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Chinese leaders offer condolences over Pakistan school attack

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

China's game market hits $18.5b

China's game market experienced robust growth this year with revenues for the sector surging 37.7% year on year.

Asia to be 'largest e-commerce market'

Asia is set to surpass North America to become the world's largest e-commerce market, said the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Baidu, Uber sign investment deal

China's search engine Baidu signed an investment agreement with the US car-hailing service Uber on Wednesday.

HK losing its appeal as an IPO market

HK is likely to end this year as the world's second-largest market for initial public offer...

China pledges $3b for Europe

China will create an investment fund of $3 billion to facilitate financing in the cash-stra...

Govt to seek losses from 'Occupy' movement

The government will review the damaged done to the public properties by "Occupy Central" pr...

Tencent, Sony Music sign China deal

Tencent has struck a deal with Sony Music Entertainment to legally distribute the company's...

Opinion

It’s the beginning of the end for dissidents

The uneventful end of "Occupy" and subsequent non-cooperation movement mark the beginning of the dissidents’ downfall.

The RMB enigma in internationalization

RMB convertibility has taken another step forward. Today RMB is already almost fully convertible.

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

Leaders offer condolences over Pakistan school attack

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

Chinese tourist killed in Turkish hot-air balloon crash

A Chinese tourist was killed and four others injured when the hot-air balloon they were traveling in crashed in Turkey.

China's ex-PM donates $6m to foundation

Former Chinese premier Zhu Rongji has donated nearly 40m yuan of all of his books' royalty income over the past two years to a foundation.

China pledges $3b investment fund for Central, East Europe

Premier Li says China will create an investment fund of US$3b to facilitate financing in Central and Eastern European countries.

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.

Expo shows off cultural and creative industries

Growing regional development, integration with other sectors, seen as positive trends.

HK

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.

LegCo urged to stop filibuster

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po urged the LegCo to stop the filibuster and approve the funding of public infrastructure projects.

HK shares end flat, Shanghai up

The Hang Seng Index finished down slightly on Wednesday as a rally in financial firms failed to offset slumping service and information technology shares.

HK losing its appeal as an IPO market

HK is likely to end this year as the world's second-largest market for initial public offerings after New York, thanks to several recent mega deals-but it is facing an uphill fight to lure newcomers in 2015.

Focus HK

Good taste can be bad for your health

The alarming rise of obesity and diabetes among HK youth could be traced to an excessive intake of sugar and salt, reports Frannie Guan.

From Sichuan, via Korea

One of Bertolt Brecht’s most celebrated plays was staged in two adaptations — by artists from Hong Kong and South Korea — last weekend. Among other things the event opened up a plethora of questions about role-playing and identity.

Life’s little twists and turns

Yuen Man-wai would be much in demand this party season, entertaining his young friends with the animal shapes crafted out of the humble balloons. And to think that not too long ago he had almost given up on life.

Asia

NY premiere of N.Korea comedy canceled after threat

The New York premiere of a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been canceled.

Pakistan begins 3 days of mourning

Pakistan woke up to a day of mourning on Wednesday after Taliban militants killed 141 people at a school in the city of Peshawar in a grisly attack

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.

Russia invites DPRK leader for May visit

Russia has invited DPRK leader Kim Jong-un to attend a May ceremony marking the end of WWII.

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.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's game market hits $18.5b

China's game market experienced robust growth this year with revenues for the sector surging 37.7% year on year.

Asia central bankers on guard as rouble slides

Asian central bankers are on guard but say they are not overly concerned that the Russian rouble's collapse will trigger a big sell-off of their own currencies.

Asia to become world's largest e-commerce market

Asia is set to surpass North America to become the world's largest e-commerce market this year, said the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Eye on Asia

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.

Japan's Abe faces battle on reforms despite win

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Monday to prevail over resistance to his plans for economic and political change following a weekend election victory.

Sport

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.

Wolfsburg signs Zhang Xizhe

Wolfsburg says it has signed China midfielder Zhang Xizhe from Beijing Guoan on a 2 1/2-year contract.

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

Tencent inks distribution deal with Sony Music

The Chinese internet giant has struck a deal with Sony Music Entertainment to legally distribute the company's audio catalogue in China.

Irreverent eye

The wife of a veteran British diplomat combines antic sketches of dogs with sayings from Confucius and Lao Tzu in her latest book. Mike Peters reports.

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

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.

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.