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China stocks plunge more than 3 percent

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index plunged 3.48 percent to finish at 3912.77 points.

China: Cheap HIV drug with GSK deal

GlaxoSmithKline's new HIV drug Tivicay will be available in China following a deal with Shanghai-based Desano Pharmaceuticals.

PLA tightens financial management

PLA has promised "financial discipline" after inspections of all of its financial departments uncovered irregularities.

'Captain's mistake caused Taiwan crash'

The captain of a TransAsia Airways ATR switched off the plane's only working engine seconds before it crashed, killing 43.

More than 100 dead in North Sinai

Egypt's army said more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed.

Taiwan water park blaze toll rises to 2

Toll in a water park blaze on June 27, 2015 in Taiwan rose as a man died in hospital.

Li lauds OECD role in China progress

China appreciates the OECD's role in promoting international economic ties.

Pentagon sounds IS alert in US

The Pentagon warned of possible Islamic State attacks over the Independence Day holiday.

Opinion

Big strides made in HK’s economy, but with serious lessons

Hong Kong has wasted precious time and resources in political wrangling that has taught us some serious lessons.

Patriotic education will foster sense of national identity

While economic cooperation between HK and the mainland continues to grow, and has benefited companies and people on both sides,...

EU should fulfill role of true strategic partner

Three days before Premier Li Keqiang and his European counterparts issued their communique after his one-day visit to the European Unio...

Pension plan shows confidence in stock market?

The coincidence of a dreadful drop in Chinese shares and the release of a draft guideline signaling China's pension fund will be allowe...

Inclusiveness of AIIB lays ground for common growth

President Xi Jinping's meeting with representatives of the prospective founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on ...

Video

Hong Kong July 1 celebrations

Celebrating the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, people from all over the SAR gathered at events around the territory on Wednesday. From the flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square to the PLA barracks, this video gives just a brief glimpse into the colors and sounds of the festivities.

The spirit of parkour

Inspired by the spirit of parkour in the 2001 film 'Yamakasi', a group of Hong Kong youth started to build their own community and grew up supporting each other.

Nation

'Captain's mistake caused Taiwan crash' in Feb

The captain of a TransAsia Airways ATR mistakenly switched off the plane's only working engine seconds before it crashed, killing 43.

Li lauds OECD role in China's modernization

China appreciates the OECD's role in promoting international economic cooperation, Premier Li said in Paris.

Taiwan water park blaze toll rises to 2

Fatality in a water park blaze on June 27, 2015 in Taiwan rose to two as a man surnamed Liu died in hospital.

Port city seeks to increase its appeal

Marseille, France's second-largest city, plans to double its number of Chinese visitors within two years, according to Deputy Mayor Didier...

'Operation duck' and the student savior

A young Chinese scholar was also a member of the rescue party, and 70 years later, he's still feted by those he helped to save.

Gangs smuggle in 40-year-old 'zombie' meat

Expired products from US, European countries find their way illegally into China's food chain.

'Sponge City' program set to soak up urban floodwater

Now, new measures are being introduced to reduce loss of life and the economic damage caused by flooding.

HK

CE calls for building a better HK

Leung warned that the city would achieve little if filibustering and the abuse of judicial procedures persisted.

HK MTR showing its age

The Mass Transit Railway, or MTR, used to make Hong Kong people proud of its unblemished record of efficiency and reliability. It built and completed all railway lines on time and within its budget.

Hang Seng Index closes flat

Hong Kong shares outperformed the mainland markets Thursday, with the Hang Seng Index ending up 0.1 while H-shares down 1.5%.

New practice to enhance transparency in home sales

The Estate Agents Authority (EAA) issued a new practice circular on Tuesday, setting out guidelines for estate agents in the sales of first-hand residential properties.

Focus HK

Garbage heaps grow as debate drags on

The HK$1 billion fund to perk up HK’s moribund recycling industry has not come through well over a year after it was proposed, thanks to the filibustering at LegCo sessions.

