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Industrial profits down 4.2% for Jan-Feb

The figure narrowed from the 8-percent decline seen in last December, China's National Bureau of Statistics said.

Dutch collector may return statue

The Dutch collector "will cede the statue" if it is proved that it belongs to "a Buddhist community that still exists".

US Congress' joint session to host Abe

Shinzo Abe will address a joint sitting of the US Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, 2015.

Airlines introduce 2-person cockpit rule

Airlines changed rules so as to require a 2nd crew member in the cockpit at all times, hrs after the Germanwings revelation.

HK reform talks must follow Basic Law: CE

Leung Chun-ying iterated that poll reform must follow the Basic Law.

Ceiling hike for foreign investors 'soon'

Funds ceiling in China's securities market for a single insitutional investor will go up.

DPRK detains 2 ROK men for spying

The Republic of Korea has urged the DPRK to immediately release its detained citizens.

Rule eased, stock link traffic may rise

Investors in the HK-Shanghai link would be able to avoid the pre-trade quota check.

Opinion

Standardizing working hours is no easy task

According to the survey, the median working hours per week for all employees, are 45.9 and 43.4 for male and female employees.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank offers vital opportunities

Major European countries said they would join the China-led AIIB and was criticized by the Obama administration.

SAR must quickly resolve issue of working hours

Future laws on standard working hours should require employers to include clear statements in their labor contracts regarding working h...

Japan needs Murayama spirit

Only through profound reflection on the aggression it launched against China can Japan possibly regain the trust of the Chinese people ...

Lee Kuan Yew will be greatly missed by many

As a Singaporean — and one living overseas — I feel shaken, and perhaps even a little lost.

Nation

Top legislator meets Austrian president

China's top legislator, Zhang Dejiang, met with visiting Austrian President Heinz Fischer Friday to discuss bilateral ties.

Dutch collector to return statue if origin proved

The Dutch collector "will cede the statue" if it is proved that it belongs to "a Buddhist community that still exists".

China, Myanmar probe warplane bombing

Experts from China and Myanmar's armed forces conducted a joint investigation in Lincang of southwest China's Yunnan.

PLA bribery probe to continue

Investigations into suspects who had connections with Xu Caihou - the former No 2 military official who died of cancer this month while fa...

Red river keeps on rolling

Every Chinese person knows that the Chishui River in Guizhou province has two claims to fame: One military, the other cultural.

China's 'dancing grannies' face new rules

This week, Chinese officials stepped into the fray by announcing the imminent arrival of new regulations on where seniors can dance and how loud they can blast their music.

The shape of things to come

Chinese women are becoming fuller of figure thanks to a combination of social, physical and dietary changes that are overturning 'traditional' notions of national body types and may prompt a revolution in the lingerie industry.

HK

GZ-HK travel time to be cut to 45 mins

The commute time between Guangzhou and Hong Kong will be cut when a high-speed railway line opens services in 2017.

Reform discussion must follow Basic Law: CE

Leung Chun-ying reiterated that electoral reform must follow the Basic Law and relevant decisions of the country’s top legislature.

AIIB membership ‘to boost HK’s stature’

Economists upbeat on the city’s world financial status if it joins mainland-led $50b institution.

ATV could close by end of month

After a potential white knight investor withdrew, financially troubled Asia Television could go off the air by the end of the month.

Focus HK

A difficult legacy

Datong: the Chinese Utopia, which debuted last weekend, shifts the focus somewhat from Qing Dynasty social reformer Kang Youwei to his spirited daughter Kang Tongbi.

In and out of time

A challenging science fiction noir that takes a deep dive into temporal conundrums, the latest by Michael and Peter Spierig puts the likes of Looper and Source Code to shame.

Taking Asia to the World

At a China Daily-hosted forum held Wednesday, industry insiders discussed why Asian cinema will claim the world’s focus in the not-too-distant future.

Asia

Japan's Abe to address joint session of US Congress

Shinzo Abe will spend 8 days on a state visit expected to focus on his moves to ease constraints of Japan's pacifist, postwar constitution on the military.

Seoul urges Pyongyang to release detainees

The Korean Central News Agency said the two ROK men were detained last year in DPRK after collecting confidential data.

Police say 10 dead in Bangla stampede

At least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured Friday in a stampede during a Hindu religious gathering in Bangladesh, police said.

Thai PM to fight forced labor in fish industry

Thai lawmakers have voted unanimously to create tougher penalties for violating the country's anti-human trafficking law.

Toward a common destiny

China-led initiatives like the Boao Forum are helping to forge a new future for Asia.

Casting Singapore in his own image

Founding father became synonymous with nation that he transformed from third world to first.

Asia Weekly

Business

S Korea sees infrastructure gains in joining AIIB

A S Korean finance ministry offiial said some of the concerns among prospective members had recently been resolved.

China's industrial profits down 4.2% for Jan-Feb

The figure narrowed from the 8-percent decline seen in last December, China's National Bureau of Statistics said.

Yemen weighs on Asian shares

Asian shares were lackluster Friday as the conflict in Yemen ripped through the Middle East and Japanese data showed the world's No. 3 economy is still in the doldrums.

Eye on Asia

Media device symbolises a shift in DPRK

A $50 portable media player is providing many people of DPRK a window to the outside world despite the government's efforts to keep its people isolated.

Vietnam collectors keep war memories alive

Grubby satchels, helmets, rusty knives and chunky radios are strewn around Dinh Van Loc's front room, transforming his house in Vietnam's capital into an abandoned battlefield.

Japan carries on with coal power projects

Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change.

Sport

12 sites earmarked for Beijing's 2022 bid

Twelve venues will be used as competition site if Beijing wins the 2022 Winter Olympics bid.

Hamilton shrugs engine problem, tops Malaysian GP practice

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton overcame major engine trouble in the morning to set the fastest time in Friday's afternoon practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Cricket World Cup final passion captures New Zealand

A raft of New Zealand leaders are preparing to head to Australia this weekend as the two countries face off in the final of the Cricket World Cup.

Media pioneer

From out of war-torn Vietnam, ex-journalist builds a thriving publishing business in partnership with the government.

Serving with a passion

Singaporean hotelier believes that moving with the times, giving back to the community and keeping fit are keys to her success.

A toast to tenacity

Amid civil war and regional conflict, Lebanese winemaker beats the odds to taste heady success and world-class status.

Life Style

Sports star gets model makeover

Lin Dan is best known as the invincible "Super Dan" on the badminton court, but he is also pretty fierce in a designer suit.

Tim Cook will give away all his money

Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook is joining the roster of the very rich who are giving away their wealth.

Quirky News

A$8,888,888 for luck!

A Chinese investor will be hoping that luck comes his way after paying A$8,888,888 (US$6.96 million) for a three-level office tower in Melbourne.

Kyoto bans feeding stray cats

Violators could be fined up to 50,000 Japanese yen if the cats cause adverse effects on life of the residents.

600 Indian students expelled for cheating

Students' parents were captured scaling the outer walls of school buildings to pass cheat sheets to students inside taking exams.

Video

Stars grace red carpet

Celebrities and film stars from across Asia hit the red carpet of the 9th Asian Film Awards at the Venetian hotel in Macao.

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

Innovation in tourism: Macao shows the way

The final of Macao @ 15, one of the region’s largest college student business presentation competitions, took place last weekend.

Roundtable

Reeling in the crowds for regional films

Asia’s growing movie industry is set to benefit from a new generation of audiences along the New Silk Road and beyond.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.