China's home prices continue to cool

New home prices in 67 out of 70 major cities reported month-on-month drops last month, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

HK's capital-raising role under threat

The biggest challenge to HK's position as a major market for the lucrative Chinese IPOs is likely to come from New York.

'UK has no role in 50-year pledge'

Citing the position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was iterated that the UK retains no right of supervision over HK.

China set to lay tracks for Europe

China will boost its presence in the Balkans & funnel exports to Europe through a "corridor" linking Beijing to the continent.

Mainland bank shares ‘undervalued’

HK stock brokers are cautiously optimistic about the mainland’s banking sector in 2015.

FBI probing Sony cyber attack

The White House National Security Council said the FBI was leading the investigation.

US restores ties with Cuba

Obama declares the end of America's "outdated approach" to Cuba, announcing ties afresh.

Russians flock to stores

Russian consumers flocked to the stores, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items.


Is seventy five the ideal age to bow out?

Apart from being alive technically, to be frank, many people are just waiting for death.

Education on 'One Country, Two Systems' is need of the hour

HK people have been forcibly taken on a rollercoaster ride of political chaos, economic downturn and social disruption triggere...

Where will PM Abe take Japan now?

Very few can imagine Prime Minister Shinzo Abe winning a single popularity contest anywhere in the neighborhood of East Asia.

More homes imminent

The government move for greater focus on increased subsidized housing supply is a sensible one.

No late recovery of justice

A retrial lasting more than three weeks finally acquitted a young man called Huugjilt of the rape and murder of a young woman, for whic...


China set to make tracks for Europe

China is to boost its presence in the Balkans and funnel exports to Europe through a "corridor" linking Beijing with the continent via the Mediterranean.

Xi, Li send condolences to Pakistan

Chinese leaders extended condolences over a terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan that killed at least 141 people, inclu...

Special website for festival tipoffs launched

The CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said the initiative would put the central authority's frugal policies into practice.

Li makes pitch for business investment

In front of key government officials and more than 1,500 businessmen from Central and Eastern Europe, Premier Li Keqiang laid out Beijing'...

PLA submariners defy death in the depths

Crew members' well-honed skills and exceptional courage cited for averting disaster.

Relocated parents face hard lessons

As young Chinese children head abroad to study, many anxious parents are opting to move with them, but some experts say the trend is a double-edged sword.

AVIC takes aim at the overseas market

One of China's leading defense contractors has just unveiled its new generation jet fighter to wide acclaim.


Mainland banking shares ‘undervalued’

Stock brokers in Hong Kong are cautiously optimistic about the mainland’s banking sector in 2015.

Govt to seek losses from 'Occupy' movement

The government will review the damaged done to the public properties by "Occupy Central" protesters and seek its loss.

Protesters may be sued for damaging property

The government may seek compensation from and pursue legal liability claims against “Occupy Central” protesters who damaged or commandeered public property during the over-two-month-long occupation, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said on Wednesday.

UK has no role in 50-year pledge: HK govt

The Hong Kong government reaffirmed that the Sino-British Joint Declaration was now a part of history. The promise to uphold, unchanged for 50 years, policies regarding Hong Kong, was made only by the Chinese government, it added.

Focus HK

Chopsticks for change

Carrie Tang could have been a well-paid accountant by now, but she chose to use her B-school degree to start a cafe where philanthropy would be served with a dollop of innovation.

Costumes with a 3D touch

It is his second entrepreneurial drive. Having groped in the traditional garment industry for 15 years, Dong Bo, 44, is now moving into a new field, determined to change the industry with his 3D Virtual Fitting Room.

Slaves to family bondage

They come from afar to work like indentured servants to lift their families back home from poverty. Clueless about how to manage money, before long they are crushed under the weight of heavy debt. Many, like Regilyn Guimbalan, come from the Philippines.


F-35 servicing: S Korea shuts Japan out

S Korea will not conduct maintenance of its new fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighters in Japan, despite a Pentagon deal.

FBI leading probe into Sony cyber attack

The White House National Security Council said the FBI was leading the investigation on a cyber attack on Sony Pictures as DPRK involvement was being "increasingly suspected".

Siege may have been preventable: Australian PM

Australia's prime minister said that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail.

Iran says sees more 'good steps' ahead in nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that nuclear talks with major powers were being conducted in a good atmosphere.

Down and out in ‘lucky country’

Australia’s millions of poor are not seeing any benefits from 20 years of economic growth.

How poor is ‘poor’?

For the best part of a decade now, the globally accepted definition of extreme poverty, as defined by the World Bank, has been set at US$1.25 a day.

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China's home prices continue to cool

New home prices in 67 out of 70 major cities reported month-on-month drops last month, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

China concerned as Ruble slumps

Chinese enterprises and financial institutions should use forward and swap facilities to avoid risks, a senior official said.

Fed rate wording boosts Asian stock markets

Asian stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the US Federal Reserve said it would to remain "patient'' in its approach to raising interest rates.

Eye on Asia

Asian Cup wide open after coaching changes

Only six of the 16 teams in the tournament that starts Jan. 9 in Melbourne are ending 2014 with the same coach they started the year with.

Female fighters battle for rights in Syria

Arin is one of thousands of young Kurdish women who have taken up arms in the past two years.

India to boost 'She Taxis'

India's transport system fails to keep women safe in the recent 'Uber driver incident', but now there one solution: Taxis driven by women for women.


Liverpool advance in League Cup

Liverpool will play Chelsea in the League Cup semifinals after Raheem Sterling scored twice in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Bournemouth on Wednesday night, and Tottenham advanced with a 4-0 rout of Newcastle.

Thunder beat Kings 104-92 for 7th straight win

Russell Westbrook had 32 points and seven assists, Kevin Durant scored 26 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the reeling Sacramento Kings 104-92 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win.

Man seeks Ronaldo to sue him over underwear line

A US man is trying to sue Cristiano Ronaldo in a dispute over an underwear line, but he can't get to the international soccer star.

Fostering talents

Indonesian tycoon boosts enterpreneurship at home while steering family conglomerate toward a sustainable future.

Spicing up history

Singaporean professor’s fascination with South Asia gives him deep insight into the wider region’s changing balance of power.

Taipan's tale

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

Life Style

The battle for young viewers

CCTV is embracing Internet culture and working with independent producers on TV shows to woo audiences under 35. Han Bingbin reports.

A matter of time

Director Wong Kar-wai cites Einstein's theory of relativity to defend his notoriously slow pace.

Quirky News

Canada man finds woman for free trip around world

A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.

20,000 bras recalled due to injury fears

A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked out.

McDonald's in Japan limits orders of fries

Only small fries with that? McDonald's in Japan has begun limiting the serving size of fries as stocks of spuds run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast.


The art of Thangka

A Himalayan Spiritual Legacy, an exhibition showcasing nearly 100 pieces of thangka painting, will be on at L’hotel Nina & Convention Centre in Tsuen Wan until Dec 15.

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.


CD Asia Pacific executive director elected SOPA chair

China Daily Asia Pacific Executive Director Raymond Warhola has succeeded four-time Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Chairman David Smith at the helm of the Asia-wide publishing organization.


Just what the doctor ordered

Medical professionals in Hong Kong recommend an increased emphasis on vocational training, employment flexibility, mindset changes, revamping the medical services provision model and increased use of technology as the major drivers to address the thorny issue of staff shortage in the industry.

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.