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China to ease curbs on foreign investment

Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng dismissed as biased concerns of "a rush of capital flight" from China.

Top scientists now Chinese citizens

Nobel laureate Chen Ning Yang and Turing Award-winner Andrew Chi-Chih Yao have given up their foreign citizenship.

'Hate-speech': Japan playschool sorry

Local media described the comments as possible hate speech against Koreans and Chinese people.

HSBC profit for 2016 tumbles 82%

The bank said its annual revenue for 2016 fell 18.5 percent to US$48 billion.

UN: 1.4m kids at imminent risk of death in famines

Nearly 1.4 million children are at "imminent risk" of death in famines in Nigeria, Somalia,...

Le Pen cancels Lebanon meet on headscarf

The Franch presidential candidate has refused to wear a headscarf for the encounter with Le...

UN: Gaddafi son's trial unfair, should be sent to ICC

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of the ousted Libyan leader, was sentenced to death in July 2015.

H7N9 mutates but poses no new threat

The new strain of H7N9 bird flu poses no new threat to humans, authorities said.

Opinion

New financial secretary can make a big difference

Paul Chan needs to take a more creative approach by using abundant financial resources to narrow the wealth gap and improve liv...

Abe in the firing line for his dependency on the US alliance

A Japanese government official told the Kyodo News on Saturday that the country plans to update its defense program guidelines ...

World’s freest economy needs to stay on course

In the run-up to what may prove a difficult Hong Kong budget for 2017-18, there is at least one piece of good news: The annual index of...

A place where journalism is constantly celebrated

There is an old saying that home is where your heart is. The FCC, at Lower Albert Road in Central, has for decades remained home for ma...

Credibility factor keeps traditional media alive

When it comes to credibility and reliability it is still impossible for social networks or media led by non-journalists to replace the ...

Video

In the name of love

Is Hong Kong overly commercializing the Valentine’s Day?

Wanzi and her pet pig

Let's meet Beijing girl Wanzi and Wu Hua, her enormous pet pig.

Jobie, the fashion lover

Episode 2 | Girl City: Hong Kong

Nation

Nobel laureate, Turing Award winner now citizens

Nobel laureate Chen Ning Yang and Turing Award-winner Andrew Chi-Chih Yao have given up their foreign citizenship.

H7N9 mutates but no threat to humans

The new strain of H7N9 bird flu is proven more dangerous to poultry but poses no new threat to humans, authorities said.

Ex-Beijing deputy Party chief handed 13-yr jail

Lyu was found to have taken advantage of various official posts from 2001 to 2015 to seek benefits for other.

Aussie Trade Minister heads to China to drive trade

Australia's Trade Minister Steve Ciobo said the visit would help advance the Australia China trade relationship.

Girl gaining weight to save sick mom

An 8-year-old girl is continuing to eat more in the hope of gaining enough weight to meet a requirement for transplanting bone marrow to her ailing mother.

Special delivery: US-born panda cub bound for China

A total of four US zoos have pandas that are on loan from China. Pandas born in the US return to China generally by age 4.

Xi's speech sparked reflection

One year later, president's words continue to resonate with news organizations.

HK

Court of Final Appeal hears ex-TVB head’s case

Stephen Chan Chi-wan, and his former assistant Tseng Pei-kun were convicted in December, 2015 of conspiring to accept an advantage from an agent.

Prosecution seeks Donald Tsang retrial

The prosecution moved the High Court for a retrial of former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen on the charge of accepting an advantage while in office.

Stocks fall, HSBC tumbles after profit slump

The benchmark Hang Seng index erased early gains and ended down 0.8 percent at 23,963.63 points, while Hong Kong China Enterprises Index lost 0.4% to 10,408.56.

Disneyland records loss for 2nd year

The theme park suffered US$22.03 million in loss due to slower tourism market in Hong Kong.

Focus HK

Sedentary and sad

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has released Hong Kong’s first Report Card on physical activity of children and youth.

Job ready

Unemployment in Hong Kong remained unchanged at 3.3 percent during the Nov 2016-Jan 2017 period.

