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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

South China Morning Post- Hong Kong

  • January 1, 2015
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35 killed, 42 injured in New Year’s stampede in Shanghai

A picture shared on Weibo showing an aerial view of the crowds on the Bund in Shanghai after a stampede killed 35 people around midnight on December 31, 2014.BREAKING
Thirty-five people have been killed in a stampede during New Year's celebrations in downtown Shanghai, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
Thursday, 1 January, 2015, 10:24am 8 comments

Fireworks and protests as Hong Kong sees in 2015

Fireworks and protests as Hong Kong sees in 2015UPDATE
Politics is still high on Hongkongers’ minds as they celebrate the New Year, a survey shows, as protests take place to mark New Year's Eve.
1 Jan 2015 - 9:30am 3 comments

Xi Jinping and Pope Francis named SCMP's inaugural Leaders of the Year

Pope Francis and President Xi Jinping
The South China Morning Post's inaugural Leaders of the Year are President Xi Jinping and Pope Francis. 
1 Jan 2015 - 8:12am 5 comments More on Focus

Girl sent to children's home for drawing flowers on Occupy's 'Lennon Wall' freed after outcry

The chalked flowers were drawn around an Occupy umbrella symbol. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Questions are hanging over the police's court application for a child protection order that subjected a 14-year-old girl to two nights' detention in a children's home before she was released on bail yesterday.
1 Jan 2015 - 8:45am 5 commentsMore on Occupy Central

China's polluters face tougher fines under new green rules

A polluted stretch of the Yangtze River in Jiangxi. Photo: Xinhua
The mainland's "toughest ever" green rules come into effect today, with revisions to the environmental protection law ushering in higher fines and more stringent conditions for industry.
1 Jan 2015 - 8:28am 1 comment

ATV faces legal action over unpaid wages

ATV holds employees conference in Tai Po. Photo: Felix Wong
Cash-strapped ATV and its directors are being prosecuted for not paying staff, adding to uncertainty over the station's future.
1 Jan 2015 - 2:40am 1 comment

Family of 18-year-old wrongfully executed for murder in China awarded 2 million yuan

The parents of Huugjilt mourn at his graveside in Hohhot after he was cleared of murder earlier in December. Photo: Xinhua
The family of a man wrongly executed for a rape and murder in Inner Mongolia in northern China has been awarded 2.05 million yuan (HK$2.58 million) in compensation.
31 Dec 2014 - 12:51pm

Hong Kong cash-grab frenzy: HK$7 million still missing as police arrest two cleaners

A man picks up money spilled by a security van in Wan Chai on December 24. More than HK$7 million is still missing. Photo: SCMP Pictures
More than HK$7 million remains missing despite two more arrests over a cash-dash frenzy in Wan Chai on Christmas Eve, sparked by a security van spilling banknotes.
31 Dec 2014 - 2:38pm 2 comments

53 killed in Philippines, 21 dead in Malaysia as storms trigger floods and landslides

A house is buried in a mudslide brought on by heavy rains from tropical storm Jangmi, locally called Seniang, in Tanuan town, Samar province. Photo: ReutersUPDATE
Among those who died was a family of 11 whose creek-side house was washed away by a flash flood in Cebu. Six other people were missing in the same town.
31 Dec 2014 - 3:21pm

Power bills, parking fees and theme parks cost more but HK inflation set to slow in 2015

Disneyland raised its prices in November by about 10 per cent.  Photo: Jonathan Wong
Hongkongers will pay more for electricity, parking and theme park tickets from today, but there is some good news - economists expect inflation to slow this year.
1 Jan 2015 - 2:40am 1 comment

AirAsia flight 'made unbelievably steep climb before crash'

Radar data being examined by investigators appears to show the doomed AirAsia plane made an "unbelievably" steep climb before it crashed.
1 Jan 2015 - 3:03am 1 commentMore on AirAsia flight QZ8501

Hong Kong poultry wholesalers threaten boycott after bird flu cull

Fresh chicken could be off the menu for at least 21 days after the city's latest bird flu scare sparked a row between wholesalers and the government over delivery arrangements for live poultry.
1 Jan 2015 - 8:10am 7 comments More on H7N9 avian flu
Analysts say Ling Jihua, the one-time top aide of former president Hu Jintao, is likely to face the same fate as  Bo Xilai, the disgraced former Chongqing party chief who was jailed for life for corruption in 2013. Photo: Reuters

China removes Ling Jihua, ex-Hu Jintao aide, from Communist Party's United Front Work Department job

31 Dec 2014 - 5:08pm
Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian, pictured in 2011, has been serving a 20-year jail term for corruption since November 2010. Photo: AFP

Traffic jam delays jailed ex-Taiwan president's medical parole until next month

1 Jan 2015 - 2:15am
The new entity will have almost 100 per cent of the local market for a broad range of rolling stock, including bullet trains. Photo: Imaginechina

