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China sends rescue team to Nepal as toll exceeds 1,000

The strongest quake to hit the Nepal in 81 years also triggered an avalanche on Mount Qomolangma.

Bus parade for HK's electoral reform

HK govt officials join a territory-wide bus parade to rally for public support for the city’s constitutional reform package.

Beijing to launch tax refund scheme

Foreign tourists and those from China's HK, Macao and Taiwan may receive a rebate of 11% on consumer goods.

China rejects Philippine allegations

China has rejected allegations of stealing fish & urged the Philippines to stop illegally fishing in Chinese waters.

Chinese consortium 'close to take over AC Milan'

Due diligence of the club by representatives of the Chinese consortium would be "finalised ...

HK: Record 78,000 units over next 4 yrs

The disclosure comes as latest figures show actual completion of private residential units ...

Contractors told to build for long run

Chinese contractors need to broaden their business models to capture markets along the "One...

China stubs out tobacco advertising

China's top legislature has adopted an amendment to the Advertisement Law that restricts to...

Opinion

Electoral reform proposal is a democratic milestone

The government’s package ticks all the boxes in terms of constitutionality and legality because it incorporates all sectors of ...

Public needs Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme

The Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS) proposed by our government aims to provide value-for-money medical insurance for t...

Dual track right approach to South China Sea

Some countries led by US keep lashing out at China's normal reefs fortification in the South China Sea.

Abe speech to indicate Japan's future

Just one day before he makes speech at the Asian-African Summit, Abe on Tuesday sent a ritual offering to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine.

Xi in Pakistan to work for real mutual benefits

From Xi to the average man on the street in China, Pakistan has never been just another neighbor.

Nation

Xi extends condolences to Nepal over earthquake

The Chinese president also expressed China's willingness to provide all necessary assistance for Nepal to combat the disaster.

5.9-magnitude quake shakes Tibet

A 5.9-magnitude quake shook Dingri county in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region at 5:17 pm Saturday.

Beijing to launch tax refund scheme in 2015

Foreign tourists and those from China's HK, Macao and Taiwan may receive a rebate of 11% on consumer goods.

Baoding takes heat for severe pollution

Baoding in Hebei province has been listed as the country's most polluted of 74 major cities in China for five straight months.

Chicken-blood jade dealers feather nests

Traders in the small township of Sanmen are cashing in on a recently discovered rare natural resource that's boosting incomes and changing lives.

Beijing accelerates air pollution control

Beijing accelerates its fight against air pollution as it ticks to 100-day countdown of the 2022 Winter Olympics city-deciding vote.

Visas to Shanghai saved Jews before WWII

China and Israel unveiled a plaque to commemorate a late Chinese diplomat for his humanitarian efforts on the eve of WWII.

HK

Officials promote electoral reform in bus parade

Government officials join a territory-wide bus parade to appeal for public support for the city’s constitutional reform package.

Swedish stationery firm kicks off in HK

Swedish stationery design brand kikki.K has expanded into Hong Kong while eyeing the vast Chinese mainland market.

More mainland men marrying HK women

The number of marriages between mainland men and Hong Kong women has doubled in the last seven years as the government pledges to help these couples adapt to life in the city.

Record 78,000 units over next four years

Hong Kong is in bid to stabilize market amid steep fall in new housing projects.

Focus HK

Watch this space

“Shoebox” Hong Kong apartments barely provide enough living space, leave alone storage options, making self-storage facilities an increasingly attractive form of property investment. But there may be a few hurdles to consider.

French window

Timothy Chui raises the curtain on the 23rd edition of Le French May — the biggest and most diverse among the cultural festivals brought to Hong Kong by European countries.

HK's 'super-connector' role a key staying power

International corporations still bank on Hong Kong the stepping stone for expansion on the Chinese mainland and worldwide.

Asia

Nepal quake death toll reaches 1,805

Nepal's home ministry put the death toll at 1,805, with about 4,700 injured.

Japan police arrest man over drone landing

Yasuo Yamamoto admitted he landed a drone on the roof of the PM office to protest the government's nuclear energy policy.

Thousands march on 2nd day of S Korea labor protests

Demonstrators are unhappy with the govt's labor policies and handling of last year's deadly ferry disaster.

Thousands honor soldiers on 100th year of Gallipoli battle

Leaders and visitors gathered in Gallipoli to honor thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the WWI campaign.

Up and down

Mixed views on outlook for Asian economies even as China’s slowdown weighs on region.

Asia braces for US rate hike

Stronger fundamentals and policies to prevent capital outflow are likely to protect regional economies.

Asia Weekly

Business

China property loans increase

Outstanding yuan-denominated loans to the property sector at the end of March stood at 18.4 trillion yuan, up 19.4%.

Apple Watch faces timely competition

A Shenzhen company has produced look-alike for a fraction of the price.

Foreign investors start to fear a bubble in the air

Foreign investors are keeping a watchful eye on new opportunities emerging from China's surging stock market.

Eye on Asia

Iraqi boy's dancer dream defied threats, borders

As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD.

Cambodia: Odd solution for asylum seekers

Still haunted by the Vietnam War next door and the 1970s genocide that followed, Cambodia is not exactly the place that the world's refugees dream of reaching.

Afghan museum seeks to preserve war memory

The Jihad Museum in the Afghan city of Herat sits in a hillside garden, surrounded by blooming rose bushes and the detritus of the war against the Soviet Union.

Sport

Mayweather v Pacquiao tickets sold out in 1 min

It took just 60 seconds for the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao showdown tickets being sold out.

Woods plays golf with Yao in Shanghai visit

The two stars met in Shanghai and exchanged skills on their respective specialized sport.

Chinese consortium 'close to take over AC Milan'

Due diligence of the club by representatives of the Chinese consortium would be "finalised shortly", reports said.

Teeing it forward

China’s ‘Mr Golf’ plans to overcome industry’s ‘coldest winter’ with diversification and a sustainable eco-tourism model.

Straddling two worlds

KPMG partner is an old China hand who wants to help his fellow Australians fully embrace the benefits of Chinese investments.

Trade pioneer

Xu Ningning has played a crucial role in creating successful China-ASEAN business opportunities for over two decades.

Life Style

Robots almost like human

Robots havedeveloped from being machines on a production line to tools to help care for children and the elderly.

Thoughts from toad town

Fengjing prides itself on a long history and a taste for danger. Lin

Quirky News

What's in a name?

A father in Shandong has failed to register the birth of his daughter who has no given surname.

Off Key

New Zealand's PM John Key has apologized to a cafe worker who said he'd repeatedly pulled her ponytail when he visited the cafe near his home over a period of months.

Coffee spill behind Nikolic's plane scare

Coffee spilling on instruments panel by a co-pilot let to the sudden plunge of the Serbian president's plane last week.

Video

Writing on the wall

In its second year, HKwalls 2015 transformed Hong Hong's Sheung Wan and Stanley Market localities into galleries of graffiti in two colorful weeks in March.

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

Asian media to have closer cooperation

Editors from Asia News Network (ANN) members have agreed to further integrate their newsrooms as the alliance wrapped up a two-day meeting in Tokyo on Friday.

Roundtable

Reeling in the crowds for regional films

Asia’s growing movie industry is set to benefit from a new generation of audiences along the New Silk Road and beyond.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.