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China stocks rebound, Shanghai up 5 percent

Chinese stocks staged a strong rebound in the afternoon, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index ending up 5.5%.

China, France should boost ties: Li

In an article in Le Figaro, Li said China & France should take up their responsibilities and develop new areas of cooperation.

China to speed up housing renovation

The State Council asked authorities to mobilize both government and private capital for the work.

Jet rams into Sumatra hotel, 30 dead

An Indonesian military transport plane crashed into a hotel and houses in Medan, killing at least 30 people.

Premier proposes 'win-win' climate plan

China seeks a fair, global system to tackle climate change, Chinese Premier Li said.

Taiwan fire: Another victim from HK

A sixth Hong Kong victim of the Formosa Fun Coast Explosion has been identified.

Obama signs trade bills into law

The US President now has the "fast-track" power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal.

US on terror alert for July 4

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security are seeking the alert.

Opinion

Where has local education gone?

The ‘Occupy Central’ movement has caused slippage in the rule of law, contributing to the rise in violence committed by ‘locali...

Despite veto, democracy is still alive and kicking in HK

The event surrounding the walkout by pro-establishment legislators may have hogged all the headlines.

Inclusiveness of AIIB lays ground for common growth

President Xi Jinping's meeting with representatives of the prospective founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on ...

18 years of achievement

The public is already in jubilant mood, getting ready to throw celebration parties, as Hong Kong is fast approaching the 18th anniversa...

Foreign intervention started with our diet

As the saying goes, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. This is true especially when it comes to dog meat which has recently become...

Video

The spirit of parkour

Inspired by the spirit of parkour in the 2001 film 'Yamakasi', a group of Hong Kong youth started to build their own community and grew up supporting each other.

Dragon boat race in HK

Once a festival for entertaining the fishermen of Aberdeen, Hong Kong, the dragon boat races are now intensely competitive. Long boats with dragon heads, the drumming and revelers’ cheering merge into one of the most colourful events in the area.

Nation

China, France should strengthen ties: Li

In an article in Le Figaro, Li said China and France should take up their responsibilities and develop new areas of cooperation.

State Council seeks to speed up housing renovation

The State Council asked authorities to mobilize both government and private capital for the work.

Argentina clears air on Chinese space station

The Ministry of Federal Planning issued a communique condemning a TV news program about the station in Neuquen province.

Suspect arrested in Iowa student murder

Chinese police, with US help, arrested a murder suspect in connection with the death of his girlfriend in Iowa, US.

Spiky little sea 'monster' thrived a half billion years ago

Scientists announced the discovery of beautifully preserved fossils of one of the stranger animals ever to call Earth home.

Baseball becomes a hit with students

MLB College Club program organizes games on 75 campuses.

Robotics programs gaining ground

Students learn to work as a team, failing and trying again until achieving success.

HK

Taiwan fire: Another victim from HK

A sixth Hong Kong victim of the Formosa Fun Coast explosion has been identified, the Immigration Department confirmed Tuesday.

iBond’s popularity surges as stocks tumble

The investment is still regarded as a prudent strategy by institutional investors ahead of possible US rate hike and plunging stock market.

HK shares rebound, HSI up 1%

Hong Kong stocks reversed early losses and ended Tuesday firmer, cheered by sharply rebounding mainland shares.

Employees in SAR choose money over everything else

Hong Kong employees value salary over work-life balance.

Focus HK

Lessons for the teacher

Six years back Lillian Lui cancelled her retirement plans to teach in a school for children of poor families. The rewards seem to have more than made up for the measly pay.

The past returns for a nostalgic summer holiday

Photographer Edmond Tang re-visits the reopened Lai Yuen Amusement Park to find the attractions in it have retained the original flavor since he clicked them in 1997. Wang Yuke reports.

History unmasked

A French-Chinese co-production turns the spotlight on the Chinese Labor Corps, brave souls who tried hard to assist the Allies during WWI.

Asia

IS beheads women for first time in Syria

The hardline Islamic State group has beheaded two women civilians, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Indonesian military plane crashes, 30 killed

An Indonesian military transport plane crashed into a hotel and houses in Medan, killing at least 30 people, an official said.

2 die as man immolates self on Japan bullet train

A man riding one of Japan's high-speed bullet trains set himself on fire, killing himself and another passenger.

S'pore, Australia strengthen ties

The accord paves the way for increased intelligence sharing to combat terrorism and collaboration on fighting cybercrime.

Fishing for more

Asia dominates global seafood production but environment and labor issues must be tackled.

From farm to palate

Aquaculture in Asia is taking pressure off ocean stocks while sating world’s appetite for fish.

Asia Weekly

Business

China stocks rebound, post biggest gain since 2009

Chinese stocks staged a strong rebound in the afternoon, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index ending up 5.5%.

Microsoft sheds non-core arms

Microsoft is handing off some its digital advertising business to AOL and selling its street-image mapping operation to Uber.

Asia stocks bounce back

Asian stock markets bounced back, recouping some of the previous day's sharp losses.

Eye on Asia

Limited options if Iran talks fall apart

The war option that US has kept on the table has few fans, while the world community is not willing to impose truly crippling sanctions.

Ancient general is a cut above

Chinese paper-cut artwork on display in Malaysia to celebrate the life and philosophy of Guan Gong.

Japan mourns passing of Tama

Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, died of a heart failure on June 22.

Sport

Chile beat Peru 2-1 to reach Copa America final

Chile kept alive its hopes of winning the Copa America for the first time with a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the semifinals of the South American tournament on Monday.

Robinho linked to China move

Cruzeiro have admitted they will not be able to compete with an offer from China's Guangzhou Evergrande for Brazil international forward Robinho.

US-Germany semifinal features world's top goalkeepers

The Women's World Cup semifinal clash between top-ranked Germany and the second-ranked United States will feature two of the best goalkeepers in the game: Nadine Angerer and Hope Solo.

Custodian of knowledge

Intellectual property chief relishes the daunting challenge of spearheading global efforts to protect intangible assets.

Number cruncher

Providing a crucial service analyzing vast reams of data has taken Malaysian entrepreneur from ambitious startup to successful IPO.

Building on a dream

Hard work and an ambitious goal to provide quality housing lead to Chinese migrant becoming a top developer in Sydney.

Life Style

Robert Redford urges global climate action

The 78-year-old Oscar winner said his environmental activism began more than 40 years ago and has grown stronger.

Nicole Kidman to shoot Vogue cover in Uluru

Nicole Kidman is set to be photographed for the cover of Vogue magazine at Uluru, the "spiritual heart of Australia," on Thursday.

Quirky News

GMO lamb sold for meat in France

A lamb whose mother had been genetically modified with a jellyfish protein as part of a medical experiment was sold as meat accidentally.

Ready to wed but no wedding plans

Pitcairn Island, a tiny speck in the Pacific that's home to just 48 people, has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage - but has no gay couples wanting to wed.

Dead man on roof may have fallen from plane

British police are investigating the possibility that a man found dead on a roof in west London had been a stowaway on a flight.

Roundtable

Partnerships to power up development across region

New model of energy cooperation could unleash Asia’s full growth potential.

Veto 'has caused great harm to HK'

The veto put the SAR’s democratic development at a standstill, says social administration professor Paul Yip.

Zeman banks on a miracle to get electoral reform passed

Entertainment tycoon Allan Zeman is making a last-minute appeal to opposition lawmakers to be reasonable and pass the electoral reform package which, he says, will benefit Hong Kong’s future.

Special

The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.