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China curbs IPOs, enlists brokers: Report

Beijing intensified efforts to pull stock markets out of a nose-drive that is threatening the world's 2nd largest economy.

China's export of civilian drones surges

China exported 160,000 units of civilian drones worth 750 million yuan ($120 million) from January to May.

Toll in E China factory collapse risies

11 people have been confirmed dead in a factory building collapse in east China's Zhejiang Province as of Sunday afternoon.

ROK official falls to death in NE China

An official from the Republic of Korea (ROK) has died after falling from a hotel in northeast China early Sunday morning.

Taiwan fire: 230 now critically injured

230 victims of June 27 water park blaze in Taiwan are in a critical condition, an increase ...

Man detained for stock market suicide rumor

Beijing police have detained a man who spread a rumor online about someone leaping to his d...

Greece votes on bailout referendum

Greece voted on Sunday in a high-stakes referendum on whether to accept more austerity in e...

'Internet Plus' unveiled to fuel growth

The 'Internet Plus' action plan aims to integrate the Internet with traditional industries ...

Opinion

It takes time to tackle housing

The latest report from the CE shows the government is determined to boost the supply of housing and land to ease public concerns.

Fight the blight of inequality to nourish the next generation

No matter whether it is Sydney or Hong Kong, you will find it is not the domestic political system or international terrorism b...

Tapping potential of joint production capabilities

Promoting international cooperation in production capacity is the theme of Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Europe.

Oath of duty on the way

The measure, due to take effect on Jan 1, marks an important step toward maintaining the authority of the Constitution and ensuring fun...

EU should fulfill role of true strategic partner

Three days before Premier Li Keqiang and his European counterparts issued their communique after his one-day visit to the European Unio...

Video

Jewish community in Hong Kong

As an international financial hub and a friendly place to foreigners, there are currently about 5,000 Jewish people living in Hong Kong. Built in 1901, the Ohel Leah Synagogue has become a central part of Hong Kong’s Jewish community, serving as a place not only to pray but also for gathering, meetings, learning...

Hong Kong July 1 celebrations

Celebrating the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, people from all over the SAR gathered at events around the territory on Wednesday. From the flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square to the PLA barracks, this video gives just a brief glimpse into the colors and sounds of the festivities.

Nation

China's export of civilian drones surges

China exported 160,000 units of civilian drones worth 750 million yuan ($120 million) from January to May, 69 and 55 times of the same period in 2014 respectively.

Toll in E China factory collapse risies

Eleven people have been confirmed dead in a factory building collapse in east China's Zhejiang Province as of Sunday aftern...

Man detained for stock market suicide rumor

Beijing police have detained a man who spread a rumor online about someone leaping to his death due to China's recent stock market slump, ...

Taiwan blaze: Tally of critically ill victims rises to 230

Altogether 230 victims of June 27 water park blaze in Taiwan are in a critical condition, an increase of 19 from a day earlier, the island...

Gaokao revamp to stress better English

Proposed changes to China's famously grueling university entrance exam will focus on improving the standards and methods of language tuition in the nation's schools.

'Operation duck' and the student savior

A young Chinese scholar was also a member of the rescue party, and 70 years later, he's still feted by those he helped to save.

Gangs smuggle in 40-year-old 'zombie' meat

Expired products from US, European countries find their way illegally into China's food chain.

HK

Public invited to watch PLA live-fire drill

The PLA Hong Kong Garrison has invited members of the public to watch a live-fire drill at Tsing Shan Firing Range for the first time.

E-commerce a sign of the times

The city's largest mobile transaction-based solutions developer sees e-commerce, or mobile commerce, as just the beginning.

Smooth ride for landmark funds program

HK and mainland regulators receive applications for 25 funds to be sold on both sides following the program kick-off.

Filibustering delays funding applications

The filibustering tactics employed by opposition lawmakers has forced the Finance Committee meeting to end abruptly.

Focus HK

A suitcase full of memories

Lam Tung-pang simulates the experience of being a tourist in his hometown, turning a hotel wing in Wan Chai into a museum of items from his artistic journey.

Garbage heaps grow as debate drags on

The HK$1 billion fund to perk up HK’s moribund recycling industry has not come through well over a year after it was proposed, thanks to the filibustering at LegCo sessions.

