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Anti-Japanese Victory Day marked

Chinese leaders attended a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the Victory Day in the Anti-Japanese War

Delta gets umbrella air monitor

A unified Pearl River Delta air quality monitor network went online as the trade hub readies to take on pollution

Japan PM reshuffles cabinet

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe brought in a rival and appointed women to nearly a third of the posts in a revamped cabinet

Australia to sell uranium to India

Australia's prime minister said he will sign a uranium export deal with India for peaceful power generation this week

Islamic State 'beheads US scribe'

Islamic State extremists released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a second Ame...

Australia hints at Iraq combat role

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott declined to rule out sending combat troops to support...

Agent denies Li Na retirement rumor

Two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na's agent denied that the Chinese star would retire during...

South Korea regrets laser pen incident

Premier Li was targeted by the laser pen at last Thursday's closing ceremony for the Youth ...

Opinion

Brand new chapter begins in Hong Kong SAR politics

As expected, the opposition immediately made a combative response to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s (NPCSC...

‘Occupy Central’ is likely to be small and insignificant

After meticulous deliberation — and with input from Hong Kong members — the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCS...

Securing rule of law in HK

It is up to the 'pan-democrats' candidates to win support of the majority of nominating committee members to stand for election

Beijing can't afford a slip in HK

NPC Standing Committee rules out 'civil nomination' for chief executive in 2017 election in special administrative region

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...

Nation

Leaders mark anti-Japanese war victory day

Chinese leaders on Wednesday attended a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the Victory Day in the Anti-Japanese War, the first time since the legislature ratified official observa...

Memorial wall honors Jewish refugees

A memorial wall listing the names of 13,732 Jewish refugees who settled in Shanghai during World War II will be formally un...

Airport vows to reduce delays

Airport managers in Beijing have pledged to help Chinese airlines improve their on-time performance, which has become a major concern for ...

Chinese colleges reach out to ASEAN countries

Malaysian student Bong Meen Szer was thrilled to find out that her alma mater, Xiamen University in Fujian province, is going to establish...

Clearing the way with clean waters

Concerted efforts to restore reservoir area shine out in nationwide environmental campaign.

Host of Japan's historic surrender

A little-known site in Hunan province lays claim to receiving the first formal surrender by the Japanese invaders to China.

Gifts give new look at nation

DVDs of popular movie and TV series replace traditional offers of friendship on visits.

Redemption from within

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

HK

Pearl River Delta gets umbrella monitor

A unified Pearl River Delta air quality monitor network went online as the trade hub readies to take on pollution

MTR cracks worry transport secy

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung has expressed concern over cracks found in rails on the Kwun Tong MTR Lines

Shanghai shares gain, HK joins rally

China shares rose for a fourth straight day on Wednesday and the Hong Kong market followed suit

Opposition urged to face political reality

Chief Executive (CE) Leung Chun-ying appealed to the city’s opposition lawmakers and their supporters to be realistic about the political realities in Hong Kong.

Focus HK

Bulwarks against a deadly disease

In history’s worst outbreak of Ebola virus disease, the death toll has surpassed 1,500. While experts maintain that Hong Kong has little to fear of an outbreak, medical authorities carried out an exercise on Tuesday to ensure that the city’s emergency response teams are well-prepared.

Upping the ante in food safety

Hit by a spate of tainted food scandals on the mainland, ranging from toxic baby milk powder to the most recent rotten meat used at McDonald’s and KFC, authorities from Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macao have joined forces to mitigate the crisis.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Australia to sign uranium trade deal with India

Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that he will sign a uranium export deal with India for peaceful power generation

Japan PM reshuffles cabinet

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe brought in a rival and appointed women to nearly a third of the posts in a revamped cabinet

Japan's ruling LDP unveils new lineup

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party unveiled its new executive lineup ahead of a cabinet reshuffle

Islamic State 'beheads US scribe'

Islamic State extremists released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist

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

China's service sector rebounds

China's non-manufacturing activity slightly recovered as tertiary industry was robust and market outlook remained optimistic

Nation 'up one place' in global ranking

The Chinese mainland has edged up one spot to 28th in the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness ranking, reinforcing its position as the most competitive BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) economy, according to the institution's latest report.

Asian shares rise, dollar up

Asian stock markets rose, lifted by new signs of strength in the US economy and hopes of Europe's central bank providing more support

Eye on Asia

Acid victims' photo shoot raises awareness

Some 1,500 acid attacks are reported worldwide every year, according to the London-based group Acid Survivors Trust International

Ivory crackdown efforts sharpened

Record ivory seizures - combined with a Chinese crackdown on illegal wildlife trafficking - could mark a turning point in global efforts to save the African elephant.

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!"

Sport

Wozniacki returns to Grand Slam semi

The victory for the 10th-seeded Wozniacki moved her into her first Grand Slam semifinal in three years.

Asian teams focus on Asian Cup

Less than three months after Asia's teams earned just three points in Brazil, Australia, Japan and S Korea are back in action

Peng Shuai rekindles China's hope for US Open title

Chinese hope for the US Open title wasn't gone with Li Na's withdrawal. Peng Shuai, a doubles expert, cruised into US Open singles semifinal on Tuesday.

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

Dad for a lifetime

Fatherhood is a treasure that can't be wasted, a leading CEO and author tells Zhang Yuchen.

Yao Anlian awarded Best Actor in Montreal

Chinese actor Yao Anlian has become the first Chinese since 2004 to win the best actor award at the just-concluded Montreal World Film Festival. Yao reaped the honor for his role in the industry themed movie "Factory Boss", or da gong lao ban.

Quirky News

Dethroned beauty queen blasts pageant boss

A dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said she won't return her crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a thief.

China insurers have it covered

Quirky, maybe, but China's insurers are turning to ever more creative ways to drum up business in a market where growth has stalled

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

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

Stimulus measures not the answer to growth: Economist

Experts split over whether the mainland’s growth pattern could be dictated by further packages to prop up the slowed economy

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...