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Fonterra to invest in China's Beingmate

Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, plans a stake of up to 20 percent in the Hangzhou-based infant food firm

Top court hosts foreign embassy staff

China's top court opened its doors to foreigners on Wednesday, to make its judicial workings more transparent

Abe sent prayer note to war criminal ceremony

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this year sent a note to a temple ceremony honoring hundreds of World War II-era...

Everton signs Eto'o

English Premier League club Everton signed Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o on a two-year deal on Tuesday after the stri...

Silva surges in Brazil election race

A surging Marina Silva has narrowed President Dilma Rousseff's lead in Brazil's presidentia...

Top judge 'lauds Zhou graft probe'

The chief of the Supreme People's Court said the probe into Zhou Yongkang demonstrates that...

Dengue in Japan after 60 years

The government said the case was reported in Saitama, a prefecture adjacent to Tokyo.

UN pilots airline alert schemes

The United Nations' civil aviation body will launch two pilot projects to help airlines kno...

Opinion

Growing storm looms over Hong Kong’s economy

While Hong Kong is focusing on how the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPSCS) will decide methods for the...

NPCSC resolute in deciding CE decision

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) is going to make its decision on the Chief Executive’s (CE) proposal ...

Building on Deng's US policy

Mutual respect was the prerequisite for normalizing relations and is the keystone for the new model the two have pledged to build

Antitrust probes open and fair

Antitrust probes are a key element of China's policy to free the market of predators and monopolies to build a level playing field for ...

Racism against China hurts Australia

Racism and discrimination against outsiders could easily erode the credibility of a multicultural society such as Australia's

Nation

Top court hosts foreign embassy staff

China's top court opened its doors to foreigners on Wednesday, to make its judicial workings more transparent and improve communication in legal fields.

Top judge 'lauds Zhou graft probe'

China's top judge has said the ruling Communist Party's decision to investigate former senior leader Zhou Yongkang demonstr...

Terror leader warns youngsters

Memetuhut Memetrozi, co-founder of the terrorist East Turkestan Islamic Movement, has urged young people not to be tricked by religious ex...

China and US in talks on code of conduct

China and the United States will hold a working group meeting this week to discuss a military security code of conduct covering internatio...

Capital move to Beidaihe's beaches

Summer resort buzzes with annual visit by nation's leaders.

Historic sands of time

Venerable vacation spot that hosted important meetings continues to evolve with country's development.

Helping on high

Government aid program injecting resources helps Tibetan residents reap benefits of development on 'Roof of the World'.

Entrepreneurs benefit from legacy of Deng

Three decades of reform and opening-up have transformed the nation.

HK

Judicial review over HKTV license refusal begins

A judicial review to quash the Executive Council's (ExCo) decision to deny Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV) a free television license kicked off at the High Court on Wednesday.

Tai Ho Stream deemed key natural resource

The government on Tuesday remained resolute in the wake of angry protests by villagers on Lantau — upset over plans to reclassify the island’s Tai Ho Stream as one of Hong Kong’s protected natural resources.

China lifted by aviation firms, HK flat

China shares ended a tick firmer on Wednesday, as losses in a few major banks offset gains from the oil and aviation sectors.

Fire kills 3, injures 2 of family

Three were killed and two injured in a fire in the flat of a family of five in Tsui Ping South Estate, Kwun Tong in the early morning of Wednesday.

Focus HK

Tonight’s your night

Travelers who find themselves shut out of the tight hotel squeeze in the Asia Pacific, including Hong Kong, may now turn to a smart phone app as a last resort.

Bridges between cultures

HK and mainland volunteers have joined hands to help build houses in one of the country’s most-impoverished provinces. They undertook the project out of altruism, but returned having learnt a thing or two about a 3,000-year-old technology employed in traditional Chinese architecture.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Abe sent prayer note to war criminal ceremony

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this year sent a note to a temple ceremony honoring hundreds of World War II-era war criminals praising their contributions to the country.

