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Malaysia declares MH370 an 'accident'

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was declared an "accident" and that all people on board are presumed dead.

China to widen anti-graft inspections of armed forces

China's Central Military Commission will widen anti-graft inspections of the country's armed forces.

False stories exposed

The All-China Journalists' Association on Thursday announced that five stories were falsified.

Shanghai FTZ policies to be replicated

The State Council said in a circular that the rest of the country will be allowed to adopt 22 measures, latest by June 30.

AirAsia: Co-pilot at helm during crash

The first officer was flying AirAsia Flight QZ8501 at the time of the accident, which kille...

Cross-Strait talks open in Taipei

The Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee opened its 7th meeting to review the implem...

No signs of sabotage in crash

China's port project in Greece not hit

China is seeking confirmation of Greece's new government about the privatization of Piraeus...

Opinion

Hong Kong must get back up the global rankings

The announcement that Hong Kong has fallen sharply down the global ranking of livable cities comes as a shock to those that liv...

SAR must respect central government’s jurisdiction

The crucial point about Hong Kong’s constitutional arrangements is that as a special administrative region (SAR) of the People’...

New home ownership scheme faces many hurdles

The Policy Address unveiled a pilot scheme for existing tenants and those applicants who have passed the vetting process and are eligib...

Divisions may deny SAR chance of democracy

Whichever way you look at Hong Kong’s current situation despite it being recognized as a world city, it is not a city at ease with itself.

The fight against ‘Occupy’ movement is not over yet

It has been over a month since the illegal “Occupy Central” campaign ended and the political situation in Hong Kong largely returned to...

Nation

Journalists' association exposes false stories

Five stories - one by China Business Journal, three by Southern Weekly, and another by China Chan Jing News - were found falsified.

China to widen anti-graft inspections of armed forces

China's Central Military Commission will widen anti-graft inspections of the country's armed forces, the Defence Ministry s...

Cross-Strait economic talks open in Taipei

The Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (ECC) on Thursday morning opened its seventh regular meeting in Taipei.

Reforms vital for hospital service

Political advisers of the Beijing committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference urged quicker and deeper reforms.

Green home shows new way of life

Sustainable house recycles water, turns waste into gas for cooking.

Making the pole their goal

Pole dancing is growing in popularity in China, where it's regarded as a good form of exercise with an image far removed from the sleazy activity associated with seedy nightclubs in the West.

The years of living dangerously

It's 15 years since China first participated in UN peacekeeping missions, but despite the late start, the country is now a leading light.

HK

Cleaner gets suspended jail term for cash grab

A cleaner who scooped up HK$8,000 from a HK$15 million Christmas Eve cash spill has avoided jail after cooperating with police.

HK shares end down 1%

Hong Kong shares fell as investors braced for an imminent rise in US interest rates.

Threshold for CE candidates 'unlikely to change'

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen said chief executive candidates in elections after 2017 will likely be required to secure majority support from members of the Nominating Committee.

Alipay wallet payment service takes off in SAR

A giant poster has gone up at MTR Causeway Bay Station proclaiming “Happy shopping in Hong Kong with your Alipay wallet”.

Focus HK

'Smart guardian' at the door

Innovation has added strength to civilian security industry with the invention of an intelligent device hat can do much more than a surveillance camera at home or the office.

Raising the banner for Chinese fashion

Tang Guangyan has reinvented the traditional women’s outfit, qipao, in a way that each piece is a moving canvas.

Investor blues

With the CE deciding to suspend a 12-year-old program that allowed millionaires from the mainland to run tax-free operations in HK, perhaps it’s time to review what went wrong.

Asia

Malaysia declares MH370 an 'accident'

Malaysia has declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an "accident" and that all people on board are presumed dead.

AirAsia: Co-pilot at helm during crash

The first officer was flying AirAsia Flight QZ8501 at the time of the accident, which killed all 162 people on board.

IS 'sets new deadline for hostage swap'

An audio recording, in English, says the Jordanians must present the prisoner at the Turkish border by sunset Thursday.

