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China invites foreign militaries to war parade

China will invite militaries to participate in a parade later this year, a defense ministry spokesman said.

Co-pilot sought to 'destroy' plane

The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings jet locked himself in the cockpit and crash the plane, a prosecutor said.

S Korea, Turkey to join AIIB

South Korea and Turkey have decided to seek to be a founding member of the China-led Asian bank.

'Sky Net' targets fugitive officials

China will launch a campaign code named "Sky Net" in a bid to capture corrupt officials who fled abroad.

HK's export value up 7.2% in February

The value of Hong Kong's February imports fell 0.9% year-on-year.

Alibaba closes 26 shops over bribery

Alibaba Group has permanently shut down 26 Taobao shops for trying to bribe its staff.

Chinese investments pour into US

Chinese investment in the US has grown at an average annual rate of 41% from 2009 to 2013.

Philippines to resume sea works

Manila will resume repair and reconstruction works in the disputed South China Sea.

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.

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.

The Singapore experience

Compared with Hong Kong, the city state has a more balanced economy, a more comprehensive and balanced financial sector and a more succ...

Nation

China to invite foreign militaries to WWII parade

China will invite militaries of relevant countries to participate in a parade later this year, a defense ministry spokesman said.

Sri Lanka urged to protect Chinese firms' interests

Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed willingness to deepen cooperation with Sri Lanka in trade and infrastructure.

Premier meets Austrian president

Li said the government attached high importance to relations with Austria, and was ready to achieve new developments on the basis of mutua...

China voices Yemen concern

A ministry spokeswoman said China urges all parties to act in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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.

Local firm nabs taxi ride ahead of foreign rivals

Well-connected local firms like China Renaissance are seeing a boom as entrepreneur-driven private businesses to drive investment banking revenues in China.

HK

HK's export value up 7.2% in February

The value of Hong Kong's total exports for February rose 7.2% from a year ago, while the value of imports fell 0.9% year-on-year.

ATV 'could go out of business by end-March'

Wong Ching, the beleaguered station’s main investor, said the last potential anger investor had turned away last Saturday.

6m border crossings likely during Qingming

About 75 percent, or 4.83 million passengers are expected to pass through land boundary control points, and Lo Wu is forecast to be the busiest control point, the department said.

HK shares slip but refiners rise

CNOOC and PetroChina bucked the losing trend as oil prices shot up after air strikes against rebels in Yemen.

Focus HK

Easy riders

They might look like a throwback to the 1960s biker gang Hells Angels, but the men who ride their well-dented Harleys on HK’s roads prefer playing it safe.

Rising from the ashes

A Massachusetts-based clean energy and battery materials enterprise plans to team up with both battery and materials firms on the mainland to first enter the drones market this year.

Pushed to the brink

As Tai Hang Sai Estate - where some of the district’s poorest and elderly have lived for decades — gears up for redevelopment, Andrea Deng asks if the govt should help those facing imminent displacement.

Asia

US, Iran nuke talks enter critical round

US Secretary of State John Kerry met his Iranian counterpart less than a week away from an end-of-month deadline.

Execution: Widodo snubs Abbott's phone call

The Indonesian president has been too busy to accept a phone call from the Australian PM, an Indonesian envoy said.

Japan arrest 2 for importing mushrooms from DPRK

The arrests come as importing mushrooms violates a trade embargo Japan imposed on the DPRK in 2006.

Bakery pulls Lee Kuan Yew bun

A bakery chain apologized for a bun commemorating Singapore's long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew after being accused of poor taste.

Innovative city farms taking root

Entrepreneurs are tending gardens in unexpected spaces like rooftops with techniques including vertical farming.

Prescription for affordable healthcare

Indian pioneer in cost-effective medical services sees IT as a game changer that provides cheaper solutions globally.

Asia Weekly

Business

S Korea, Turkey to join China-led Asian bank

South Korea's finance ministry said establishment of the AIIB has been promoted to help funnel more investment money into the region.

China's cross-border capital net inflows up 38%

China's cross-border capital net inflows rose 38 percent year on year to a total of US$55.1 billion in the first two months this year, China's foreign exchange regulator said Thursday.

China creates key telecom chip

A Chinese state firm has successfully invented a cutting-edge chip for data transmission in telecommunication.

Eye on Asia

Innovation helps Japan's tsunami-hit farmers

Recovery from the tsunami of Sendai in Japan has been a tough process for farmers, whose land was strewn with debris and contaminated with seawater.

DPRK's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

As the privileged classes devour their baguettes, much of the population outside the capital struggles to feed itself.

Film portraying the Prophet criticized

The most expensive film in Iranian history already has been criticized before its even widely released.

Sport

Beckham backs Beijing's 2022 Olympics bid

"I wish them good luck, something would be incredible (for 2022 Winter Olympics)," said soccer icon David Beckham in Beijing.

S Korea could give banned Park shot at Rio

South Korea's Olympic body is reviewing its rule that bans athletes suspended for doping from competing with the national team.

'Further training' for Germany's champions

Winning a World Cup is just a moment in time, which is a thought Germany's head coach Joachim Loew must have in leading up his team's first matches after a four-month break.

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

China's story

Discovery Channel will air an anthology on the country for its global audience. Han Bingbin reports.

A carnival for foodies

A market in Yunnan offers an array of treats ranging from the province's famed mushrooms, to creepy snake fruits and rice crisps. Mike Peters writes.

Quirky News

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.

Fish changes color to fool its prey

The dusky dottyback preys on smaller fish by changing color and pretending to be an adult of their own species.

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

‘New normal’ needs efficiency overhaul

Hong Kong forum hears how overcapacity and debt must be tackled in rebalancing of mainland financial system.

Older order gets shake-up from Internet finance

Growing success of online firms reflects demand from customers not served by traditional banks.