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Gravitational waves: China to launch study

China will study gravitational waves in the space, which is different from research made by the US ground-based observatory.

Top Beijing envoy condemns HK riot

The director of the Liaison Office has strongly condemned radical separatists whose behaviors "got more and more violent."

Standard for masks to take effect Mar 1

The first quality standards for pollution filter masks in China will take effect on March 1 to regulate filter efficiency.

India summons US envoy over jet sale

India says it does not believe the transfer of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan would help combat terrorism.

Afghan civilian casualties at new high

3,545 civilians died and another 7,457 were injured by fighting last year, the UN reported.

HK official urges not to justify riot

Security chief said it is wrong to use the term "Fishball Revolution" to justify mob violence.

China urges caution on missile system

China is against the possible deployment of an advanced US missile defense system in the ROK.

Zika vaccines expected in 18 months

The WHO also said a rare neurological disorder is on the rise in some LatAm countries.

Opinion

Continual chaos in HK’s legislature must stop now

The opposition camp has resorted to filibustering tactics on almost all government bills and proposals.

Filibusters exacting a heavy toll

Eddy Li says filibustering in LegCo has not only wasted a staggering amount of public money but also hindered the overall devel...

To the Point

When all Hong Kong people should be celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Monkey, some mobsters turned it into a dark chapter in...

Fulfill promise of the year

It does not matter whether George Soros' less-than-cheering observation of our economy is worth the angry media barrage.

Economic transition needs breathing space

China's top economic planner said on Wednesday that the country's 2015 economic growth rate was within a reasonable range.

Video

Monkey business

What's in store for the Year of the Monkey?

Drone & Phone Ep #6 Hong Kong Trail

The first two sections of the Hong Kong trail are the most varied. Starting as far up the peak as you can get, a small grass lawn offers a sweeping views across three sides of the island.

Apple watch goes red for the Chinese New Year

Apple has launched a limited edition Apple Watch just in time for the busy Chinese New Years shopping seasons.

Nation

Standard for masks to take effect next month

The first quality standards for pollution filter masks will take effect on March 1 to regulate filter efficiency.

China to launch domestic gravitational wave research project

The project will study gravitational waves in the space, which is different from the ground-based research by the US.

China 'stands for common security, inclusive world order'

China does not want to see the world divided again by exclusive military blocks, said the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Aussie foreign minister to visit China

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will pay an official visit to China from Feb 16 to 18.

Spring Festival celebrated across China

From the southernmost islands to the icebound provinces in the north, people across China are celebrating the lunar new year.

Spring Festival: Carpool apps get Chinese home

Chinese heading home for Lunar New Year have a new travel option this year: mobile apps to find carpool partners.

Chinese shun luxury for local brands in S Korea

Chinese visitors to South Korea are buying less from global luxury mainstays in favor of cheaper homegrown brands.

HK

Top central govt official in HKSAR condemns riot

Director of the Liaison Office, Zhang Xiaoming, strongly condemned radical separatists whose behaviors "got more and more violent."

'Fishball Revolution' a 'misleading' term for riot

The security chief said it's wrong to use the term "Fishball Revolution" to justify last week's mob violence.

Beijing refutes British latest report on HKSAR

The central govt has been earnestly implementing the principle of "One Country, Two Systems" in the HKSAR, the Foreign Ministry said.

Riot: Central govt firmly backs HK

China's foreign ministry said in a statement late on Thursday that Hogn Kong was a society with the rule of law.

Focus HK

The malaise within

The inclusion of four lay members to the Medical Council may not be enough to expedite the course of justice in medical malpractice-related cases.

Incredible Indian achievers

As a high-profile business delegation from HK visits India, we bring you the stories of a few people who play key roles in steering the long-sustained HK-India ties forward.

An old age debate

The government has published a consultation document to seek public views on retirement protection.

Asia

Afghan civilian casualties worst since 2009: UN

At least 3,545 civilians died and another 7,457 were injured by fighting last year, a 4% rise from 2014, reported the United Nations.

India summons US envoy over F-16s sale to Pakistan

India says it does not believe the transfer of 8 F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan would help combat terrorism.

Pyongyang 'took Kaesong wages for weapons program'

The DPRK channeled about 70% of the money it received for workers at the Kaesong industrial park into its weapons programs, Seoul said.

Saudi Arabia sends aircraft to Turkey for IS fight

Saudi Arabia confirmed it had sent aircraft to NATO-member Turkey's Incirlik air base for the fight against Islamic State militants.

Hanging by a thread

With equity markets roiled, oil prices sliding and economic data weak, the year of the fire monkey is already off to a raucous start.

India’s own monkey god

Lord Hanuman, a popular deity among Hindus, is celebrated for his physical strength and loyalty.

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Business

Tencent sees record digital red envelope exchange

From Feb 7 to Feb 12, red envelopes were sent and received about 32.1 billion times via Tencent's WeChat app.

China to further open up capital market

China will create more schemes offering Renminbi (RMB) convertibility in free trade zones in 2016.

86b-yuan lock-up shares tradable next week

About 7.1 billion shares from 63 companies will become tradable on the Shanghai and Shenzhen bourses from Monday to Friday.

Eye on Asia

Kidnap casts spotlight on Gulf 'sport of kings'

Recent kidnapping of Qatari royals while hunting sheds light on Arab hunters' pursuit of dwindling houbara as a prized aphrodisiac.

Aging Thailand says to hire more elderly

The government is urging businesses to hire more older people to soften the impact of the ageing workforce on productivity.

Wave of killings tests Gulf role in Yemen

The Gulf coalition and local forces struggled to impose order in Aden, making way for terror and armed groups to operate with impunity.

Sport

Ronaldo scores 2 for Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two to lead Real Madrid to a 4-2 win over Athletic Bilbao, provisionally lifting it into second place.

Chelsea set for Champions League with 5-1 Newcastle rout

Chelsea climbed to 12th place but the London club remains 14 points from fourth place.

Man United lose 2-1 at Sunderland after late own goal

Manchester United now sit fifth in the table, six points off the top four having played a game more.

Upwardly mobile

Sinophile overcame early hardships to launch an m-commerce revolution in India giving access to financial services for all.

Charity comes first

China-born founder of Australian tissue company steps back from the business to pursue philanthropic goals around the world.

Harbinger of life

Despite social taboos, actor-turned-philanthropist provides burial and social services for the underprivileged in Myanmar.

Life & Art

China's Spring Festival box office hits record high

China's box office totaled 3 billion yuan during the six days of the Spring Festival holiday, with "Mermaid" taking the lead.

Xinjiang bans tourists to glaciers

Global warming, grazing, mining and tourism have accelerated destruction of the glaciers and led to water shortages.

Quirky News

China: Moody elephant damages 15 cars

After losing out on his love interest, a wild elephant has turned his attention to cars.

WWII vet reunites with wartime girlfriend in Aus

Morris was a 17-year-old British girl and Thomas was a 21-year-old US paratrooper when they first met in London.

DPRK's new satellite flew over Super Bowl site

Here's a bit of Super Bowl trivia: the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended.

Special

Yuan takes center stage at summit

A gallery of experts spoke at the 2015 Corporate Finance Summit hosted by BOCOM HK Branch in Shenzhen.

Log on to change the way WeBank

The WeBank information chief is living his life’s dream as the first web-based lender in China takes micro-credit to the next level.

Roundtable

Women of substance take a bow

Female workers worldwide were called upon to unleash their true potential as achievers from the region gathered in Hong Kong for the Asian Women Leadership Awards.