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China manufacturing at 3-month low

The HSBC/Markit China flash manufacturing PMI for August dipped to 50.3 from a final reading of 51.7 in July

Xi arrives in Mongolia for state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Ulan Bator Thursday for a two-day state visit to Mongolia.

Thai junta leader appointed PM

Thailand's coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed prime minister by a legislature he hand-picked.

'US failed in Syria hostage rescue'

The US had recently attempted to rescue a number of American hostages held in Syria by Islamic State but the mission failed

HK$3,000 pension proposed

All Hongkongers over 65 would be eligible for HK$3,000 a month in a pension funded by a one...

China's first large pvt investment firm

The country's first national-level private investment company, China Minsheng Investment, w...

Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country

Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning after NYT ran a story

Five cult members on murder trial

Five cult members stood trial on murder charges in east China's Shandong Province.

Opinion

Rally was a political milestone for HK

After obtaining 1.5 million signatures over the past month, the Anti-“Occupy Central” petition ended on Aug 17 impressively — m...

Take on long-term shortage of doctors at public hospitals

The situation in our public hospitals is dire. There are regular reports of medical mishaps resulting from procedures performed...

Learn from Deng's diplomacy

Vision, courage and wisdom are needed to arrive at the best solutions to international crises and maintain regional peace

Why Chief Executive must love the nation and HK

Allow me to begin with some questions: What can we do if the Chief Executive (CE) sells out Hong Kong for the benefit of foreign...

Stop all the sadness — Let’s have fun!

Please stop all the moaning and groaning — I’m sick of hearing nothing but bad news these past few weeks!

Nation

Xi arrives in Mongolia for state visit

President Xi Jinping arrived in Ulan Bator for a two-day state visit to Mongolia, the first visit in 11 years by China's head of state to the country.

Australian tycoon's attack absurd: China

China's foreign ministry has condemned a verbal attack by Australian mining mogul and politician Clive Palmer as irrational...

Five cult members on murder trial

Five cult members stood trial on murder charges in Yantai Intermediate People's Court in east China's Shandong Province.

We will never blindly copy others on reforms, vows Xi

President Xi Jinping warned on Wednesday against blindly copying the experience of other countries amid China's ongoing reforms.

Closing the divide

Latest reform in household registration system aims to plug rural-urban gaps.

No island paradise

Initiative to attract private developers for uninhabited islands hits rough waters.

Rebuilding lives

Four years on, residents of quake-hit Yushu are receiving support to recover from the disaster but more is needed.

HK

HK$3,000 pension proposed for seniors over 65

All Hongkongers over 65 would be eligible for HK$3,000 a month in a pension funded by a one-off HK$50 billion government grant and taxes ranging from 1 to 2.5 percent under a Commission on Poverty study.

Grants approved for quake victims

The Hong Kong government has approved two grants from the Disaster Relief Fund totaling HK$9.38 million to two agencies for providing relief to earthquake victims in Yunnan province on the Chinese mainland.

HK stocks slip most in 6 weeks

Hong Kong and China shares weakened after a preliminary private survey showed growth in China's vast factory sector slowed to a three-month low in August

City fencers pick up gold in Nanjing

Hong Kong’s fencers have picked up the city’s first gold medals at the second Summer Youth Games in Nanjing.

Focus HK

Cramming for the future

Private tutoring is big business in Hong Kong and on the mainland as parents bet heavily on their children’s education in a competitive world.

Survival of the fittest

As Hong Kong people crave for a healthier lifestyle and shedding more pounds, fitness centers have mushroomed all over the city. Key industry players see the SAR as a growth hotspot for fitness but warn that smaller ones could get squeezed out in a tough contest.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Thai junta leader appointed Prime Minister

Thailand's coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed prime minister on Thursday by a legislature he hand-picked.

Indonesia court to rule on poll challenge

The Elections Commission declared Joko Widodo the winner by nearly 8.5 million votes, or more than 53 percent of the vote.

Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country

Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning after NYT ran a story about officials discussing plans for an interim govt

US failed in Syria hostage rescue: Pentagon

The US had recently attempted to rescue a number of American hostages held in Syria but the mission failed

Philippine economy shaky amid growth

Reports that the World Bank has cut its growth projection for the Philippines from 6.6 to 6.4 percent for 2014, and from 6.9 to 6.7 for 2015, have trained the spotlight on the country’s ability to sustain its impressive growth of the past few years.

Panda Privilege

There is a palpable sense of excitement at Zoo Negara Malaysia (National Zoo of Malaysia) these days. The Kuala Lumpur zoo is playing host to some very high level dignitaries — to be exact, a pair of giant pandas on loan from China under the panda diplomacy program.

Asia Weekly

Business

China manufacturing at 3-month low: HSBC

China's manufacturing expanded at a slower pace in August, a sign of weak momentum in its ongoing economic recovery.

Amazon to open Shanghai platform

US e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc seems ready to capitalize on the massive purchasing power of Chinese customers, as it kicked off a planned foray into the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, where innovative policies are expected to boost cross-border online trade.

Asia shares slip on China data

Asian stock markets were dampened by a weak China manufacturing survey Thursday, but Japan gained

Eye on Asia

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

Interfaith couples in Pak brave threats

Thirteen years ago, among the whirring looms of a garment factory in an eastern Pakistani city, a Muslim woman fell in love with a Christian co-worker.

Rare crocodiles survive in the Philippines

A chorus of chirps filled the room as one of the Philippines' top crocodile breeders checked on his wards in an overcrowded "Noah's Ark" for one of the world's most endangered animals.

Sport

US routs Dominicans in exhibition as Rose rests

Derrick Rose heard the fans chanting his name, and yes, he would've loved to give them what they wanted.

Bouchard, Wozniacki upset at Connecticut Open

Third-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark both suffered straight-set upsets Wednesday in the second round of the Connecticut Open.

Barcelona seals deal for Sao Paulo right-back

Barcelona have agreed to sign highly rated defender Douglas from Sao Paulo for 6 million euros, the Brazilian club confirmed on Wednesday.

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.

Prawn to greatness

China's largest exporter of the seafood has overcome leagal challenges to make the most of overseas opportunities

Life Style

Transformers land in Beijing exhibit

Fans of the Transformers in Beijing are in for a treat with an exhibition to honor the 30th anniversary of the comic books heros in the city until Oct 7.

Garfield undergoes Indonesian makeover

The comic strip cat Garfield was created in the United States, but the animated television series based on the famous Jim Davis cartoon character is produced at a sprawling studio on the Indonesian resort island of Batam.

Quirky News

Peruvian nurse cares for sick cats

At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats 175 of them at last count.

Plane aborts landing as controllers take a nap

A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off, an investigation report found.

The politics of place names

Is it the Persian Gulf or the Arabian Gulf? Mount McKinley or Denali? Mumbai or Bombay?

Video

Caravan camping

A newly launched caravan campsite on Lantau Island offers those who like camping an alternative choice.

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...