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Residents welcome return to normalcy

Residents in Mong Kok were delighted that normal traffic flows had resumed following latest street clearance operations.

China, US targeting terror online

Counterterror work between China & the US has helped purge many terrorist video and audio programs stored on US servers.

Mainland’s mega IPOs to help HK

The proposed mega floatation of a major mainland property developer is set to catapult Hong Kong to 2nd place after New York.

Talks on new maritime liaison start

After years of almost complete silence, China and Japan resumed talks on establishing a maritime liaison mechanism.

Japan inflation eases

The core consumer price index, excluding fresh foods, rose 0.9% - slowest rise in a yr.

China has largest number of drivers

China has 244 million people licensed to drive cars, the largest number worldwide.

Prince William to visit China

Prince William will become the first member of the British royal family to visit China in a...

Australian batsman Hughes dies

Australia batsman Hughes died two days after being hit on the head by a ball.

Opinion

Are English levels in HK really declining?

Leaving full-time local education are less well-equipped with English language skills to be able to operate effectively at work.

Solving HK’s land supply problem

Macao offers a good example to Hong Kong. The enclave has borrowed land from outside of its borders.

Abe exploits ballot to extend tenure

Two years ago the Liberal Democratic Party, in opposition, won a landslide victory in the general election, putting Shinzo Abe in offic...

Sincerity from Abe needed

If they really want relations with China to substantially improve, earnestness to build political trust is needed from the Japanese gov...

Three pillars to hold up Asia

In the age of globalization, the interests of countries have never been so closely interconnected. More and more Asians have come to re...

Nation

Dialogue resumes on new maritime liaison

Chinese and Japanese defense authorities resumed talks on establishing a maritime liaison mechanism to reduce the risk of an accident.

Lottery income gets closer look

The top audit authority has stepped up efforts to examine the management of billions of dollars collected from China's boom...

China, US targeting terror online

Counterterrorism work between China and the United States has helped authorities track down and delete violent, terrorist video and audio ...

Female ex-Party official faces arrest

Prosecutors in Shanxi province have approved the arrest of Zhang Xiuping, a former deputy Party chief at Jinzhong, on suspicion of bribery.

Visa change may boost tourism to the US

Extended durations will enable Chinese travelers easier access to the United States, but could also result in a surge in wealthy nationals moving away for good.

High cost of 2nd child puts couples off

Only 24.9 percent of couples now allowed to have a second child have filed applications, according to a survey released Thursday.

The wrong side of the road

As vehicle numbers soar, traffic jams are becoming a fact of life on China's overcrowded urban highways.

HK

Residents welcome return to normalcy

Residents, businesses and motorists in Mong Kok were delighted on Thursday that normal traffic flows had resumed following latest street clearance operations.

HK market set to benefit from mainland’s mega IPOs

The proposed mega floatation of a major mainland property developer is set to catapult Hong Kong to second place after New York in the global markets for corporate IPOs.

Housing policy stirs debate

The government’s proposed subsidized housing scheme has sharply divided opinions among Hong Kong’s property elites.

Academic fears heavy fallout from ‘Occupy’

The illegal occupation movement has deeply scarred Hong Kong and could exact a heavy economic toll, warns a leading academic.

Focus HK

An American in Kremlin

She was the first-ever dancer from the US to be hired by the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow - a company she would leave following a scandal.

Spaced out

Soon there might not be enough warehouses to stock the goods that are the mainstay of Hong Kong’s flourishing retail economy.

A reel challenge

As HK filmmakers ditch the trademark kungfu and gangster genres in favor of social realism, industry insiders wonder if big budgets and bigger audiences from the mainland may be such an unmixed blessing.

Asia

S Asian leaders meet to break deadlock

Leaders of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Afghanistan are focusing on key objectives.

Rights: EU urged to stop Lanka trade perks

British lawmakers urged the EU to remove preferential trade tariffs from Sri Lanka if it fails to address human rights concerns.

Militants attack Indian base in Kashmir region

Militants attacked an Indian army base in the disputed state of Kashmir on Thursday, wounding three soldiers.

Japan's reporter pleads innocent in S Korea trial

A Japanese reporter on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of defaming South Korea's president by reporting rumors.

New era for China-Australia ties

Historic trade agreement hailed as a win-win deal as tariffs set to be dropped in many sectors.

Indian soaps hit the right note

Though not new to China, imported TV dramas like Pavitra Rishta are now finding a wider audience.

Asia Weekly

Business

Fuel prices set for further cuts

Retail fuel prices are expected to be cut for a ninth consecutive time since July on Saturday as the government reacts to declining international crude prices, industry sources said on Thursday.

Monetary policy still set on 'prudent' track

China will maintain a prudent monetary policy and use various measures to increase money supply, a central bank official said on Thursday.

Oil prices tumble after OPEC refrains from cuts

Asian shares skid, but Nikkei bucks downtrend; Brent, US crude prices mark biggest dive since 2011; US dollar soars against Norwegian crown, Canadian dollar

Eye on Asia

Micromanaging 240m Indonesians?

Widodo's down-to-earth manner, cultivated as a small-city mayor and then as governor of Jakarta, has won him many admirers in Indonesia.

In search of lost time in high-speed Tokyo

Tradition can be hard to find amid the lanes and towers of the metropolis of 13 million, mainly due to its reputation as a spick-and-span place that gets things done.

Japan eyes military aid to spur defence exports

Japan is considering creating a government-backed financing arm for weapons exports.

Sport

Australian batsman Hughes dies after head knock

Test batsman Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck in the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25.

Ludogorets hold Liverpool to 2-2 draw

Ludogorets scored a late equalizer to hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday that ended the home side's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Murray to wed girlfriend Sears

Andy Murray to wed girlfriend Kim Sears.

For children’s sake

Nobel Peace Prize winner says his award shows that the world recognizes need to end child labor and deliver education for all.

Paying it forward

One of Kazahkstan’s first generation of post-Soviet entrepreneurs is now dedicated to helping fellow businesswomen aim high.

Science without borders

Sydney-based scientist conducting pioneering research in China sees it as a way of repaying his country of birth.

Life Style

Teenage Koons 'knew nothing' about art

He may be the best-selling artist alive, but on his first day at art school Jeff Koons had a crushing realization: He "knew nothing" about the world he was about to join.

Warm hues

NE Tiger was involved in designing garments for leaders and their spouses at this year's APEC summit in Beijing. Sun Yuanqing tells the back story.

Quirky News

Feather touch

The presidential turkey pardon is a quirky annual tradition at Thanksgiving, the holiday when American families gather for turkey feasts.

Going bananas!

A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun.

New Thai tourism spin: 'I Hate Thailand'

The video called "I Hate Thailand" drew more than 1 million views within days of being posted last week.

Video

Home and Away

Determined to give Hong Kong a taste of the culinary delights of hometown Xi’an and to quell the appetite of Shaanxi residents craving authentic Xi’an food, a pair of university graduates started their own outlet.

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

The Great Autumn

Autumn is always colorful and beautiful. The Octobor round of China Daily College Photo Contest themed “The Great Autumn” has concluded.

Roundtable

New Silk Road — the great Asia connect

China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative aims to bring economies from central Europe to Africa closer and create an once-in-a-decade opportunity for the logistics sector as well as traders in Hong Kong and the rest of Asia.

HACTL eyeing a slice of Asia’s e-commerce pie

On the heels of Alibaba’s record $9.3-billion sales on “Singles Day” (Nov 11), reflecting the mega growth of e-commerce in China and the Asia-Pacific, air-cargo industry executives are candid about the need to embrace a new business model and ramp up service levels.