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Beijing to ban smoking in indoor public places

Beijing adopted an anti-smoking legislation on Friday, vowing to ban smoking in all indoor public places, workplaces and pu...

GZ-HK train tests wifi service

Passengers on a train from Guangzhou to Hong Kong enjoyed free wireless network access on Friday.

Chinese stocks surge for 7th day

China's A shares have rallied for a seventh day amid a slide in oil prices, expectations over the introduction of a deposit...

Begging banned in Beijing subway

A regulation passed by Beijing municipal legislators imposes fines for begging, busking and flyer distribution in the crowd...

Deposit insurance scheme launch soon

China is set to introduce its long-awaited deposit insurance scheme as early as at the begi...

Residents welcome return to normalcy

Mong Kok eesidents were delighted that traffic was flowing normally once again.

HSBC charged with aiding tax evasion

Argentina's tax agency charged HSBC bank with helping more than 4,000 Argentines evade taxes.

HK housing policy stirs up debate

The government’s proposed subsidized housing scheme has elicited sharply divided opinions f...

Opinion

Are English levels in HK really declining?

Leaving full-time local education are less well-equipped with English language skills to be able to operate effectively at work.

Solving HK’s land supply problem

Macao offers a good example to Hong Kong. The enclave has borrowed land from outside of its borders.

Abe exploits ballot to extend tenure

Two years ago the Liberal Democratic Party, in opposition, won a landslide victory in the general election, putting Shinzo Abe in offic...

Sincerity from Abe needed

If they really want relations with China to substantially improve, earnestness to build political trust is needed from the Japanese gov...

Three pillars to hold up Asia

In the age of globalization, the interests of countries have never been so closely interconnected. More and more Asians have come to re...

Nation

Beijing to ban smoking in indoor public places

Beijing adopted an anti-smoking legislation on Friday, vowing to ban smoking in all indoor public places, workplaces and public transport vehicles.

Death sentence of cult members upheld

The Shandong Higher People's Court upheld the death sentence of two Church of the Almighty God cult members who beat a woma...

Begging, busking banned in Beijing subway

A regulation passed by Beijing municipal legislators imposes fines for begging, busking and flyer distribution in the crowded Beijing subway.

China's new barley breed sets yield record

Chinese agricultural scientists have developed a new highland breed of barley which yielded 5,265 kilograms a hectare, setting a new domes...

Visa change may boost tourism to the US

Extended durations will enable Chinese travelers easier access to the United States, but could also result in a surge in wealthy nationals moving away for good.

High cost of 2nd child puts couples off

Only 24.9 percent of couples now allowed to have a second child have filed applications, according to a survey released Thursday.

The wrong side of the road

As vehicle numbers soar, traffic jams are becoming a fact of life on China's overcrowded urban highways.

HK

GZ-HK train tests wifi service

Passengers on a train from Guangzhou to Hong Kong enjoyed free wireless network access on Friday.

Residents welcome return to normalcy

Residents, businesses and motorists in Mong Kok were delighted on Thursday that normal traffic flows had resumed following latest street clearance operations.

HK shares close down despite Shanghai rally

Hong Kong shares shrugged off a massive rally in mainland shares to finish down on Friday.

Housing policy stirs debate

The government’s proposed subsidized housing scheme has sharply divided opinions among Hong Kong’s property elites.

Focus HK

An American in Kremlin

She was the first-ever dancer from the US to be hired by the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow - a company she would leave following a scandal.

Spaced out

Soon there might not be enough warehouses to stock the goods that are the mainstay of Hong Kong’s flourishing retail economy.

A reel challenge

As HK filmmakers ditch the trademark kungfu and gangster genres in favor of social realism, industry insiders wonder if big budgets and bigger audiences from the mainland may be such an unmixed blessing.

Asia

Japan paper retracts 'sex slave' explanation

The Yomiuri Shimbun on Friday apologized for explaining "comfort women" as "sex slave or servitude" in the previous stories of its English-language daily.

Process begins to impeach Yingluck

Thailand's legislature started impeachment proceedings against ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over a loss-making rice subsidy program.

