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Jan manufacturing PMI falls to 28-month low

The manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI), posted at 49.8 in January, down 0.3 percentage point from December.

Video:IS beheads Japanese journalist

The hardline Islamist group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, released the video showing a hooded man standing...

Jiaolong suffered an engine failure

China's deep-sea manned submersible Jiaolong suffered an engine failure in southwestern Indian Ocean on Saturday and was fo...

China backs France in terrorism fight

China firmly supports France, still reeling from the Paris terror attacks, in its fight against terrorism.

Trade imbalance with France to be eased

China and France reinforced their ties with new deals in nuclear power, aviation and ecolog...

Budget cut suspended train project

A Mexican official said budget cut decision suspended a high-speed rail project, which was ...

Chinese relatives reject MH370 report

Many Chinese families of passengers on MH370 demand that Malaysian officials retract their ...

81 die in Hong Kong flu epidemic

81 people has died from H3N2 influenza during the first four weeks of the flu season in Hon...

Opinion

Financial reforms should proceed with caution

The Hong Kong government should proceed with caution in its future plans to reform and control the city’s major financial insti...

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...

Too much sitting is bad for your health!

Be honest with yourself when you answer this question, because in the truest sense of the word your very life might be at stake: How ma...

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.

Nation

Jiaolong forced to surface after engine failure

China's deep-sea manned submersible Jiaolong suffered an engine failure in southwestern Indian Ocean on Saturday and was forced to surface ahead of schedule.

Beijing to build Universal Studios

Construction on a Universal Studios theme park will begin in Beijing's east suburban district of Tongzhou this year, distri...

Anti-graft watchdog updates inspection results

China's anti-corruption watchdog published on Sunday a detailed diagram to explain the corrective measures taken by inspected governments ...

Beijing department store fire put out after 71 hours

The fire at a department store in downtown Beijing was extinguished on Sunday morning, 71 hours after it started.

Gender imbalance concerns reborn

The Chinese mainland holds 33.76 million more males than females, with the sex ratio standing at 115.88 to 100.

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.

HK

Lam announces beneficial initiatives with Shenzhen

Shenzhen youth exchanges and medical services for elderly people would be highlights of the year’s cross-border initiatives.

MTRC cannot handle Express Rail Link: Panel

The city's railway monopoly is incapable of handling the Express Rail Link project, said an expert panel scrutinizing the MTRC.

Freer economy may split society, warn experts

Scholars and economists warn that there’s a downside to be world's freest economy.

81 die in flu epidemic

Hong Kong is undergoing its most serious flu epidemic for years — with 81 people dying from H3N2 influenza during the first four weeks of the flu season.

Focus HK

Time to roll the dice

After a gloomy 2014, Macao gaming revenue has yet to hit the jackpot but analysts believe fortunes will turn.

At ease in both worlds

James Shea arrives in HK at a time when universities are beginning to appreciate the model of the writer as academic. Chitralekha Basu met the poet in the lead-up to the launch of his new book, The Lost Novel.

'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.

Asia

Video: IS beheads Japanese hostage Goto

The hardline Islamist group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, released the video showing a hooded man standing over Goto with a knife to his throat.

Violence in Iraq kills at least 1,375 in January: UN

The United Nations mission to Iraq said Sunday that violence in the country amid the war against the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 1,375 people in January.

Nepal starts process to draft constitution

The Questionnaire Committee formed last week has started to prepare questions on contentious issues of the new constitution.

Japan launches backup intelligence satellite

Japan on Sunday launched a backup information gathering satellite (IGS) with a radar reconnaissance payload for the Japanese government, the country's first launch of this year.

Perfect storm

Asian currencies in for rough ride on strengthening dollar and global uncertainty.

Demand for yuan picks up pace

Currency internationalization proceeds as gap narrows between offshore and onshore values.

Asia Weekly

Business

GM and SAIC to push into Indonesia

The move points to a thaw in what industry watchers considered a creeping chill in the two companies' partnership over recent years.

Jan manufacturing PMI falls to 28-month low

The manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI), posted at 49.8 in January, down 0.3 percentage point from December.

Non-manufacturing PMI drops in January

China's service sector activity slowed in January, but is still a robust economic driver, an official monthly survey showed on Sunday.

Eye on Asia

Thai army keeps a lid on dissent

Since seizing power and declaring martial law, the military has snuffed out dissent by restricting public gatherings and closing partisan media.

New dangers for Pakistanis fleeing offensive

For decades Afghans have fed into Pakistan to escape war and upheaval,but in recent months the tide has reversed.

Thai vigilantes combat human trafficking

Despite pledges by Thailand's military junta to combat human trafficking, the volunteers say the influx of illegal migrants is growing.

Sport

Serena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title

Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (5) to win her sixth Australian Open title on Saturday night.

Woods posts 82, highest score of his pro career

When Tiger Woods missed a 10-foot par putt on his final hole Friday in the Phoenix Open, he had the worst score of his career — an 11-over 82.

Bayern slump to 1st Bundesliga defeat

Wolfsburg routed Bayern Munich 4-1 on Friday to hand the Bundesliga leader its first defeat of the league season.

Oodles of success

One man’s bold vision revived a vermicelli enterprise and turned it into China’s largest exporter of the product.

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.

Life Style

Language apps turn learning into a game

A new generation of Chinese language apps use tricks traditionally employed by online games to get users hooked on learning.

New wave of startups fish users with apps

Young entrepreneurs are challenging traditional Internet moguls by using apps to lure a booming generation of mobile Web users.

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.