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Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed': Official

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday that an Air Algerie flight with more than 100 people on board...

Taiwan crash blamed on bad weather

Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that kille...

Japan challenges China's sovereignty over islands

The Japanese Foreign Ministry released declassified diplomatic archives regarding the Diaoyu Islands on Thursday, a move ob...

Husi: McDonald's makes belated disclosure

Fast-food chain McDonald's made an open apology on Thursday for not telling the public that it had imported chicken thigh f...

S Korea offers US$11b in stimulus as growth dips

The stimulus and property market-boosting steps came to shore up demand after reporting its...

China probes 581 firms, restaurants

China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributo...

18 kids killed in India train-bus crash

At least 18 students and their school bus driver were killed while 20 other students injure...

Van Gaal debut nets ManU win

Manchester United made an impressive debut under coach Louis van Gaal on Wednesday night, w...

Opinion

Hong Kong is now a deeply divided society

As we all know the process of political reform in Hong Kong is well underway. The government has completed its public consultat...

Solution to political impasse still possible

Recently NPCSC Chairman Zhang Dejiang met Hong Kong government officials, pro-establishment leaders and Basic Law Committee mem...

Beyond the GDP growth target

The growth rate of 7.4 percent for the first half year consists of contribution of 0.3 percent from primary industry, 3.5 percent from ...

Growth unaffected by restructuring

Missing its whole-year growth target, the Chinese economy still proved resilient after it expanded by 7.4 percent year-on-year in the f...

BRICS must go for a 'Rio Consensus'

Conveniently scheduled at the end of the World Cup, the sixth BRICS summit presents the leaders of five emerging economies a truly hist...

Nation

Japan challenges China's sovereignty over islands

The Japanese Foreign Ministry released declassified diplomatic archives regarding the Diaoyu Islands on Thursday, a move observers say attempts to challenge China's centuries-long sover...

China plans railway to India, Nepal borders by 2020

China plans to extend a railway line linking Tibet with the rest of the country to the borders of India, Nepal and Bhutan b...

Senior political advisor of Tianjin removed from post

Wu Changshun, a senior political advisor of north China's Tianjin, has been dismissed from his post for suspected serious discipline and l...

Crash: Airline blames bad weather

Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people and...

Eyeballing online

Chinese Internet TV and media devices are revolutionizing information and entertainment even as traditional counterparts face demise, Bao Wanxian reports in Tianjin.

Faking the grade

Many Chinese students are fueling an industry of fraudulent US university applications, reports He Na in Beijing.

Belief in building

China’s oldest Buddhist temple is becoming a channel to boost religious study and strengthen friendship across borders, report Hou Liqiang and Qi Xin in Luoyang, Henan province and Zhang Yunbi in Beijing.

HK

Husi: McDonald's makes belated disclosure

Fast-food chain McDonald's made an open apology on Thursday for not telling the public that it had imported chicken thigh fillets and pork cutlet produced by...

Hui didn't reveal links with SHKP, says former secretary

Former Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Michael Suen Ming-yeung told the High Court on Thursday that former Chief Secretary Rafael Hui did not declare any conflicts of interest...

HK's exports up 11.4% in June

The value of total exports of goods in Hong Kong rose 11.4 percent from a year earlier to 309.2 billion HK dollars (about 39.8 billion US dollars) in June, after a year-on-year increase of 4.9 percent in May, Hong Kong's statistics department said on Thursday

Call to include elderly in workforce

Hong Kong's workforce should be more inclusive of the elderly as a greater segment of the city's labor market ages, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung said on Thursday.

Focus HK

The capsule revolution

Sachets are oh-so last-year. Coffee lovers can now enjoy the pleasure of ground, pre-processed coffee beans at home and at work. Jenny Wang serves up a fresh brew.

HK in his eyes

Novelist Dung Kai-cheung tries to bring to his writing the ‘inaccuracies’ about Hong Kong’s history. Chritralehka Basu talks to the ‘Author of the Year’ who’s credited with putting the city at the center of his works.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

15 dead in Israeli shelling of Gaza school

Israeli forces shelled a UN-run school sheltering Palestinians in the northern Gaza strip, the Gaza health ministry said on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and raising the conflict's death toll to nearly 750.

