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Shipping magnate says he 'isn't happy', but backs down after daughter penned poignant open letter asking him to accept her for who she is

Hong Kong inquiry into UBS 'Hibor rigging'

The inquiry into interest-rate fixing at UBS extended yesterday as the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, effectively the territory's central bank, said it had been tipped off by other regulators that its local benchmark may have been rigged.

Transcript of the email sent by alleged eyewitness accusing Andrew Mitchell of swearing at police officers

Below is an edited but uncorrected version of the email sent by the alleged eyewitness to the Conservative MP John Randall, accusing Andrew Mitchell of swearing at police officers.

China buys up BHP stakes in Australia

China yesterday stepped up its worldwide hunt for gas to keep its 1.3 billion population warm.

Concern as major slump in science standards in primary schools is revealed

A major slump in science standards in primary schools is revealed in an international league table published today.

French luxury goods group PPR buys Chinese jewellery brand Qeelin

French luxury goods group PPR has snapped up China’s answer to Tiffany – a Chinese jewellery brand called Qeelin.

MBA Blog: Global experience is invaluable

London Business School decided to call its week-long trek to Boston and New York - for a group of 70 students interested in the asset management industry - the ‘Global Business Experience’. 

Miguel Angel Jimenez, almost 49, enjoys his Hong Kong Open win

Jimenez smokes up oldest-ever Tour win

The 48-year-old Spaniard toasted a one-stroke victory over Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed at the Hong Kong Open

A Broadcasting House screen shows the BBC’s director of news, Helen Boaden, and her deputy, Stephen Mitchell, both of whom have ‘stepped aside’

BBC is well versed in drama; it's time to end this one

Edward Lear's anniversary is a reminder that sometimes a bit of nonsense can clear things up...

A bridge too far? Loyal flyers get no choice to Sydney

Simon Calder: The strewth about BA’s loyalty scheme

The man who pays his way

Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu rejects takeover rumours

Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu has poured cold water on claims from Gianni Paladini that a takeover deal could be agreed within the next 10 days.

Christie's auction business sues Chinese rival Chritrs over similar sounding name

Christie’s is locked in a legal battle in the world’s largest auction market claiming an Asia rival is cashing in on its prestige by using a suspiciously similar sounding name.

Is China starting to turn its back on bling?

What have Tiffany, Burberry, Mulberry and Hugo Boss got in common? Yes, they all make expensive products for the global wealthy. But they also all recently warned of a slowdown in sales in once-booming China.

No Mandarin? No jobs, bankers warned

British bankers without Mandarin language skills are finding it increasingly tough to be shortlisted for jobs in the financial centres of Hong Kong and Singapore, a major recruiter has warned.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Can I use US dollars in Hong Kong?

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Postcard from... Hong Kong

How many glitzy parties does it take to open a shop? In Hong Kong the answer is many – and lavish, celebrity-filled revelry at that. For European luxury goods brands seeking to make their mark in the city, it is all about excess. From Gucci and Louis Vuitton to Prada and Fendi, flamboyant, opulent events are what le tout-Hong Kong expects when it comes to new store openings.

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