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Chinese investment in Europe surges

China's non-financial investment in the EU hit US$4.21 billion in the 1st five months of the year, up 367% year on year.

Xi stress on 'mass organizations'

Xi said China's 1.3 billion people should be better mobilized by mass organizations to achieve China's full potential.

'HK rankings often inconsistent'

The belief that Hong Kong will fall behind increasingly successful neighboring cities has been expressed a lot recently.

Greece given time until Sunday

Frustrated and angered eurozone leaders gave Greek PM Alexis Tsipras a last-minute chance.

Philippines' arbitration case opposed

China says it opposes any moves by the Philippines to push forward arbitral proceedings.

3 gored in Spain's annual bull run

10 people were also taken to hospital on the first day of Pamplona's San Fermin festival.

China stocks close in negative territory

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was down 1.29% to finish at 3,727.13 points.

HK growth forecast lowered to 2%

A previous estimate released by the University of Hong Kong put HK's Q2 growth forecast at ...

Opinion

I’m proud to be a ‘locust’

Feng Chi-shun says he is not ashamed of his origins, and HK people should never underestimate the mainland’s rising potential.

Conditions for a ‘third way’ in HK politics

At present, many Hong Kong residents are wondering: Where should “One Country, Two Systems” go from here?

Worries about Greek 'No' overstated

The crisis has lasted over five years and could last another five or even longer.

Commemorate joint war efforts of KMT and CPC

The ultimate victory was won by all Chinese people, and should be jointly commemorated on both sides of the Straits after seven decades.

Growing number of Chinese have yen to spend in Japan

Japan is Chinese travelers' most popular destination, with 2.05 million Chinese nationals granted visas in 2014.

Video

Jewish community in Hong Kong

As an international financial hub and a friendly place to foreigners, there are currently about 5,000 Jewish people living in Hong Kong. Built in 1901, the Ohel Leah Synagogue has become a central part of Hong Kong’s Jewish community, serving as a place not only to pray but also for gathering, meetings, learning...

Hong Kong July 1 celebrations

Celebrating the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, people from all over the SAR gathered at events around the territory on Wednesday. From the flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square to the PLA barracks, this video gives just a brief glimpse into the colors and sounds of the festivities.

Nation

Forgetting history is a betrayal, president says

Xi visits site of clash that sparked War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.

Xi urges 'mass organizations' to play their roles

President Xi said China's 1.3 billion people should be better mobilized by mass organizations to achieve China's full poten...

42 punished over gaokao cheating

42 people, including 22 government officials, in connection with cheating in the recent national college entrance examination or gaokao ha...

High-speed rail getting popular for tours

In a recent report, nearly 80 percent of respondents said they are planning to travel by rail. The majority are students, parents and teac...

Attitude and altitude helping to turn back the eco-clock

Radical new moves to reverse decades of environmental degradation are paying dividends in one of China's highest nature reserves.

Bearing witness to a changing Xinjiang

Elderly people across the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region are invited to share their personal stories and visions for the future.

China families grow a garden, tradition in Yale

A once-vacant city block at the northern edge of Yale University now teems with exotic herbs and vegetables.

HK

Global rankings on SAR's competitiveness often inconsistent: Experts

The official think tank rated Hong Kong as the second-best city in the nation.

Frederick Ma to become MTRC chairman

Ma will become the next chairman of the board of directors at the MTR Corporation (MTRC) with effect from Jan 1, 2016.

Regulations aim to control used oils

The new regulatory framework would require waste cooking oils to be collected by licensed recyclers.

Radicals vow to derail latest Leung initiative

Some opposition members threaten to use aggressive tactics over ITB.

Focus HK

Teaching old cons new tricks

Popular fiction has glamorized ‘the life of crime’, but life has not been kind for many, who have grown old, been in and out of prison, trying to find forgiveness from an unforgiving society.

Moreira and Purton in race for favorite jockey

On July 10 the HK Jockey Club will announce the city’s Most Popular Jockey of the Year.

Still searching for the Promised Land

Many of the Vietnamese boat people who have come to Hong Kong since 1975 are yet to find a decent roof above their heads.

Asia

Two Myanmar men go on trial for murder of Britons

British tourists David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were murdered last year on Koh Tao.

Iran nuclear talks to continue past deadline

Iran and major powers will continue negotiations on an historic nuclear deal past Tuesday's deadline for a long-term agreement.

Civilian death toll in Yemen conflict tops 1,500

The United Nations' human rights office says the number of civilians killed in three months of violence in Yemen has risen above 1,500.

Malaysia freezes 6 bank accounts tied to PM probe

A special taskforce investigating the investment fund 1MDB for alleged impropriety has also seized documents related to 17 accounts.

Flagging safety in the skies

As airlines grow and new airports are built in Asia, safety is becoming a major issue for international regulators.

In for the long haul?

Asia’s budget airlines have become part of the region’s aviation fabric, offering cheap and no-frills air travel to meet the growing needs of the expanding middle class.

Asia Weekly

Business

China stocks drop 6.97% as market opens

The People's Bank of China pledged steps to steady the stock market as the benchmark Shanghai index sank 6.97% to open at 3,467.4.

Economy still on the right track

Nation has enough policy tools to offset the major downside risks, said top officials.

Asian shares retreat

Asian shares fell as investors fretted over Greece's debt crisis and a recent plunge in Chinese stocks, while the euro steadied.

Eye on Asia

Young Indians embrace dating apps

The dating app market has exploded in recent years, with more than a dozen companies operating in India.

Boycott Israel drive gains strength

Long confined to the sidelines, the so-called BDS campaign appears to be gaining momentum.

Cambodia faces struggle to reform orphanages

Cambodia is in the grip of a boom in orphanages, many of them unlicensed, with no safety checks.

Sport

Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block

It's the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to go to auction since Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal became Caitlyn Jenner.

Williams overcomes Azarenka

Top-ranked Williams fought back from a set down to beat Azarenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Centre Court.

Vietnam may lose swimming prodigy to US

Family of 14-year-old swimmer Nguyen Diep Phuong Tram has insisted on moving to the United States.

All sewn up

You may not be aware of it, but chances are you have worn one of TAL Group’s shirts at some point.

Custodian of knowledge

Intellectual property chief relishes the daunting challenge of spearheading global efforts to protect intangible assets.

Number cruncher

Providing a crucial service analyzing vast reams of data has taken Malaysian entrepreneur from ambitious startup to successful IPO.

Life Style

Fall from grace

Novelist Zhou Daxin's latest offering is about an imaginary Chinese official whose death triggers both tears and joy.

Songs of place

Wild Fire Music's tour showcases singer-songwriters inspired by the indigenous folk music of Taiwan.

Quirky News

Intruder drinks Tabasco, says he's thirsty

A man allegedly broke into a Berlin restaurant and quaffed half a bottle of Tabasco sauce — telling police he was thirsty.

When 'pet dogs' turn out to be bears

A Chinese man recently discovered that the two "pet dogs" he'd been raising for the last two years are actually Asian black bears.

Graduates offered for bid on Taobao

A Chinese university has launched a website that profiles its graduates and asks employers to bid to employ them.

Roundtable

Partnerships to power up development across region

New model of energy cooperation could unleash Asia’s full growth potential.

'Make opposition pay in elections'

Executive Councilor Cheng Yiu-tong predicted that moderate voters would punish them for this in coming elections.

Jasper Tsang receives HK’s highest honor

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, president of the Legislative Council, is among a group of distinguished Hong Kong political, business and community leaders rewarded in the government’s latest honors.

Special

The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.