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Mong Kok on the edge, say Hong Kong police

The situation at a sit-in is spinning out of control and could spiral into riots, police said at a press conference.

Ebola: China gives US$6m for food

China has donated US$6 million to help stave off food shortages in the three African countries worst affected by Ebola.

CPC calls key meeting on rule of law

The Communist Party of China started a key annual meet centering on "rule of law" for the first time in the Party's history.

Indonesia's Widodo sworn in

Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy with supporters' hopes high.

WCup final arena 'ahead of schedule'

Work at Luzhniki Stadium to host the 2018 WCup final is proceeding smoothly.

China to ease sales tax on homes

Chinese authorities are likely to relax the sales tax on existing homes.

Chinese shuttlers net 5 golds

The Chinese badminton team has won an overall victory at the Yonex Denmark Open finals.

Funds scam: Japan ministers quit

Japan's trade and justice ministers resigned after accusations they misused campaign funds.

Opinion

NED donation is proof of a ‘color revolution’

What is “color revolution”? Is it a joke when the Western media call the “Occupy Central” movement in Hong Kong an “Umbrella Re...

‘Occupy Central’ has become a political farce

It’s been almost 20 days since the “Occupy Central” campaign started.

Asia's growth prospects remain solid

China's economic reform process will benefit from solid growth in the Asian region.

Europe and Asia committed to responsible ties

Asia matters - for Europe. And Europe matters - for Asia. That is why the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was created in 1996.

Hong Kong should avoid the 'democracy' trap

Every political system grows out of a historical process, except in rare cases when change is imposed from the top, which happened in J...

Nation

CPC convenes key meeting on rule of law

The Communist Party of China kicked off a key annual meeting which centered on "rule of law" for the first time in the Party's history.

Ebola: China gives US$6m for food

China has donated US$6 million to help stave off food shortages in the three African countries worst affected by Ebola.

China eyes legal reforms

The fourth plenum of the 18th CPC Central Committee is set to open on Monday to discuss the rule of law, aiming to speed up the constructi...

Focus on modernizing governance

At 7 am, Shanghai-based lawyer Zhang Jie opened his computer at home, logged on to the Judicial Opinions of China website, and read a cour...

Cold comfort for former sex slaves

Many women abused in military brothels by the Japanese army during World War II are now neglected by society and living in desperate conditions.

Courting the stars of the future

The search for new, world-class basketball players is being hampered by a failure to identify young talent.

From soldiers to farmers

A special force is celebrating its achievements in the tough environment of Xinjiang, where it has built farms and homes, and maintained stability.

Sowing the seeds of domestic success

Chinese agricultural exporters are beginning to address the problems related to entering their home market.

HK

Mong Kok on the edge, say police

The situation at a sit-in is spinning out of control and could spiral into riots, police said at a press conference.

‘External forces’ behind protests, says Leung

Chief Executive (CE) Leung Chun-ying said that there are “external forces” from different parts of the world orchestrating the “Occupy Central” campaign.

Occupy: Small businesses seek legal recourse

More and more businesses are seeking legal compensation to recoup losses caused by the "Occupy Central" blockades.

Regional markets pull up HK shares

Hong Kong shares finished slightly higher on Monday, underpinned by positive US economic data and in line with regional bourses.

Focus HK

Life on the road

Writer-photographer duo Nicole Chabot and Michael Perini turn their gaze on a myriad range of people who work outdoors to earn their keep in Street Life Hong Kong.

Passing the baton

Entrepreneurs who have made a mark for themselves over the years are setting the path for their children to hold up the family banner and take it forward.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Widodo takes over as Indonesia's president

Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy with supporters' hopes high.

Japan ministers quit over poll funds scam

Japan's trade and justice ministers resigned after accusations they misused campaign funds.

Australia's Parliament House lifts face veil ban

Australia's Parliament House lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs after the PM intervened.

US airdrops arms to Kurds in Kobani

The US military said it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medicines to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani.

Home and away

Property Investment in and outside Asia rises on the back of Chinese and regional buyers’ interests.

Real estate prices soar Down Under

Chinese buyers of property in Australia are on the rise but public perception overstates impact on the market.

Asia Weekly

Business

Nomura sees opportunities in CPC key plenum

An important meeting of the Communist Party of China (CPC) that opened Monday will bring business opportunities for the Chinese economy thanks to expected key reform initiatives, Nomura Securities said in its latest research note.

China likely to ease sales tax on existing homes: report

Chinese authorities are likely to relax the sales tax on existing homes, the Beijing-based China Securities Journal reported on Monday in a front-page story.

Japan leads Asia stocks higher

Asian stock markets rose Monday, led by a 4 percent surge in Japan, after Wall Street's rebound eased nerves.

Eye on Asia

Marine in Philippine killing tests US ties

The killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino whose former name was Jeffrey, has sparked public anger in the Philippines and revived a debate over the US military presence.

Thai soaps trigger outcry over romance

In a famous scene from Thailand's award-winning soap opera The Power of Shadows, the protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady.

Has 'civil servant fever' cooled down?

The annual application for China's civil service examination started on Wednesday with at least 22,200 government spots to fill.

Sport

Costa set to miss out for Chelsea against Maribor

The likely absence of Diego Costa should not stop Chelsea staying in command of Group G of the Champions League, with the Premier League leader a big favorite to beat Maribor at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Murray beats Ferrer in Vienna to win 30th title

Andy Murray continued his recent resurgence by winning his second title in three weeks at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday and boosting his chances of making the cut for the ATP finals.

Barcelona manager says Clasico not crucial

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says his side's Clasico showdown with Real Madrid next weekend is too early to play a decisive role in the La Liga title race.

Beyond the horizon

Girija Pande believes the capacity of China and India to work together will be key to future of Asia’s economic growth.

Exception to the rule

Malaysian software entrepreneur guided a start-up from early days of information technology to become an industry leader

Carving her niche

From forestry to apparel, Indonesian tycoon proves that women can succeed in a male-dominated environment.

Life Style

Brad Pitt's 'Fury' rules US, Canada box offices

Brad Pitt's gritty World War Two drama "Fury" conquered all box office foes over the weekend, ringing up $23.5 million in ticket sales at theaters in the United States and Canada.

Miss Asia Pageant North America Final crowned

The 24-year-old contestant Bella Ma from the Brock University of Canada was crowned the 2014 Miss Asia Pageanton North America Final at here on Saturday.

Quirky News

Holiday with spider in stomach

An Australian man had a spider removed from his stomach after it burrowed its way into his body and survived for three days.

Activist fined for topless attack on Putin statue

A topless activist was convicted for exhibitionism by a Paris court for having attacked a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Pizza Hut has egg on its face over receipt

Pizza Hut Singapore has launched an investigation and apologized to a customer described as a "Pink Fat Lady" in a handwritten note on her receipt after she ordered pizza.

Video

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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

Summer Time

Summer is always full of passion and joy. The August round of China Daily College Photo Contest, “Summer Time”, has concluded. Among works submitted by university students from all around China, Ice Makers, by Huang Erdong of Liaoning University, won the first prize. Two second and five third prizes were also awarded.

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.