Yuan in IMF's basket of top currencies

The IMF said the yuan "met all existing criteria" to be included with the US dollar, euro, Japanese yen and the British pound.

Beijing pollution at hazardous levels

Schools kept students indoors and parents brought their kids to hospitals with breathing ailments.

HK: Warning against apps for kids

The warning by Hong Kong's privacy watchdog came after Vtech revealed data breach of some 5 million customers.

German Cabinet okays IS campaign

Germany will deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets, refuelling aircraft, a frigate and up to 1,200 military personnel.

Ties key in first BRICS media summit

Six resolutions were adopted on practical media cooperation among BRICS countries.

China, US cyber crime talks to begin

China's Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun is in Washington.

Climate summit 'a new starting point'

A model emerging for 'win-win' global governance, President Xi tells world leaders.

Xi, Obama vow constructive path

China has already announced a plan to boost its energy intensity.


Time for more public spending

Ho Lok-sang makes a strong case that the Hong Kong government should be spending much more than it currently does in order to i...

HK’s attitudes to protecting rights of children changing

The proposed changes to the existing law, which citizens should embrace without hesitation, are timely given the sharp rise in ...

Criticism of mom feeding baby draws public ire

The question should be why the woman's breast-feeding her baby bothered it so much.

All parties should seize the opportunity in Paris

It will take strenuous endeavors by all parties to make sure the Paris gathering will not be remembered as another lost chance.

Using innovation to fight climate change

The international community is actively promoting a new governance system to cope with climate change - a challenge to humankind as a w...


Greener economy

Hong Kong's adaptation to climate change can set an example for the region.

Winter in Macau

The city's gambling industry is suffering a cold winter.

Nervous over Fed rates

Why raising interest rates by the Federal Reserve would affect Asia's bond market.


Xi arrives in Zimbabwe for state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived for a state visit to Zimbabwe aimed at further cementing the traditional friendship.

Beijing air pollution reaches hazardous levels

Schools kept students indoors and parents brought their kids to hospitals with breathing ailments.

China, US cyber crime talks to begin

China's Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun is in Washington and will meet US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.

First BRICS media summit focuses on ties

At the meeting, six resolutions were adopted on practical media cooperation among BRICS countries.

HIV-positive moms assisted for healthy newborns

To help children avoid contracting the virus from their mothers, the UNICEF in 2001 introduced HIV prevention measures to reduce mother-to-child transmissions.

Legends are forever

In the eyes of Chinese fans, Kobe is perhaps the world's best player and successor of legend Michael Jordan.

Chongqing firm puts Paris on a brighter track

Public transportation authorities in Paris decided to upgrade traditional streetlamps at the 300 metro and 66 railway stations with greener and brighter LED ones.


HK shares post biggest rise in 3 weeks

The Hang Seng Index rose 1.8%, to 22,381.35, while the China Enterprises Index gained 1.6% to 9,947.94 points.

Apps 'put children's data at risk'

The collection of minors' personal information by websites and apps put them at risk, the privacy watchdog said.

HK slips to 8th in best student cities ranking

Paris topped the best student cities ranking among 75 cities worldwide in the study by Britain based Quacquarelli Symonds.

Third runway project wins reprieve

A motion to halt work on Hong Kong's third runway was voted down at a Legislative Council subcommittee meeting.

Focus HK

Learning in small bytes

The Education Bureau’s e-learning project launched in 2011-12 has revolutionized traditional paradigms of classroom teaching.

Startups show IT’s the real thing

Finally the city’s much-cherished dream of having a robust startup ecosystem is beginning to materialize.

Live but not kicking

In the lead-up to the city’s biggest live music festival, local musicians share their worries about the future of the live music scene in HK with Agnes Lu.


German Cabinet okays campaign against IS

Under the plans, Germany will deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets, refuelling aircraft, a frigate and up to 1,200 military personnel.

AirAsia report blames crew for crash

Indonesian investigators said that crew action caused a loss of control and the stalling of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the Java Sea last year.

Al Qaida in Syria releases Lebanese soldiers

The prisoners given up by Beirut in exchange included a former wife of the Islamic State group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

US Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipino

A US Marine has been found guilty of killing a transgender Filipino after discovering her gender in a hotel in the Philippines last year.

Coral reefs under siege

Rise in global temperatures is putting these beautiful ecosystems and regional livelihoods at risk.

Global warning

Asia faces catastrophic future unless leaders at Paris summit agree to cut emissions.

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No basis for yuan's depreciation: PBOC

China's central bank nixed concerns over yuan depreciation after the currency's inclusion in the IMF's Special Drawing Rights basket.

China manufacturing PMI dips in Nov

On the other hand, the country's non-manufacturing activity improved in November, signifying the service sector's stronger role.

Asian shares firm

Asian shares edged up as investors awaited Chinese factory surveys later.

Eye on Asia

Japan probes mystery boats carrying bodies

Coast Guard officials said they have found at least 11 shoddy boats carrying the bodies of unknown nationality since late October.

Asia's factories still struggling

Factory activity deteriorated across much of Asia in November,as policymakers braced for an expected rise in US interest rates.

Myanmar's HIV patients shunned by society

Ignorance and fear surrounding the HIV virus which causes AIDS are among the many challenges that will face Myanmar's new government.


Manchester City in US$400m Chinese investment deal

Manchester City says a Chinese consortium is investing $400 million to buy 13 percent of the Premier League club's umbrella organization in a deal that values the business at $3 billion.

Day-night cricket concept a big hit with fans: Survey

The first ever day-night Test drew a positive response from fans who took a CA-supplied survey at the Adelaide Oval.

Shades of Maradona as Higuain leads Napoli to top of Serie A

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in a 2-1 win over 10-man Inter Milan on Monday to provide a big boost for Napoli's title chances.

Voice of Asia

Cofounder of Asia News Network formed the media group to ensure region’s views are heard in a multipolar world.

Ahead of the pack

Chief of Tourism Australia looks to ‘high-yielding’ travelers and China’s expanding middle-class to drive visitor numbers.

Going with the grain

Father of hybrid rice in the Philippines pioneers new seeds to reduce dependency on imports and transform lives of farmers.

Life & Art

Exquisite jade pieces of Mughal period on display

The Chinese University of Hong Kong is showcasing 40 exquisite pieces of jade artwork of Mughal style at the university's art museum from Nov 27 to Feb 28.

Tokyo keeps crown as Michelin's gourmet capital

Tokyo kept its crown as the Michelin guide's dining capital of the world for the ninth straight year.

Quirky News

Happy to wed!

Estimated average wedding expenditure per couple surveyed touched HK$313,933 — a whopping 17-percent jump from 2011.

Fiji sevens team come to the rescue of cabin crew

Players of the world champion team helped serve food and retrieve trays when air hostesses were busy attending an ailing passenger.

Is singer Adam Lambert just too sexy for S'pore?

Adam Lambert may have been a hit on American Idol but 13,000 Singaporeans have signed an online petition trying to get him booted off the stage.


Yuan takes center stage at summit

A gallery of experts spoke at the 2015 Corporate Finance Summit hosted by BOCOM HK Branch in Shenzhen.

'CE is keen to improve people’s livelihoods'

Chan believes that in the medium term the CE will deliver on key policies such as land and housing supply.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

Felix Chung believes proposed ITB will be approved by legislators in October.


Getting ahead of the game

Hong Kong will have a key role in Belt and Road, provided it acts fast and grabs the opportunities before others do, say panelists at the China Daily Asia Leadership Roundtable.