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AirAsia plane missing in Indonesia

The AirAsia flight with 161 onboard was in the Indonesian FIR when it lost contact with air traffic authorities.

Unsafe pork enters into 7 provinces

An inspection team has been dispatched to Jiangxi province to investigate the sales of unsafe pork from dead or sick pigs.

HK confirms first case of deadly bird flu this winter

A woman is critically ill in HK with the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu, the first confirmed case in the city this winter.

Mega project brings water from south to Beijing

The water from a south China river flowed into Beijing on Saturday after a journey of over 1,200 kilometers.

Angry police shun NYC mayor at funeral for slain officer

Tens of thousands of police from cities across the United States filled a New York City chu...

Shame of AIDS demolition' team

By approving a house demolition team with AIDS/HIV patients formed by a real estate company...

Leung delivers work report to central govt

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Hong Kong Special Administrative Region chief executi...

George H.W. Bush 'doing well' in hospital

Former US president George H.W. Bush spent his Christmas day in a Houston hospital and is i...

Opinion

More must be done in the fight against smoking

The recent news that the city authorities in Beijing will, from next June, ban all smoking within indoor public places and offi...

Private sector should supplement public healthcare

I have reservation for the proposed Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS) which is designed to ease the pressure on the publ...

Shame of AIDS demolition' team

By approving a house demolition team with AIDS/HIV patients formed by a real estate company to take possession of land in Nanyang of Ce...

The Chinese characters that define 2014

People in Asian countries where Chinese characters are widely used, including Malaysia, Japan, Singapore and China, have been voting fo...

History can't be changed like Japan's statute

With Shinzo Abe commencing his third term as Japan's prime minister, the year of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II will b...

Nation

Beijing opens four new subway lines

Beijing began trial operations of four new subway lines on Sunday in the latest effort to ease the city's traffic jams.

China appoints new minister of culture

China's top legislature on Sunday appointed Luo Shugang as minister of culture.

China's anti-graft watchdog to launch mobile app in Jan

China's disciplinary watchdog will launch a mobile application on Jan 1, part of its efforts to reach to a broader audience amid China's a...

Famous Chinese singer detained over drug abuse

Popular Chinese singer Yin Xiangjie has been detained over drug use and illegal possession of drugs, the latest celebrity involved in drug...

No indoor nails for fewer coffins

Banning smoking in public places will help reduce tobacco-related deaths and illnesses.

Crossing the gender divide

Transsexuality has long been a taboo subject in China, and openly transgender people have been subjected to widespread discrimination. However, attitudes have started to change.

Return of the unknown soldier

The historic role played by a Chinese veteran of World War II went unacknowledged for more than 60 years, until a chance discovery brought it to light.

HK

HK confirms first case of deadly bird flu this winter

A woman is critically ill in Hong Kong with the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu, the first confirmed case in the city this winter, the Hong Kong government said.

Xi gives full backing to HK system

President Xi Jinping threw his support behind the development of Hong Kong's political system on Friday, shortly after the end of a monthslong illegal protest over election of the city's leader by universal suffrage in 2017.

ATV seeking ‘white knight’

Time is running out on efforts to salvage Asia Television (ATV), which has yet to come up with the money needed to pay staff salaries in arrears.

Pressure stepped up against ‘non-cooperation’

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, along with his senior aides in the government, urged the opposition members to set aside political differences.

Focus HK

Sister Acts

Who would have believed that Dirty Dancing would arguably be considered the most progressive female-centric film to come from the Hollywood machine in going on three decades?

The Perfect Match!

Eating involves all of the senses and it is personal.

In Santa’s fur-trimmed boots

The floppy red peaked cap with white pom-pom would be seen on more heads than you can imagine, this Christmas season. Sylvia Chang gets all ho-ho-ho with some of those merry souls, and a dog.

Asia

AirAsia's CEO flying to Surabaya, Indonesia

rAsia Bhd group CEO Tony Fernandes is heading to Surabaya in Indonesia's East Java province on Sunday to cooperate in the search and rescue efforts for the missing Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501.

Number of flood evacuees surpasses 160,000 in Malaysia

The number of flood evacuees has reached 160,921 as of 3 pm Saturday in Malaysia, up from 120,341 on Friday, with a death toll of eight.

