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Separatists hand over bodies, black boxes

The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way

At least 1 killed, dozens injured as S Korean trains collide

Two passenger trains collided in South Korea on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring dozens, a hospital official and po...

Xi arrives in Cuba for state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived Monday for his first state visit to Cuba since taking office.

France to deliver first warship to Russia despite allies, Ukraine

French officials defended President Francois Hollande's decision to push ahead with delivery of a helicopter carrier to Russia

China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King

A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to...

Moscow subway chief fired after 22 killed in crash

Russian news agencies say the head of Moscow's subway system has been fired in the wake of ...

HK shares highest since Dec

Hong Kong's benchmark index jumped to its highest since December 9 on Tuesday

Top chains may suffer lasting backlash

Leading fast food chains in China - McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut - are expected to suffer ...

Opinion

We must return to our core values

I have written about Hong Kong’s core values a couple of times before (May 22, 2012; July 2, 2014). But at the present time, it...

Patten takes political hypocrisy to new heights

In his latest piece entitled “From Beethoven to Beijing”, published through Project Syndicate on...

Beyond the GDP growth target

The growth rate of 7.4 percent for the first half year consists of contribution of 0.3 percent from primary industry, 3.5 percent from ...

Growth unaffected by restructuring

Missing its whole-year growth target, the Chinese economy still proved resilient after it expanded by 7.4 percent year-on-year in the f...

BRICS must go for a 'Rio Consensus'

Conveniently scheduled at the end of the World Cup, the sixth BRICS summit presents the leaders of five emerging economies a truly hist...

Nation

President Xi arrives in Cuba for state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived Monday for his first state visit to Cuba since taking office.

Military exercises delay flights throughout China

Passengers in East and Central China will face mass flight delays and cancellations until Aug 15 after 12 airports were ord...

China cop executed for shooting pregnant woman

A former policeman was executed on Tuesday for shooting a pregnant woman dead in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Syndrome killing young workers in 'world's factory'

About 700 young workers in Dongguan, a major production base in Guangdong province, have died in their sleep in the past decade.

Belief in building

China’s oldest Buddhist temple is becoming a channel to boost religious study and strengthen friendship across borders, report Hou Liqiang and Qi Xin in Luoyang, Henan province and Zhang Yunbi in Beijing.

Tall order for civil servants

Many find the authorities' latest frugality standards for officials challenging.

Providing support for 'the roof of the world'

An aid program to help people in Tibet has seen doctors from Beijing and Jiangsu province making a contribution to treating locals and training medical staff.

HK

HK shares close at highest since Dec, China stronger

Hong Kong's benchmark index jumped to its highest in nearly 7-1/2 months on Tuesday, helped by stronger Chinese markets on the mainland and recent fund inflows which pushed up the territory's blue-chip stocks

Central govt sincere in advancing democracy

The top legislator reiterated on Monday that the central government’s intention to implement universal suffrage in the 2017 Chief Executive (CE) election was sincere, but said democracy in Hong Kong could only develop in a gradual, orderly manner.

106 district councilors join anti-Occupy alliance

A petition against the “Occupy Central” campaign — which received 380,000...

SOE to outperform HSI: CitiBank

The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, barometer of Hong Kong-listed state-owned companies, is to deliver better performance than the Hang Seng Index, said a strategist from Citibank (HK) Ltd

Focus HK

The capsule revolution

Sachets are oh-so last-year. Coffee lovers can now enjoy the pleasure of ground, pre-processed coffee beans at home and at work. Jenny Wang serves up a fresh brew.

HK in his eyes

Novelist Dung Kai-cheung tries to bring to his writing the ‘inaccuracies’ about Hong Kong’s history. Chritralehka Basu talks to the ‘Author of the Year’ who’s credited with putting the city at the center of his works.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

At least 1 killed, dozens injured as S Korean trains collide

Two passenger trains collided in South Korea on Tuesday, killing at least one person and injuring dozens, a hospital official and police said

Prabowo withdraws from Indonesia poll race

Indonesia's president candidate Prabowo Subianto on Tuesday announced withdrawal of himself and his running mate Hatta Radjasa from the developing election process for massive, structured and systematic frauds they claimed to have found in July 9 presidential election.