Lessons for the teacher

Six years back Lillian Lui cancelled her retirement plans to teach in a school for children of poor families. The rewards seem to have more than made up for the measly pay.

The past returns for a nostalgic summer holiday

Photographer Edmond Tang re-visits the reopened Lai Yuen Amusement Park to find the attractions in it have retained the original flavor since he clicked them in 1997. Wang Yuke reports.

Asia

Ferry sinks off Philippines, at least 36 dead

A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized in heavy waves in central Cebu, killing at least 36 people.

SE Asia to set up fund to help boat people

Singapore has pledged US$200,000 to the humanitarian fund which aims to help immigrants who have recently landed in SE Asia.

Engine problem likely caused Indonesian crash

The military transport plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood had a propeller "abnormality".

Pentagon sounds IS alert in US

The Pentagon warned of possible attacks by supporters of the Islamic State in the US over the federal holiday of Independence Day.

Fishing for more

Asia dominates global seafood production but environment and labor issues must be tackled.

From farm to palate

Aquaculture in Asia is taking pressure off ocean stocks while sating world’s appetite for fish.

Asia Weekly

Business

GSK deal allows China access to new HIV drug

GlaxoSmithKline's new HIV drug Tivicay will be available in China following a deal with Shanghai-based Desano Pharmaceuticals.

China stocks plunge more than 3 percent

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index plunged 3.48 percent to finish at 3912.77 points.

Asian stocks gain

Asian stocks were higher as strong US payroll data overshadowed worries about Greek debt.

Eye on Asia

Child labour on the rise among Syrian children

The number of Syrian children being forced to work keeps growing, with those as young as six reportedly working in Lebanon.

Blacklist warnings: A hack or web control?

Warnings are now appearing on a wide array of websites accessed by people in the DPRK, including social media.

IS weaves web of support in Arab states

A militant attack has raised concerns about the number of young Saudi men willing to travel to attack Shi'ites in Gulf Arab states.

Sport

Pressure's off Japan in World Cup final: Coach

The pressure is off now that Japan get the opportunity to defend its Women's World Cup championship, said coach Norio Sasaki.

Querrey faces Federer on Centre Court

Sam Querrey faces a daunting task at Wimbledon on Thursday, when he plays seven-time champion Roger Federer.

US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials

US has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested as part of a corruption probe in Zurich.

Custodian of knowledge

Intellectual property chief relishes the daunting challenge of spearheading global efforts to protect intangible assets.

Number cruncher

Providing a crucial service analyzing vast reams of data has taken Malaysian entrepreneur from ambitious startup to successful IPO.

Building on a dream

Hard work and an ambitious goal to provide quality housing lead to Chinese migrant becoming a top developer in Sydney.

Life Style

Sotheby's sees record sales

Andy Warhol's "One Dollar" marks the top-seller in what Sotheby's said was its highest ever total sales for an auction of contemporary art in London.

Fallen stars darken silver screen

The ban on movies featuring actors convicted of crimes has hurt several upcoming releases filmed before the arrests.

Quirky News

Canine help in hunt for truffles

In Europe, truffle hunters traditionally used pigs, but in recent years the job has gone to the dogs.

GMO lamb sold for meat in France

A lamb whose mother had been genetically modified with a jellyfish protein as part of a medical experiment was sold as meat accidentally.

Ready to wed but no wedding plans

Pitcairn Island, a tiny speck in the Pacific that's home to just 48 people, has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage - but has no gay couples wanting to wed.

Roundtable

Partnerships to power up development across region

New model of energy cooperation could unleash Asia’s full growth potential.

NPCSC empowered to set out roadmaps for election: Chen

HKSAR Basic Law Committee member Albert Chen Hung-yee has rejected the myth that the country’s top legislature has no power to impose additional requirements for electing the city’s Chief Executive and lawmakers.

Jasper Tsang receives HK’s highest honor

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, president of the Legislative Council, is among a group of distinguished Hong Kong political, business and community leaders rewarded in the government’s latest honors.

Special

The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.