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Quake toll could reach 10,000: Nepal PM

The toll in Saturday's earthquake in Nepal has climbed to 4,355. Another 61 were killed in India, and 25 in China's Tibet.

HK resident confirmed dead in Nepal

This marks the first Hong Kong resident to be recorded into the death toll in Nepal's earthquake.

Website oversight modalities in place

The Cyberspace Administration of China said executives of news and information portals will be questioned in event of lapses.

Vineyard land: China beats France

China now has more land dedicated to wine-making vineyards than France, but France is once again world's No. 1 wine producer.

PetroChina profit down 82%

Total revenue fell 22% to 410.3 billion yuan (US$65.9 billion) in past 3 months.

Landslides, snow hamper Tibet rescue

Another Yasukuni visit as Abe in US

The policy chief of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party paid homage to Yasukuni.

NPT has stood the test of time: China

Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong spoke at the 2015 NPT Review Conference at the UN.

Opinion

Government approach to HKTV has backfired

In a stunning reversal of fortunes for Ricky Wong, the High Court ruled last week that it was unlawful of CE and the Executive ...

The flaw in the Voluntary Health Insurance scheme

The fundamental flaw in the Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHS) is it was designed to run parallel to the public healthcare...

China stands by Nepal

While there is not much we can do to preventing natural disasters, particularly severe ones such as the magnitude-7.9 quake which struc...

Net closes in on fugitive officials

The global arrest warrants issued by the China National Central Bureau of Interpol for the 100 most-wanted corrupt Chinese officials wh...

Nepalese people are not alone

China has already sent a rescue team with some 60 members to Nepal and the Chinese leaders have sent their condolences to the leaders o...

Nation

Regulator establishes website oversight

The Cyberspace Administration of China said executives of news and information portals will be questioned in event of lapses.

NPT has stood the test of time: China

Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, head of the Chinese delegation to the 2015 NPT Review Conference, said this at the UN.

China refutes Philippine charges on island construction

Chinese construction on the islands and reefs in the South China Sea has not damaged the environment, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Landslides, falling snow hampering Tibet rescue

Damage greater than expected, according to region's Party chief.

Chicken-blood jade dealers feather nests

Traders in the small township of Sanmen are cashing in on a recently discovered rare natural resource that's boosting incomes and changing lives.

Beijing accelerates air pollution control

Beijing accelerates its fight against air pollution as it ticks to 100-day countdown of the 2022 Winter Olympics city-deciding vote.

Visas to Shanghai saved Jews before WWII

China and Israel unveiled a plaque to commemorate a late Chinese diplomat for his humanitarian efforts on the eve of WWII.

HK

HK resident confirmed dead in Nepal

A 42-year-old male Nepalese holding a Hong Kong identity card had been confirmed dead on Tuesday.

Poll shows support for electoral reform rises

Sixty-three percent of residents surveyed by the HKRA said they want lawmakers to vote for the reform package.

HK shares end flat, oil giants slump

The Hang Sang Index ended flat at 28,442.75, while the China Enterprises Index lost 0.2 percent, to 14,714.79 points.

HK raises travel alert for Nepal to red

A government spokesman said HK residents intending to visit Nepal should avoid non-essential travel, including leisure travel.

Focus HK

Babysitting blues

Lack of affordable childcare facilities is making new mothers stay away from work in a city already plagued by chronic labor shortage.

Life and soul of the party

From growing up skint in Canada to being the de facto entertainment tsar of Hong Kong, Lan Kwai Fong Chairman Allan Zeman has come a long way.

Saving the endangered fire dragon

Residents of Pok Fu Lam Village — the last hamlet on Hong Kong Island — have come together to reclaim recognition for birthplace of Mid-Autumn Festival ritual dance.

Asia

9 await execution in Indonesia

Authorities on Monday granted Andrew Chan's last wish to marry his Indonesian girlfriend.

Quake toll could reach 10,000: Nepal PM

Residents frustrated by the government's slow response used their bare hands to dig for signs of their loved ones.

Another Yasukuni visit ahead of Abe-Obama meet

The policy chief of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party paid homage to Yasukuni as Shinzo Abe is set to meet Obama.

Captain of doomed ferry sentenced to life in prison

A South Korean appellate court on Tuesday handed down a sentence of life in prison to the captain of a ferry that sank last year, killing more than 300 people.

Up and down

Mixed views on outlook for Asian economies even as China’s slowdown weighs on region.

Asia braces for US rate hike

Stronger fundamentals and policies to prevent capital outflow are likely to protect regional economies.

Asia Weekly

Business

China now has more vineyard land than France

China now boasts more land dedicated to wine-making vineyards than France, but France is once again world's No. 1 wine producer.

PetroChina profit down 82% on low oil price

Total revenue fell 22 percent to 410.3 billion yuan (US$65.9 billion).

Asian markets lower

Asian stock markets fell due to downbeat economic data from Europe ahead of major earnings reports.

Eye on Asia

Yemenis stranded in Egypt as war hits home

Saudi Arabia, which launched its campaign against Houthi rebels in late March, has closed the airspace over Yemen.

Iraq faces huge challenges in Anbar

Iraqi forces are on a westward push to retake Anbar, a sprawling Sunni-dominated desert province captured by the Islamic State group in their offensive last year.

Vietnam and US test their friendship

For decision-makers in Hanoi and Washington, an anniversary more significant to relations today comes this summer.

Sport

Manchester United launches on WeChat

English premiership club Manchester United now has created a presence on China's largest social media platform, WeChat.

Wimbledon announces 7% increase in prize money

Prize money for the Wimbledon will total US$40.60m this year, surpassing last year's US Open purse of US$38.25m.

'Chicharito' a dilemma for Real Madrid

Real Madrid have a tough decision to make in the next few days on whether to buy Mexican striker Javier Hernandez.

Teeing it forward

China’s ‘Mr Golf’ plans to overcome industry’s ‘coldest winter’ with diversification and a sustainable eco-tourism model.

Straddling two worlds

KPMG partner is an old China hand who wants to help his fellow Australians fully embrace the benefits of Chinese investments.

Trade pioneer

Xu Ningning has played a crucial role in creating successful China-ASEAN business opportunities for over two decades.

Life Style

Treasures to shine at Palace Museum

As part of festivities marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Palace Museum in Beijing, a "Long Live Celebration" show will be staged.

Different angles

David Hockney last visited China in 1981, but his recent trip to the capital proved he still has many fans in the country. Lin Qi reports.

Quirky News

What's in a name?

A father in Shandong has failed to register the birth of his daughter who has no given surname.

Off Key

New Zealand's PM John Key has apologized to a cafe worker who said he'd repeatedly pulled her ponytail when he visited the cafe near his home over a period of months.

Coffee spill behind Nikolic's plane scare

Coffee spilling on instruments panel by a co-pilot let to the sudden plunge of the Serbian president's plane last week.

Video

Writing on the wall

In its second year, HKwalls 2015 transformed Hong Hong's Sheung Wan and Stanley Market localities into galleries of graffiti in two colorful weeks in March.

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

Asian media to have closer cooperation

Editors from Asia News Network (ANN) members have agreed to further integrate their newsrooms as the alliance wrapped up a two-day meeting in Tokyo on Friday.

Roundtable

Reeling in the crowds for regional films

Asia’s growing movie industry is set to benefit from a new generation of audiences along the New Silk Road and beyond.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.