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Air Algerie wreckage located, 116 killed

Authorities said they located the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passenge...

Dissatisfaction with food safety pervasive

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

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 it had imported chicken thigh f...

Frank Lampard joins New York City

The newest team in Major League Soccer is doing its part to fill Yankee Stadium with stars. New York City FC introduced Fra...

UN urges effort to boost flagging development

Governments must act together to lift more people out of poverty and reduce inequality, a U...

Probe launched into Taiwan plane crash

Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of a plane crash ...

S Korea offers US$11b in stimulus as growth dips

The stimulus and property market-boosting steps came to shore up demand after reporting its...

China probes 581 firms, restaurants

China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributo...

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

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 that dragged in many fast food giants.

Probe launched into Taiwan plane crash

Taiwan authorities began an investigation on Thursday into the crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane in which 48 peo...

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

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.

LegCo food council for new laws

The chair of the Legislative Council’s Food Safety and Environmental Hygiene Committee is calling for new laws to close gaps on the monitoring of cooked food imports.

ICAC, IRD alerted to Lai’s donations

Additional complaints were filed on Thursday with the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), police and the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) over secret donations totaling tens of millions of dollars made by a media tycoon to various political parties and figures in the opposition camp.

HK's exports up 11.4% in June

The value of total exports of goods in Hong Kong rose 11.4 percent from a year earlier to 309.2 billion HK dollars (about 39.8 billion US dollars) in June, after a year-on-year increase of 4.9 percent in May, Hong Kong's statistics department said on Thursday

Focus HK

The capsule revolution

Sachets are oh-so last-year. Coffee lovers can now enjoy the pleasure of ground, pre-processed coffee beans at home and at work. Jenny Wang serves up a fresh brew.

HK in his eyes

Novelist Dung Kai-cheung tries to bring to his writing the ‘inaccuracies’ about Hong Kong’s history. Chritralehka Basu talks to the ‘Author of the Year’ who’s credited with putting the city at the center of his works.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

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

Kerry cites 'progress' in Gaza truce talks

US airlines lifted a flight ban to Israel on Thursday as Washington's top diplomat cited progress in ending bloodshed in Gaza that has killed more than 730 Palestinians.

S'pore tells airlines to assess conflict zone risk

Singapore's civil aviation authority has asked airlines based in the city-state to review their risk assessment of conflict zones

'Malaysian airliner's voice recorder in good condition'

The cockpit voice recorder of the Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine is in good condition, the UN civil aviation body said on Wednesday

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

Heavy investing takes toll on Amazon shares

Amazon.com Inc posted a much larger-than-expected loss in the second quarter as it continues its rapid pace of investment

Boom for sales of baby products

Demand for safe child-care products will continue to grow in China as safety awareness among young parents increases, said a report released in Shanghai on Thursday.

India vetos WTO deal on customs rules

India blocked an agreement on new global customs rules on Thursday, angering fellow members of the World Trade Organization who say Delhi's veto could be costly, economically and politically.

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.

Brooklyn boss bullish on China

For an NBA team to be truly successful these days, it requires powerful brand recognition as much as it needs a strong backcourt.

Calls to cancel Russia's World Cup

The Dutch soccer association (KNVB) wants to postpone discussion over participation in the next World Cup in Russia as an angry country on Wednesday mourned victims of the Malaysian airliner allegedly shot down over Ukraine by armed separatists on a flight from Amsterdam last week.

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

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.

Telling their story

As an actress Yao Chen is used to portraying the lives of others. But since being appointed the first Chinese honorary patron of the UNHCR, she has found meaning in sharing the true life tales of some of the world's most vulnerable people.

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

The long and short of it

For homeless people living in Sham Shui Po, a barber shop can be as inaccessible as a roof over the head. But what started as a “shaky” enterprise for a group of Hong Kong volunteers, is now a near-professional approach to lending dignity to those who desperately need a haircut.

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...