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Air Algerie jet's black box found, no survivors

French President Francois Hollande said Friday there were no survivors of the crashed Air Algerie jetliner, and one of the ...

High-rises threaten military airfields

More than half of China's military airfields have flight paths that are obstructed by tall buildings, state media reported

Mobile service lifts Baidu profit

Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said its quarterly profit rose 34% on the back of its mobile...

McDonald's Japan stops sourcing chicken from China

McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) said it halted sales of all products that use chicken meat that originates in China on Frida...

Malaysia to send back officer to face New Zealand sex charges

Malaysian officials said Friday they still plan to send a military officer back to New Zeal...

Food safety unease pervasive

Most Chinese are unsatisfied with food safety in the country, according to a survey release...

UN panel tells Japan to compensate 'comfort women'

The UN Human Rights Committee called on Japan to undertake independent probes of wartime se...

McDonald's suspends McNuggets sale in Hong Kong

Fast-food chain McDonald's made an open apology on Thursday for not telling the public that...

Opinion

The way forward for the MPF scheme

There has been much discussion about the aging population of Hong Kong. But a voluntary retirement scheme was slow in coming to...

Bridging the gap with calm dialogue

Opinion on how to nominate the next Chief Executive (CE) candidates of the Hong Kong SAR in 2017 is deeply divided, with much n...

No leniency on food crimes

The scandal will also make a difference to the amending of the Food Safety Law, which is being reviewed by lawmakers of the Standing Co...

BRICS bank vis-a-vis IMF

Last week's agreement by the five BRICS member states to establish a development bank along with a currency reserve pool, they called t...

HK can profit from BRICS’ new development fund

The announcement on July 16 in Brazil that the BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are establishing a new Shan...

Nation

High-rises threaten over half of China military airfields

More than half of China's military airfields have flight paths that are obstructed by tall buildings, causing accidents and airport closures, Chinese state media reported on Friday.

Dissatisfaction with food safety pervasive

Most Chinese are unsatisfied with food safety in the country, according to a survey released on Thursday amid a scandal tha...

China, ROK may take measures to beef up security

Senior defense officials from Beijing and Seoul voiced concern on Thursday over Tokyo's belligerent and unapologetic tone regarding Japane...

Latest round of anti-missile tests hits 'preset goal'

China successfully tested its land-based anti-missile system on Wednesday, its third successful test since 2010, but observers said the sy...

Keeping the peace

Chinese peacekeepers work the ground as part of the country's increasingly important role in UN peacekeeping efforts, report Zhang Yan and Wang Qian.

Eyeballing online

Chinese Internet TV and media devices are revolutionizing information and entertainment even as traditional counterparts face demise, Bao Wanxian reports in Tianjin.

Faking the grade

Many Chinese students are fueling an industry of fraudulent US university applications, reports He Na in Beijing.

HK

PCCW exec accused of taking HK$1.7m in bribes

A senior PCCW executive went on trial Friday over HK$1.7 million in bribes he allegedly received for giving a tech company the inside track on bids for the telecommunications giant’s projects

McNuggets taken off McDonald's menu

Fast-food chain McDonald’s on Thursday suspended McNuggets and other popular menu items after the city’s food safety regulator imposed a ban on all imports from Husi factories on the mainland.

HK shares end at fresh 3-year high

Hong Kong's benchmark share index rose 0.3 percent on Friday, closing at its highest level in more than three years, buoyed by stronger China markets

Bounty offered for lover of strangled hostess

Police are offering a HK$300,000 bounty in exchange for the whereabouts of a 26-year-old man sought in connection to the death of his former Dragonair flight attendant lover, whose body was found stuffed in her closet in Tseun Wan late last year

Focus HK

Enter the NetDragon

Mobile technology leader Cherrypicks’ entry into the mainland market marks a new phase in the company’s development of the apps industry. But Hong Kong IT companies will have to tread a careful path in embracing a brand new business model on the mainland.