Merger of train giants CSR and CNR flags consolidation in China state sector

1 Jan 2015 - 4:05am
Law Wan-tung, former employer of Indonesian domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih. Photo: Sam Tsang

Erwiana's boss 'apologised to previous maid for assaulting her'

1 Jan 2015 - 8:41am
Chan Yik-sai (left ) and Lo Yuet-shan attend the launch yesterday of the annual report, organised by the Children's Rights Association. Photo: Edmond So

Housing is the biggest worry for HongKong's poorest children, survey finds

1 Jan 2015 - 2:40am 1 comment
Thomas Boarder (left), Clare Wong and Phillipe Angst will set off on New Year's Day. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong rickshaw adventurers hit road to support girls’ education in India

31 Dec 2014 - 6:08pm 1 comment
A Brussels-based trade association is helping ease the way for mainland factories to comply with sweeping new environmental laws taking effect in China today. Photo: AFP

Chinese firms receive help from Foreign Trade Association in complying with new pollution law

1 Jan 2015 - 2:29am
Cai Mingzhao, 59, has worked in the Communist Party's official media for more than two decades. Photo:

Cai Mingzhao to head Xinhua news agency as China focuses on party ideology in media

1 Jan 2015 - 2:18am
Lieutenant General Zhang Shibo has been named president of the PLA's National Defence University. Photo: May Tse

Reshuffle of leading PLA officers continues

1 Jan 2015 - 2:29am
A Lion Air plane lies in water after crashing in Bali. Photo: AFP

Crowded skies in Southeast Asia put pressure on pilots, air traffic control

1 Jan 2015 - 3:03am


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Overlooking the sandbar-linked islet Ap Lei Pai from Yuk Kwai Shan. Photo by C.H. Lau

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President Xi Jinping (left) and Pope Francis. Photos: AFP

SCMP leaders of the year, Xi Jinping and Pope Francis, are men who show true courage

1 Jan 2015 - 10:09am 3 comments
Bird flu has, unfortunately, returned to Hong Kong, just four months after live chicken sales resumed.  Photo: Sam Tsang

For health's sake, end sales of live poultry

1 Jan 2015 - 12:53am 2 comments


The new entity will have almost 100 per cent of the local market for a broad range of rolling stock, including bullet trains. Photo: ImaginechinaREFORM

Merger of train giants CSR and CNR flags consolidation in China state sector

Tie-up between rolling stock makers CSR and CNR, creating scale for global clout, is seen as flagging a wave of consolidation in state sector.
1 Jan 2015 - 4:05am

PBOC vows to fine-tune policy as Chinese factory activity slows

People's Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan yesterday vowed to fine-tune monetary policy when needed, in comments that came after new data showed manufacturing activities contracted last month.
1 Jan 2015 - 4:10am


The more developed housing market in Tseung Kwan O is expected to help boost the allure of the Lohas Park site. Photo: BloombergPROPERTY

MTR hopes for third time lucky in Tin Shui Wai tender

MTR Corp is making a third attempt to sell a 1,500-unit site in Tin Shui Wai to raise land supply as it seeks to reach the targeted 10,000 flats for the financial year to March.
30 Dec 2014 - 4:25am
Occupy Central songwriter Lo Hiu-pan at the protest site in Admiralty. Photo: May Tse

Raise the Umbrella: Occupy anthem may become Hong Kong's song of the year

When Lo Hiu-pan wrote a song in reaction to the tear-gassing of pro-democracy protesters a few months ago, he never imagined it would become one of the most representative anthems of Hong Kong's "umbrella movement".
31 Dec 2014 - 10:39am 9 comments More on LIFE

Arts project encourages visitors to tour old district and take part in creative activities

29 Dec 2014

The top arts stories of 2014

27 Dec 2014
Wuyi Da Hong Pao Rock tea (2005), which had an estimated value of  HK$250,000 in this year's Hong Kong tea auction

China's premium-tea prices have cooled, but it's still boom time for some

Hong Kong's first auction of premium teas captured imaginations far and wide last year, when interest was piqued by the sky-high asking prices. One 20kg box of narcissus oolong tea was valued at nearly HK$1 million.
29 Dec 2014 - 11:09amMore on LIFE

Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

21 Dec 2014

How to spice up Christmas dinner: top chefs offer their tips

23 Dec 2014 1 comment
Impression of a lander above a comet. Photo: Reuters

Motion detector could help discover microscopic life forms on distant planets

European researchers said they have devised the first tiny motion detector that could eventually help find microscopic life forms on distant planets.
31 Dec 2014 - 6:10am

Researchers finding way to spoof fingerprint scanners

31 Dec 2014

Gmail service shut down in China amid mounting pressure against Google

29 Dec 2014 4 comments


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