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Public back police to clear protests: Poll

Support for police clearing the“Occupy Central” protests and removing barriers across HK has soared to 60 percent.

HK in push for ASEAN FTA

The Hong Kong government is hard at work to conclude talks with ASEAN countries on a free trade agreement.

Security on agenda as Apple head visits

Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed information security issues with Vice-Premier Ma Kai in Beijing.

Lunar mission to test Chang'e-5 tech

China will launch a new lunar mission to test technology likely to be used in Chang'e-5, a future lunar probe.

WWII ships found deep off coast of North Carolina

Two sunken ships from World War II - a German U-boat and a merchant vessel from a US convoy...

APEC finance ministers meet in Beijing

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli opened the meeting of 21 ministers.

HK govt sincere in dialogue

The government is sincere and candid in its first dialogue with student protesters.

Boeing, China ally hit on 'gutter oil'

Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China have launched a joint pilot project.

Opinion

Are we isolating ourselves because of technology?

If you, dear reader, are looking at this print article, then for yourself the answer to that question is probably “no’’.

Today’s public consultation methods should be reformed

The government faces many challenges in the execution of its policies. It is often criticized for having insufficient input fro...

Students trapped in a terrible political game

Of all the voluminous comments on the political crisis in Hong Kong known as the “Occupy Central” movement, a clear division can be dra...

Diplomacy in new world order

As an emerging power that faces competition and even efforts at containment by the existing powers, China has reached a stage where it ...

Weakening US stoking HK 'protests'

Although some protestors are still battling police, the "pro-democracy" protests in Hong Kong will eventually fizzle out, as Hong Kong ...

Nation

Space launch to pave the way for lunar expedition

China will launch an experimental spacecraft between Friday and Sunday to test a key technology designed to help a future lunar probe return to Earth with soil samples.

Men to appeal monkey trial verdict

Four entertainers who use performing monkeys are appealing after being convicted of illegally transporting rare animals.

3 prosecuted for unmanned flight in Beijing skies

Three men are being prosecuted for flying an unmanned aircraft to take survey and mapping photographs of the ground in Beijing.

PLA vows to uphold rule of law

As the ongoing Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee discusses the rule of law, the PLA vowed to s...

Safeguarding foreigners' rights

Changes to nation's criminal laws mean a greater number of foreign nationals are eligible for free legal aid when they go to court.

Financial opening should top Shanghai FTZ reform agenda: advisor

Financial reform is the most valuable item on the Shanghai pilot zone's reform agenda, and further opening is needed to correct market distortions.

Hard times for the lords of the rings

A ban on performances by circus animals at China's State-owned zoos has won praise from activists, but could spell ruin for a traditional industry.

Cold comfort for former sex slaves

Many women abused in military brothels by the Japanese army during World War II are now neglected by society and living in desperate conditions.

HK

Clashes continue in MK as protesters ignore injunction

Angry clashes continued on Wednesday as illegal protesters ignored court orders to vacate protest sites in Mong Kok and Admiralty.

HK in push for ASEAN FTA

The Hong Kong government is hard at work to conclude talks with ASEAN countries on a free trade agreement (FTA) which is seen as crucial in strengthening the city’s position as the region’s premier financial and commercial center.

Boost for commodities market

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEx) will launch its first Asia commodities contracts from Dec 1.

Public back police to clear protests: Poll

Support for police clearing the“Occupy Central” protests and removing barriers across Hong Kong has soared to 60 percent, a tracking opinion poll released on Wednesday showed.

Focus HK

Similar, but different

Biosimilar drugs could make for a cheaper alternative to their regular prescribed counterparts.

The stink of high profit

The city’s waste disposal problem keeps getting bigger and more difficult to solve, even as residents in Tuen Mun continue to fume at the stench rising from the never-ending stream of trucks passing through their neighborhood.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Murder suspects retract confessions

Two Myanmar men accused of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island have retracted their confessions, their lawyers said on Wednesday, adding further confusion to an investigation that has attracted widespread criticism.

