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China to further boost private investment

Medical services, elder care, education, culture and sports will be the priority sectors for private investment.

Open economies role seen for BRICS

China said the BRICS countries should work together to maintain the openness of global economies.

'Nerve agent found on DPRK man'

Malaysian cops primarily identified the substance found on the dead DPRK man's face as "VX Nerve Agent".

Iran: Ballistic missiles more precise

Tehran claimed achieving greater precision of their ballistic missiles in longer ranges.

HK: Sites for 19,000 homes set for sale

Twenty-eight residential sites will go under the hammer under the 2017-18 land sale program.

China's minister delays Philippines trip

China's Commerce Minister has postponed his visit to the Philippines "due to scheduling mat...

China SOEs cut 2,730 subsidiary legal entities

China has 102 central state-owned enterprises, which manage the bulk of the country's state...

Oz highest-paid public servant quits

The revelation of the US$4.3 million salary of Australia Post's managing director has spark...

Opinion

Why leniency should be shown to 7 jailed officers

Public respect for police efforts in making HK one of the safest places in the world is a good reason for shorter sentences to ...

New budget a step in the right direction but more can be done

The budget announced on Wednesday by newly appointed Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po ticked quite a few of the right boxes.

Chan shows his support for infrastructure and for people

Contrary to popular belief, Paul Chan Mo-po did not adopt a “caretaker government attitude” to develop mediocre measures for Hong Kong.

World’s freest economy needs to stay on course

In the run-up to what may prove a difficult Hong Kong budget for 2017-18, there is at least one piece of good news: The annual index of...

A place where journalism is constantly celebrated

There is an old saying that home is where your heart is. The FCC, at Lower Albert Road in Central, has for decades remained home for ma...

Video

Tasha in PoHo

Episode 3 | Girl City: Hong Kong

In the name of love

Is Hong Kong overly commercializing the Valentine’s Day?

Wanzi and her pet pig

Let's meet Beijing girl Wanzi and Wu Hua, her enormous pet pig.

Nation

China to further boost private investment

The country will encourage investment funds dominated by private capital and operating under market mechanisms.

Open economies role seen for BRICS

China said the BRICS countries should work together to maintain the openness of global economies.

Commerce minister postpones Philippines trip

Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng has postponed his visit to the Philippines "due to scheduling matters", a Chinese spokesman said.

China to expedite property tax legislation

The law will fill the gap in taxing home ownership, as China's current housing tax mechanism mainly taxes development and property sales.

Raising a smile with nothing but a selfie

What would you do if a taxi driver asked to take a picture with you? Well, if you visit Chongqing in Southwest China you might just find out.

Teaching the children shunned due to HIV

Former hospital director started school to cater for infected children.

Xi outlines vision of deepening reform

The national leadership continues to implement changes designed to foster a fitter, leaner economy.

HK

CE heralds new phase of cooperation during Guangdong visit

Leung Chun-ying envisions broader and deeper cross-boundary cooperation in commerce and trade, finance, infrastructure and technology between Hong Kong and Guangdong.

Sites for 19,000 homes set for sale

28 residential sites are listed in the 2017-18 Land Sale Programme.

BPA urges promotion of cruise and convention tourism

Hong Kong could become a cruise ship hub and convention center in East Asia, the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong said.

Stocks end flat after Wednesday rally

Stocks were flat in Hong Kong on Thursday, after the Hang Seng Index moved above the 24,000-point barrier on Wednesday.

Focus HK

The story so far

Some of the finest local musical talents have come together to produce Hong Kong Odyssey — an ode to 180 years of the city’s cultural heritage in 100 minutes. Chitralekha Basu reports.

Dalliance with Dali

Have collectors from the region had their fill of Chinese contemporary art already and moved on to the best from the West?

Sedentary and sad

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has released Hong Kong’s first Report Card on physical activity of children and youth.

