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Nepal earthquake toll soars past 3,700

The toll in Nepal's earthquake has crossed 3,700 with 6,883 injured. UNICEF said a million children were "severely affected".

China loses 4 nationals; 4,000 stranded

Four Chinese nationals, including two workers with a Chinese firm, other than a mountain climber and a tourist, were killed.

3 more top army officers under probe

China's military has confirmed that three more senior officers are under investigation for suspected corruption.

Defense: New US-Japan pointers soon

The Japanese military could expand its role and missions around the world under new US-Japan defense guidelines.

18 killed in Mt. Everest avalanche

At least 18 were killed, 61 injured an avalanche triggered in Mount Everest by Nepal's quake.

Chinese tourists stranded in Nepal

Over 680 Chinese tourists were stranded in quake-hit Nepal, tourism authorities said.

Indonesia gives 72-hr executions notice

Nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking will be executed.

Volkswagen chairman Piech resigns

VW's Piech quit after clashing with other board members over his criticism of the CEO.

Opinion

‘Bay areas’ offer major economic benefits

The central government has provided Hong Kong with a wonderful opportunity to play a major role in this.

The reasons why HK needs an industrial renaissance

This article is the third in a series exploring policy options to foster innovative economic and social development in Hong Kong.

Nepalese people are not alone

China has already sent a rescue team with some 60 members to Nepal and the Chinese leaders have sent their condolences to the leaders o...

Net closes in on fugitive officials

The global arrest warrants issued by the China National Central Bureau of Interpol for the 100 most-wanted corrupt Chinese officials wh...

Dual track right approach to South China Sea

Some countries led by US keep lashing out at China's normal reefs fortification in the South China Sea.

Nation

4 Chinese nationals dead; 4,000 stranded in Nepal

As of 4 pm on Sunday, Chinese airlines had evacuated more than 1,000 nationals from Nepal.

3 more senior army officers under investigation

China's military has confirmed that three more senior officers are under investigation for suspected corruption.

Fire shuts down Taiwan nuclear power reactor

A fire broke out at a nuclear power station in southern Taiwan shortly before midnight on Sunday, forcing the shutdown of one of its two r...

China rushes to save lives

China is mobilizing all kinds of resources to the earthquake-hit Tibet autonomous region and the neighboring Nepal.

Chicken-blood jade dealers feather nests

Traders in the small township of Sanmen are cashing in on a recently discovered rare natural resource that's boosting incomes and changing lives.

Beijing accelerates air pollution control

Beijing accelerates its fight against air pollution as it ticks to 100-day countdown of the 2022 Winter Olympics city-deciding vote.

Visas to Shanghai saved Jews before WWII

China and Israel unveiled a plaque to commemorate a late Chinese diplomat for his humanitarian efforts on the eve of WWII.

HK

HK to ink FTA with ASEAN by 2016

CE Leung Chun-ying said HK could play the role of a "good connector" in trade and economic activities between the Chinese mainland and ASEAN members.

Contact with 9 HK residents lost in Nepal

HK hikers and visitors who survived the powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal were facing new challenges to return home.

More mainland men marrying HK women

The number of marriages between mainland men and Hong Kong women has doubled in the last seven years as the government pledges to help these couples adapt to life in the city.

Reform: 'HK lawmakers, Beijing could meet'

Should it facilitate the passage of the reform package, the govt was willing to arrange meetings between lawmakers & Beijing officials.

Focus HK

Life and soul of the party

From growing up skint in Canada to being the de facto entertainment tsar of Hong Kong, Lan Kwai Fong Chairman Allan Zeman has come a long way.

Saving the endangered fire dragon

Residents of Pok Fu Lam Village — the last hamlet on Hong Kong Island — have come together to reclaim recognition for birthplace of Mid-Autumn Festival ritual dance.

Watch this space

“Shoebox” Hong Kong apartments barely provide enough living space, leave alone storage options, making self-storage facilities an increasingly attractive form of property investment. But there may be a few hurdles to consider.

Asia

Shocks terrify survivors as quake toll crosses 3,700

The toll in Nepal's earthquake has soared past 3,700 with 6,883 injured, the country's police and home ministry said.

US, Japan to unveil new defense guidelines

The Japanese military could expand its role and missions around the world under new US-Japan defense guidelines that are expected to be released on Monday.

ROK approves fertilizer aid to DPRK

The Republic of Korea(ROK) on Monday approved a fertilizer aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the first time in five years.

Kerry to meet Iranian FM

Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart will meet this week for the first time since they laid out the framework for a nuclear deal earlier this month.

Up and down

Mixed views on outlook for Asian economies even as China’s slowdown weighs on region.

Asia braces for US rate hike

Stronger fundamentals and policies to prevent capital outflow are likely to protect regional economies.

Asia Weekly

Business

China to reduce number of central SOEs to 40

State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) said that the next plan of State-owned enterprises (SOEs) reform process will be to reduce the number of SOEs to 40.

China's industrial profits down 0.4% in March

The decline narrowed sharply from a 4.2-percent slump in the Jan-Feb period, said the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Asian markets rise after Wall Street gains

Asian stock markets were mixed Monday after Wall Street gained on strong earnings as investors looked ahead to Apple results and this week's US Federal Reserve meeting.

Eye on Asia

Old companies thrive in brand-loyal Japan

Successful businesses shine for a few years, then nimbler competitors outwit them in a constant cycle that spans being feted to forgotten in less than a generation.

Volunteers comforting Nepal children

Several humanitarian and social welfare organizations, both foreign and local, have come up with creative ideas to engage those terrified Nepal children.

Quake warnings are possible, but pricey

Nepal's record of earthquakes dates to at least the 13th century, with significant temblors striking every 75 years or so.

Sport

Lee Chong Wei gets 8-month ban for doping

Former No 1-ranked Lee Chong Wei was given a backdated eight-month ban for a doping violation uncovered in test last August.

Wizards sweep Raptors into 2nd round of NBA Playoffs

Six Wizards scored in double figures as Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 11 rebounds and John Wall grabbed 14 points and 10 assists.

Eden Hazard voted player of year in England

Eden Hazard's breathtaking individual displays for Chelsea were honored by his fellow professionals in English football on Sunday when he picked up the player of the year award.

Teeing it forward

China’s ‘Mr Golf’ plans to overcome industry’s ‘coldest winter’ with diversification and a sustainable eco-tourism model.

Straddling two worlds

KPMG partner is an old China hand who wants to help his fellow Australians fully embrace the benefits of Chinese investments.

Trade pioneer

Xu Ningning has played a crucial role in creating successful China-ASEAN business opportunities for over two decades.

Life Style

New show gives ancient opera a fresh sound

It's a Friday afternoon in Beijing's Daguanyuan Theater.

Scorpions to mark 50th year in China

Rock veterans Scorpions will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015 and perform in China for the first time.

Quirky News

What's in a name?

A father in Shandong has failed to register the birth of his daughter who has no given surname.

Off Key

New Zealand's PM John Key has apologized to a cafe worker who said he'd repeatedly pulled her ponytail when he visited the cafe near his home over a period of months.

Coffee spill behind Nikolic's plane scare

Coffee spilling on instruments panel by a co-pilot let to the sudden plunge of the Serbian president's plane last week.

Video

Writing on the wall

In its second year, HKwalls 2015 transformed Hong Hong's Sheung Wan and Stanley Market localities into galleries of graffiti in two colorful weeks in March.

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

Asian media to have closer cooperation

Editors from Asia News Network (ANN) members have agreed to further integrate their newsrooms as the alliance wrapped up a two-day meeting in Tokyo on Friday.

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.