Huge lag in gender equality at work

The HK govt has set up a Women’s Commission for gender equality. It lacks teeth. Is it men’s attitudes that should change? Shadow Li does a reality check.

Asia

Khamenei decries ‘reconciliation’ with Israel

Tuesday’s remarks by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are some of his most vitriolic against Israel.

Japan preschool apologises after 'hate speech'

A kindergarten had apologised after referring to "irresponsible" South Korean and Chinese parents on its home page, Kyodo news agency reported.

Iraq: Troops consolidate gains south of Mosul

The remarks came on the third day of what is expected to be the definitive push to rout the Islamic State group from the city, Iraq's second-largest.

Hyundai leaves chaebol lobby over presidential scandal

With Hyundai's withdrawal, all of top four South Korean conglomerates seceded from the Federation of Korean Industries.

Open markets key to Asian growth

Further economic integration will sustain regional prosperity and peace despite some Western calls to reverse globalization

Growing confidence

Indonesia faces major challenges as it strives for economic strength and stability, but optimists are not too hard to find

Asia Weekly's long form multimedia story

Business

China to further ease curbs on foreign investment

China took steps to pursue a better quality development model, said Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng.

Sinochem may sell 40% stake in Peregrino oilfield

Sinochem is moving to sell its largest overseas upstream stake, as it reshapes its assets to reflect oil prices having halved in the last two and a half years.

Global stocks mixed

Global stock markets were mixed as investors looked ahead to minutes from the US Federal Reserve's latest meeting and Wall Street prepared to reopen after a three-day weekend.

Eye on Asia

India's kid-friendly court help boost conviction

The grey landscape of India's courts is slowly getting a makeover to ensure children get justice.

Malam Jabba ski resort lifts Pakistan's tourism

The Taliban improved security in recent years has allowed ski tourism to re-emerge on Malam Jabba.

Rugby Sevens: Pakistani women's dream debut

The Pakistan Rugby Union has trained more than 50,000 players since World Rugby's "Get into Rugby" program began in the country three years ago.

Sport

China claims 2 gold in short track speed skating

China claimed two gold medals in short track speed skating at the Asian Winter Games on Tuesday.

Barca under pressure from fans

Lionel Messi's 90th-minute winner against promoted Leganes did little to ease tensions at Barcelona, which finds itself in the unusual position of having to make peace with its fans.

Rejuvenated and reinvented, Toure integral to Man City again

Toure's reinvention over the last three months as a holding midfielder is one of the stories of City's season and has coincided with an upturn in the team's fortunes.

Glass half full

South Australian winemaker has tasted world acclaim but sees China’s potential as even more intoxicating.

Selling the sky

Hong Kong businesswoman's talent for closing a sale lifted her from lipstick and lingerie to helicopters and private jets.

Reinventing finance

Singapore-based cofounder of a platform for investment research is making moves to revolutionize the industry.

Life & Art

Swipe a finger and access art

Many online and mobile platforms in China are proving a boon for young and established artists, and a great way for the public to buy pieces at affordable prices.

A culinary page-turner

Jereme Leung elevates simplicity into art at his wharfside eatery From a Chinese Cookbook.

Quirky News

Penguins get Valentine's hearts for nests

Penguins at a California aquarium got more than their daily helping of fish to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Hot enough to fry an egg on a car in Australia

Video of an Australian police officer frying an egg on the bonnet of his patrol vehicle during a heatwave has gone viral on social media.

Who wants to be second?

Comedians throughout Europe joined to make videos to "compete" for second place after America following a Dutch comedy show.

Special

Campus news talent

CUHK students win 16 prizes at 2016 Campus Newspaper Awards.

Riding out the storm — we did!

HK retailers saw one of the worst years on record in 2016, but TSL jewelry group decision-maker Estella Ng tells Sophie He shrewd running and strategy had helped them win the day.

Roundtable

Stronger China-India ties a bonus for Asia

Comprehensive relationship between Asia’s two major economic powers will help create a win-win situation for all parties, roundtable forum heard.