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China probes another exec at Volkswagen JV

China's anti-graft watchdog is investigating a former senior executive at Volkswagen AG's Chinese venture, FAW-Volkswagen A...

19 dead in Guizhou landslide

Nineteen people have been confirmed dead while four others remain missing three days after a landslide hit a village in Gui...

Protest against Osprey plan in Japan

Hundreds of residents gathered in front of the city hall of Saga, a southwestern Japanese city on Saturday to protest again...

Govt 'has right to lead HK reforms'

China's central government has unquestionable right to lead the upcoming political reform in Hong Kong as it is a local adm...

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study,...

Quake drill concludes in Chengdu

A six-day multinational earthquake drill concluded on Saturday in Chengdu, capital of south...

US authorities 'investigate suspected threat against Obama'

Authorities in Connecticut on Friday were investigating a possible threat against President...

Ministry condemns plots to subvert the State from Hong Kong

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned that some people in Hong Kong were colluding...

Opinion

Elderly people have the right to live and die with dignity

Eon, a Greek goddess, asked Zeus to grant her lover Tithonus, a mortal, eternal life, forgetting to ask for perpetual youth to ...

Conciliation is the only way forward for SAR

While the Basic Law and “One Country, Two Systems” policy provide a framework for the implementation of universal suffrage for ...

Singapore is the future of China in urban order

Invited to deliver the graduation speech at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, I was floored by the number of Chinese...

Chinese help Japan economy recover

The increase in the number of Chinese tourists to Japan started in September 2013, and has continued since

Building on Deng's US policy

Mutual respect was the prerequisite for normalizing relations and is the keystone for the new model the two have pledged to build

Nation

19 confirmed dead after Guizhou landslide

Nineteen people have been confirmed dead while four others remain missing on Saturday, three days after a landslide hit a village in southwest China's Guizhou Province.

Chinese among passengers injured in Canada bus crash

Six Chinese mainland passport holders are among the 54 passengers injured in a highway bus crash on Thursday in the western...

China probes another exec at Volkswagen JV

China's anti-graft watchdog is investigating a former senior executive at Volkswagen AG's Chinese venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co Lt...

Three more senior officials named in graft probes

The nation's top anti-corruption watchdog announced on Friday that three more high-ranking officials have been placed under investigation.

Redemption from within

Correctional facilities are finding more ways to help prisoners adapt to life in and out of jail.

Wired to wow

Students of major martial arts school endure tough training for high-wire act at Youth Olympics show.

Capital move to Beidaihe's beaches

Summer resort buzzes with annual visit by nation's leaders.

Historic sands of time

Venerable vacation spot that hosted important meetings continues to evolve with country's development.

HK

Academic backs govt's leadership of HK reforms

China's central government has unquestionable right to lead the upcoming political reform in Hong Kong as it is a local administrative region of China, an academic specializing in the field has said.

Four sectors should remain, business leaders stressed

Business leaders said maintaining the four sectors in the Nominating Committee for selecting Chief Executive candidates would be vital to Hong Kong's interests.

Ministry condemns plots to subvert the State from HK

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned that some people in Hong Kong were colluding with foreign forces to cause trouble for the government and, ultimately, to subvert the State.

HK-Shanghai Connect faces weekend test

For stockbrokers in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Saturday is just another day at the office.

Focus HK

Tonight’s your night

Travelers who find themselves shut out of the tight hotel squeeze in the Asia Pacific, including Hong Kong, may now turn to a smart phone app as a last resort.

Bridges between cultures

HK and mainland volunteers have joined hands to help build houses in one of the country’s most-impoverished provinces. They undertook the project out of altruism, but returned having learnt a thing or two about a 3,000-year-old technology employed in traditional Chinese architecture.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Protest against Osprey deployment plan in Japan

Hundreds of residents gathered in front of the city hall of Saga, a southwestern Japanese city on Saturday to protest against the Japanese Defense Ministry's plan to deploy MV-22 Osprey aircraft to Saga Airport.

44 detained UN peacekeepers 'safe, in good health'

The 44 UN peacekeepers detained Thursday in the Golan Heights are "safe and in good health," a UN spokesman told reporters late Friday, quoting what he described as "credible sources."

3m displaced in Syria strife

The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year

Australia seeks Thai help amid surrogacy row

Australia urged Thailand to allow Australian couples with babies born by Thai surrogate mothers to return home with their children

Coal comfort

Asia pays price for rapid economic growth as demand for polluting fuels soars.

Asia-Pacific brands must think locally

Marketers need to recognize diverse tastes as well as regional trends.

Asia Weekly

Business

Macao casino dealers take industrial action

Casino dealers working in one of the most popular casinos in the gambling hub of Macao started industrial action on Saturday for the first time in the Chinese territory as discontent over salaries and working benefits spreads.

China's property price growth 'to slow'

China's property price growth will slow further, despite an expected improvement in property sales in the rest of 2014, a Moody's report said.

Vanke cashing out as commercial yields stay low

China Vanke Co, the nation's biggest developer by sales, said it agreed to form a venture with the Carlyle Group LP.

Eye on Asia

103-year-old challenges world's fastest man

Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, telling him: "Let's rumble!"

A flavor out of favor

Dog meat in South Korea today is an increasingly tough sell and a less attractive dining option for young South Koreans.

India's Modi dressed for success

New Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's choice of outfits draws praise, intense scrutiny reserved for stars.

Sport

Lee Chong Wei marches into badminton worlds semis

Badminton top players Lee Chong Wei and Li Xuerui entered the singles semifinals by winning in straight sets at 2014 world championships held at Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, on Friday.

Peng reaches US Open last 16

World No 39 Peng Shuai beat the 28th-seeded Italian veteran Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-3 to reach US Open last 16 on Friday, equaling her personal record at a major.

Basketball World Cup preview

The FIBA Basketball World Cup begins on Saturday as 24 teams from around the world will battle it in six Spanish cities between Aug 30 and Sep 14 promising two weeks of excitement and top class basketball with two clear favorites: hosts Spain and the USA.

Game changer

The World Bank's chief economist from India is a strategic thinker who draws his inspiration from everyday situations.

Line of duty

Patriarch of Japanese conglomerate goes globetrotting in pursuit of regional friendship and cooperation.

Urban visionary

Sein-Way Tan is a modest man with a global ambition — to make cities environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant.

Life Style

City for beer lovers

It’s a breezy summer day in coastal Qingdao, and I am awash in beauty and beer. I’ve been hanging out all morning with 48 lovely young ladies, each one a beauty contest winner in her home country or region. They’ve come to China for about 20 days of publicity appearances, ending with a bikini contest on the final weekend of Qing-dao’s annual beer festival.

People, stories 'key to good film'

"People and stories" are the most important elements to fulfil movies' main task of "observing reality," says director Peter Ho-sun Chan from Hong Kong.

Quirky News

Russia replies to Canada's colorful tweet

It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military - the opening shot that launched a Twitter war of words and maps

Dethroned beauty queen runs off with crown

The first Myanmar national to win an international pageant has been stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, and has allegedly run off with the expensive crown and breast implants.

World's woolliest sheep?

Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84 km from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania

Video

Coming of age

You must know of Jin Yong if you are a fan of martial arts. The Legend of the Condor Heroes, one of Jin Yong’s famous works, is now on stage! The renowned Hong Kong choreographer Leung Kwok-shing has invited Wang Yabin and Liu Fuyang to translate words into body language.

Strike a balance in standard working hours

It is too early to talk about standard working hour legislation, said chairman of the Standard Working Hours Committee Leong Che-hung.

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...