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THAAD undermines strategic trust: China

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) plan destabilizes regional strategic balance, China's defense ministry said.

HK confirms first imported case of Zika

The infected person was a 38-year-old foreign woman who was believed to have caught the virus in the Caribbean.

Iran vessel warned by US Navy shots

Three warning shots were fired as an Iranian vessel came within 200 yards of the US ship in the northern Gulf, Pentagon says.

Brazil starts Rousseff impeachment

Brazil's Senate began the trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff after a lengthy impeachment process.

HK-Japan working holiday program expanded

The annual reciprocal quota will be raised to 1,500 from 250.

Miners 'beat dead' Bolivian minister

The deputy interior minister was kidnapped and at risk of being tortured, the govt says.

Yang meets Japan's Yachi

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi hopes Japan would play a constructive role.

Aftershocks rattle Italy as toll rises to 250

A 4.3 magnitude aftershock crumbled already cracked buildings, rattled residents and closed...

Opinion

Asean, China can leverage ties to improve global position

China is already the largest partner with the ASEAN, accounting for around 15% of its total trade, larger than the US, EU or Ja...

Govt needs to intervene for innovation to take off in HK

Until people appreciate the contribution science and technology will make to HK’s future growth, further declines in the SAR’s ...

The Rio Olympic Games: A tale of two sporting cities

Parents can be the most important influence in cultivating their children’s passion for sports, as well as setting an example in strivi...

Letter: Understanding the assessment design of HKDSE English language test

The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) would like to respond to some of the points Jon Lowe makes in ‘Innovation s...

Sarah Lee has made herself a role model for young people

While politicians and social activists are blaming each other for tearing the city’s social fabric apart, Lee has shown Hong Kong a way...

Video

Gaming to Pay Rent

No longer a pastime of arcade-loitering youths, gaming is now a valid career choice for a skilled few. Some players earn millions before they turn 18.

Share, Don't Own

At any given time of the day millions of people around the world are going online to rent, borrow, trade or barter goods and services. This is what economists call the ‘sharing economy’.

Gear 360 vs Ricoh Theta S

The Samsung Gear 360 and Ricoh Theta S both retail for $350 but are skewed to either quality or usability.

Nation

THAAD undermines strategic mutual trust: China

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) plan destabilizes regional strategic balance, China's defense ministry said.

State councilor meets Japan's national security advisor

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi hopes Japan would play a constructive role in the upcoming Group of 20 Summit in Hangzhou.

China hi-res SAR satellite sends back pictures

China published the first pictures transmitted back to earth from the country's first C-band high-resolution SAR satellite.

Giant panda Bei Bei celebrates first birthday

"Bei Bei's birth is the fruit of collaboration between China and the US and a symbol of our friendship," Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan said.

Musician versus masseur

Three years after Guo Bin was deliberately blinded, he is recovering and is determined to walk his own career path to be a musician.

Painters' village on the canvas as slowdown bites

Dafen was once a world-leader in the production of oil paintings, but the fragile global economy and China's slowing growth is forcing artists to adapt to a new reality.

Smartphones help the blind see the world

With the help of screen readers, visually impaired peoplec an chat with friends, order food and shop online by listening rather than looking.

HK

HK records first case of Zika virus infection

The infected person was a 38-year-old foreign woman who was believed to have caught the virus in the Caribbean.

5 firms win mobile payment licenses

Five electronic payment operators are allowed to operate multi-purpose, stored value mobile payment systems in the city.

Campaign aims to reduce risk of student suicide

The government launched a city-wide campaign among secondary and primary schools to offer support to students at risk of suicide.

Working holiday program with Japan expanded

The Hong Kong-Japan Working Holiday Scheme is to be expanded, with the annual reciprocal quota to be raised to 1,500.

Focus HK

A laugh-a-minute marathon

A funky dance adaptation of the Chinese classic tale Journey to the West debuts in HK tonight.

Notes from the underground

Some turn to hypnosis to try to understand the hidden influences unnoticed in our mind.