18 kids killed in India train-bus crash

At least 18 students and their school bus driver were killed while 20 other students injured after a train rammed into the bus at an unmanned crossing in the southern Indian state of Telangana Thursday

S'pore tells airlines to assess conflict zone risk

Singapore's civil aviation authority has asked airlines based in the city-state to review their risk assessment of conflict zones

'Malaysian airliner's voice recorder in good condition'

The cockpit voice recorder of the Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine is in good condition, the UN civil aviation body said on Wednesday

China packs on the pounds

One unfortunate side effect of nation’s new-found wealth is its growing obesity problem

Asia’s junk food craving intensifies

International brands profiting from increasingly unhealthy diets of the region’s expanding middle classes

Asia Weekly

Business

S Korea offers US$11b in stimulus as growth dips

South Korea's economic growth has hit its lowest level in three quarters.

China regulator 'deems Qualcomm has monopoly'

China's antitrust regulator has confirmed that Qualcomm Inc, one of the world's biggest mobile chipmakers, has a monopoly, the state-run Securities Times newspaper

China July HSBC flash PMI rises to 18-month high

Activity in China's factory sector expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months in July, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Thursday, as a raft of government stimulus measures kicked in.

Eye on Asia

Endangered Tibetan monkey makes a comeback

The Hongla Mountain National Nature Reserve, in Markam county of the Tibet autonomous region, has seen a steady increase in recent years...

Singapore bans Archie comics

Singapore has banned a volume of the "Archie" comic book that featured a same-sex marriage, adding fuel to a censorship row that erupted over a children's story about two male penguins hatching an egg

Farmers strive to feed DPRK

Rim Ok-hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance.

Sport

Man United bury Galaxy 7-0 in Van Gaal's debut

Manchester United made an impressive debut under coach Louis van Gaal on Wednesday night, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice late in the first half of a 7-0 friendly victory over the LA Galaxy.

Ronaldinho on Boca Juniors radar

Argentine giants Boca Juniors are reportedly eyeing a move for two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho.

Dunga names 1994 teammates as assistant coaches

Newly appointed Brazil coach Dunga has named former Internacional assistant manager Andrey Lopes as his deputy and two of his 1994 teammates as assistant coaches.

Rebuilding Myanmar

Hard work helped serge pun escape turbulent childhood to become a tycoon instrumental in nation’s development

Man of the crowd

Chinese designer who cofounded Asia’s biggest crowdfunding platform in Australia is taking the popular concept to China

Empowering the poor

Grameen Bank founder extends global reach after revolutionizing Bangladesh’s banking system through micro financing concepts

Life Style

Battle for the big screen

As the competition for summer box-office dominance heats up, Wang Kaihao looks at the innovative online marketing techniques being used by domestic filmmakers.

A career transformed

Li Bingbing's celebrity has taken off after her appearance in an international blockbuster.

Quirky News

Argentina tells world to stop bothering bear

Argentina's last captive polar bear will remain in the country despite a petition by more than a half million people asking that it be moved to Canada

T-shirt typo turns heads at Mandela bicycle ride

Cyclists traversing Johannesburg in Nelson Mandela's honor wore T-shirts with one of his many inspiring quotations, along with a glaring typographical error in the word "freedom."

Plane's near-miss now a whale of a tale

A dramatic video of a sea plane just missing a surfacing humpback whale as it came in to land in Alaska has become a hit online, and the man who shot it says it was blind luck.

Video

The long and short of it

For homeless people living in Sham Shui Po, a barber shop can be as inaccessible as a roof over the head. But what started as a “shaky” enterprise for a group of Hong Kong volunteers, is now a near-professional approach to lending dignity to those who desperately need a haircut.

Cleaner fuel vital for energy generation

In the opinion of William Yu, chief executive of World Green Organisation, emissions from power generation in Hong Kong are under strict control, while most polluting emissions come from the vehicles.

'HK on a unique path to democracy'

Hong Kong is taking a unique path to democracy and should not copy foreign models of democratic development, Lau Siu-kai, vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, said on Thursday.

Special

Crazy football

Football has the charm that makes the world crazy. After a breathtaking World Cup, the June round of China Daily’s College Photo Contest, “Crazy Football”, has concluded. Among works submitted by university students from all around China, Breakthrough, by Liu Zheng of Guangxi University Of Foreign Languages, won the first prize. Two second and five third prizes were also awarded.

Roundtable

Retailing Strategies in Asia: The Next Generation

Retailers have to differentiate themselves and offer an...

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...