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China and Mongolia upgrade ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Mongolian counterpart, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, signed a joint declaration on Thursday t...

7 injured in Guangzhou knife attack

A man slashed seven people with a knife in Guangzhou in southern China on Thursday night.

Cult members confess to killing woman

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

Singapore train service disruption affects 18,000 commuters

The disruption of services on one of the train routes in Singapore on Thursday morning affected some 18,000 passengers, tra...

Western Sydney beat Guangzhou 1-0 in 1st leg

Defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande lost 1-0 to the Western Sydney Wanderers in the fir...

Moscow shuts McDonald's restaurants

Russia's food safety watchdog suspended the operations of four McDonald's restaurants in Mo...

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...

HK urged not to deviate from Basic Law

People who seek to deviate from the Basic Law and undermine the prosperity and stability of...

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

7 injured in Guangzhou knife attack

A man slashed seven people with a knife in Guangzhou in southern China on Thursday night.

Cult members confess to killing woman

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

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 and absurd

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.

Search toughens for daily reading fix

Traditional print and its loyal followers suffer impact of decision by Beijing city authorities to remove newsstands amid changing Chinese media market.

HK

HK urged not to deviate from Basic Law

People who seek to deviate from the Basic Law and undermine the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong should abandon their unrealistic agenda and join the camp of "loving the country, loving Hong Kong", said Li Fei, the top legislature's deputy secretary-general.

CE meets Japanese delegation

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying Thursday met a visiting delegation of the Japan-Hong Kong Parliamentarian League (JHKPL) at the Chief Executive's Office to exchange views on issues of mutual concern.

Govt boosts vaccination subsidies

The government is increasing flu vaccination subsidies for the young and elderly for this winter, with patients able to recoup HK$160 from inoculations by private sector doctors.

Li Fei warns against 'public nomination', 'Occupy'

Advocacy for the unconstitutional element of "public nomination" and the "Occupy Central" campaign will jeopardize prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, a senior NPC official warned on Thursday.

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

Singapore train services disrupted, 18,000 affected

The disruption of services on one of the train routes in Singapore on Thursday morning affected some 18,000 passengers, train service operator SBS Transit said.

Indonesian court rejects lawsuit of defeated presidential contender

The Indonesian Constitutional Court on Thursday handed down its final decision that rejected the lawsuit on the result of July's presidential polls filed by losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto.

Pak holds talks with opp protesters

Pakistani officials have held first, "initial" talks with two opposition groups whose supporters have been besieging the parliament for a second day

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.

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.

Moscow shuts McDonald's restaurants, cites breach of rules

Russia's food safety watchdog suspended the operations of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow over "sanitary law breaches".

China's service trade deficit grows

China's deficit from trade in services expanded in July to $15.3 billion, its greatest level in 2014, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) said on Thursday.

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

Liverpool in talks to sign Mario Balotelli

Liverpool could be about to replace one controversial striker with another.

Big signings as Real Madrid aim for big-six season

If pre-season results were anything to go on Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti would be feeling his collar and looking anxiously over his shoulder at the moment following a run of four defeats, one win and a draw.

Angels beat Red Sox but lose Richards

The Los Angeles Angels beat Boston 8-3 on Wednesday to extend their lead in the American League West, and saw their nearest divisional rival beaten, yet still had cause for concern after losing pitcher Garrett Richards to a nasty knee injury.

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

Nothing like noodles!

A recent US study linking instant noodle consumption by South Koreans to some risks for heart disease has prompted a passionate response throughout Asia

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.

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...