caper from Scoop: inside story of race to ‘rescue’ explorer Benedict Allen ‘missing’ in Papua New Guinea

‘Find him, and bring him home,’ news editor of a UK Sunday paper told your correspondent, so off he set for the jungles of PNG to save an errant father of three, only to find himself scooped. A chat with pilot gave him a different story

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

‘Find him, and bring him home,’ news editor of a UK Sunday paper told your correspondent, so off he set for the jungles of PNG to save an errant father of three, only to find himself scooped. A chat with pilot gave him a different story

Like a caper from Scoop: inside story of race to ‘rescue’ explorer Benedict Allen ‘missing’ in Papua New Guinea
I love you, Hong Kong airport, but you treat me so bad

First they closed the departure halls bookshops, then they doubled the car park fees and started playing Christmas carols in October … there’s only that much this Hongkonger can take

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

First they closed the departure halls bookshops, then they doubled the car park fees and started playing Christmas carols in October … there’s only that much this Hongkonger can take

I love you, Hong Kong airport, but you treat me so bad
How Hongkongers can lose their fear of snakes, one selfie at a time

Organised safaris allow people to see and handle Hong Kong’s snakes, helping them overcome their fear and dispelling many long-held myths about the animals and their behaviour

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Organised safaris allow people to see and handle Hong Kong’s snakes, helping them overcome their fear and dispelling many long-held myths about the animals and their behaviour

How Hongkongers can lose their fear of snakes, one selfie at a time
Chinese girls return to orphanage 14 years after adoption by US families to highlight plight of ‘left-behinds’

Abigail Anderson and ­Bingjie Turner lived in an orphanage in Qinghai run by a Hong Kong charity before being adopted. They returned to bring attention to those who aren’t adopted and who struggle when they leave the home

30 Apr 2018 - 4:23PM

Abigail Anderson and ­Bingjie Turner lived in an orphanage in Qinghai run by a Hong Kong charity before being adopted. They returned to bring attention to those who aren’t adopted and who struggle when they leave the home

Chinese girls return to orphanage 14 years after adoption by US families to highlight plight of ‘left-behinds’
Wartime Canadian soldier’s watch find on Hong Kong hillside is reward for enthusiasts out to keep alive memories of lives lost

Dave Willott searches Hong Kong battle sites with a metal detector for second world war relics, and unearthing watch of a young private killed in desperate last days of defence against Japanese invaders inspires him to keep on looking

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Dave Willott searches Hong Kong battle sites with a metal detector for second world war relics, and unearthing watch of a young private killed in desperate last days of defence against Japanese invaders inspires him to keep on looking

Wartime Canadian soldier’s watch find on Hong Kong hillside is reward for enthusiasts out to keep alive memories of lives lost
Vaping and e-cigarettes in Hong Kong: a dangerous gateway or a safe tool for quitting smoking?

As the Hong Kong government considers banning e-cigarettes and legislating against vaping, we talk to experts, detractors and fans of the 13-year-old phenomenon

28 Nov 2017 - 10:40AM

As the Hong Kong government considers banning e-cigarettes and legislating against vaping, we talk to experts, detractors and fans of the 13-year-old phenomenon

Vaping and e-cigarettes in Hong Kong: a dangerous gateway or a safe tool for quitting smoking?
Chinese crystal meth ‘tsunami’ forces Melbourne addict sanctuary to close after nearly 50 years

St Kilda’s Gatwick hotel has sheltered drug addicts and the homeless for half a century, but marijuana and heroin users have given way to meth takers whose psychotic behaviour police and the gentrifying neighbourhood won’t tolerate

22 May 2017 - 4:46PM

St Kilda’s Gatwick hotel has sheltered drug addicts and the homeless for half a century, but marijuana and heroin users have given way to meth takers whose psychotic behaviour police and the gentrifying neighbourhood won’t tolerate

Chinese crystal meth ‘tsunami’ forces Melbourne addict sanctuary to close after nearly 50 years
Manila’s ‘midget boxing’ bars and the fight for a better life

Little people in the Philippines have few employment options beyond poorly paid, degrading work entertaining foreigners in Manila bars, but a group set up by a spunky, 1.17-metre-tall 26-year-old is fighting to change that

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Little people in the Philippines have few employment options beyond poorly paid, degrading work entertaining foreigners in Manila bars, but a group set up by a spunky, 1.17-metre-tall 26-year-old is fighting to change that

Manila’s ‘midget boxing’ bars and the fight for a better life
Beaten, hit with an iron, doused in bleach: the Hong Kong domestic helpers facing systemic abuse and how city could protect them

In a new book, Hong Kong academic Hans Ladegaard tells 300 helpers’ stories of suffering and examines its patterns and causes. He tells of the steps that can be taken to safeguard them and deal with ‘evil’ employers

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

In a new book, Hong Kong academic Hans Ladegaard tells 300 helpers’ stories of suffering and examines its patterns and causes. He tells of the steps that can be taken to safeguard them and deal with ‘evil’ employers

Beaten, hit with an iron, doused in bleach: the Hong Kong domestic helpers facing systemic abuse and how city could protect them
Sextortion, lies and videotape: the Philippine cybercriminals who target men in Hong Kong and worldwide

We meet ‘Queen of Sextortion’ and see her village northeast of Manila, where scammers trick men in Hong Kong and elsewhere into performing sex acts in online chats and threaten to post footage on Facebook unless they pay to stop it

11 Feb 2017 - 9:31AM

We meet ‘Queen of Sextortion’ and see her village northeast of Manila, where scammers trick men in Hong Kong and elsewhere into performing sex acts in online chats and threaten to post footage on Facebook unless they pay to stop it

Sextortion, lies and videotape: the Philippine cybercriminals who target men in Hong Kong and worldwide