New Delhi finds suspected Ebola case

India has found one Ebola virus carrying suspect and quarantined five others Tuesday night.

Japan sees 1st local dengue case in over 60 years

Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years.

Australia, US to share traveler data

The Australian and US governments signed an information-sharing agreement Wednesday to bolster each country's ability to confirm identities of foreign travelers.

Japan shifts investment to ASEAN

Increasing manufacturing in SE Asia reflects strategic rebalancing, not withdrawal from Chinese market.

Surrogacy debate rages Down Under

Calls for national legislation getting louder in australia as thai controversy reveals inconsistency of state laws.

Asia Weekly

Business

Fonterra to invest in infant formula company

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra said Wednesday it's forming a partnership with China's Beingmate to help meet growing demand for infant formula in the world's most populous nation

Air China profit falls on weaker yuan

Air China says its six-month profit fell by more than half as the weakening yuan raised financing costs and other expenses.

Asian stocks mostly higher

Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday after the latest record close for the Standard & Poor's 500

Eye on Asia

Joko Widodo: New face of Indonesian politics

On the blisteringly hot afternoon of Indonesia's 69th independence day, Mr Joko Widodo's quick changes of attire included a white long-sleeved shirt, black-and-yellow football kit and a gunny sack.

Vietnam sees more young couples divorcing

Vietnam is catching up with more developed societies as broken marriages and divorces are now becoming common in the country.

Indian poachers threaten lesser-known species

Wildlife poachers, hindered by India's efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller

Sport

Everton signs Eto'o

English Premier League club Everton signed Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o on a two-year deal on Tuesday after the striker was released by league rival Chelsea.

Pacquiao to help set up boxing academy in China

Manny Pacquiao is setting up a boxing institute in China and believes the country of 1.4 billion people can produce professional world champions

ManU thrashed 0-4 by 3rd tier Dons

In just his third match in charge of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal oversaw one of the most humiliating losses in the club's illustrious history on Tuesday.

Line of duty

Patriarch of Japanese conglomerate goes globetrotting in pursuit of regional friendship and cooperation.

Urban visionary

Sein-Way Tan is a modest man with a global ambition — to make cities environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant.

The female touch

If necessity is the mother of invention, it may well be true that the inventor is someone else’s mother.

Life Style

No bun in the oven for panda that loves extra buns

Hopes that tiny panda paws would be seen in the world's first live broadcast of a cub delivery were dashed on Tuesday when Chinese experts suggested the "mother" may have been focusing more on extra bun rations than giving birth.

Renowned crime drama wins big at Emmy Awards

Modern Family won a record-tying fifth best comedy series Emmy Award, and a dominant Breaking Bad captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honors in the ceremony.

Quirky News

The world's woolliest sheep?

Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84 km from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania

82-yr-old passenger seizes controls on plane!

Emergency landing was made after after wresting back the controls of a light aircraft from an 82-year-old passenger

Nothing like noodles!

A recent US study linking instant noodle consumption by South Koreans to some risks for heart disease has prompted a passionate response throughout Asia

Video

Not just glass

Glass containers are widely preferred for their durability but they are not biodegradable. After such containers are discarded, they add to the world’s carbon print. A Hong Hong-based NGO - Green Glass Green - organized a special tour to familiarize people with their efforts to recycle glass responsibly.

Who rules Hong Kong vital to national security

The central government is concerned about whether the implementation of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ is in line with the original design, Lau Siu-kai told Joseph Li.

Campaign relishes public’s support

More than 1 million people have signed up to support universal suffrage and oppose “Occupy Central”. Ng Chau-pei, organizer of the campaign, told Joseph Li this was a victory for common sense.

Special

Vibrant capital boosts science popularization for young, old

Beijing's determination to innovate is helping to transform it into a major high-tech center.

Roundtable

Empowering HK’s logistics industry

The government and the logistics sector need a long-term strategy for land, infrastructure, and policy, as well as industry talents development to support the local industry’s bid to transform into high value-added services providers.

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

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