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Focus on public safety for Lunar New Year

Chinese authorities are on high alert for public safety as the country embraced the Spring Festival holiday.

Rewards for online 'terror' tip-offs

China has pledged to reward people who report online "terrorist" content up to 100,000 yuan (US$15,200) for each tip off.

2 pulled alive from Taiwan rubble

The mayor of the island's Tainan city warned the toll could exceed 100 as President Xi extended condolence to the victims.

Myanmar to pick president March 17

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy Party won a landslide victory in the Nov 8 general elections.

THAAD missile: China summons ROK envoy

Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin lodged representations over Seoul's decision.

China regrets DPRK's satellite launch

China called on all sides to refrain from taking steps that might further raise tensions.

DPRK launches rocket 'with satellite'

DPRK's National Aerospace Development Administration called the launch "an epochal event...".

Chinese, Indian troops hold drills

Chinese and Indian border troops have conducted a joint disaster relief exercise.

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...

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.

Year of the Monkey connects China and India

China's "Monkey King" symbolizes a deeper cultural connection with its biggest neighbor, India. India is not just home to the world's l...

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

China offers rewards for online 'terror' tip-offs

China has pledged to reward people who report online "terrorist" content up to 100,000 yuan (US$15,200) for each tip off.

China summons ROK envoy over THAAD talks with US

Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin lodged representations over Seoul's decision to launch official talks with US.

6 Chinese rescued after boat sinks off Cambodia

The Sihanoukville police chief said the boat overturned after being hit by strong waves on Monday, about 18 km from the coast.

At least 2 dead in south China landslide

Two people have been confirmed dead and four others remain missing in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

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

Short is sweet for retailers battered by tough times

Temporary leases are seen as a way to cut losses and may even go mainstream.

TSA reform meets with mixed views

Controversial test to make full return amid concerns about excessive drilling.

Resource shares lift HK shares

Trading was thin on ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, which will see the city's markets close from Monday to Wednesday.

'Right time to regulate e-cigarettes'

HK should waste no time introducing legislation to regulate e-cigarettes, urged Sophia Chan Siu-chee, under secretary for food and health.

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

Mumbai attack suspect admits working with Lashkar

David Coleman Headley gave the court details of his role in planning the attack in which more than 160 people were killed.

Myanmar's next president to be known March 17

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy Party won a landslide victory in the Nov 8 general elections.

Controversial minister to become Australia's rights envoy

Philip Ruddock became Australia's longest-serving immigration minister, serving from 1996 to 2003.

Murder suspect of dismembered Spaniard held in Cambodia

The suspect identified as Artur Segarra Princep, 36, was arrested Sunday evening at a restaurant in Sihanoukville.

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's gold output dips on lower prices

China's annual gold output fell for the first time in 2015 due to lower prices in the global gold market, latest figures suggest.

China well on its way to cut steel glut

The State Council, China's cabinet, announced the country will reduce its steel production capacity by 100 million tonnes.

Global stocks mostly fall

Asian stock markets were little changed in thin holiday trading as investors fretted about a global economic slowdown.

Eye on Asia

Japan mulls changing temple map icon

The "manji" symbol, which means happiness and prosperity in Buddhism, was often confused with a Nazi swastika.

Iraq seeks to take Islamic State offline

Iraq tries to cut off the Islamic State's satellites and other methods they employ to access the internet and spread propaganda.

Lion dance tradition thrives in Malaysia

The traditional art of the Chinese lion dance is nowhere near perishing in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Sport

US athletes consider not attending Olympics

The United States Olympic Committee said that participants concerned about the Zika virus should opt out of the upcoming Olympic Games.

Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 24-10

Peyton Manning has his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Former Brazil striker Jo joins Jiangsu Suning

Jo follows his compatriots Alex Teixeira and Ramires, who have also signed with the Chinese Super League outfit in recent days.

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

Award stokes Oscar hopes for The Revenant

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

Spring Festival fare you'll find on Shanghai tables

Xu Junqian lists the type of dishes that can be found on the table of every household in Shanghai during the Spring Festival.

Quirky News

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.

Desk carved with 'JFK' isn't Kennedy's

An old wooden desk from the school where John F. Kennedy studied as a boy had been on displayed at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

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.