Volcano in south Japan erupts, disrupting flights

A volcano in southern Japan blasted out chunks of magma Friday in the first such eruption in 22 years.

Bombing: Indonesian, 2 Filipinos convicted

A Philippine court has convicted an Indonesian militant and two Filipino extremists for their role in a 2002 mall bombing.

Diagnosing the threat

Asian econimies likely to take a hit if infectious diseases spread, yet past cases prove effects are usually short-lived.

Fast facts about infectious diseases

While the Ebola outbreak has claimed thousands of lives, neglected tropical maladies have proved deadlier in Asia.

Asia Weekly

Business

China to raise oil product consumption tax

China will raise the consumption tax on oil products beginning Saturday, the first adjustment since 2009.

Malaysia Airlines apologizes for tweet, posts loss

Malaysia Airlines says its losses worsened in 3Q after its business was hit by two deadly passenger jet disasters this year.

Chinese stocks surge for seven days

China's A shares have rallied for a seventh day amid a slide in oil prices, expectations over the introduction of a deposit insurance system and a cut in reserve ratios.

Eye on Asia

'Laos' future in hands of youth'

The burgeoning youth population of both Laos and the wider developing world is a key focus, United Nations Population Fund said.

Micromanaging 240m Indonesians?

Widodo's down-to-earth manner, cultivated as a small-city mayor and then as governor of Jakarta, has won him many admirers in Indonesia.

In search of lost time in high-speed Tokyo

Tradition can be hard to find amid the lanes and towers of the metropolis of 13 million, mainly due to its reputation as a spick-and-span place that gets things done.

Sport

China down to 99 in the latest FIFA rankings

China dropped to 99th position on the November edition of the overall FIFA world rankings, 11 places lower than last month.

Spurs advance in Europa League after game halted

Tottenham was among nine teams to qualify for the knockout stage of the Europa League after beating Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in a match that was briefly suspended because of three separate pitch invasions.

Pele says 'nothing serious' with him

Brazilian great Pele said Thursday he is not seriously ill, easing fears that his health deteriorated while being treated for a urinary tract infection.

Taipan's tale

Swire pacific chairman bring three decades of experience to a diverse and growing business seeking new pastures in China.

For children’s sake

Nobel Peace Prize winner says his award shows that the world recognizes need to end child labor and deliver education for all.

Paying it forward

One of Kazahkstan’s first generation of post-Soviet entrepreneurs is now dedicated to helping fellow businesswomen aim high.

Life Style

Stars shine with a different shimmer

The appeal of foreign film deities in China is a mystery shrouded in cultural niceties and uncontrollable timing.

SARFT to ban Internet slang on screen and ads

State Administration of Radio, Film and Television issued a notice to ban the use of Internet slang and non-standardized Chinese on programs and ads.

Quirky News

Feather touch

The presidential turkey pardon is a quirky annual tradition at Thanksgiving, the holiday when American families gather for turkey feasts.

Going bananas!

A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun.

New Thai tourism spin: 'I Hate Thailand'

The video called "I Hate Thailand" drew more than 1 million views within days of being posted last week.

Video

Home and Away

Determined to give Hong Kong a taste of the culinary delights of hometown Xi’an and to quell the appetite of Shaanxi residents craving authentic Xi’an food, a pair of university graduates started their own outlet.

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

The Great Autumn

Autumn is always colorful and beautiful. The Octobor round of China Daily College Photo Contest themed “The Great Autumn” has concluded.

Roundtable

New Silk Road — the great Asia connect

China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative aims to bring economies from central Europe to Africa closer and create an once-in-a-decade opportunity for the logistics sector as well as traders in Hong Kong and the rest of Asia.

HACTL eyeing a slice of Asia’s e-commerce pie

On the heels of Alibaba’s record $9.3-billion sales on “Singles Day” (Nov 11), reflecting the mega growth of e-commerce in China and the Asia-Pacific, air-cargo industry executives are candid about the need to embrace a new business model and ramp up service levels.