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ROK man tests positive for MERS in China

A man from Republic of Korea has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, China's first confirmed case.

'El Nino to bring rain, drought'

The China Meteorological Administration said in a report it expects El Nino conditions to last until autumn.

Malaysia shuts out HK's 'Long Hair'

Hong Kong opposition lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, also known as "Long Hair", was denied entry to Malaysia on Friday.

Radioactive leak at India's Delhi airport

The leak was found in a consignment of sodium iodide 131 - a radioactive liquid used in so-called nuclear medicine.

CPC publishes 5-book 'self-decoding' series

The book series was launched in an unprecedented move to help the West understand CPC better.

13th five-year plan crucial, asserts Xi

President Xi made the remarks when meeting leading officials from 7 regions in east China.

IMAX plans HK IPO for China unit

The IPO comes as the Canadian maker of widescreen cinemas expands rapidly in China.

No one tells us what to do: Beijing

China responded to comments by US defense secy on land reclamation at Nansha Islands.

Opinion

Violent behavior undemocratic

Those promoting democracy in Hong Kong greatly weaken their case when they resort to violent or aggressive behavior.

Ways to develop the city’s electricity market

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing addressed the media regarding the Energy Saving Plan for Hong Kong’s Built Environm...

Don’t block HK’s progress

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on May 28 urged lawmakers to vote on the SAR government’s electoral reform proposals according to the w...

Have you heard the ‘juk’ about the congee?

Chinese is the world’s top language for punning, and I am a specialist in bad puns, having produced two books on Chinese humor, but Jen...

Time for us to question what education is for?

There has probably never been a human culture which has set so much store by education as the Chinese.

Nation

ROK man tests positive for MERS in China

A man from Republic of Korea has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China's first confirmed case.

'Moderate El Nino to bring rain, drought'

The China Meteorological Administration said in a report it expects El Nino conditions to last until autumn.

China destroys 662 kg of illegal ivory

The illegal ivory, which was seized over the past year, was dumped into crushers and ground down at a ceremony in Beijing.

CPC publishes 'self-decoding' book series

In an unprecedented move to help the West understand it better, the Communist Party of China has published a series of 5 books.

Anji cleans up by cleaning up

Local authorities in Anji county, Zhejiang province, have proved that it's possible to stimulate and maintain economic growth without endangering the local environment.

China's forgotten army

During the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and also during World War II, a small, Communist-led guerrilla force was at the forefront of resistance in Northeast China. Now, that contribution is set to win the respect it deserves.

Coming in from the cold

The stigma surrounding leprosy is fading in China as the public gains greater knowledge and understanding of the disease. However, many challenges still remain.

HK

Malaysia bars 'Long Hair' from entering

Hong Kong opposition lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung also known as "Long Hair" was denied entry to Malaysia on Friday.

IMAX plans Hong Kong IPO for China unit

The IPO comes as the Canadian maker of widescreen cinemas expands rapidly in China, one of its fastest growing markets.

HK's gross premiums rise 16.1% in Q1

Thanks to a growing number of mainland customers, HK's total gross premiums amounted to HK$94.8b (US$12.23b) in Q1 of 2015.

HK shares end down

Hong Kong stocks dipped on Friday, with investors staying cautious after the previous session's slide triggered by a tumble in mainland markets.

Focus HK

Weight watchers’ club

Arguments favoring weighted voting rights should take into account that this share-class structure will entail several corporate governance issues.

The rights balance

Relaxing corporate structure rules for IPOs could be a growth driver for HKEK as it strives to regain its IPO destination crown. But making fund-raising by tech firms easier is even more important.

The sound of music

Hard times for musicals explains the success of the hokey Pitch Perfect a few years back.

Asia

Radioactive leak at India's Delhi airport

The leak was found in a consignment of sodium iodide 131 - a radioactive liquid used in so-called nuclear medicine.

MERS infects 10 in South Korea

The United Nations health agency said that it was not recommending screening of passengers due to the outbreak.

Filipino soldier seizes tour bus, surrenders

All passengers were safe, according to ABS-CBN, a major commercial television network in the Philippines.

India heat wave toll crosses 1,800

Dizzying temperatures caused water shortages in thousands of villages and driving the death toll to at least 1,826 by Friday.

Gold in gray

From healthcare to smart homes, Asia’s growing elderly population presents a huge business opportunity.

Asia braces for gray future

Urgent measures needed to tackle social and economic impact of rapidly aging population.

Asia Weekly

Business

HK shines regulatory spotlight on Hanergy

The securities regulator in Hong Kong said on Thursday that it is conducting an investigation into Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, a day after the company's chairman dismissed reports of such a probe as "purely rumors".

Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos

Google is willing to store and organize all of the world's digital photos and videos for free.

China stocks seesaw, investors jittery

Chinese stocks seesawed on Friday as investors remained jittery a day after a sharp sell-off. Other major Asian benchmarks climbed.

Eye on Asia

Hard on the outside but soft on the inside

Even as higher US interest rates pull funds out of emerging markets, South Korea will probably be spared from the upheavals.

Private India hospitals go luxe for growth

Private hospital operators in India are all but rolling out a red carpet to lure affluent locals and tourists to seek medical treatment at their luxe facilities

Nepalese homemakers learning manual skills

One month has passed since the devastating quake struck this beautiful Himalayan nation, stripping thousands of people of their homes with little chance of a quick recovery.

Sport

Russia, Qatar the root of FIFA crisis: Blatter

FIFA President Sepp Blatter spoke at the FIFA congress hours before the presidential election in which he is a seeking a fifth term.

FIFA scandal a warning for Chinese soccer reform

Vice president Wei Jizhong of the Chinese Olympic Committee believes that the alleged corruption scandal of the FIFA officials is a lesson for China to learn during its soccer reform.

Talent v desire

FC Barcelona and Athletic Club Bilbao go head to head for the third time in just six seasons when they play the King's Cup knockout tournament in the Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday night.

Reel impact

Festival director puts his mark on Tokyo film event with an injection of animation and more focus on domestic fare.

A taste for better ties

Tycoon behind top-selling snack brand inspires factory workers and presidents in his mission to improve Sino-Philippine relations.

Mothers: Israel’s secret weapon

Godfather of nation's high-tech industry reveals the matriarchal pressures that drove him to achieve success as an entrepreneur.

Life Style

Stellar ants

Artist Chen Zhiguang uses common stainless steel to make people notice the humble creatures.

School uniform dresses up museum

The humble uniform of a middle school in Shenzhen has become part of the collection in one of the world's greatest museums.

Quirky News

Hokkaido melons fetch US$12,000 at auction

A pair of melons grew in Yubari city of Hokkaido hit 1.5 million yen at auction - the 4th highest over the past 10 years.

Grow up!

A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood in the US.

'Childish' Abbott

The government in Australia's Victoria state has accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of "childish" tactics.

Video

If you have a dream

A young man tells how he has made his dream come true, by asking strangers to invest, every day, for two years.

Expert calls for protection for retirees

Nelson Chow, who wrote the latest retirement protection report, believes the introduction of a universal pension scheme will improve the government’s popularity, Joseph Li writes

Strike a balance in standard working hours

It is too early to talk about standard working hour legislation, said chairman of the Standard Working Hours Committee Leong Che-hung.

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.

Roundtable

Diversity poses challenge to further regional integration

Spotlight turns on issues including security and culture as ASEAN common market looms in pivotal year for group.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.