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Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China Sep 23

Microsoft Corp will launch its Xbox One gaming console in China on September 23, making it the first foreign company...

Thailand-China fast train gets go ahead

Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail...

China slams US report on its religious status

China on Wednesday expressed "firm opposition" to a US report about China's religious situation

Russia bans Polish fruit, vegetables

Russia announced a ban on most fruit and vegetable imports from Poland on Wednesday and said it may extend the restrictions...

DPRK fires 4 short-range projectiles

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired four short-range projectiles, which ...

China to help 100m settle in cities

China plans to help about 100 million people without urban ID records to settle in towns an...

Roma defeat Real Madrid

Roma beats Real Madrid 1-0 on Tuesday in a friendly match disrupted by a pitch invasion, wi...

No suspected Ebola case in HK

Hong Kong Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said that so far the health department ...

Opinion

Foolish to harm Sino-UK relations over HK affairs

On July 22, the UK Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee began an inquiry into Britain’s relations with Hong Kong. It will concl...

Foreign CEOs are not always best for HK

Services on the MTR Corporation’s (MTRC) Kwun Tong Line were delayed last Wednesday morning.

Caging corrupt 'tigers'

For months, as his relatives and former underlings were caught up in the anti-graft dragnet one after another, the fate of Zhou Yongkan...

Cyber cold war likely to continue

Most countries engage in a degree of corporate spying; however, boundaries should be put in place

No leniency on food crimes

The scandal will also make a difference to the amending of the Food Safety Law, which is being reviewed by lawmakers of the Standing Co...

Nation

China slams US report on its religious status

China on Wednesday expressed "firm opposition" to a US report about China's religious situation

China to help 100 million citizens settle in cities

China plans to help about 100 million people without urban ID records to settle in towns and cities by 2020, the State Coun...

Investigators dig deeply into CNPC operations

China’s ongoing anti-corruption investigations into officials who have close ties to China National Petroleum Corp, the country’s oil gian...

Plenary session to focus on rule of law

The rule of law will be high on the agenda during the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee when i...

Apologizing for atrocities

Calls are growing for Japan to take full responsibility for its 'comfort women' sex crimes during the war, report He Na and Zhang Lei.

Behavior beyond classes

A scandal involving a university professor’s alleged sexual harassment of a student is refueling debate over abuse on Chinese campuses, report Sun Li and Hu Meidong in Xiamen, Fujian province.

Shaolin: Fists of fame

Ancient temple riding a wave of global interest in its style of kung fu, report Hou Liqiang and Qi Xin in Dengfeng, Henan province.

HK

Legco urges lawmakers to come clean on donations

The Legislative Council has demanded opposition lawmakers come clean on donations from media mogul Jimmy Lai which they secretly pocketed

No suspected Ebola case in HK

Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said this afternoon that so far the health department hasn't received any reports of suspected Ebola case

HK rises for 7th day, China down

Hong Kong's benchmark index climbed to fresh 3-1/2-year highs on Wednesday, with major property developers leading the rise as investors bet on a solid performance for first-half earnings.

HSBC staffer gets 10 yrs for selling client data

An HSBC financial services executive has been sentenced to ten years in prison for selling clients’ personal data to a criminal syndicate.

Focus HK

Turn down that noise!

Public square dancing has spilled over into Hong Kong from the mainland, arousing some passion from the local community. But, it has also triggered disquiet among residents who detest the loud noise generated. Hua Yang writes.

Teaching life lessons

At a time when college education is increasingly seen as a stepping stone to a secure and profit-oriented career, Hang Seng Management College is keen to broaden the horizons of its students. Lin Jing talks to Simon Ho Shun-man, the institution’s new president.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Thai junta approves high-speed rail link to China

Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China

A day after sanctions, Russia bans Polish fruit and vegetables

Russia announced a ban on most fruit and vegetable imports from Poland on Wednesday and said it may extend the restrictions to the rest of the European Union, its first apparent retaliation to new Western sanctions imposed over Ukraine a day earlier

US approves $700 million sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq

The US State Department has approved the sale of 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq as Baghdad tries to fend off militant Islamist forces

India firm on Finmeccanica copter probe

India's top crime-fighting agency said on Wednesday it would press ahead with its investigation into a scrapped helicopter contract with Italy's Finmeccanica

Winning Zou stokes Chinese interest

Fanbase ready for more action as poster boy from Zunyi closes in on professional world title

Weak yuan weighs on airlines

Currency's slide to hit first-half earnings of China's three major carriers

Asia Weekly

Business

Microsoft picks China, UK for Cortana debut

Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app in an update to Windows Phone 8.1

China brands think local, beat rivals

An army of Chinese retailers is tapping local tastes to whittle away market share from global rivals

Asia stocks rise on earnings

Asian stocks rose Wednesday ahead of US economic data and as cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. countered a lower close on Wall Street.

Eye on Asia

Splintering Iraq reaches breaking point

Salman Khaled has lived through Baghdad's sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival...

Vietnamese taste for cat puts pets in peril

The enduring popularity of "little tiger" as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers.

DPRK bolsters cyberwarfare ability

Sizable portion of its scarce defence resources dedicated to training “cyberwarriors” and boosting online combat capabilities.

Sport

Fabio Capello to stay on as Russia coach

Fabio Capello is staying in his post as Russia coach despite the team's World Cup failure

Pitch invasion as Roma beat Madrid

Roma beats Real Madrid 1-0 on Tuesday in a friendly match disrupted by a pitch invasion, with a Palestinian flag being waved among the intruders.

Rasmus homer in 12th gives O's win over Angels

Baltimore's Manny Machado homered leading off the 12th inning to give the Orioles a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday in a result that had an impact on their divisional races in the American League.

Bricks and mortar of IT

Indian property mogul has built a fortune creating industrial space for technology firms in Bangalore

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

Life Style

Controversial celebrity educator converts to Buddhism

Celebrity Chinese educator Li Yang has converted to Buddhism at a renowned Buddhist temple following a domestic violence scandal that put the creator of the "Crazy English" method of language learning at the center of controversy.

James Brown biopic 'Get On Up' revels in drama and dance moves

At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to play the "Godfather of Soul" in the new biopic "Get On Up."

Quirky News

Down the drain

Australian budget airline Jetstar apologised after a crew member told passengers to flush away "anything you shouldn't have".

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."

Video

A different twist

Traditional Chinese joss papers have always been associated with the deceased and apparitions, Auyeung Ping Chi is trying to add an altogether different dimension to them.

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...