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'Internet Plus' plan unveiled to fuel growth

The 'Internet Plus' action plan aims to integrate the Internet with traditional industries and fuel economic growth.

New policies to boost market

The CSRC will reduce both the number of initial public offerings and offering sizes in response to recent market conditions.

Taiwan fire: 211 now critically injured

The number of people with critical injuries from burns in Saturday's water park blaze in Taiwan has risen to 211, a jump fr...

US report 'exaggerates China's threat'

Claims in the US' National Military Strategy report are irrational exaggerations of China's threat in the South China Sea.

Mainland services activity at 5-mth low

The headline HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers' Index for June fell to 51.8 from 53.5 in May,...

6.5 magnitude quake in Xinjiang, 3 die

At least 3,000 homes either collapsed or were seriously damaged and 1,000 tents were being ...

Malaysia PM in graft glare: WSJ

Malaysian PM Najib Razak denies a Wall Street Journal report that close to US$700m had been...

British planned HK 'plantation' in N Ireland

A declassified 1983 govt file had a proposal to settle 5.5m HK people in a new "city state".

Opinion

It takes time to tackle housing

The latest report from the CE shows the government is determined to boost the supply of housing and land to ease public concerns.

Fight the blight of inequality to nourish the next generation

No matter whether it is Sydney or Hong Kong, you will find it is not the domestic political system or international terrorism b...

Tapping potential of joint production capabilities

Promoting international cooperation in production capacity is the theme of Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Europe.

Oath of duty on the way

The measure, due to take effect on Jan 1, marks an important step toward maintaining the authority of the Constitution and ensuring fun...

EU should fulfill role of true strategic partner

Three days before Premier Li Keqiang and his European counterparts issued their communique after his one-day visit to the European Unio...

Video

Hong Kong July 1 celebrations

Celebrating the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, people from all over the SAR gathered at events around the territory on Wednesday. From the flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square to the PLA barracks, this video gives just a brief glimpse into the colors and sounds of the festivities.

The spirit of parkour

Inspired by the spirit of parkour in the 2001 film 'Yamakasi', a group of Hong Kong youth started to build their own community and grew up supporting each other.

Nation

'Internet Plus' action plan unveiled to fuel growth

The 'Internet Plus' action plan aims to integrate the Internet with traditional industries and fuel economic growth.

No. of critically injured patients in Taiwan fire jumps to 211

The number of people with critical injuries from burns in Saturday's water park blaze in Taiwan has risen to 211, a jump fr...

Japan urged to stop provoking tensions in South China Sea

China urged Japan to stop stoking tensions in the South China sea immediately and refrain from making groundless accusations against China

Bangkok-bound flight makes emergency landing

The China Southern Airlines flight made an emergency landing Friday afternoon after an engine fire warning lit up.

Gaokao revamp to stress better English

Proposed changes to China's famously grueling university entrance exam will focus on improving the standards and methods of language tuition in the nation's schools.

'Operation duck' and the student savior

A young Chinese scholar was also a member of the rescue party, and 70 years later, he's still feted by those he helped to save.

Gangs smuggle in 40-year-old 'zombie' meat

Expired products from US, European countries find their way illegally into China's food chain.

HK

MTR Corp warned against mounting cost, delays

Cheung told lawmakers the government would not accept the Corporation’s latest estimates.

British planned HK 'plantation' in N Ireland

Britain's National Archives released a 1983 govt file containing a proposal to settle 5.5m HK people in a newly built "city state".

Shares down on mainland meltdown

The Hang Seng index fell 0.8 percent to 26,064.11, while the China Enterprises Index lost 1.4 percent to 12,608.98.

HK on track to clinch world IPO crown

City bourse expected to see 120 new listings this year, with total funds to be raised hitting HK$250 billion.

Focus HK

A suitcase full of memories

Lam Tung-pang simulates the experience of being a tourist in his hometown, turning a hotel wing in Wan Chai into a museum of items from his artistic journey.

