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Police have statutory powers to clear streets

HK's Justice secretary said police are fully empowered to enforce the law when clearing protesters from city streets.

HK 'must maximize its advantages'

HK businessmen are confident about the city's unique advantages that will reinforce its role in Chinese economic development.

Public-private partnership on the radar

China's top economic planner singled out seven areas for public-private partnerships to fuel the country's economic growth.

Cybercrime on the rise

Average financial losses from cybercrime in HK and the Chinese mainland climbed to US$2.4m in 2014.

Soaring home prices put off buyers

Up to 80% of respondents said they were not interested in buying homes.

26 killed in coal mine fire in NE China

A coal mine fire killed 26 and injured 52 in Liaoning Province early Wednesday.

Amazon answers with Black Friday

Amazon plans to bring this year's "Black Friday" shopping spree to China, a move seen as es...

Stocks link sparks brokerage rush

The launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect scheme on Nov 17 has whetted the appetit...

Opinion

Solving HK’s land supply problem

It is known to all that Hong Kong has serious housing problems, with many growing vocal in complaining how difficult it is to b...

Opposition has no excuse to harm the rule of law

Theme 2 of the Liberal Studies curriculum in Hong Kong is the “rule of law and socio-political participation”.

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

More help sought to get fugitives back

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged countries where Chinese fugitives are hiding to discard prejudice and work more closely with China.

Illegal wildlife trading rampant on Web

China has become the largest market for illegal wildlife trading with a huge number of related animal products being sold o...

New pollution law nears review stage

An executive meeting of the State Council, presided over by Premier Li Keqiang, approved the draft amendment to the Air Pollution Preventi...

China approves more railway projects

Four railway lines worth US$10.79 billion will be laid as the government steps up infrastructure investment to boost growth.

The wrong side of the road

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

NPC mulls end of death penalty for some crimes

A proposed amendment to China's criminal law could see the abolition of capital punishment for a number of non-violent offenses, including illegal money lending, as Cao Yin reports.

Building ban begins to bite

The central government is cracking down on wasteful construction projects and ostentatious office complexes approved by a number of local authorities.

HK

Police clear Mong Kok of 'Occupy' barricades

Local Hong Kong businesses — suffering losses due to illegal occupations — were clearly relieved on Wednesday after police finally removed protesters who illegally camped at Mong Kok’s main intersection.

HK must maximize its advantages to stay relevant

Despite the rising competitions from Shanghai and Shenzhen, HK business leaders have remained confident that the city has its unique advantages that will ensure its role in Chinese economic development.

Police have statutory powers to clear streets

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung said police are fully empowered to enforce the law when clearing protesters from city streets.

Time for HK SAR to promote national education

Young people in Hong Kong need a better understanding of the Basic Law and the meaning of “One Country”, Hong Kong Medical Association (HKMA) President Shih Tai-cho said.

Focus HK

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.

Serving up a masterclass

Intelligent homes and wearable devices have brought about a sea change in the way we live in the last few years. The sports industry is a relatively new entrant in the arena. Shenzhen Earth Electronics Co. Ltd in Guangdong is one of the first to develop intelligent sports devices.

More mega players likely to join mainland VC boom

Mainland private equity investment market entered a high growth period over the last few years. Some of the companies with PE capital injection are becoming eligible for a market listing.

Asia

'Gunmen kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan'

A Pakistani police spokesman says gunmen have killed four health workers administering polio vaccines in a southwestern city.

SAARC leaders call for cooperation in space tech

Regional collaboration in space technology must be enhanced to achieve sustainable development in South Asia, according to SAARC leaders.

UN appeals for US$405m for Afghanistan aid in 2015

The United Nations has appealed for US$405 million to cover the humanitarian needs of the people in Afghanistan in 2015.

Myanmar leaders to hold charter-change talks

Myanmar's parliament has unanimously endorsed talks between the country's top political leaders on amending a military-drafted constitution.

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

Partnership with private companies fuels growth

China's top economic planner singled out on Wednesday seven areas for public-private partnerships to fuel the country's economic growth.

Amazon answers 'Double 11' with Black Friday

Amazon plans to bring this year's "Black Friday" shopping spree to China, a move seen as escalating the competition with Alibaba in the world's biggest e-commerce market.

Asia shares ride on stimulus hopes

Asian shares edge up, helped by stimulus around the world; Dollar slips after underwhelming US data; Oil prices near 4-year low as OPEC output cut hopes fade

Eye on Asia

Country boats face extinction in Bangladesh

Bangladesh's traditional country boats are on the brink of extinction as after about four decades since independence.

'Abusers remain in Australian military'

A government investigation into sexual misconduct reported Wednesday that more than 1,100 alleged perpetrators remained in the ranks or reserves.

Wedding snaps in S Korea attract Chinese

7,000 Chinese couples visited South Korea in 2013 for their wedding photos, and the number is expected to surpass 10,000 this year, sources reported.

Sport

Barcelona beat APOEL 4-0, Messi sets record

Messi made a slice of European football history as the Barcelona striker hit a hat trick to become the Champions League's all-time top scorer in a 4-0 win over APOEL on Tuesday.

WADA may seek longer ban for Sun

Olympic swimming star Sun Yang could face additional sanctions after escaping with a lenient ban from the China Anti-Doping Agency following a failed dope test.

Warriors beat Miami Heat 114-97

Stephen Curry scored 40 points to help and the Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat 114-97 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

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

Star bucks

Trade analysts say a hot film and TV market means top stars get paid too much, so shows have less to spend on improving production quality, Han Bingbin reports.

Originality drives new season of TV series

While provincial satellite channels are draining their brains for program ideas, China Central Television believes in another function of TV shows.

Quirky News

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.

Now we know: why cats rule, dogs drool

Popular web videos showing that "cats rule and dogs drool" have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking.

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.