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Investment laws to be revised by next year

The revision is likely to be concluded in 2015 when the focus will shift to the supervision of investors

Senior economic official under probe

Prosecutors opened investigation into a former senior official with NDRC for bribery, said SPP Friday.

DPRK to send 273-member team for Asian Games

DPRK said Friday that it will send a 273-member team, including 150 athletes, to the 2014 Asian Games.

MH17: Malaysia receives bodies

The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine have arrived in K...

National Guard leaves restive Ferguson

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the state National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson

IBM server sales 'never stopped'

IBM Corp has never stopped providing new servers to Chinese banks...

'Adhere to key principles in reform'

Li Fei sent the message to NPC deputies and CPPCC members who attended a seminar held in Sh...

Uruguay lineup excludes Suarez, Lugano, Forlan

The Uruguayan Football Association unveiled the names of the 29 players and subs lined up f...

Opinion

‘International standards’ of nomination don’t exist

26 opposition lawmakers signed a joint declaration vowing to veto any proposals for political reform which failed to...

Rally was a political milestone for HK

After obtaining 1.5 million signatures over the past month, the Anti-“Occupy Central” petition ended on Aug 17 impressively — m...

Fair market is anti-trust goal

Probes into both domestic and foreign-funded enterprises are push for a more regulated market order and maturer mechanisms

Development is still priority

Deng, known as the architect of China's reform and opening-up, has left us many well-known sayings that can be boiled down to the emanc...

Stand like a rock in matters of principle

Speaking at two separate seminars on Hong Kong’s political reforms held in Shenzhen which were attended by Hong Kong’s delegates to...

Nation

China backs Mongolia's proposal for 3-way meeting with Russia

Beijing expressed support on Thursday for a Ulan Bator proposal to hold a three-way meeting between leaders of China, Russia and Mongolia.

Senior economic official under probe

Prosecutors opened investigation into a former senior official with the National Development and Reform Commission for brib...

Death-row inmate acquitted of murder

A Chinese court has acquitted a death-row inmate convicted of murder.

120 celebrities reportedly on police anti-drug list

It's reported that Beijing police have obtained a list containing 120 celebrities suspected of drug abuse including the recently-detained ...

Entrepreneurs benefit from legacy of Deng

Three decades of reform and opening-up have transformed the nation.

Closing the divide

Latest reform in household registration system aims to plug rural-urban gaps.

No island paradise

Initiative to attract private developers for uninhabited islands hits rough waters.

Rebuilding lives

Four years on, residents of quake-hit Yushu are receiving support to recover from the disaster but more is needed.

HK

Prosecution rests case in Rafael Hui trial

The defense is expected to present its case Sept 4 before Justice Andrew Macrae at the High Court.

Adhere to key principles in reform, says Li Fei

Some 220 National People’s Congress (NPC) deputies and members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) were urged to uphold the Basic Law and the principle that the city’s leader must “love the country and love Hong Kong”.

China shares edge up, HK also firmer

China shares produced a sixth straight weekly gain - the longest such streak since March 2012.

Red Cross staff from Ebola-hit areas put under surveillance

Two Red Cross staff returning from advisory work in Ebola-hit West Africa will undergo medical checks when the arrive Friday.

Focus HK

Fatherly craze

A mainland TV show highlighting distinct differences in parental and school education between Hong Kong and mainland families has become an instant hit. Huang Ying in Beijing and Frannie Guan in Hong Kong report.

Babes in a den of cyber criminals

Though Hong Kong is frequently cited among the riskiest places to access the Internet, the city’s corporate sector still lags behind other major centers in identifying the critical importance of online security, says a local expert. Andrea Deng reports.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Malaysia receives bodies from MH17 crash

The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July have arrived in Kuala Lumpur

Hiroshima landslide toll set to rise

Heavy rain delayed a search on Friday for more than 50 people believed buried under a deadly landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima

Indonesian court rejects lawsuit of defeated presidential contender

The Indonesian Constitutional Court on Thursday handed down its final decision that rejected the lawsuit on the result of July's presidential polls filed by losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto.

Pak holds talks with opp protesters

Pakistani officials have held first, "initial" talks with two opposition groups whose supporters have been besieging the parliament for a second day

Rent a womb

Commercial surrogacy is big business but raises a myriad of legal, ethical and medical concerns.

Japan shifts investment to ASEAN

Increasing manufacturing in SE Asia reflects strategic rebalancing, not withdrawal from Chinese market.

Asia Weekly

Business

IBM server sales 'never stopped'

IBM Corp has never stopped providing new servers to Chinese banks despite reports that said Big Blue's products were ousted from the industry over security concerns, a top company executive said.

South Korea's household spending slows in Q2 on ferry disaster

Household spending growth in South Korea slowed in the second quarter as the April ferry disaster discouraged consumption.

Asian shares upbeat

Asian stocks inched higher on Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength.

Eye on Asia

Indian poachers threaten lesser-known species

Wildlife poachers, hindered by India's efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller

Interfaith couples in Pak brave threats

Thirteen years ago, among the whirring looms of a garment factory in an eastern Pakistani city, a Muslim woman fell in love with a Christian co-worker.

Rare crocodiles survive in the Philippines

A chorus of chirps filled the room as one of the Philippines' top crocodile breeders checked on his wards in an overcrowded "Noah's Ark" for one of the world's most endangered animals.

Sport

China's tennis "golden flowers" to clash in US Open first round

Zheng Jie and Peng Shuai, who are among a group of outstanding Chinese women's tennis players nicknamed the "golden flowers", will clash in the first round of the US Open.

Ancelotti confirms Di Maria transfer request

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Thursday that the club's Argentinean international winger Angel Di Maria had asked for a transfer.

DPRK to send 273-member team for Asian Games

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Friday that it will send a 273-member team, including 150 athletes, to the 2014 Asian Games.

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.

The female touch

If necessity is the mother of invention, it may well be true that the inventor is someone else’s mother.

Life Style

Weighing the cost of a pregnant pause

Extending China’s maternity leave to three years would have negative impact on working women.

Expat programmer rewrites career in China

Tiffany Tan tells how an American guitar-strumming video game programmer reinvented his career in China.

Quirky News

Nothing like noodles!

A recent US study linking instant noodle consumption by South Koreans to some risks for heart disease has prompted a passionate response throughout Asia

Peruvian nurse cares for sick cats

At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats 175 of them at last count.

Plane aborts landing as controllers take a nap

A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off, an investigation report found.

Video

Caravan camping

A newly launched caravan campsite on Lantau Island offers those who like camping an alternative choice.

Who rules Hong Kong vital to national security

The central government is concerned about whether the implementation of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ is in line with the original design, Lau Siu-kai told Joseph Li.

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

Vibrant capital boosts science popularization for young, old

Beijing's determination to innovate is helping to transform it into a major high-tech center.

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...