Hong Kong | Exclusive election body at heart of protests 

It’s among the most powerful clubs in this city of enormous wealth and influence. Only 1,200 people are allowed in, and they decide who leads Hong Kong every five years. As

Zuckerberg speaks Mandarin, Beijing students cheer 

China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who delighted an audience of students in Beijing with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese. There was

Hong Kong | Local support for protesters grows, survey says

Public support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters has grown, particularly among younger people, a survey shows, underlining the difficulty for the government to resolve four weeks of demonstrations. A public opinion

Apple’s iCloud attacked by mainland hackers

“We’re aware of intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information, and we take this very seriously,” the computer-maker said in a post Tuesday on its support

APEC finance ministers meeting in Beijing 

Asia Pacific finance ministers were meeting yesterday in Beijing to consider coordinated responses amid concerns over a slowdown in the regional economy highlighted by lower Chinese growth figures. Opening the meeting

Red Cross official tells Beijing meeting 6 months to contain Ebola

A top Red Cross official said yesterday that he is confident the Ebola epidemic that has killed thousands of people in West Africa can be contained within four to six

Hong Kong | Mainland media says protesters are foreign puppets

China’s media is ratcheting up the rhetoric against Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, saying protesters risk becoming foreign puppets. In an editorial yesterday in the English-language daily Global Times, the paper linked

Kenny G’s Hong Kong visit out of tune with PRC

Smooth jazz star Kenny G stopped in at Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests yesterday, but his visit was out of tune with Chinese authorities, who have warned about foreign meddling. The American

HONG KONG | Students, officials talk but don’t agree

Hong Kong student leaders and government officials talked but agreed on little yesterday as the city’s Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the key demand of activists camped

Fire exposes illegal mainland factories in Italy

There was no fire alarm at the garment factory outside Florence where Chen Changzhong worked and lived. Heat finally startled him awake the morning of Dec. 1, 2013. Before him was

Economy grows at slowest pace in 5 years 

China’s economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders’

Art colony’s free-speech illusion shatters 

Just a few weeks ago, oil painters in eastern Beijing’s Songzhuang art district had welcomed foreign reporters into their studios and shown off works tackling such touchy subjects as China’s prisons and

HONG KONG | Leung: ‘External forces’ involved in protests

Hong Kong’s leader has claimed that “external forces” are participating in student-led pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks, but provided no

Beijing gives USD6 million for food in Ebola countries

China has donated USD6 million to help stave off food shortages in the three African countries worst affected by the Ebola virus, the World Food Program announced yesterday, part of Beijing’s

Low expectations as Beijing considers legal reforms 

The most important meeting of the year for the 205 members of China’s ruling Communist Party’s Central Committee, beginning today, will focus on how to rule the country in accordance

Mainland to broaden two child policy in 2 years

All Chinese couples will be allowed to have a second child in two years, said a researcher who advises the government on birth control policies. “We will fully relax the

Hong Kong | Protest violence continues amid plan for talks

Hong Kong officials and pro-democracy protesters agreed to start talks this week, while police and demonstrators continue to face off in Mong Kok after three days of clashes that left

| Beijing marathoners don face masks to battle smog

Despite heavy pollution blanketing Beijing yesterday, an international marathon went ahead, with face masks and sponges among the equipment used by competitors to battle the smog. The 34th Beijing International Marathon

Authorities say villagers burned workers to death

Villagers in a bitter standoff with a property developer in rural southwestern China detained several construction workers and burned four of them to death in a scuffle that left eight

Protests seen as a passing economic storm for Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s economy weathers three major typhoon warnings each year. So far, the Occupy Central protests have proved to be just another passing storm. Like they do when a tropical cyclone

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