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Alibaba face possible class lawsuit in US

Five law firms in the US are probing investor claims over business practices by the Chinese giant.

China backs France in terrorism fight

China firmly supports France, still reeling from the Paris terror attacks, in its fight against terrorism.

Budget cut suspended train project

A Mexican official said budget cut decision suspended a high-speed rail project, which was won by a Chinese-led consortium.

Chinese relatives reject MH370 report

Many Chinese families of passengers on MH370 demand that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died.

Schools warned against 'western values'

China's schools are warned to maintain political integrity and never let textbooks promotin...

China calls for peace at sea

China asked other countries not to "create dissension" among countries and "create tension"...

China to boost cloud computing capacity

China intends to markedly boost cloud computing capacity by 2017, developing an Internet po...

Gender imbalance concerns reborn

The Chinese mainland holds 33.76 million more males than females, with the sex ratio standi...

Opinion

Financial reforms should proceed with caution

The Hong Kong government should proceed with caution in its future plans to reform and control the city’s major financial insti...

Hong Kong must get back up the global rankings

The announcement that Hong Kong has fallen sharply down the global ranking of livable cities comes as a shock to those that liv...

Too much sitting is bad for your health!

Be honest with yourself when you answer this question, because in the truest sense of the word your very life might be at stake: How ma...

New home ownership scheme faces many hurdles

The Policy Address unveiled a pilot scheme for existing tenants and those applicants who have passed the vetting process and are eligib...

Divisions may deny SAR chance of democracy

Whichever way you look at Hong Kong’s current situation despite it being recognized as a world city, it is not a city at ease with itself.

Nation

China backs France in terrorism fight

China firmly supports France, still reeling from the Paris terror attacks, in its fight against terrorism.

Corruption fighters may include outsiders

China's top-level policymaking group on reform pledged to reach outside the existing disciplinary organization for qualifie...

Doctor sacked after nurse drags newborn in hospital

A doctor has been fired after a newborn baby was killed after being dragged several meters by the mother's wheelchair.

China calls for peace and stability in South China Sea

China on Friday asked other countries not to "create dissension" among countries and "create tension" in the South China Sea area.

Gender imbalance concerns reborn

The Chinese mainland holds 33.76 million more males than females, with the sex ratio standing at 115.88 to 100.

Green home shows new way of life

Sustainable house recycles water, turns waste into gas for cooking.

Making the pole their goal

Pole dancing is growing in popularity in China, where it's regarded as a good form of exercise with an image far removed from the sleazy activity associated with seedy nightclubs in the West.

HK

Lam announces beneficial initiatives with Shenzhen

Shenzhen youth exchanges and medical services for elderly people would be highlights of the year’s cross-border initiatives.

MTRC cannot handle Express Rail Link: Panel

The city's railway monopoly is incapable of handling the Express Rail Link project, said an expert panel scrutinizing the MTRC.

Freer economy may split society, warn experts

Scholars and economists warn that there’s a downside to be world's freest economy.

81 die in flu epidemic

Hong Kong is undergoing its most serious flu epidemic for years — with 81 people dying from H3N2 influenza during the first four weeks of the flu season.

Focus HK

Time to roll the dice

After a gloomy 2014, Macao gaming revenue has yet to hit the jackpot but analysts believe fortunes will turn.

At ease in both worlds

James Shea arrives in HK at a time when universities are beginning to appreciate the model of the writer as academic. Chitralekha Basu met the poet in the lead-up to the launch of his new book, The Lost Novel.

'Smart guardian' at the door

Innovation has added strength to civilian security industry with the invention of an intelligent device hat can do much more than a surveillance camera at home or the office.

Asia

AirAsia captain left seat 'before jet lost control'

The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said.

Israel to build 450 new homes in West Bank settlement

Israel's government issued tenders to build 450 new housing units in Jewish settlements in the Palestinian West Bank.

20 killed, 40 injured in Pakistan mosque explosion

At least 20 people were killed and over 40 others injured after a blast hit a Shiite mosque in Shikarpur.

IS group silent as deadline passes with no swap

Families of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot remained in limbo Friday, a day after the purported deadline.

Perfect storm

Asian currencies in for rough ride on strengthening dollar and global uncertainty.

Demand for yuan picks up pace

Currency internationalization proceeds as gap narrows between offshore and onshore values.

Asia Weekly

Business

Mexico suspends train project 'to cut budget'

Mexico said a decision to cut this year's budget would affect plans for construction of two key rail infrastructure in the country.

Sparkle aside HK's housing crisis

The number of homes completed in the private sector in Hong Kong reached an eight-year high in 2014.

Alibaba may face class-action suit

This follows a critical Chinese government report about counterfeit goods being sold on one of the company's online platforms.

Eye on Asia

New dangers for Pakistanis fleeing offensive

For decades Afghans have fed into Pakistan to escape war and upheaval,but in recent months the tide has reversed.

Thai vigilantes combat human trafficking

Despite pledges by Thailand's military junta to combat human trafficking, the volunteers say the influx of illegal migrants is growing.

Israel's center-left looks to unseat Netanyahu

The opposition also blames Netanyahu for Israel's high cost of living and for deteriorating relations with the US.

Sport

Woods posts 82, highest score of his pro career

When Tiger Woods missed a 10-foot par putt on his final hole Friday in the Phoenix Open, he had the worst score of his career — an 11-over 82.

Bayern slump to 1st Bundesliga defeat

Wolfsburg routed Bayern Munich 4-1 on Friday to hand the Bundesliga leader its first defeat of the league season.

Djokovic beats Wawrinka to reach final

Novak Djokovic beat defending champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to reach his fifth Australian Open final.

Oodles of success

One man’s bold vision revived a vermicelli enterprise and turned it into China’s largest exporter of the product.

Filling the plate

Maxim’s chairman has revamped the popular Hong Kong restaurant brand into a hugely successful collection of diverse dining outlets.

Power to transform

Overcoming the skeptics to build UAE's thriving Free Trade Zone was just a first step for intrepid leader who is now ready for a new challenge.

Life Style

Language apps turn learning into a game

A new generation of Chinese language apps use tricks traditionally employed by online games to get users hooked on learning.

Lijiang cools a passion for sexy ads that lure visitors

The ancient town is to curb the use of vulgar publicity stunts related to sex that are used to promote tourism.

Quirky News

Still single? Adopt a scorpion

Feeling the sting of rejection? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of that special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.

Smoker fined $15,000 for tossing out butts

Singapore has fined a smoker S$19,800 ($15,000) for throwing cigarette butts out of his flat window, the highest ever such fine.

Chinese official blames smoked bacon for smog

While experts point to car emissions for causing foul air, a Sichuan official has laid the blame on people making smoked bacon.

Video

Hope on wheels

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015 held on Jan 25 attracted more than 70,000 participants from all over the world. Other than mainstream runners, there was a dedicated contingent that rose to the wheelchair challenge. chinadailyasia.com finds out from a few how they did it.

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

Reviving the Ru

2014, the Year of the Horse in Chinese lunar calendar, has proved to be yet another successful year for Han Qin. Her application for a national scientific and technological cooperation project on research and development of Ru wares got approved.

Roundtable

Ideal gateway for overseas ventures

Mainland outbound direct investment (ODI) is for the first time set to exceed inbound figures, underscoring a trend where the world’s second-biggest economy is poised to become a net outbound investment destination.

If you build it, they will come

The importance of Qianhai Cooperation Zone lies not only in its pilot role of spearheading financial innovation, but also in its key role in correcting the misalignment of the country’s economic structure, said Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, president of the Qianhai Institute for Innovative Research.