Powering skills

The government is going all out to upgrade Hong Kong’s vocational education system to balance job skills in the market. But the deep-rooted cultural prejudice against vocational education is not likely to go away.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, and further violence loomed between Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem

UN panel tells Japan to compensate 'comfort women'

A United Nations human rights panel called on Japan on Thursday to undertake independent investigations of wartime sex slavery and apologise to the women who were victims before it was too late

Iranians protest Israeli assault on Gaza

Iranians took part in huge rallies across the country on Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians, urging them to keep up their struggle despite the Israeli assault on Gaza, Iranian state television reported

Australia to 'ship Tamil asylum seekers to its mainland'

Australia will transfer 157 Tamil asylum seekers it has been holding at sea for nearly a month to a mainland detention centre, a government source told Reuters on Friday

Rough weather

Malaysia Airlines may not survive latest tragedy but strong performances by us carriers offer hope to sector in Asia

Cracks show in ASEAN’s aviation sector

Open skies policy sounds promising, but it's not quite ready for take-off

Asia Weekly

Business

McDonald's Japan stops sourcing chicken from China

McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) said it halted sales of all products that use chicken meat that originates in China on Friday, switching its sourcing completely to Thailand.

CBRC approves launch of 3 private banks

The China Banking Regulatory Commission approved on Friday the launch of three private banks in a trial aimed at allowing private capital a bigger role in China's financial system

China pork giant WH Group makes 2nd IPO attempt

Chinese pork giant WH Group is taking a second run at going public with a scaled-back share offering after abandoning its first IPO attempt because of sagging investor demand

Eye on Asia

Endangered Tibetan monkey makes a comeback

The Hongla Mountain National Nature Reserve, in Markam county of the Tibet autonomous region, has seen a steady increase in recent years...

Singapore bans Archie comics

Singapore has banned a volume of the "Archie" comic book that featured a same-sex marriage, adding fuel to a censorship row that erupted over a children's story about two male penguins hatching an egg

Farmers strive to feed DPRK

Rim Ok-hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance.

Sport

Frank Lampard joins New York City FC

The newest team in Major League Soccer is doing its part to fill Yankee Stadium with stars. New York City FC introduced Frank Lampard in Brooklyn on Thursday after signing the 36-year-old former Chelsea midfielder to a two-year contract.

Olympiacos beat AC Milan 3-0 in Toronto

Olympiakos beat Milan 3-0 on Thursday in the opening game of the Guinness International Champions Cup friendly tournament, with goals from Alejandro Dominguez, Dimitris Diamantakos and Andreas Bouchalakis.

Blake Griffin withdraws from US national team

Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin has withdrawn from playing for the US national basketball team this summer.

Bricks and mortar of IT

Indian property mogul has built a fortune creating industrial space for technology firms in Bangalore

Rebuilding Myanmar

Hard work helped serge pun escape turbulent childhood to become a tycoon instrumental in nation’s development

Man of the crowd

Chinese designer who cofounded Asia’s biggest crowdfunding platform in Australia is taking the popular concept to China

Life Style

Tang Wei marries S Korean director in Sweden

"Lust, Caution" star Tang Wei and South Korean director Kim Tae-yong wed in a small ceremony on the Swedish island of Faro on July 12

Transformers producers hit with breach of contract suit

Although the Hollywood blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction has been a huge success at the box office in China, it has faced some troubles.

Quirky News

Argentina tells world to stop bothering bear

Argentina's last captive polar bear will remain in the country despite a petition by more than a half million people asking that it be moved to Canada

T-shirt typo turns heads at Mandela bicycle ride

Cyclists traversing Johannesburg in Nelson Mandela's honor wore T-shirts with one of his many inspiring quotations, along with a glaring typographical error in the word "freedom."

Plane's near-miss now a whale of a tale

A dramatic video of a sea plane just missing a surfacing humpback whale as it came in to land in Alaska has become a hit online, and the man who shot it says it was blind luck.

Video

Yuanming He – Chinese contemporary water paint artist

Yuanming He, Chinese contemporary water paint artist, comes to Hong Kong for his first ever solo exhibition July 30 to August 10 and shows China Daily Asia Pacific how he creates an unique piece in four minutes.

Cleaner fuel vital for energy generation

In the opinion of William Yu, chief executive of World Green Organisation, emissions from power generation in Hong Kong are under strict control, while most polluting emissions come from the vehicles.

'HK on a unique path to democracy'

Hong Kong is taking a unique path to democracy and should not copy foreign models of democratic development, Lau Siu-kai, vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, said on Thursday.

Special

Crazy football

Football has the charm that makes the world crazy. After a breathtaking World Cup, the June round of China Daily’s College Photo Contest, “Crazy Football”, has concluded. Among works submitted by university students from all around China, Breakthrough, by Liu Zheng of Guangxi University Of Foreign Languages, won the first prize. Two second and five third prizes were also awarded.

Roundtable

Retailing Strategies in Asia: The Next Generation

Retailers have to differentiate themselves and offer an...

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...