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China to further open up capital market

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

Cold front to chill China during holiday

From Wednesday night to Saturday, the cold front will bring snow and sleet to Xinjiang, Gansu, Ningxia and Shaanxi.

WHO advises women on Zika safety

The World Health Organisation said most women in areas hit by the mosquito-borne virus will give birth to "normal infants."

DPRK: ROK closes joint industrial park

The shutdown is one of Seoul's strongest available punitive measures and will hurt impoverished DPRK's finances.

Mainland has 1st imported Zika case

A 34-year-old male who returned from Venezuela via Hong Kong is now recovering.

Trump, Sanders win New Hampshire

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders coasted to victory.

CE condemns rioting, police vow probe

HK's Chief Executive said no violent behavior will be tolerated.

HK: 'Student held at airport', 61 arrested

Suspects ranging in age from 15 to 70 face a battery of charges.

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

Cold front to chill China during holiday

A strong cold front is moving across China from west to east, bringing temperature drops, rain and snow.

Developers of toppled Taiwan building detained

The death toll in the 6.4 magnitude quake stood at 44, with all but two of the deaths coming in the building collapse.

Mainland detects 1st imported case of Zika virus

The patient, a 34-year-old male from Ganxian county of Jiangxi province, is now recovering with normal body temperature.

British PM sees stronger ties with China in 2016

The dynamism of Britain-China ties will be "greater" this year after a "golden" year of 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

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

HK: 'Student held at airport', 61 arrested

People ranging in age from 15 to 70 were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly & assaulting police, among other charges.

CE condemns rioting, police vow probe

Describing the unrest as a riot, a senior police officer confirmed officers fired two warning shots to disperse a mob.

Short is sweet for retailers battered by tough times

Temporary leases are seen as a way to cut losses and may even go mainstream.

Resource shares lift HK shares

Trading was thin on ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, which will see the city's markets close from Monday to Wednesday.

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

ROK shuts down joint industrial park with DPRK

The shutdown is one of Seoul's strongest available punitive measures and will hurt impoverished DPRK's finances.

Australian deputy PM announces retirement

Deputy PM Warren Truss' decision comes after Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb said he will quit after the polls.

US Senate hits DPRK with harsher sanctions

The Senate approved the sanctions bill 96-0 after lawmakers repeatedly denounced Pyongyang for flouting international law.

DPRK executes army chief of staff: ROK media

Ri Yong-gil, who was chief of the Korean People's Army (KPA) General Staff, was executed this month for corruption, Yonhap reports.

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.

Asia Weekly's long form multimedia story

Business

China to further open up capital market

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

US$, not China, to blame for slump: Forbes

If low Chinese demand was responsible for manufacturing decline, similar patterns should have emerged in Europe and Japan.

Hong Kong, Seoul sharply lower after holidays

Even the absence of Tokyo for a holiday could not stop the dollar from hitting a 15-month low on the yen.

Eye on Asia

Indonesia plans 'big bang' opening up

Indonesian President Joko Widodo's proposal will ease rules in the e-commerce, retail, healthcare and movie industries.

India's net rules hurt Facebook move

The regulations are a setback to Facebook Inc's plan to roll out a pared-back free Internet service to the masses.

Indian hospitals offer intensive care from afar

India's top private hospitals, seizing on a shortage of critical-care doctors, are expanding into remote management of intensive care units around the country.

Sport

Shandong Luneng book AFC Champions League slot

Shandong Luneng had a 2-1 win over Adelaide United on Tuesday night and will book a spot in Group F of the 2016 AFC Champions League.

Pride on line for Valencia in Copa semis

Coach Gary Neville hopes a decent result against the Spanish giant will help start turning things around for Valencia.

Leicester, Riyad Mahrez lead Global Football 10

Leicester took leading honors in the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after two Premier League wins.

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

Ken Watanabe, leukemia survivor, fights stomach cancer

Watanabe was diagnosed "almost miraculously early" with the cancer last month and underwent surgery, he said on Twitter.

Award stokes Oscar hopes for The Revenant

Hollywood's directors named Alejandro Inarritu the best film director of 2015 for "The Revenant".

Quirky News

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.

Police train eagles to snatch 'enemy' drones

Dutch police puzzling over how to remove drones that pose a public safety threat are testing a way to get the job done-by using trained eagles.

Desk carved with 'JFK' isn't Kennedy's

An old wooden desk from the school where John F. Kennedy studied as a boy had been on displayed at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

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.