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HK govt urges end to 'Occupy Central'

The Hong Kong government issued a statement on Thursday, urging protesters to put an end to Occupy Central protests.

No country allows illegal acts: Wang Yi

"Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs and all countries should respect China's sovereignty," Foreign Minister Wan...

Facebook changes real-name policy

Facebook Inc said it would change its policy requiring users to go by their real names on the social network.

Park Ji-sung returns to Man United as ambassador

Park Ji-sung will return to the Old Trafford pitch on Sunday to mark the start of his new role as a Manchester United ambas...

Nikkei slips 2.6% to 1-mth low

Japanese stocks were knocked hard on Thursday as weak global manufacturing activity spooked...

More than 80 people had direct or indirect contact with Ebola patient

More than 80 people were exposed in some way to the patient infected with Ebola, a spokeswo...

Modi launches Clean India campaign

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a massive five-year "Clean India" ...

Hackers declare war on HK govt

Hacking group Anonymous has vowed a wave of cyber attacks against the HK govt if "Occupy" p...

Opinion

‘Occupy’ protests have opened Pandora’s box

What has been released is a strong distrust of the SAR government as well as the central government...

Protests will leave deep scars in Hong Kong SAR

This week newspapers around the world reported the dramatic protests in Hong Kong.

An open letter to 'Occupy' initiators and 'pan-democrats'

As a senior overseas Chinese who has lived in the United States for almost 50 years, I have really not needed to worry about the future...

Let reason prevail

With chaos from the "Occupy Central" campaign beginning to rattle Hong Kong's financial markets, and disruptions to social order in the...

No Asian Monroe Doctrine

Some in the international society wearing tinted spectacles recently made a fuss over China's "show of muscle", claiming Beijing is att...

Nation

No country would allow illegal acts: Wang Yi

"Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs and all countries should respect China's sovereignty," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

New rules to manage local govt debts

China's State Council published rules to strengthen the supervision and management of debts incurred by local governments.

Obama, Chinese FM meet on relations

US President Barack Obama met at the White House on Wednesday with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to discuss relations between their two...

China willing to jointly counter terror threat with US

China opposes any form of terrorism and is willing to work together with the United States to counter the threat of terrorism.

Clouds of suspicion

Hacking of celebrities' accounts has brought home the risks of letting others store your information.

Role of Kuomintang veterans recognized

Xia Xiaobo cannot wipe from her mind the memory of her first trip to Tengchong, Yunnan province.

Slim pickings

More needed to help rising number of patients suffering from eating disorders.

Niche sports feeling the chill

Chinese events out of Olympic spotlight struggle to survive, Sun Xiaochen reports from Incheon, South Korea

HK

Govt urges immediate end to 'Occupy Central'

The Hong Kong government issued a statement on Thursday, urging protesters to put an end to "Occupy Central" protests.

Visitor counts drop 7.4% amid unrest

The fallout from ongoing unrest at key shopping venues have taken a bite out of Golden Week visitor numbers, with a 7.4-percent dip in holiday entries.

Former security chief calls for rational discussion

Former Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee has called for "Occupy Central" protesters to engage in reasonable and rational discussion.

Hackers declare war on Hong Kong government

Hacking group Anonymous has vowed a wave of cyber attacks against the HK govt if "Occupy" protesters' demands are not met.

Focus HK

Superior genes for our beans

Even as the hue and cry over GM foods continues, not too many people seem to have clear-cut ideas about the extent of damage these might cause to consumers.

Patience urged for govt’s housing plans to take effect

Although the government is increasing land supply to alleviate city’s housing woes, it perhaps should look at a certain balance between public and private housing to produce more resources for public housing units.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Modi launches Clean India campaign

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a massive five-year "Clean India" campaign in New Delhi.

Japan volcano toll rises to 48

One body recovered near the volcano's summit was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash.

Facebook founder to visit India

Global social networking giant Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will visit India, the second biggest market for the network.

Afghans sign deal with US allowing troops to stay

Afghanistan's new govt signed on Tuesday a deal with the US that will allow US troops to stay beyond the end of this year.

Tranquil beauty at Golden Triangle

Meeting point of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos reveals verdant scenes and fascinating hill tribes.

Resolving the carbon conundrum

U-turns in S Korea and Australia on tax underline difficulty in reaching consensus on addressing emissions

Asia Weekly

Business

Facebook allows aliases, changes real-name policy

Facebook Inc said it would change its policy requiring users to go by their real names on the social network.

Nikkei tumbles 2.6% to 1-month low

Japanese stocks were knocked hard on Thursday as weak global manufacturing activity spooked world markets.

China manufacturing keeps expanding

But manufacturers' operating conditions saw no improvement against the previous month amid subdued growth momentum.

Eye on Asia

Japan's bullet train turns 50

It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky."

India reaches Red Planet, but red tape lingers

The government has increased funding for space research by 50 percent to almost US$1 billion this financial year but the program is still small.

Indonesia to save vital cassava crop

They are the size of a pinhead and don't even sting, but the tiny wasps are cold-blooded killers nonetheless.

Sport

Park Ji-sung returns to Man United as ambassador

Park Ji-sung will return to the Old Trafford pitch on Sunday to mark the start of his new role as a Manchester United ambassador.

Nadal advances in China Open

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal continued his good performance in the 2014 China Open on Thursday as he dealt Germany's Peter Gojowczyk a blow 6-3, 6-4 to move into the quarter-finals.

Madrid win late, Liverpool lose in Champions League

Real Madrid and Liverpool found their combined 15 European titles were no protection on the road in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Toast to success

Fifth-generation Filipino-Chinese enterpreneur leaves her mark in heady world of distilled spirits

Full throttle

From automotive to filmmaking, multibillionaire magnate thrives by leading his firm into highly diversified territory.

On the cusp of change

Scion of prominent Malaysian political family set CIMB Group on track to become leading financial services firm in Asia.

Life Style

Sichuan Opera discovers the world's a stage

Traditional art form with a history dating back centuries hits a high note again.

UK royals issue warning over Prince George pics

Prince William and his wife Kate are threatening to take legal action against a photographer they say has been monitoring their toddler son Prince George.

Quirky News

Oops! UK council destroys Banksy mural

Authorities in southern England were embarrassed after telling workers to destroy a mural they later realized was created by Banksy.

Cameron contrite after saying Queen 'purred'

David Cameron will apologize to Queen Elizabeth II in person, news reports said on Thursday.

Burger King's latest meal is the new black

Burger King Japan is going back on black as it added black cheese in Kuro burgers Friday.

Video

Lights off

Hong Kong is known as the “Pearl of the Orient” for its bright-light allure. China Daily talks to a master to find out how the city’s neon lights attributed to the city's luminous reputation over decades.

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

HKPU starts tailor-made courses for Chinese language teachers

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) started two new programs this year.

Roundtable

Increased diversity needed in China’s infrastructure financing

Private investors struggle to take on bigger role in nation's projects as public sector continues to dominate

Reshaping regional connectivity on agenda

As economies in South and East Asia rely on domestic consumers for a greater proportion of their GDP, they are increasingly aware of the importance of strong infrastructure.