Garbage heaps grow as debate drags on

The HK$1 billion fund to perk up HK’s moribund recycling industry has not come through well over a year after it was proposed, thanks to the filibustering at LegCo sessions.

Lessons for the teacher

Six years back Lillian Lui cancelled her retirement plans to teach in a school for children of poor families. The rewards seem to have more than made up for the measly pay.

Asia

Malaysia PM denies he got US$700m from state fund

Najib Razak denied news reports that nearly US$700 million were funneled from an indebted state investment fund into his personal accounts.

Thailand's first MERS case to leave hospital

An Omani man who became Thailand's first case of MERS has made a full recovery and will be discharged from hospital on Friday.

Israeli officer kills Palestinian teen in West Bank

An Israeli spokeswoman said 17-year-old Mohammed Sami al-Ksbeh was among a group throwing stones at an army vehicle near Qalandiya.

Cash-strapped UN food agency reduces Syrian aid

The WFP is grappling with a US$193 million Syria-related funding shortfall in the next three months through September.

Flagging safety in the skies

As airlines grow and new airports are built in Asia, safety is becoming a major issue for international regulators.

In for the long haul?

Asia’s budget airlines have become part of the region’s aviation fabric, offering cheap and no-frills air travel to meet the growing needs of the expanding middle class.

Asia Weekly

Business

China cuts new share offerings amid stock plunge

The number of new shares hitting the stock market in early July will be reduced to 10, the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

China stocks plunge as market rout deepens

China's main stock benchmark plunged more than 5 percent as government stabilizing measures failed to reassure investors.

China's services activity slows to 5-month low

The headline HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers' Index for June fell to 51.8 from 53.5 in May, but still indicating expansion.

Eye on Asia

Myanmar military still using forced labor

Army units in the north of Myanmar's restive Rakhine state still routinely force minority Rohingya to heavy workload.

Heritage sites in Yemen, Iraq listed as endangered

The Old City of Sana'a and the Old Walled City of Shibam in Yemen and Hatra in Iraq were listed as endangered.

India's push to save cows starves Bangladesh

Indian soldiers guarding the border with Bangladesh have a new mandate - stop cattle from crossing illegally into the Muslim-majority neighbour.

Sport

Wawrinka, Gasquet reach 4th round at Wimbledon

The fourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in less than two hours on Court 1.

Wade chooses to stay with Heat

Dwyane Wade accepted a US$20m, one-year deal to stay with Miami Heat, extending his career with the Heat for a 13 season.

Japan is back in the final after emotional 2011 win

Now the Japanese will again face the United States in the Women's World Cup final, this time at Vancouver's BC Place on Sunday.

All sewn up

You may not be aware of it, but chances are you have worn one of TAL Group’s shirts at some point.

Custodian of knowledge

Intellectual property chief relishes the daunting challenge of spearheading global efforts to protect intangible assets.

Number cruncher

Providing a crucial service analyzing vast reams of data has taken Malaysian entrepreneur from ambitious startup to successful IPO.

Life Style

Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

Solar Impulse 2 landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking 118-hour journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

Raising glass to a dream

Fondation Louis Vuitton showcases its Parisian gift for the arts with an exhibition in Beijing.

Quirky News

When 'pet dogs' turn out to be bears

A Chinese man recently discovered that the two "pet dogs" he'd been raising for the last two years are actually Asian black bears.

Graduates offered for bid on Taobao

A Chinese university has launched a website that profiles its graduates and asks employers to bid to employ them.

Canine help in hunt for truffles

In Europe, truffle hunters traditionally used pigs, but in recent years the job has gone to the dogs.

Roundtable

Partnerships to power up development across region

New model of energy cooperation could unleash Asia’s full growth potential.

'Make opposition pay in elections'

Executive Councilor Cheng Yiu-tong predicted that moderate voters would punish them for this in coming elections.

Jasper Tsang receives HK’s highest honor

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, president of the Legislative Council, is among a group of distinguished Hong Kong political, business and community leaders rewarded in the government’s latest honors.

Special

The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.