Lessons for the teacher

Six years back Lillian Lui cancelled her retirement plans to teach in a school for children of poor families. The rewards seem to have more than made up for the measly pay.

Asia

Israeli PM warns of growing concessions in Iran nuke talks

Israel's prime minister says each day that passes brings greater Western concessions toward Iran in talks over its nuclear program.

Sri Lanka begins new Chinese-funded expressway

Sri Lanka launched construction work on a Chinese-funded expressway linking the southern towns of Matara and Hambantota.

3 soldiers killed, 6 injured in NW Pakistan blast

At least three soldiers were killed and six others injured when a bomb hit their vehicle in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan on Sunday, local media reported.

ROK official falls to death in NE China

An official from the Republic of Korea (ROK) has died after falling from a hotel in northeast China early Sunday morning, local authorities said.

Flagging safety in the skies

As airlines grow and new airports are built in Asia, safety is becoming a major issue for international regulators.

In for the long haul?

Asia’s budget airlines have become part of the region’s aviation fabric, offering cheap and no-frills air travel to meet the growing needs of the expanding middle class.

Asia Weekly

Business

China curbs IPOs, enlists brokers in all-out bid

China's government, regulators and financial institutions are now waging a concerted campaign to prop up the nation's two main share markets.

A-shares correction leads to rational market: HSBC

The recent correction of Chinese shares could pave the way for the A-share market to become more rational, while authorities still have more tools to stabilize the market, HSBC said on Sunday.

Brokers pledge 120b yuan to stabilize stock market

21 securities brokers in China have pledged to spend no less than 120 billion yuan on blue chip-based exchange traded funds (ETF).

Eye on Asia

Myanmar military still using forced labor

Army units in the north of Myanmar's restive Rakhine state still routinely force minority Rohingya to heavy workload.

Heritage sites in Yemen, Iraq listed as endangered

The Old City of Sana'a and the Old Walled City of Shibam in Yemen and Hatra in Iraq were listed as endangered.

India's push to save cows starves Bangladesh

Indian soldiers guarding the border with Bangladesh have a new mandate - stop cattle from crossing illegally into the Muslim-majority neighbour.

Sport

Chile beat Argentina to win Copa America

Chile defeated Argentina 4-1 in a shootout after a 0-0 draw in the Copa America final on Saturday, finally winning its first major tournament.

Jankovic shocks Kvitova; Federer, Murray reach last 16

Defending champion Petra Kvitova was shocked by Serbian veteran Jelena Jankovic while Roger Federer and Andy Murray advanced to the last 16 at the Wimbledon Championships.

England beat Germany 1-0 to finish 3rd

Days after a gut-wrenching loss, England finished its deepest run in the Women's World Cup with an uplifting victory.

All sewn up

You may not be aware of it, but chances are you have worn one of TAL Group’s shirts at some point.

Custodian of knowledge

Intellectual property chief relishes the daunting challenge of spearheading global efforts to protect intangible assets.

Number cruncher

Providing a crucial service analyzing vast reams of data has taken Malaysian entrepreneur from ambitious startup to successful IPO.

Life Style

Landing punchlines in home of kung fu

Irish stand-up comedian's life in China as a waiter and dating show contestant inspires hit comedy show.

Chinese top universities bicker over enrollment

The battle for the best turned sour between Peking University (PKU) and Tsinghua University (THU) as the two aired an enrollment feud on social media.

Quirky News

When 'pet dogs' turn out to be bears

A Chinese man recently discovered that the two "pet dogs" he'd been raising for the last two years are actually Asian black bears.

Graduates offered for bid on Taobao

A Chinese university has launched a website that profiles its graduates and asks employers to bid to employ them.

Canine help in hunt for truffles

In Europe, truffle hunters traditionally used pigs, but in recent years the job has gone to the dogs.

Roundtable

Partnerships to power up development across region

New model of energy cooperation could unleash Asia’s full growth potential.

'Make opposition pay in elections'

Executive Councilor Cheng Yiu-tong predicted that moderate voters would punish them for this in coming elections.

Jasper Tsang receives HK’s highest honor

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, president of the Legislative Council, is among a group of distinguished Hong Kong political, business and community leaders rewarded in the government’s latest honors.

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.