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China mulls power station in space

Chinese scientists are mulling the construction of a solar power station 36,000 kilometers above ground.

Yemen: Fleet sent to evacuate nationals

China has sent a naval fleet to help evacuate its nationals from strife-ridden Yemen as the situation continues to get worse.

China readies for global futures trade

The Shanghai International Energy Exchange set to open this yr, will open up China's futures market to foreign participation.

Australia imposes cockpit 'rule of two'

The Australian government mandates that its airlines have two crew members in the cockpit at all times as a safety precaution.

Australia set to sign Asian bank MoU

Australia is poised to sign a memorandum of understanding to join AIIB as a founding member.

China committed to openness, says Xi

China is firm on policies on foreign capital and protection of foreign investors' rights.

'Everyone will know my name'

Co-pilot who was alone in cockpit may have had a detached retina.

HK: Retail rents drop as sales dive

A crackdown on lavish spending has encouraged tourists to shop further away from home.

Opinion

Wong among “greatest leaders”?

“Occupy Central” movement student leader who undermined the cause of democracy is nonsensical.

The SAR must protect retirement incomes

Salary-earners in Hong Kong put the 5 percent of their monthly incomes into the Mandatory Provident Fund retirement fund.

SAR must quickly resolve issue of working hours

Future laws on standard working hours should require employers to include clear statements in their labor contracts regarding working h...

Japan needs Murayama spirit

Only through profound reflection on the aggression it launched against China can Japan possibly regain the trust of the Chinese people ...

Lee Kuan Yew will be greatly missed by many

As a Singaporean — and one living overseas — I feel shaken, and perhaps even a little lost.

Nation

Fleet sent to evacuate nationals from Yemen

China has sent a naval fleet to help evacuate its nationals from conflict-ridden Yemen as the situation continues to get worse.

Chinese scientists mull power station in space

Chinese scientists are mulling the construction of a solar power station 36,000 kilometers above ground.

Netizens' suggestions added to annual work report

The campaign invited the public to post online messages, discuss issues and offer suggestions that they believed should be included in the...

Islamic institute steps up training

Increasing knowledge of the Quran seen as essential in keeping followers on right track.

Initiative offers road map for peace, prosperity

Vision and proposed actions outlined on jointly building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.

Red river keeps on rolling

Every Chinese person knows that the Chishui River in Guizhou province has two claims to fame: One military, the other cultural.

China's 'dancing grannies' face new rules

This week, Chinese officials stepped into the fray by announcing the imminent arrival of new regulations on where seniors can dance and how loud they can blast their music.

HK

Retail rents drop as shoppers stay away

A Chinese government crackdown on lavish spending has also encouraged tourists to shop further away from home.

HA offer for singles draws flak

Housing experts hit out at quota pledge for single applicants at next HOS sale.

'Localism' voice endangers future of HK

Financial Secretary said it is worrisome that the “localism” voice in the community has dangerously mixed with more and more “exclusion” and “self-seclusion” noises.

Sense of national identity needed: Official

Fostering a sense of national identity will help the people of HK better understand and implement the Basic Law.

Focus HK

A difficult legacy

Datong: the Chinese Utopia, which debuted last weekend, shifts the focus somewhat from Qing Dynasty social reformer Kang Youwei to his spirited daughter Kang Tongbi.

In and out of time

A challenging science fiction noir that takes a deep dive into temporal conundrums, the latest by Michael and Peter Spierig puts the likes of Looper and Source Code to shame.

Taking Asia to the World

At a China Daily-hosted forum held Wednesday, industry insiders discussed why Asian cinema will claim the world’s focus in the not-too-distant future.

Asia

Australia imposes cockpit 'rule of two'

The Australian government mandates that its airlines have two crew members in the cockpit at all times as a safety precaution.

China builders to resume road works in Lanka

Sri Lanka has decided to recommence all road development projects in the island nation contracted to Chinese builders.

Iran may be open to additional restraints

Iran and six major powers were exploring possible compromises to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday.

Tsunami warning issued after earthquake

The magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck at a depth of 65 km, off Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey said.

Toward a common destiny

China-led initiatives like the Boao Forum are helping to forge a new future for Asia.

Casting Singapore in his own image

Founding father became synonymous with nation that he transformed from third world to first.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's futures market gets ready for globalization

The Shanghai International Energy Exchange, slated to begin trading later this year, will open the country's futures market to foreign participation.

Australia set to sign Asian bank MoU

Canberra is poised to sign a memorandum of understanding that will enable Australia to participate as a founding member of AIIB.

Asian stocks mostly higher

Asian markets were mostly higher Monday as investors digested Fed chief Janet Yellen's comments signaling US interest rates were expected to rise sometime this year.

Eye on Asia

10% of Japanese women victim of harassment

The Japanese government report says 10% of women have been a victim of harassment or stalking.

Media device symbolises a shift in DPRK

A $50 portable media player is providing many people of DPRK a window to the outside world despite the government's efforts to keep its people isolated.

Vietnam collectors keep war memories alive

Grubby satchels, helmets, rusty knives and chunky radios are strewn around Dinh Van Loc's front room, transforming his house in Vietnam's capital into an abandoned battlefield.

Sport

Minister says soccer should not replace other sports

China's sports minister said soccer should not take the place of other sports at school, but rather help lead their development.

Germany, Portugal boost Euro 2016 qualifying hopes

Traditional heavyweights Germany and Portugal earned important wins to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship on Sunday.

New Zealand reacts to World Cup loss: 'You've done us proud'

The New Zealand Herald dedicated its first five pages exclusively to cricket coverage, including some advice on how to cope with losing.

Media pioneer

From out of war-torn Vietnam, ex-journalist builds a thriving publishing business in partnership with the government.

Serving with a passion

Singaporean hotelier believes that moving with the times, giving back to the community and keeping fit are keys to her success.

A toast to tenacity

Amid civil war and regional conflict, Lebanese winemaker beats the odds to taste heady success and world-class status.

Life Style

Theme for a dream powers right path forward

Returning to the academic world at the age of 60 came as a rude shock, recalls Wang Shi. The founder-chairman of Vanke, China’s largest residential real estate developer, was given an insight into the hectic life of a 21st century university student.

Museums put ramen on a culinary pedestal

There are two kinds of ramen in this world. There's the packaged staple of dorm-room cuisine, one of the most processed, industrialized foods ever invented. And then there's the trendy, artisanal, handmade soup that fans line up for hours to try.

Quirky News

US$60,000 job nobody seems to want

Finding people to distinguish the sex of chicken has become a headache for British poultry farmers.

A$8,888,888 for luck!

A Chinese investor will be hoping that luck comes his way after paying A$8,888,888 (US$6.96 million) for a three-level office tower in Melbourne.

Kyoto bans feeding stray cats

Violators could be fined up to 50,000 Japanese yen if the cats cause adverse effects on life of the residents.

Video

Stars grace red carpet

Celebrities and film stars from across Asia hit the red carpet of the 9th Asian Film Awards at the Venetian hotel in Macao.

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

Innovation in tourism: Macao shows the way

The final of Macao @ 15, one of the region’s largest college student business presentation competitions, took place last weekend.

Roundtable

Reeling in the crowds for regional films

Asia’s growing movie industry is set to benefit from a new generation of audiences along the New Silk Road and beyond.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.