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China helps shape 2030 development plan

Negotiators from 193 UN member states agreed on the draft blueprint for sustainable development that will last through 2030.

China's factory activity 'at 2-yr low'

The final Caixin/Markit China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index dropped to 47.8 in July, the lowest reading since No...

HK hospital pioneers technique

HK's Queen Mary Hospital has pioneered a new technique in dual-donor liver transplantation that can cut surgery time by half.

No role in short-selling: CITIC

China's top securities broker, CITIC Securities, responded to claims that it has short-sold Chinese shares.

Suspected MH370 debris arrives for test

Flight 370 is the only missing 777 and the flap seems to have come from the ill-fated jet.

Poland marks 71st anniversary of Warsaw Uprising

At 5:00 pm local time, the sounds of sirens commemorated the so-called "W" hour.

Remains of Chinese guard return home

The remains of a Chinese guard killed in a terrorist attack in Somalia returned his hometown.

Downward pressure persists: PBoC

China's economic growth is expected to slow to around 7% this year, from 7.4% in 2014.

Opinion

'One Country, Two Systems' vital to future

Wang Guangya writes that HK’s considerable success, 18 years after the handover, and its high degree of autonomy reflect Beijin...

Cooperate with Shenzhen in sci-tech

HK must join hands with its neighbor in regard to innovation and technology — then the SAR can more rapidly achieve structural ...

Academia should keep away from all distractions

Academia should not seek out power and power should keep away from academia.

Iran deal good for China's economic plans

After the 12-year-long talks, a landmark agreement was reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council member...

No more discrimination against South Asians, please

I had heard about discrimination against South Asians, but it never really got my attention until I went into an Indian restaurant and ...

Video

Nepal Diary

Three months after a devastating earthquake struck Nepal,Sylvia Chang travelled to Kathmandu.

Teenage PLA boot camp

A group of 260 HK students learned a lesson on citizens’ rights and duties at a summer camp.

To live on

Three months since Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake, thousands of Nepalis still have no home and a means to make a living.

Nation

China helps shape 2030 development plan

Negotiators from 193 UN member states agreed on the draft blueprint for sustainable development that will last through 2030.

Rule covers HIV as work hazard

Catching the disease recognized as an occupational risk; health workers get increased protection.

Mosquitoes released in fight against dengue fever

The mosquitoes produced at a science park "factory" in Guangdong province can make their female mating partners infertile.

Navy stages live-ammo drill in S. China Sea

The exercise involved more than 100 naval vessels, dozens of aircraft and a number of electronic warfare units in a sophisticated electron...

Nanjing honors heroes of 'Hump Airlift'

A memorial hall in Jiangsu province is hosting an exhibition to remember the bravery and skill of pilots from China, the US and other countries who risked their lives to take part in the most dangerous airlift of World War II.

Cliffhanger for climbing 'cradle'

A dispute in the self-proclaimed birthplace of Chinese rock climbing has resulted in devotees being banned from one of the region's most famous, and important, sites.

Loan scheme helps Tibet’s small businesses

Credit rating policy has allowed farmers to expand their operations and increase annual incomes .

HK

Milestone in dual-donor liver transplant

Hong Kong’s Queen Mary Hospital has pioneered a new technique in dual-donor liver transplantation that can cut operation time by half, promising faster recovery rate of the recipient.

Scene set for box office smash

Celebrity agent Paco Wong feels the time is right for the more experienced HK movie industry to maximize returns from the growing mainland sector.

HK residents urged to avoid Taiwan sandwich

Centre of Health Protection urged eatery outlets to stop selling sandwiches produced by Taiwan’s Horng Ryen Jen Cake and Biscuits Store after receiving additional 16 food poisoning reports.

HKTVE to get half ATV’s digital range

The Communications Authority has allocated Hong Kong Television Entertainment half of Asia Television's digital spectrum range.

Focus HK

Waltzing into a new identity

Choreographer Willy Tsao’s experimental take on the classic novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" is the opening film at a dance video festival that kicks off tomorrow.

