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Benefit of teaming up goes beyond borders

Outside the red carpet and receptions full of personal touches, President Xi and Indian PM Narendra Modi mapped out a new e...

Scotland: Yes or no?

The Scottish people began voting on Thursday in an independence referendum that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom.

Woman gets experimental Ebola shot

A healthy woman became the first volunteer to receive a new vaccine against the Ebola virus on Wednesday in a trial at the ...

China refutes US hacking charges

China said the hacking charges in a US Senate report were groundless, adding that it was "irresponsible assaults".

Chinese entrepreneur powering up India

Demand swells the dai gou ranks

Dai gou, or part-time student shopping agents, have joined the ranks of parallel traders in...

G20 seeks closure on regulations

G20 host Australia is urging the group to finalise rules aimed at preventing another crash.

Beheading threat prompts raids

Intelligence showed that Islamic State militants were planning to behead a member of the pu...

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

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 illustrate Beijing's diplomatic philosophy and its increased pr...

China refutes US hacking charges

China said the hacking charges in a US Senate report were groundless, and urged the US side to stop such "irresponsible ass...

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...

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 Thu...

'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

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.

Hong Kong June-Aug employed population register record high

Hong Kong’s total employment and working population hit record highs, with jobless rate holding steady at 3.3 percent in June -August 2014, after rising slightly for two consecutive months, the Census and Statistics Department said on Thursday.

Public listed company auditors’ agency to be given more teeth

The Hong Kong government said it proposed to expand the power of an agency to supervise auditors of public listed companies. The move is to improve the quality of the city’s financial reporting and ultimately boost investor protection.

Domestic helper’s son loses bid for PR

The Court of Final Appeal has closed the door on permanent residency (PR) for non-Chinese children born in Hong Kong to foreign domestic helpers working in the city.

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

Thai PM 'sorry' for bikini remarks after murders of 2 young Britons

Thailand's junta chief apologized on Thursday for suggesting tourists in bikinis could be more vulnerable to attack, comments that caused an international outcry following the brutal murder of two British vacationers.

Indonesia's Democratic Party decides to be opposition

The Democratic Party led by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made a decision not to propose any of its politician in the new administration.

Iran, six powers resume talks

A diplomatic breakthrough is unlikely on a nuclear deal to end sanctions against Iran when talks resume in New York this week.

Iraq premier nixes US ground troops

Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing US ground troops in his country, saying,"We don't want them."

Partners for growth

President Xi’s South Asia trip puts regional stability and economic development top of agenda.

Unlocking private sector potential

Be it in China or in ASEAN, businesses can play an even bigger role in driving future growth.

Asia Weekly

Business

Alibaba IPO prices at top of range, raising US$21.8b

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.

iPhone 6 wins 2 regulatory approvals in China

Apple Inc.'s latest smartphone iPhone 6 has won two major regulatory approvals in China.

Microsoft to launch Xbox One in China

Microsoft Corp will launch its Xbox One gaming console in China on Sept. 23 to tap the lucrative entertainment market, a senior executive with the company told Xinhua on Wednesday night.

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

Netizens rally to wish Li Na the best

While there is no official confirmation of Li Na's pending retirement, the Chinese tennis ace received an overwhelming number of good wishes from fans across the Internet - around 13 million.

Bayern beat Man City 1-0 in Champions League

Bayern Munich scored a 90th-minute goal to beat Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Barcelona had an easier time edging APOEL 1-0.

Lei Sheng to bear China's flag at Asiad opening ceremony

Chinese fencer Lei Sheng, who won the men's foil gold at London Olympics in 2012, will carry the China's national flag at the 17th Asian Games' opening ceremony here on Friday.

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.

Game changer

The World Bank's chief economist from India is a strategic thinker who draws his inspiration from everyday situations.

Life Style

Sotheby's HK sale to offer HK$700m jewels

Sotheby's Hong Kong said its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale 2014 will offer about 340 pieces of jewels and jadeite.

Death of a king

Scientists in Britain have given blow-by-blow details of King Richard III's death at the Battle of Bosworth more than 500 years ago, saying two of many blows to his bare head could have killed him very quickly.

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...