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MH370 hopes revived with Boeing debris

Air safety investigators are examining if aircraft debris found off Reunion Island is part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

China 'can withstand market volatility'

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde downplayed China's market volatility, saying its economy was resilient.

China-ASEAN trade progress by yr-end

The upgraded China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement is expected to bring in partners bilateral traffic worth US$1 trillion by 2020.

India hangs Mumbai terror convict

Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, 53, was the only death row convict in India's deadliest terror attack that killed 257 people.

Premier Li meets Erdogan on ties

Premier Li Keqiang called for enhanced political trust between China and Turkey.

Economy 'under downward pressure'

China's economy is still facing significant downward pressure, its finance minister said.

HK Exchange Fund income down 64%

Hong Kong's Exchange Fund recorded an investment income of HK$20.4 billion in the 1st half.

London to get 51 BYD electric buses

BYD has signed a 19m-pound deal with British bus maker Alexander Dennis Limited.

Opinion

The art of holding one’s tongue

Lau Nai-keung muses that despite the actions of Putonghua ‘pushers’, rumors about the death of Cantonese have been greatly exag...

A fairer society will see the young embrace their national identity

Several recent events that reflected the weak sense of national identity among some young people both in Hong Kong and Taiwan m...

Abe's mudslinging only sticks to him

In an apparent attempt to justify his much-trumpeted security bills, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has directly accused China of p...

China's e-commerce makes global waves

Does a company need to operate overseas offices to be considered "global"?

Hong Kong needs more tech start-ups

The government is understandably keen to push through a program to help Hong Kong catch up with its neighboring economies in the tech s...

Video

Teenage PLA boot camp

A group of 260 HK students learned a lesson on citizens’ rights and duties at a summer camp.

To live on

Three months since Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake, thousands of Nepalis still have no home and a means to make a living.

Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2015

​The 17th Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong kicked off on Friday, July 24.

Nation

Ex vice-minister for environment under probe

Zhang Lijun, who served during 2008-2013, was being investigated, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said.

Buried utility lines to get updated

China will rebuild its water and power supplies and heating systems, to expand urban carrying capacities and introduce more...

Macao rejects US human trafficking report

Macao SAR government said that parts of the report's conclusion is "fabrication out of nothing" and its speculation is "unfounded."

Eyes focus on the games as showgirls cover up

Organizers of an annual games expo are hoping that attention this year will focus on the event itself, rather than the showgirls on view.

Loan scheme helps Tibet’s small businesses

Credit rating policy has allowed farmers to expand their operations and increase annual incomes .

Cameras and carbines capture life during wartime

During World War II, a team of US army photographers spent two years recording the everyday lives and struggles of people living in and around the China-Burma-India Theater, which saw some of the fiercest action of the war in the Pacific.

China auto sales slump hits industry fortunes

June sales in the biggest car market by number of vehicles sold shrank by 3.4 percent from a year earlier.

HK

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

Felix Chung believes proposed ITB will be approved by legislators in October.

HK's Exchange Fund income slides 64%

Hong Kong's Exchange Fund recorded an investment income of HK$20.4 billion in 1H, with gains on bonds seeing an over 80% decrease.

Cathay Pacific flight makes emergency landing in Alaska

All 276 passengers and 18 crew members aboard flight CX884, a Boeing Co 777-300ER, are safe.

Questions remain over URA’s offer of discounted homes

The Urban Renewal Authority’s (URA) De Novo project might be a one-off experiment exposing eager homebuyers to risks.

Focus HK

Running out of steam

The handcrafted bamboo steamers used to make dim sum might soon disappear from HK. Frannie Guan met Lam Ying-hung, one of the last practitioners of the dying art.

Hoping for a dramatic turnaround

Both the SAR government and private agencies are trying to get the city’s youth to appreciate the magic of the Cantonese Opera, which, after all, is part of their cultural inheritance.

The anti-social network

Internet platforms often fuel hatred, prejudice and extreme sentiments among users. Media watchers explain the dynamic of swaying public opinion.

Asia

MH370 hopes revived with Boeing debris

Air safety investigators are examining if aircraft debris found off Reunion Island is part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

India hangs Mumbai terror convict

Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, 53, was the only death row convict in India's deadliest terror attack that killed 257 people.

Russia vetoes draft UN resolution on MH17 tribunal

Eleven of the UN Security Council's 15 members voted in favor, one against and three others abstained.

Taliban leader Omar dead: Afghan intelligence

Afghanistan's main intelligence agency says the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years.

In high spirits

Asia becomes toast of global alcohol industry but high taxes and counterfeits remain challenges.

Asia develops a taste for wine

consumption in China is driving regional sales as middle class seeks a more sophisticated drink.

Asia Weekly

Business

China can withstand market volatility: IMF

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde downplayed China's market volatility & said its economy was resilient.

Aliyun gets more funding to expand cloud-based offering

CEO of the group said another 6 billion yuan would be poured into Aliyun over the next three years.

China Shenhua Energy reports 46% profit drop

The largest coal mining group in China attributed the drop to weak demand that affected both sales and prices.

Eye on Asia

Japan converts offices into hotels

Japan is on target this year to beat the record 13.4 million visitors, helped by a weak yen and easier visa requirements.

'US not serious about fighting IS'

The head of one of Iraq's fiercest Shi'ite militias called the US-led coalition's campaign against IS ineffective.

Female Afghan footballer realizes her dream

The Afghan National Women's Football Team was established 10 years ago and since then the team has made considerable progress.

Sport

Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester United 2-0

Blaise Matuidi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored to help Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester United 2-0 in the International Champions Cup.

Roger Federer pulls out of Montreal tournament

Federer, owner of a record 17 major championships, has not competed since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on July 12.

Winter-sport plan unveiled

China's sports governing body has announced a $30 million program to develop the country's less-popular winter events.

Quest for knowledge

Chief of Sino-Singapore project draws on experiences from his multifaceted career to build a smart city of the future in Guangzhou.

China enthusiast

John Brumby wrote one of the first templates to promote Sino-Australian trade ties and continues to push the agenda.

Equipped to do more

Affable Indian business leader chalks up the miles to make things happen for his manufacturing firm and the wider industrial sector.

Lifestyle

Modest master

The film industry breeds larger-than-life personalities, but China's ultimate film producer - the biggest by many measures - is one who prefers a low profile and plain speaking.

5 ways Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor

Although there are a few reasons to hold off upgrading, Windows 10 is better than Windows 8 in many ways.

Quirky News

From fat cat to 'Skinny darling'

A former 18.6-kilogram cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

App tracks Prince William's flights

Newspaper says ability to follow movements poses security breach.

Eggs too pricey? Rent a chicken

A Pennsylvania couple has come up with a solution to soaring US egg prices: Rental chickens.

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.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

Felix Chung believes proposed ITB will be approved by legislators in October.

HK’s poor need more help

Wong Hung, an associate professor of social work at the CUHK, noted that the poverty situation in HK was serious.

Roundtable

Going the distance

Inspired by China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Tourism Economy Forum embarked on a Pacific Alliance mission, starting a virtuous cycle of events to create momentum in driving exchange, multilateral cooperation and economic growth in global tourism.