Running out of steam

The handcrafted bamboo steamers used to make dim sum might soon disappear from HK. Frannie Guan met Lam Ying-hung, one of the last practitioners of the dying art.

Hoping for a dramatic turnaround

Both the SAR government and private agencies are trying to get the city’s youth to appreciate the magic of the Cantonese Opera, which, after all, is part of their cultural inheritance.

Asia

Israel approves jailing Jewish militants

Israel's security Cabinet approved the detention of citizens suspected of waging violence against Palestinians without trial in a crackdown.

Japan's WWII surrender speech released

The 4 ½-minute speech delivered by Emperor Hirohito at the end of World War II has come back to life in digital form.

Debris confirmed to be from Boeing 777: Malaysia

French authorities will send the plane piece, identified as a flaperon from a Boeing 777 wing, to Toulouse for tests.

US spied on Japan govt, firms: Wikileaks

The documents include what appear to be four US National Security Agency reports marked top-secret.

Pillars of the community

Chinese temple on the site of Lord Buddha’s birthplace is helping Nepali earthquake victims rebuild their lives.

Out of the rubble

A Kathmandu camp embodies the spirit of voluntarism and tenacity of Nepalese as they rebuild their lives three months after devastating earthquakes hit the country.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's factory activity at 2-year low: Caixin

The final Caixin/Markit China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index dropped to 47.8 in July, the lowest reading since Nov 2011.

No hand in short-selling stocks: CITIC Securities

China's top securities broker, CITIC Securities, responded to claims that it has short-sold Chinese shares.

Asia dips on Wall Street, dollar sags

Asian shares took cues from a lower Wall Street and dipped early, while the dollar was on the defensive against the euro and yen.

Eye on Asia

Bringing Woolly back to life

Scientists from Singapore and the US has published research that is a step towards resurrecting the prehistoric woolly mammoths.

French Jews flock to Israeli city

The coastal city of Netanya markets itself as the "Israeli Riviera" and one would be hard-pressed to tell it aprt from city of Nice.

Thirst for palm oil threatens orangutans

Palm oil plantations in Indonesia now cut corridors through which orangutans and other wildlife use to cross from one large forest to another.

Sport

Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in Community Shield

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's first-half goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield.

China beaten by S Korea in East Asian Cup

China lost their first match in the East Asian Cup as the hosts were beaten by South Korea 2-0.

Sun Yang hits back at critics of doping ban after 400 win

Sun Yang hit back at the criticism stemming from his doping ban after defending his world title in the 400-meter freestyle.

Making connections

Nepal investment chief drums up interest in big infrastructure projects — with skilled Chinese companies top of his wish list.

Quest for knowledge

Chief of Sino-Singapore project draws on experiences from his multifaceted career to build a smart city of the future in Guangzhou.

China enthusiast

John Brumby wrote one of the first templates to promote Sino-Australian trade ties and continues to push the agenda.

Lifestyle

Middle class, high seas

Yachting is no longer just for China's elite. White-collar Chinese are discovering yachting for the price of lunch.

Nothing says 'wow' like a made-to-measure qipao

Figure-hugging Manchu ladies' wear is popular again as it begins its metamorphosis.

Quirky News

From fat cat to 'Skinny darling'

A former 18.6-kilogram cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

App tracks Prince William's flights

Newspaper says ability to follow movements poses security breach.

Eggs too pricey? Rent a chicken

A Pennsylvania couple has come up with a solution to soaring US egg prices: Rental chickens.

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.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

Felix Chung believes proposed ITB will be approved by legislators in October.

HK’s poor need more help

Wong Hung, an associate professor of social work at the CUHK, noted that the poverty situation in HK was serious.

Roundtable

Replacing an aging workforce — the way ahead

With HK facing a shrinking workforce amid a rapidly graying society, the govt and employers have been urged to do more to get people back to work to fill the gap.