Make the clouds go away

A seasoned Hong Kong ophthalmologist is leading a crusade to help people with eye diseases on the Chinese mainland.

Asia

Kerry, Lavrov to try to finalize Syria cooperation details

A deal is expected to lead to a cessation of hostilities across Syria and relaunch of talks on a political transition.

Lotte Group vice-chairman found dead before graft probe

Lotte said Lee In-won, 69, the company's highest-ranking executive outside the founding family, was found dead hours before a scheduled appearance at a prosecutors' office.

US$90,000 for each WWII sex victim: Seoul

ROK and Japan agreed to set up a foundation in Dec as they settled a decades-long dispute over ROK sex slave victims.

US to push for Syria cooperation with Russia

The US is launching a fresh bid to enlist Russian help with the introduction of Turkish ground forces in Syria.

Reinventing the notion of employment

Part-time work is becoming the new normal as technology disrupts the traditional labor market.

Changing the consumer mindset

Peer economy can help Singapore achieve sustainability goals but shift in spending habits is vital for model to fully take off.

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Business

China, US still in talks on trade pact: Official

"Growth in exports is due to greater competitiveness of Chinese firms," Ministry of Commerce spokesman Shen Danyang said.

Xiaomi eyes offline expansion

China Mobile hopes to sell 30m of Xiaomi handsets this year.

Asian stock markets mixed

Asian stock markets were mixed, with investors preferring to sit on the sidelines ahead of US Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen's speech for cues on the timing of the next policy rate hike.

Eye on Asia

Apple fixes key flaw after UAE activist targeted

If clicked, a text message used by the attackers could turn anyone’s iPhone into a digital spy.

Syria's Kurds: An embattled US ally in a civil war

The tensions between Turkey and the Kurds pit a NATO ally against the most effective US military proxy in Syria's complex civil war.

Troubled Europe debates over burkinis

Restrictions on face and full-body veils are back in the spotlight in Europe after some French cities banned the burkini swimsuit.

Sport

Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award

Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after helping Portugal to win the European Championship and having another stellar campaign for Real Madrid.

Guardiola returns to Barcelona with City in Champions League

Manchester City's new coach Pep Guardiola will be heading back to Barcelona after the Premier League club was pitted against his former team in the Champions League draw.

Putin calls ban on Russia's Paralympic team inhumane

Russia was suspended on Aug 7 over what International Paralympic Committee president Philip Craven called a "medals over morals" culture with evidence of state-sponsored doping.

Mall wonder

Successful stints at online firms guide tech entrepreneur in his quest to turn e-commerce marketplace into the Alibaba of Indonesia.

Slices of innovation

Fresh ideas to whet customer appetites help Malaysian CEO of Pizza Hut Hong Kong remain a crust above rivals in a saturated market.

Global ambitions

After growing up in a one-bedroom shophouse, this CEO is now taking his serviced apartments worldwide.

Life & Art

Earth-sized habitable planet found

The finding is based on data collected over 16 years' time

Gathering speed

After a long period of uncertainty, horse racing seems to be hitting its stride in China.

Quirky News

Want a pizza? Ring up a drone

Domino's Pizza Enterprises Ltd conducted a demonstration pizza delivery by drone in the New Zealand city of Auckland.

Biggest pearl ever? Look under the bed

The 34-kilogram pearl is 2.2 feet long and 1 foot wide, and it had been hidden by the famer for 10 years as a lucky charm.

Thai farmers raise bees to stop elephant raids

They are deploying bees as a new line of defense after wild elephants rampaging through their crops.

Special

China Watch expands with Russian edition

China Daily launched on Tuesday its Russian edition of China Watch in partnership with leading Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Helping to bring the world together

The head of HK's convention and exhibition showpiece believes interacting with people and winning over their trust have brought her to where she's today.

Roundtable

Partnering for a bright future

Forum highlights strong China-ASEAN ties but even better times lie ahead if challenges can be overcome by working together.