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Riot: Central govt firmly backs HK

HK's Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen said the riot charge was levelled because of "the seriousness of the incident".

HK stocks sink to 3-1/2-year low

The Hang Seng Index fell 1.2% to a 3-and-a-half year low of 18,319.58.

Syria: Russian PM warns of world war

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the use of ground troops in the Syrian conflict could result in world war.

ROK, US missile talks 'next week'

The Republic of Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

China on blue alert for strong cold front

A cold front is moving toward China's northern, central and eastern regions.

Syria truce: Major powers one on plan

The US, Russia & more than 12 other nations vowed commitment to a political transition.

HK stocks have worst day since Aug

Reopening after a three-day break, the benchmark Hang Seng Index fell 3.9 percent.

Mainland has 1st imported Zika case

A 34-year-old male who returned from Venezuela via Hong Kong is now recovering.

Opinion

Continual chaos in HK’s legislature must stop now

The opposition camp has resorted to filibustering tactics on almost all government bills and proposals.

Filibusters exacting a heavy toll

Eddy Li says filibustering in LegCo has not only wasted a staggering amount of public money but also hindered the overall devel...

To the Point

When all Hong Kong people should be celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Monkey, some mobsters turned it into a dark chapter in...

Fulfill promise of the year

It does not matter whether George Soros' less-than-cheering observation of our economy is worth the angry media barrage.

Economic transition needs breathing space

China's top economic planner said on Wednesday that the country's 2015 economic growth rate was within a reasonable range.

Video

Monkey business

What's in store for the Year of the Monkey?

Drone & Phone Ep #6 Hong Kong Trail

The first two sections of the Hong Kong trail are the most varied. Starting as far up the peak as you can get, a small grass lawn offers a sweeping views across three sides of the island.

Apple watch goes red for the Chinese New Year

Apple has launched a limited edition Apple Watch just in time for the busy Chinese New Years shopping seasons.

Nation

Taiwan quake toll touches 94

The collapse of the 16-storey Wei Guan building in Tainan city, the most seriously damaged, accounted for 92 of the deaths.

China on blue alert for strong cold front

China's national weather observatory issued a blue alert for a cold front moving toward northern, central and eastern regions.

Baby boom expected in Year of Monkey

China dropped its one-child policy last year and allows each family to have two children.

Mainland detects 1st imported case of Zika virus

The patient, a 34-year-old male from Ganxian county of Jiangxi province, is now recovering with normal body temperature.

Spring Festival celebrated across China

From the southernmost islands to the icebound provinces in the north, people across China are celebrating the lunar new year.

Spring Festival: Carpool apps get Chinese home

Chinese heading home for Lunar New Year have a new travel option this year: mobile apps to find carpool partners.

Chinese shun luxury for local brands in S Korea

Chinese visitors to South Korea are buying less from global luxury mainstays in favor of cheaper homegrown brands.

HK

Riot: Central govt firmly backs Hong Kong

China's foreign ministry said in a statement late on Thursday that Hogn Kong was a society with the rule of law.

Hong Kong stocks sink to 3-1/2-year low

The Hang Seng Index fell 1.2% to a 3-and-a-half year low of 18,319.58.

37 face riot charges over New Year violence

Sixty-four people have been arrested in connection with the Monday night violence that saw protesters clash with police.

Shares close down 4% in worst day since Aug

Reopening after a three-day break, the benchmark Hang Seng Index fell 3.9 percent, to 18,545.80.

Focus HK

The malaise within

The inclusion of four lay members to the Medical Council may not be enough to expedite the course of justice in medical malpractice-related cases.

Incredible Indian achievers

As a high-profile business delegation from HK visits India, we bring you the stories of a few people who play key roles in steering the long-sustained HK-India ties forward.

An old age debate

The government has published a consultation document to seek public views on retirement protection.

Asia

Pak foils jailbreak plan, arrests 97 militants

The jailbreak was planned to bring out Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl's killer Khalid Omar Sheikh.

Russian PM warns of world war in Syrian conflict

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the use of ground troops in the Syrian conflict could result in world war.

Australian minister resigns over ethics breach

PM Malcolm Turnbull said a probe found Stuart Robert had breached the government's Code of Ministerial Standards.

Japanese lawmaker pushing women's rights quits over affair

Kensuke Miyazaki bowed repeatedly and apologized profusely at a news conference broadcast live on Japanese television.

Hanging by a thread

With equity markets roiled, oil prices sliding and economic data weak, the year of the fire monkey is already off to a raucous start.

India’s own monkey god

Lord Hanuman, a popular deity among Hindus, is celebrated for his physical strength and loyalty.

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Business

China to further open up capital market

China will create more schemes offering Renminbi (RMB) convertibility in free trade zones in 2016.

US$, not China, to blame for slump: Forbes

If low Chinese demand was responsible for manufacturing decline, similar patterns should have emerged in Europe and Japan.

Japan stocks dive, Europe recovers

Japan's main stock index dived Friday, leading other Asian markets lower, after a sell-off in banking shares roiled investors in the US and Europe.

Eye on Asia

Kidnap casts spotlight on Gulf 'sport of kings'

Recent kidnapping of Qatari royals while hunting sheds light on Arab hunters' pursuit of dwindling houbara as a prized aphrodisiac.

Aging Thailand says to hire more elderly

The government is urging businesses to hire more older people to soften the impact of the ageing workforce on productivity.

Wave of killings tests Gulf role in Yemen

The Gulf coalition and local forces struggled to impose order in Aden, making way for terror and armed groups to operate with impunity.

Sport

Shuttler Yu Xiaohan banned for doping

Yu's sanction has been backdated, which means it ends on Friday, and she may resume her badminton career on Saturday.

Manchester United seeks world-class stars

Manchester United will stick with its policy of spending heavily on world-class talent rather than trying to emulate Leicester.

Sevilla to face Barcelona in Copa del Rey final

It will be Sevilla's first appearance in the final since it won the title for the fifth time in 2010.

Upwardly mobile

Sinophile overcame early hardships to launch an m-commerce revolution in India giving access to financial services for all.

Charity comes first

China-born founder of Australian tissue company steps back from the business to pursue philanthropic goals around the world.

Harbinger of life

Despite social taboos, actor-turned-philanthropist provides burial and social services for the underprivileged in Myanmar.

Life & Art

Ken Watanabe, leukemia survivor, fights stomach cancer

Watanabe was diagnosed "almost miraculously early" with the cancer last month and underwent surgery, he said on Twitter.

Award stokes Oscar hopes for The Revenant

Hollywood's directors named Alejandro Inarritu the best film director of 2015 for "The Revenant".

Quirky News

WWII vet reunites with wartime girlfriend in Aus

Morris was a 17-year-old British girl and Thomas was a 21-year-old US paratrooper when they first met in London.

DPRK's new satellite flew over Super Bowl site

Here's a bit of Super Bowl trivia: the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended.

Police train eagles to snatch 'enemy' drones

Dutch police puzzling over how to remove drones that pose a public safety threat are testing a way to get the job done-by using trained eagles.

Special

Yuan takes center stage at summit

A gallery of experts spoke at the 2015 Corporate Finance Summit hosted by BOCOM HK Branch in Shenzhen.

Log on to change the way WeBank

The WeBank information chief is living his life’s dream as the first web-based lender in China takes micro-credit to the next level.

Roundtable

Women of substance take a bow

Female workers worldwide were called upon to unleash their true potential as achievers from the region gathered in Hong Kong for the Asian Women Leadership Awards.