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China to shut factories during APEC meeting

Factories were ordered to temporarily shut down to ensure air quality during the APEC meeting in Beijing next month.

China military spending efficiency

China is to introduce a results-based management system to ensure efficiency in military spending.

Cold front clears smog in China

A cold front on Sunday dispersed the smog in Beijing, Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province.

China, Russia urge scientific co-op

Chinese President Xi and Russian President Putin voiced hope for enhancing cooperation in science and technology.

7% 'new norm' for China growth

A think tank said China's annual growth target will be around 7 percent in 2015, in line wi...

Graft crackdown hits civil service exam

Experts attributed a drop in the number of applicants for the civil service examination to ...

China pledges more Ebola aid to Africa

China announced a 500 million yuan assistance package to fight Ebola to prevent the spread ...

China's lunar orbiter modifies orbit

China's experimental spacecraft trimmed its orbit on Friday afternoon - the first modificat...

Opinion

Sensible dialogue much better than angry protests

On Tuesday, the first dialogue between government officials and representatives of Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) was ...

Are we isolating ourselves because of technology?

If you, dear reader, are looking at this print article, then for yourself the answer to that question is probably “no’’.

Treating both symptoms, root causes needed to fight Ebola

According to WHO, more than 10,414 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died.

Reasons for dismal failure of ‘Occupy’

This is the second part of Professor James Hsiung’s article on the illegal “Occupy Central” campaign.

Students trapped in a terrible political game

Of all the voluminous comments on the political crisis in Hong Kong known as the “Occupy Central” movement, a clear division can be dra...

Nation

China, Russia urge scientific co-op via innovation forum

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday voiced hope for enhancing cooperation in the fields of science and technology.

China's anti-graft chief warns corrupt officials

Wang Qishan Saturday promised to fight corruption like "treating sick trees" and "rooting up rotten ones".

China military spending efficiency

China is to introduce a results-based management system to ensure efficiency in military spending.

Cold front clears smog in China

A cold front on Sunday dispersed the smog in Beijing, Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province.

New proposals for care of the elderly

The government is looking at ways to relieve the stresses on the elderly and their relativesas China faces the challenge of an aging population.

Chinese appetite for foreign currency grows

China's appetite for foreign currency increased in September, leading to a net foreign exchange purchase among banks.

Safeguarding foreigners' rights

Changes to nation's criminal laws mean a greater number of foreign nationals are eligible for free legal aid when they go to court.

HK

74,000 private flats ready soon

About 74,000 medium-sized flats will come on stream in the private sector in the next three to four years, the govt said.

Tung Chee-hwa warns against long-term harm

The former Chief Executive said the protesters’ sticking point for civil nomination was against the Basic Law.

Occupy Central damages govt operations, rule of law: HK official

Hong Kong Financial Secretary John Tsang said Sunday that the on-going Occupy Central movement would damage government operations and the rule of law.

Temporary injunction against protesters extended

A temporary injunction scheduled to expire Friday will remain in effect until Monday as the High Court mulls a heavier hand on “Occupy Central” movement.

Focus HK

Trademark power

Despite early operational hitches, Hong Kong-run hospitals in Shenzhen remain a hit with mainland patients who relish the environment and services offered by the institutions.

Gay forever

Esther Eng made a slew of remarkable Cantonese-language films in 1930s US. In a new documentary Louisa Wei turns the spotlight on one of the pioneers of transnational Chinese cinema whom film historians seem to have forgotten.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Emergency declared in Sinai

A three-month state of emergency was declared after an assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula killed 30 Egyptian troops.

Vietnamese prefer nursing homes when old

With improved living conditions brought about by Vietnam's steady economic growth, more and more residents are slowly discarding parts of their traditional family values.

Disabled war photographer focuses on culture

When Palestinian Osama Silwadi was crippled by gunfire it ended his career as a war correspondent, but the now wheelchair-bound photographer has found a new calling - documenting his people's heritage.

China opposes sending DPRK to intl court

China says it's against referring the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record.

South Asia faces youth jobs crisis

Governments are scrambling for solutions to ease the rising levels of unemployed young people in region.

Young and jobless

Millions of Asian youths out of work or stuck in part-time, low-paying positions as unemployment soars.

Asia Weekly

Business

7% 'new norm' for China growth

A think tank said China's annual growth target will be around 7 percent in 2015, in line with economists' forecasts.

Cook wants all Apple products to enter China

Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said he hopes to adapt all of Apple's developments to work for the Chinese market.

Shenhua Q3 profits down

China Shenhua Energy said net profits had dropped 18.5 percent year-on-year in Q3 to 8.09 billion yuan.

Eye on Asia

Region's tumult worries Saudi Arabia's Shi'ites

Death sentences for three Shi'ite Muslims suggest that the region's wider turmoil is further hardening attitudes toward the sect at home.

Tough penalties loom as India cleans up business

Cleaning up India's grubby business climate is top of the agenda,and the new government will spurring hopes of more transparent allocations.

Abductions, prison ships feed Asian trafficking

The experiences of survivors recall the trans-Atlantic slave trade of centuries ago, their travails authorities say, are in response to combative efforts.

Sport

Ronaldo leads Madrid's 3-1 comeback over Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo scored to spark Real Madrid's 3-1 comeback win over Barcelona in a thrilling "clasico" match Saturday that handed the visitors their first loss of the Spanish league season.

Williams beats Wozniacki to reach champs final

Serena Williams regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6(6) on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals.

Chinese players dominate French Open semis

China have occupied three positions in both women's singles and doubles semifinals after third round matches at the French Open.

Fountain of ideas

Creative advertising wizard puts the Philippines on The global map with her award-winning and trendsetting campaigns.

Beyond the horizon

Girija Pande believes the capacity of China and India to work together will be key to future of Asia’s economic growth.

Exception to the rule

Malaysian software entrepreneur guided a start-up from early days of information technology to become an industry leader

Life Style

A window to another time

Longtangs refers to residential alleys in Shanghai and other cities of Eastern China, similar to the hutongs of Beijing - and they seem to reflect a more peaceful, traditional way of life, far from the stresses of urban living.

The weird world of Taobao

From dead mosquitoes to someone to yell at, the e-commerce site is full of oddities, report Erik Nilsson and Zhang Lei.

Quirky News

Heads or tails? Coin toss decides Peru election

A coin toss has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box.

Head to Vegas for a hearty laugh

The world's funniest person is going to be found in Las Vegas, where people will get to see five finalists square off in an Olympics of comedy.

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips.Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor.

Video

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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

2014 Campus Newspaper Awards

Varsity, a newspaper brought out by the students of Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has, once again, beaten all competition.

Roundtable

Increased diversity needed in China’s infrastructure financing

Private investors struggle to take on bigger role in nation's projects as public sector continues to dominate

Reshaping regional connectivity on agenda

As economies in South and East Asia rely on domestic consumers for a greater proportion of their GDP, they are increasingly aware of the importance of strong infrastructure.