Gold panners reap rewards at market

As 40-year-old Mohammed Iqbal sifts through sludge in the back alleys of Kolkata's jewelry market for gold dust, his weathered face brightens slightly at the recent increase in work.

Israel warned not to cross 'red lines' by EU

The European Union has demarcated "red lines" for Israel regarding its settlement policy in the West Bank, warning Israel not to make moves that would jeopardize the creation of a Palestinian state, the Ha'aretz daily reported on Wednesday.

Teen girls may have tried to join IS fighters

Investigators are trying to discover whether three teenage girls from suburban Denver who may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria have friends or associates with similar intentions.

Home and away

Property Investment in and outside Asia rises on the back of Chinese and regional buyers’ interests.

Real estate prices soar Down Under

Chinese buyers of property in Australia are on the rise but public perception overstates impact on the market.

Asia Weekly

Business

ODI 'on track for steady growth'

China's outbound direct investment is expected to grow 10 percent annually over the next five years as demand for industrial products and infrastructure surges in developed and developing markets, senior officials said on Wednesday.

Security on agenda as Apple head visits

Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed information security issues with Vice-Premier Ma Kai in Beijing on Wednesday amid security concerns involving the United States-based company's cloud storage service.

Asian shares hit, China PMI in focus

Asian shares sagged after a retreat on Wall Street and falling crude oil prices, as markets nervously waited for Chinese and European manufacturing reports later in the day.

Eye on Asia

Tough penalties loom as India cleans up business

Cleaning up India's grubby business climate is top of the agenda,and the new government will spurring hopes of more transparent allocations.

Abductions, prison ships feed Asian trafficking

The experiences of survivors recall the trans-Atlantic slave trade of centuries ago, their travails authorities say, are in response to combative efforts.

Divorce soars in Iran as women find their feet

Weddings in Iran have long been an over-the-top affair with families spending thousands of dollars to celebrate a union.

Sport

Ronaldo scores 70th as Real beats Liverpool 3-0

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 70th Champions League goal and Mario Balotelli again failed to deliver as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at Liverpool to take complete control of Group B.

Garcia tells Roma to learn from Bayern slap

Coach Rudi Garcia insisted Roma will have to learn from its 7-1 humbling by Bayern Munich after the Germans handed the high-flying Serie A side a memorable lesson in Champions League soccer on Tuesday.

Beating Madrid more important for Messi

Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi says victory in the season's first El Clasico against Real Madrid on Saturday is more important than the personal glory of becoming La Liga's all-time leading scorer.

Beyond the horizon

Girija Pande believes the capacity of China and India to work together will be key to future of Asia’s economic growth.

Exception to the rule

Malaysian software entrepreneur guided a start-up from early days of information technology to become an industry leader

Carving her niche

From forestry to apparel, Indonesian tycoon proves that women can succeed in a male-dominated environment.

Life Style

Eyes on spies

The recent success of an espionage-themed Chinese TV show has surprised many. Han Bingbin gathers intelligence on what makes All Quiet in Peking stand above the slew of series from the same genre.

Publisher's delight for printed travel guide demand

Although faced with competition from the electronic invasion, printed travel guidebooks are popular in China owing to the boom in tourism

Quirky News

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips.Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor.

Holiday with spider in stomach

An Australian man had a spider removed from his stomach after it burrowed its way into his body and survived for three days.

Activist fined for topless attack on Putin statue

A topless activist was convicted for exhibitionism by a Paris court for having attacked a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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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

Back to School

September is the time for students to start a new term. The September round of China Daily College Photo Contest, “Back to School”, has concluded.

Roundtable

Increased diversity needed in China’s infrastructure financing

Private investors struggle to take on bigger role in nation's projects as public sector continues to dominate

Reshaping regional connectivity on agenda

As economies in South and East Asia rely on domestic consumers for a greater proportion of their GDP, they are increasingly aware of the importance of strong infrastructure.