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GSK fined $492m, managers jailed

The fine was slapped and executives jailed for paying bribes in what is a record penalty for China.

Abe seeks summit with S.Korea's Park

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe asked S.Korean President Park Geun-hye for a summit meeting in a letter handed over Friday.

China to invest $20b in India

The target was proclaimed in a joint statement the two sides issued here on the final day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's...

China bans stars in drug, sex scandal

Beijing Trade Association for Performances said it would not hire any stars involved in drug abuse or prostitution.

Alibaba debuts at NYSE

China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group on Friday morning rang the opening bell at the New Y...

France launches first air strikes in Iraq

France launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time after it promised to join military a...

Smog blankets Hong Kong

All of the Environmental Protection Department's 15 monitors registered "high" or "very hig...

Scots vote against independence

Scots voted 55% to 45% against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout.

Opinion

Time is right to rejuvenate Hong Kong-India relations

Hong Kong has a significant Indian community and much in common with India such as the British-derived law and the English lang...

Hong Kong SAR can be a democratic model

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) unanimously (170 votes) passed a draft resolution on Hong Kong’s elec...

Pyongyang gives sports diplomacy full play

The 17th Asian Games opens on Sept 19 in Incheon, the Republic of Korea, and has been aptly themed "Diversity Shines Here".

Alibaba IPO a caveat for regulators

After its initial public offering (IPO) on New York Stock Exchange, Alibaba is expected to become the third-biggest Internet company li...

Asia-Pacific adapting to changes

The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing some profound changes, and its economies should be prepared for possible reshaping of economic ...

Nation

China eyes $20 billion investment in India in 5 years

The target was proclaimed in a joint statement the two sides issued here on the final day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit.

China bans stars in drug, sex scandal

Beijing Trade Association for Performances said it would not hire any stars involved in drug abuse or prostitution.

Indian state TV sacks anchor over China blunder

A news anchor for India's state TV channel has been fired after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as "Eleven" Jingping.

Nod for plan to combat climate change

The Chinese central government on Friday approved a plan that maps out major climate change goals to be accomplished by 2020

'Old newcomers'

The elderly now form the backbone of childcare in China.

Chinese entrepreneur powering up India

Electrical shortages offer opportunity for energy company.

General aviation hub reaches for the sky

As China's private aircraft sector prepares for takeoff, reform is desperately needed.

Endangered species threatens livelihoods

Wild Asian elephants have been wreaking havoc in villages in Southwest China as their habitat is destroyed and they're forced to search for food.

HK

Pollution levels 'serious' as smog blankets city

Smog blanketed Hong Kong Friday morning, with roadside pollution monitors registering air pollution levels in the upper bands.

SHKP rewards are consultancy fee: Rafael Hui

Rafael Hui said all financial rewards he received from SHKP are payment for his consultancy service for the developer giant.

Lifeguards threaten more strikes

The city's lifeguards are threatening further industrial action after a holiday strike failed to bring the government to talks.

Jimmy Lai's aide visits ICAC

The aide of Next Media chairman Jimmy Lai visited the ICAC headquarters on Friday, after a similar visit by Lai two days ago.

Focus HK

The flute-player from Shaanxi

Tonight when Maestro Yan Hui-chang lifts his baton to lead a huge ensemble of musicians from Hong Kong and Zhejiang, he will have touched yet another milestone in a long and distinguished career.

A ‘bridge’ for neighbors

Two budding entrepreneurs have teamed up using technology to link up ‘people in the virtual world with those in the physical world’ for the benefit of communities.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Abe seeks summit with S.Korea's Park amid frosty tie

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye for a summit meeting in a letter handed over on Friday.

France launches first air strikes in Iraq

France said on Friday its jets had launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time.

Modi says al Qaeda will fail in India: CNN

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said Al Qaeda will struggle to recruit members in the world's second-most populous nation.

Hunt for missing MH370 to resume

Crews will resume the underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the end of the month.

On the rise

Stock Markets rally on improved corporate governance, financial reforms and higher liquidity.

Jumping on the ‘through train’

Initiative between Shanghai, Hong Kong stock exchanges is expected to spur wider market integration in the region.

Asia Weekly

Business

Alibaba debuts at NYSE

China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group on Friday morning rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

China fines GSK $492m, jails executives

A court fined British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline 3 billion yuan ($492 million) and sentenced its British former country manager and others to prison on Friday for bribing doctors and hospitals to use its products, a state news agency reported.

Yahoo rakes in another jackpot from Alibaba's IPO

Yahoo is in line to make anywhere from US$8.3 billion to US$9.5 billion from Alibaba's record-setting initial public offering.

Eye on Asia

Disasters hit more people than conflicts

Natural disasters displaced three times more people last year than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to support vulnerable people, according to a study released on Wednesday.

How typhoons are named

Typhoon Kalmaegi struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday morning carrying with it wind and rain reaching 144 km/h. Who names typhoons and what's the reasoning behind the process?

New Silk Road 'important to Sri Lanka'

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiative of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Sport

Asian Games open in Incheon, South Korea

A lavish opening ceremony at the Asian Games included poetry, the standard fireworks, and a rousing finale of singer PSY belting his signature hit Gangnam Style".

Li Na hangs up her racket

Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.

Asian Games swimming competition promises drama

What promises to be a dramatic showdown between China's Olympic gold champion Sun Yang and his chief rival, Park Tae-hwan of South Korea, is set to heat up the Asian Games swimming program.

Full throttle

From automotive to filmmaking, multibillionaire magnate thrives by leading his firm into highly diversified territory.

On the cusp of change

Scion of prominent Malaysian political family set CIMB Group on track to become leading financial services firm in Asia.

Diamond dwellings

Founder of luxury property business in Australia ensures her high-end Chinese clients are eased into their new environment.

Life Style

Alec Baldwin passionate about green energy

Alec Baldwin says he is passionate about green energy and is hoping next week's UN climate summit brings home to Americans that the United States has fallen behind other countries in promoting wind and solar power.

When sex brings down the rich and famous

A celebrated filmmaker caught in flagrante delicto with a prostitute is a catalyst for debate.

Quirky News

Facebook 'wipes out' drag queens' existence

San Francisco drag queens met with Facebook demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online.

Man recovers after 3D-printed skull implant

A man whose skull was severely injured in an accident has had fractured bones rebuilt with the help of 3D printing technology.

Tycoon buys 30 Rolls Royces for Macau hotel

A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests.

Video

A broken neighborhood

Hugo Tsang traveled more than 100 kilometers across Kwun Tong with his camera, recording the opinions of Kwun Tong’s longtime residents of the government’s urban renewal plan. He has rigged up a mobile screening platform, hoping to draw more public attention to the vagaries of ‘insensitive urban renewal’.

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

Stimulus measures not the answer to growth: Economist

Experts split over whether the mainland’s growth pattern could be dictated by further packages to prop up the slowed economy

Roundtable

Empowering HK’s logistics industry

The government and the logistics sector need a long-term strategy for land, infrastructure, and policy, as well as industry talents development to support the local industry’s bid to transform into high value-added services providers.

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...