ROK, US hold talks on DPRK nuclear program

ROK and the United States on Wednesday held talks about DPRK's nuclear program and issues on the Korean Peninsula, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

Chinese oil giants under pressure

Major companies expect lower profits after price drop while those with stockpiles are likely to suffer the most.

Australian firms feeling the chill

As share prices fall and forecasts are slashed, oil companies mull asset sales and cost cutting.

Asia Weekly

Business

China to expand Shanghai FTZ policies nationwide

The State Council said in a circular that the rest of the country will be allowed to adopt 22 measures by June 30 at the latest.

China's port project in Greece not hit

China is seeking confirmation of Greece's new government about the privatization of Piraeus port, Greece's biggest port.

Asian stocks hit by oil plunge

Asian shares fell after oil prices plunged and the US Fed issued a reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year.

Eye on Asia

Israel's center-left looks to unseat Netanyahu

The opposition also blames Netanyahu for Israel's high cost of living and for deteriorating relations with the US.

'Zombies' haunt Vietnam's trade bid

Nguyen Nam owns an engineering services firm in Ho Chi Minh City that pays no taxes nor any salaries. The flip side is it earns no revenue either.

Marathon, a growing fashion in Japan

More than 420 people took part in the 34th Osaka International Women's Marathon on Jan. 25, and about 6,000 people ran the Osaka Half Marathon on the same day.

Sport

Williams, Sharapova to meet in Australian Open final

Serena Williams weathered a barrage of big serves and heavy groundstrokes in the first set before beating 19-year-old Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2 to set up an Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova.

Park hires foreign attorney ahead of doping hearing

S Korean swimming star Park Tae-hwan has hired a foreign attorney in preparation for his international doping hearing.

Socceroos may face defensive options for Asian Cup final

Australia may have a defensive crisis on their hands ahead of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final, with right-back Ivan Franjic battling a hip injury.

Filling the plate

Maxim’s chairman has revamped the popular Hong Kong restaurant brand into a hugely successful collection of diverse dining outlets.

Power to transform

Overcoming the skeptics to build UAE's thriving Free Trade Zone was just a first step for intrepid leader who is now ready for a new challenge.

Streets ahead

Malaysian enterpreneur survived numerous setbacks before finding success as a leading auto parts maker in Thailand.

Life Style

A journalist becomes the story

The longest-serving foreign correspondent in China has not only covered 34 years of the country's economic and social reforms but also has figured, sometimes directly, in its news and spasms of change.

Amal Clooney on legal team in US genocide case

Lawyer Amal Clooney went before Europe's top human rights court Wednesday to argue against a man convicted of denying the 1915 Armenian genocide.

Quirky News

Still single? Adopt a scorpion

Feeling the sting of rejection? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of that special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.

Smoker fined $15,000 for tossing out butts

Singapore has fined a smoker S$19,800 ($15,000) for throwing cigarette butts out of his flat window, the highest ever such fine.

Chinese official blames smoked bacon for smog

While experts point to car emissions for causing foul air, a Sichuan official has laid the blame on people making smoked bacon.

Video

Hope on wheels

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015 held on Jan 25 attracted more than 70,000 participants from all over the world. Other than mainstream runners, there was a dedicated contingent that rose to the wheelchair challenge. chinadailyasia.com finds out from a few how they did it.

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

Reviving the Ru

2014, the Year of the Horse in Chinese lunar calendar, has proved to be yet another successful year for Han Qin. Her application for a national scientific and technological cooperation project on research and development of Ru wares got approved.

Roundtable

Ideal gateway for overseas ventures

Mainland outbound direct investment (ODI) is for the first time set to exceed inbound figures, underscoring a trend where the world’s second-biggest economy is poised to become a net outbound investment destination.

If you build it, they will come

The importance of Qianhai Cooperation Zone lies not only in its pilot role of spearheading financial innovation, but also in its key role in correcting the misalignment of the country’s economic structure, said Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, president of the Qianhai Institute for Innovative Research.