Asia

M'sia: Nerve agent found on dead DPRK man

The chemical substance found on the samples of eye mucosa and face had been identified as 'VX Nerve Agent.'

Duterte critic arrested on drug charges

Sen. Leila de Lima has been charged for allegedly receiving bribes from detained drug lords.

UNSC to vote over 'Syria chemical sanctions'

The draft resolution also seeks to ban the sale or supply of helicopters to the Syrian government.

Iran: Increased precision of ballistic missiles

Iran's defense minister denied reports that Tehran has halted its missile program after a recent missile launch that provoked threatening gestures from the US.

Open markets key to Asian growth

Further economic integration will sustain regional prosperity and peace despite some Western calls to reverse globalization

Growing confidence

Indonesia faces major challenges as it strives for economic strength and stability, but optimists are not too hard to find

Asia Weekly's long form multimedia story

Business

Chinese firms to fuel hiring growth in 2017

More than half of firms on the Chinese mainland are expected to take on staff this year, said a survey.

Google-bred company accuses Uber of self-driving car theft

A self-driving car company founded by Google is colliding with ride-haling service Uber in a court battle revolving around allegations of betrayal, high-tech espionage and greed.

Stocks hit record highs

Stock prices climbed to record highs worldwide for a third straight session on Thursday, propelled by an oil rally after a surprise drop.

Eye on Asia

Nike Women's ad strikes nerve in Arab world

An online commercial released by Nike showing Arab women fencing, boxing and spinning on ice-skates has stirred controversy.

4 richest Indonesians wealthier than poorest 100m

Indonesia, with a population of more than 250 million, has the sixth-worst inequality in the world, a report said.

Long road ahead for justice in Syria

The burning question for many Syria observers is whether justice will be sacrificed in the name of peace.

Sport

Leicester fires Ranieri as relegation looms

Ranieri was fired by Leicester on Thursday, nine months after the 65-year-old Italian manager guided the club to the English Premier League title at preseason odds of 5,000-1.

Rooney says he's staying at Man United

In a statement addressing his future amid interest from Chinese Super League clubs, Rooney said on Thursday he wanted to help United in its fight for trophies this season.

Lyon advances in Europa League

In the latest show of strength in French soccer, Lyon powered into the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday by handing AZ Alkmaar a second heavy beating in a week.

On a roll

Singapore tycoon eyes opportunities to expand his frozen food empire and strengthen ties with his Chinese birthplace.

Glass half full

South Australian winemaker has tasted world acclaim but sees China's potential as even more intoxicating.

Selling the sky

Hong Kong businesswoman's talent for closing a sale lifted her from lipstick and lingerie to helicopters and private jets.

Life & Art

Pregnant Beyonce pulls out of Coachella music festival

Pregnant singer Beyonce on Thursday pulled out of performing at California's Coachella music festival in April, citing doctor's orders.

Gucci's magic garden opens fashion week

The biggest brand of French luxury giant Kering kicked off the extravaganza showcasing clothes with flowers, insects, animals and symbols.

Quirky News

Man has taken 'selfie' every day for last 30 yrs

A professor's "Every Day" project has chronicled his visage in nearly 11,000 photos in various locations with the same lighting and background each day for 30 years.

Zoo keep animals cool with ice lollies

Zookeepers at the Santa Fe Zoo have come up with a novel way to engage visitors while keeping animals cool in the sweltering summer heat.

Penguins get Valentine's hearts for nests

Penguins at a California aquarium got more than their daily helping of fish to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Special

Campus news talent

CUHK students win 16 prizes at 2016 Campus Newspaper Awards.

Riding out the storm — we did!

HK retailers saw one of the worst years on record in 2016, but TSL jewelry group decision-maker Estella Ng tells Sophie He shrewd running and strategy had helped them win the day.

Roundtable

Stronger China-India ties a bonus for Asia

Comprehensive relationship between Asia’s two major economic powers will help create a win-win situation for all parties, roundtable forum heard.