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China stocks rise as steps bring stability

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index climbed 3.44% as the govt's efforts to prop up values brought a measure of stability.

China says NYT editorial 'unfair'

In a letter published in the New York Times, China's Press Counselor in Washignton said the published comment was "not fair."

Lead found in another HK estate

The lead scare took hold as the govt confirmed excessive lead in 23 more HK residents, including a pregnant woman.

Suu Kyi to contest November poll

Myanmar's democracy leader and lawmaker Aung San Suu Kyi has registered for a seat in the country's November election.

US$6.2 billion in graft losses recovered

China is also set to reform rules to demote inept government officials if need be.

Cathay fined for NZ immigration lapse

Cathay Pacific was fined US$4,365 for failing to comply with its legal obligations.

Macao mulling austerity amid slump

The SAR govt will take steps if the gaming tally for July fails to touch US$2.25b.

Malaysia suspends state fund probe

The allegations of extensive graft at the fund threaten PM Najib Razak's credibility.

Opinion

Old age pension plan is worth supporting

Professor Nelson Chow Wing-sun’s call for the Hong Kong government to give a pension of HK$3,000 a month to all Hong Kong citiz...

Why high petrol prices should not drive us round the bend

A recent global report finally ranks Hong Kong first in something.

China's e-commerce makes global waves

Does a company need to operate overseas offices to be considered "global"?

Hong Kong needs more tech start-ups

The government is understandably keen to push through a program to help Hong Kong catch up with its neighboring economies in the tech s...

Lesson from Greece

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah wrote that Greece’s financial meltdown should serve as a stark reminder of the importance of bu...

Video

Teenage PLA boot camp

A group of 260 HK students learned a lesson on citizens’ rights and duties at a summer camp.

To live on

Three months since Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake, thousands of Nepalis still have no home and a means to make a living.

Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2015

​The 17th Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong kicked off on Friday, July 24.

Nation

China says NY Times Sea editorial 'unfair'

In a letter published in the New York Times, the Chinese embassy's Press Counselor in Washignton said the comment was "not fair."

China recovers US$6.2 billion in graft losses

China has recovered US$6.2 billion in losses from graft as it is set to reform rules to demote inept govt officials if need...

Macao mulling austerity amid gaming slump

The SAR govt will launch austerity measures if the gaming tally for July fails to touch the "red line" of US$2.25b.

Chinese navy conducts live firing drill in S China Sea

The Chinese navy has conducted a live firing drill in the South China Sea to improve its maritime combat ability.

China auto sales slump hits industry fortunes

June sales in the biggest car market by number of vehicles sold shrank by 3.4 percent from a year earlier.

Crowdfunding tastes blood in movie market

The overwhelming success of a China-made animation has trained the spotlight on a burgeoning mode of Internet finance - crowdfunding.

Frozen assets may not beat the biological clock

An increasing number of Chinese women are choosing to have children later in life, but experts are warning that postponing pregnancy can lead to a host of problems and are urging potential mothers to think carefully before opting for techniques such as egg freezing.

HK

Lead contamination hits another public estate

The lead scare spread even further as the govt also confirmed excessive lead in 23 more residents, including a pregnant woman.

Cathay fined for illegally flying passenger to NZ

Cathay Pacific was convicted and fined NZ$6,500 (US$4,365) for failing to comply with its legal obligations.

HK up on mainland market rebound

The Hang Seng Index rose 0.5% to 24,619.45, while the China Enterprises Index gained 0.9% to 11,273.69 points.

Students storm HKU Council meeting

The meeting, originally to discuss the decision earlier to delay the appointment of a pro-vice-chancellor, was brought to an abrupt end.

Focus HK

Hoping for a dramatic turnaround

Both the SAR government and private agencies are trying to get the city’s youth to appreciate the magic of the Cantonese Opera, which, after all, is part of their cultural inheritance.

The anti-social network

Internet platforms often fuel hatred, prejudice and extreme sentiments among users. Media watchers explain the dynamic of swaying public opinion.

Onward, marching soldiers

A bunch of teenagers got a taste of a soldier’s life in a summer camp hosted by PLA Hong Kong Garrison. Parker Zheng trained his camera on them.

Asia

Taliban leader Mullah Omar 'dead': Report

An Afghan official said Wednesday his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead.

Aung San Suu Kyi to contest November poll

Suu Kyi submitted her papers at Thanlyin township's Election Commission office to run in the Kawhmu constituency.

Israel OKs settlement building amid standoff

In Beit El, Israeli settlers clashed with Israeli forces as authorities began to demolish a contested West Bank settlement.

Hollande sends invite to Rouhani

The last Iranian president to make a state visit to France was Mohammad Khatami in 1999, when Jacques Chirac was president.

In high spirits

Asia becomes toast of global alcohol industry but high taxes and counterfeits remain challenges.

Asia develops a taste for wine

consumption in China is driving regional sales as middle class seeks a more sophisticated drink.

Asia Weekly

Business

China stocks rise as steps bring stability

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index climbed 3.44 percent to close at 3,789.17 points.

Yuan concerns grow as China stocks jittery

Global investors are more worried about the yuan currency which once seemed destined to rise inexorably.

Asia stocks muted

Stock markets rose as Chinese shares rebounded after a record sell-off and attention turned to an impending Federal Reserve meeting.

Eye on Asia

'US not serious about fighting IS'

The head of one of Iraq's fiercest Shi'ite militias called the US-led coalition's campaign against IS ineffective.

Female Afghan footballer realizes her dream

The Afghan National Women's Football Team was established 10 years ago and since then the team has made considerable progress.

Crackdown on militant Islam risks backlash

Authorities in Central Asia's former Soviet "stans" are taking draconian measures to stamp out militant Islam.

Sport

Michel Platini to run for FIFA president

The UEFA president and a FIFA vice president has for years been the obvious candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.

Tokyo Olympic chief apologizes to IOC

Earlier this month, the Japanese government said it would start over with a new design and construction competition.

Mets hit 2 homers to beat Padres 4-0

The New York Mets got two-run homers from Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson.

Quest for knowledge

Chief of Sino-Singapore project draws on experiences from his multifaceted career to build a smart city of the future in Guangzhou.

China enthusiast

John Brumby wrote one of the first templates to promote Sino-Australian trade ties and continues to push the agenda.

Equipped to do more

Affable Indian business leader chalks up the miles to make things happen for his manufacturing firm and the wider industrial sector.

Lifestyle

5 ways Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor

Although there are a few reasons to hold off upgrading, Windows 10 is better than Windows 8 in many ways.

Adaptations of 'Journey to the West'

Aside from China's new star in box office revenue, the epic Journey to the West also has gone through many changes throughout history.

Quirky News

From fat cat to 'Skinny darling'

A former 18.6-kilogram cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

App tracks Prince William's flights

Newspaper says ability to follow movements poses security breach.

Eggs too pricey? Rent a chicken

A Pennsylvania couple has come up with a solution to soaring US egg prices: Rental chickens.

Special

The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.

HK’s poor need more help

Wong Hung, an associate professor of social work at the CUHK, noted that the poverty situation in HK was serious.

'Housing targets will be met'

The housing problem is the biggest challenge facing Hong Kong.

Roundtable

Going the distance

Inspired by China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Tourism Economy Forum embarked on a Pacific Alliance mission, starting a virtuous cycle of events to create momentum in driving exchange, multilateral cooperation and economic growth in global tourism.