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Waiting for the ‘through train’

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

Nod for plan to combat climate change

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

Zhang Dejiang calls for rational talks

The Chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee urged Hong Kong people to carry out rational discussions.

Hunt for missing MH370 to resume

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

US Senate votes for Syria rebel aid

The US congress cleared the way for the US military to train and equip Syrian rebels.

Scots vote against independence

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

Alibaba's IPO priced at US$68 per share

Alibaba Group Holding priced its initial public offering at the top end of the expected range.

Domestic helper’s son loses PR bid

Gutierrez’s application was initially lodged alongside his mother back in 2008.

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

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

Tagore: Grow like summer flower

President Xi Jinping has quoted a wide range of respected prominent figures and idiomatic phrases from China and India to i...

Admiral: US flights should stop

A senior military officer has reiterated that China has a right to protect its maritime territory and airspace, and said that frequent clo...

Benefit of teaming up goes beyond borders

Outside the red carpet and receptions full of personal touches, President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi mapped out a ...

'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.

Zhang Dejiang calls for rational talks

The Chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee urged Hong Kong people to carry out rational discussions.

China shares trim weekly losses, Hong Kong also rises

China shares ended higher on Friday to trim weekly losses, while Hong Kong shares also rose thanks to HSBC.

Industry backs stricter cooking oil regulation

A government initiative to repair Hong Kong’s damaged reputation for cooking oil has been praised by the industry — despite concerns about the difficulties of implementing mandatory used cooking oil recycling plans.

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

Japan intent on whaling

Japan vowed to resume its whaling programme in the Antarctic despite passage of a resolution opposing its hunt by an international body.

US Senate votes for Syria rebel aid

The 78-22 Senate vote sent Obama legislation that also provides funding for the government after the end of the budget year.

DPRK probe into abductees 'at an early stage'

The DPRK has told Japan it can only give a preliminary report on its probe into abducted Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang.

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's record-breaking IPO priced at US$68

Alibaba Group Holding priced its initial public offering at US$68 a share, the top end of the expected range, raising US$21.8 billion on Thursday, in the latest sign of strong investor appetite for the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut.

Negative list to get shorter, premier says

The list of off-limit areas for foreign investment in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone will be further slashed, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday.

Asian shares up, Scottish vote lifts Europe

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added about 0.2 percent.

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

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.

Inter and Sevilla open Europa campaign with wins

Three-time European champion Inter Milan opened its Europa League campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win away to Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, while defending champion Sevilla had an easier 2-0 win against Feyenoord on Thursday.

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...