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Xi wraps up two-day visit to Macao

President Xi Jinping has underscored the importance of and Beijing's adherence to the "One Country, Two Systems" policy.

NY police officers killed, gunman dead

A gunman who had posted anti-police statements on social media ambushed two New York police officers and then killed himself.

China further opens up bank industry

New rules will ease market access for foreign banks in China in a move to further open up the domestic banking sector.

Castro hails thaw in Cuban-U.S. ties

Cuban leader Raul Castro on Saturday hailed the removal of an "obstacle" in its relations with the United States.

Golfer, 103, may be oldest to record hole in one

A 103-year-old Florida golfer may have made history as the oldest person to record a hole i...

China, Thailand cement $10.6b rail deal

China and Thailand signed Friday a memorandum of understanding on railway cooperation.

Alibaba 'considered Sony venture'

Alibaba Group showed interest in partnering with Sony Corp on movie franchises, e-mails rev...

Xi voices firm support for Leung

President Xi Jinping has reaffirmed the central government's support for Hong Kong Chief Ex...

Opinion

Beijing can benefit from lessons learned by ICAC

December 4 was the People’s Republic of China’s inaugural Constitution Day, established to commemorate the enactment of the 4th...

Is seventy five the ideal age to bow out?

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

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...

Nation

Xi wraps up two-day Macao trip

President Xi Jinping underscored the importance of and Beijing's adherence to the "One Country, Two Systems" policy on Saturday.

China, Thailand cement $10.6b rail deal

China and Thailand signed in Bangkok Friday a memorandum of understanding on railway cooperation.

China to boost civil aviation in Xinjiang

China vowed on Saturday to make more efforts to support the development of civil aviation in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Xi urges Macao to regulate gambling

President Xi Jinping on Saturday urges Macao to step up "regulation and supervision over the gaming industry".

Meteorite madness in an alien landscape

As the market grows in China, a dedicated band of professionals are risking life and limb searching for extraterrestrial material in the deserts of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

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.

HK

Xi voices firm support for Leung

President Xi Jinping has reaffirmed the central government's support for Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his administration.

Rafael Hui, Thomas Kwok found guilty in landmark graft case

Rafael Hui, the former government No. 2, was found guilty of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from Sun Hung Kai Properties.

Govt releases 4 sites for land sale

The government will release four residential sites to be sold in the coming quarter to provide 1,500 apartments.

HK$27b boost for housing plan

A HK$27-billion “housing reserve” will be set aside to back up the government’s new 10-year public housing supply target of building 290,000 public homes.

Focus HK

Uneasy ululations

Gong Linna and her music-composer husband Lao Luo return to Hong Kong this weekend to perform Tante, a song without words that turned Gong into an overnight singing sensation.

Grape expectations

With the economy slowing and an anti-graft drive sparking austerity measures, 2014 is said to have brought tough times for the wine sector in China. But for many it presented the best opportunity ever.

Tis the Season

Regardless of how you feel about the actual holiday, Christmas means one thing for sure: there’s nothing to do on the 25th except go to the movies.

Asia

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.

DPRK denies connection with Sony hacking

The DPRK on Friday denied the FBI's accusation that it was behind a devastating hacking attack on Sony.

Russia invites DPRK leader to Moscow next year

Moscow has invited DPRK leader Kim Jong-un to attend ceremonies of the forthcoming 70th anniversary of the victory of the Anti-Fascist War next year.

ROK court orders dissolution of leftist party

ROK constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-the DPRK views.

Merry time for online retailers

Brick-and-mortar stores face stiffer competition as more consumers shop in cyberspace.

2014: Year in review

Biggest events in the past 12 months range from bitcoin and oil price collapses to a mega IPO and record high for M&A deals.

Asia Weekly

Business

China eases market access for foreign banks

China announces new rules that will ease market access for foreign banks in a move to further open up the domestic banking sector.

$8.3 bn lock-up shares eligible for trade in China

Lock-up shares worth nearly 51.5 billion yuan ($8.3 billion) will become eligible for trade on China's stock markets in the coming week.

China approves imports of Bayer GMO soy variety

China has officially approved imports of a genetically modified Bayer CropScience variety after seven years of review.

Eye on Asia

Fishermen struggle after tsunami

A fter the tsunami pounded Thailand's Andaman Sea coast a decade ago, the ethnic Moklen fishing communities fought off land grabs to rebuild their homes.

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.

Sport

Medina brings 'salvation' after Brazil's World Cup pain

Gabriel Medina earned the type of hero status usually reserved for Brazilian footballers after becoming the country's first surfing world champion.

Real Madrid win Club World Cup

Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 on Saturday to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of 2014.

Golfer, 103, may be oldest to record hole in one

A 103-year-old Florida golfer may have made history as the oldest person to record a hole in one.

Telling the China story

Sinologist draws on his experience as a diplomat, academic and Mandarin speaker to edit monumental work of Chinese biography.

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.

Life Style

For love - and luxury

It's easier than ever to buy overseas items, but that's not the real reason behind the booming ranks of China's haitao consumers.

Censor’s role

Expurgating unsavory content from movies comes with good intentions but often ends up with unintended real-life black humor

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.

Video

Looking through crystal ball

Tired of taking photos the ordinary way? You may now try to use crystal balls to enhance your photos. Chinadailyasia.com shows you how it works. A crystal ball photography workshop will be held at 2-3pm on 20-21 Dec and 25-26 Dec at Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung.

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

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.

Roundtable

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.