Dozens of Turkish police 'detained over wiretapping'

Dozens of high-ranking police officers were detained in Turkey on Tuesday accused of involvement in spying and illegal wire-tapping during an investigation into corruption in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle

MH370 search head to lead Australian probe of MH17

The former Australian defense force official who led the international search for the wreckage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 arrived in Kiev on Monday to lead a 45-member team of inspectors at the MH17 crash site.

China packs on the pounds

One unfortunate side effect of nation’s new-found wealth is its growing obesity problem

Asia’s junk food craving intensifies

International brands profiting from increasingly unhealthy diets of the region’s expanding middle classes

Asia Weekly

Business

China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King

A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets.

Alibaba denies 'political connection' allegation

Alibaba Group has denied allegations made by a New York Times report that claimed that the Chinese e-commerce giant had "political connection" behind it.

Asia shares rise

Asian shares rose Tuesday as tensions over the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine eased after pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies

Eye on Asia

Endangered Tibetan monkey makes a comeback

The Hongla Mountain National Nature Reserve, in Markam county of the Tibet autonomous region, has seen a steady increase in recent years...

Singapore bans Archie comics

Singapore has banned a volume of the "Archie" comic book that featured a same-sex marriage, adding fuel to a censorship row that erupted over a children's story about two male penguins hatching an egg

Farmers strive to feed DPRK

Rim Ok-hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance.

Sport

England's Gerrard retires from international football

England captain Steve Gerrard announced Monday his retirement from international football.

Real Madrid 'to acquire' Rodriguez

Real Madrid are expected to confirm the signing of Colombian international James Rodriguez on Tuesday, according to reports in the Spanish press.

Colombia celebrates as James Rodriguez goal voted World Cup's best

Colombians Monday celebrated the selection of a goal by national footballer James Rodriguez as the best of the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Rebuilding Myanmar

Hard work helped serge pun escape turbulent childhood to become a tycoon instrumental in nation’s development

Man of the crowd

Chinese designer who cofounded Asia’s biggest crowdfunding platform in Australia is taking the popular concept to China

Empowering the poor

Grameen Bank founder extends global reach after revolutionizing Bangladesh’s banking system through micro financing concepts

Life Style

President Xi presents DVDs with state gifts

Chinese President Xi Jinping presents China DVDs that reflect the real China with state gifts to Argentinean officials during his visit.

'Iron Man' Robert Downey Jr highest-earning actor

Robert Downey Jr, the star of Disney's Marvel superhero film franchises "Iron Man," and "The Avengers," is Hollywood's highest paid actor for the second consecutive year, with estimated earnings of US$75 million, according to Forbes.com.

Quirky News

Plane's near-miss now a whale of a tale

A dramatic video of a sea plane just missing a surfacing humpback whale as it came in to land in Alaska has become a hit online, and the man who shot it says it was blind luck.

French restaurants to label homemade dishes

Restaurant-goers in France will start seeing a funny little symbol on their menus this week: a skillet with a house on top, indicating your menu choice is made in-house.

S'pore does its best to save own goal

The National Council on Problem Gambling's commercial was lampooned around the world after Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals, and the laughs got louder after Germany beat Argentina 1-0

Video

A night in Yau Ma Tei fruit market

The Yau Ma Tei wholesale fruit market has been in business for a century but it is still a mystery to many Hong Kong people. China Daily goes in to see how the laborers work in this male-dominated industry. With the rise of the supermarket, its best days are behind it, while the future remains uncertain.

A holistic approach to developing Lantau

Lantau provides good opportunities for Hong Kong to develop a new central business district, but the island must overcome its lack of transport and hotel facilities before this can be realized, Allen Ha of the Lantau Development Alliance tells Joseph Li.

Hong Kong should save up for rainy days

There have been many queries about the warning that Hong Kong could fall into the abyss of a structural deficit in less than...

Special

Crazy football

Football has the charm that makes the world crazy. After a breathtaking World Cup, the June round of China Daily’s College Photo Contest, “Crazy Football”, has concluded. Among works submitted by university students from all around China, Breakthrough, by Liu Zheng of Guangxi University Of Foreign Languages, won the first prize. Two second and five third prizes were also awarded.

Roundtable

Retailing Strategies in Asia: The Next Generation

Retailers have to differentiate themselves and offer an...

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...