Searching for missing plane underway in Indonesia

Indonesia are deploying planes and ships to look for Air Asia plane with 161 people on board that lost contact at 06:17 pm Jakarta time Sunday.

Conflicts, attacks kill 54 in Afghanistan

Conflicts and attacks have claimed the lives of 54 people, including 44 Taliban militants, in Afghanistan over the past two days, government sources said on Saturday.

Merry time for online retailers

Brick-and-mortar stores face stiffer competition as more consumers shop in cyberspace.

2014: Year in review

Biggest events in the past 12 months range from bitcoin and oil price collapses to a mega IPO and record high for M&A deals.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's building materials sector continues to slow

China's building materials sector continued to slow as the property market remained sluggish despite fewer government restrictions, latest statistics from the country's top economic planner indicated.

Central bank changes rules for calculating deposits

China's central bank on Saturday issued a circular on adjusting rules for calculating deposits, which will increase the base of fund available for lending at commercial banks, according to web portal Sina.com.

Steady growth in China's logistics demand

Logistics demand in China grew steadily despite subdued strength in the world's second largest economy, latest data showed.

Eye on Asia

India slashes health budget

The Indian government has ordered a cut of nearly 20 percent in its 2014/15 healthcare budget due to fiscal strains.

Remembering pain of father who lost all

About 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004.

A decade of Western aid in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has new roads, sections of which many deem too dangerous to use. It has a turbine to fill electricity needs that remains in pieces.

Sport

Iran's midfielder Teymourian joins Tractor Sazi

Iran's international midfielder Andranik Teymourian joined the Iranian soccer club Tractor Sazi of Tabriz, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.

Thunder beats Hornets 98-75

Russell Westbrook scored 29 points to lead the Thunder to a 98-75 victory over the Hornets on Friday.

LeBron hailed in return to Miami

LeBron James was running the gamut of emotions on Thursday when he arrived at the arena that he called home for the past four seasons.

Telling the China story

Sinologist draws on his experience as a diplomat, academic and Mandarin speaker to edit monumental work of Chinese biography.

Fostering talents

Indonesian tycoon boosts enterpreneurship at home while steering family conglomerate toward a sustainable future.

Spicing up history

Singaporean professor’s fascination with South Asia gives him deep insight into the wider region’s changing balance of power.

Life Style

Longest Tibetan calligraphy scroll donated to Potala Palace

A Tibetan calligraphy scroll stretching 206 meters was donated to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital city of Tibet, on Wednesday.

Cleaning your pets

Keeping your pets clean is a good way to keep them healthy, but with the colder weather it is important to ensure getting your best friend wet doesn't also give them a winter chill.

Quirky News

Ceiling collapse exposes panty thief

A Chinese man who stole hundreds of pieces of ladies' underwear had his secret exposed after an emergency exit ceiling where he had been storing his hoard collapsed, state media reported.

Finally, a ride together

A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.

20,000 bras recalled due to injury fears

A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked out.

Video

Ancestor worshipping

More than 6,000 people from around the world, including religious leaders, government officials, scientists and academics, on Sunday swarmed to the coastal metropolis of Hong Kong to celebrate Winter Solstice, the traditional day for ancestor worship.

Expert calls for protection for retirees

Nelson Chow, who wrote the latest retirement protection report, believes the introduction of a universal pension scheme will improve the government’s popularity, Joseph Li writes

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.

Special

CD Asia Pacific executive director elected SOPA chair

China Daily Asia Pacific Executive Director Raymond Warhola has succeeded four-time Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Chairman David Smith at the helm of the Asia-wide publishing organization.

Roundtable

Just what the doctor ordered

Medical professionals in Hong Kong recommend an increased emphasis on vocational training, employment flexibility, mindset changes, revamping the medical services provision model and increased use of technology as the major drivers to address the thorny issue of staff shortage in the industry.

If you build it, they will come

The importance of Qianhai Cooperation Zone lies not only in its pilot role of spearheading financial innovation, but also in its key role in correcting the misalignment of the country’s economic structure, said Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, president of the Qianhai Institute for Innovative Research.