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British planned HK 'plantation' in N Ireland

Britain's National Archives released a 1983 govt file with a proposal to settle 5.5m HK people in a newly built "city state".

China hunts stock manipulators

The China Securities Regulatory Commission is probing investors who use stock index futures to short the market.

Rare HIV strain in Myanmar driver

The complexity of the newly found virus may reflect the epidemic of HIV in the border regions of China's Yunnan province.

MH17: Malaysia seeks UN tribunal

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in July, 2014 in Ukraine with 298 passengers on board, two-thirds of them Dutch.

China relaunches site on human rights

It is the third time that the website has been updated since it was launched in Aug 1998.

'High possibility' of Iran nuke deal

Chinese FM Wang Yi said there's a strong likelihood Iran and 6 world powers will reach deal.

PLA holds 1st missile resupply drill

The PLA navy held its first drill simulating missiles resupply in the Yellow Sea.

Thailand to buy China subs for US$1b

Each submarine of the 3 planned will cost 12 billion baht (US$355.13 million).

Opinion

It takes time to tackle housing

The latest report from the CE shows the government is determined to boost the supply of housing and land to ease public concerns.

Fight the blight of inequality to nourish the next generation

No matter whether it is Sydney or Hong Kong, you will find it is not the domestic political system or international terrorism b...

EU should fulfill role of true strategic partner

Three days before Premier Li Keqiang and his European counterparts issued their communique after his one-day visit to the European Unio...

Pension plan shows confidence in stock market?

The coincidence of a dreadful drop in Chinese shares and the release of a draft guideline signaling China's pension fund will be allowe...

Inclusiveness of AIIB lays ground for common growth

President Xi Jinping's meeting with representatives of the prospective founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on ...

Video

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.

The spirit of parkour

Inspired by the spirit of parkour in the 2001 film 'Yamakasi', a group of Hong Kong youth started to build their own community and grew up supporting each other.

Nation

China-France partnership 'will benefit all'

China and France will set up a fund to boost international production and third party market cooperation, Premier Li Keqiang said.

Parade in Beijing will 'surprise'

Russian ambassador lauds PLA's May show in Moscow, expects to return favor in September.

6.5 magnitude quake hits Xinjiang

The epicenter was monitored at 37.6 degrees north latitude and 78.2 degrees east longitude.

Unusual HIV found in Myanmar truck driver

The complexity of the newly found virus may reflect the epidemic of HIV in the border regions of Yunnan province.

Gaokao revamp to stress better English

Proposed changes to China's famously grueling university entrance exam will focus on improving the standards and methods of language tuition in the nation's schools.

'Operation duck' and the student savior

A young Chinese scholar was also a member of the rescue party, and 70 years later, he's still feted by those he helped to save.

Gangs smuggle in 40-year-old 'zombie' meat

Expired products from US, European countries find their way illegally into China's food chain.

HK

British planned HK 'plantation' in N Ireland

Britain's National Archives released a 1983 govt file containing a proposal to settle 5.5m HK people in a newly built "city state".

HK on track to clinch world IPO crown

City bourse expected to see 120 new listings this year, with total funds to be raised hitting HK$250 billion.

Mega sports complex stalled by filibusters

Hong Kong’s biggest sports project was supposed to break ground last year.

Largest tender-rigging case goes to court

A former engineering company proprietor will appear in court today facing charges of HK$45 million bribery in the city’s largest tender-rigging case for years.

Focus HK

A suitcase full of memories

Lam Tung-pang simulates the experience of being a tourist in his hometown, turning a hotel wing in Wan Chai into a museum of items from his artistic journey.

Garbage heaps grow as debate drags on

The HK$1 billion fund to perk up HK’s moribund recycling industry has not come through well over a year after it was proposed, thanks to the filibustering at LegCo sessions.

Lessons for the teacher

Six years back Lillian Lui cancelled her retirement plans to teach in a school for children of poor families. The rewards seem to have more than made up for the measly pay.

Asia

Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions

Iran rejected any extraordinary inspection rules and threatened to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material.

Malaysia seeks UN tribunal to probe MH17 crash

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in July last year with 298 passengers on board, two-thirds of them Dutch.

Search on after Philippine ferry sinks, 38 dead

There were 134 survivors after the MBCA Kim-Nirvana, a motorised outrigger, capsized minutes after leaving the port of Ormoc City.

4 dead in explosion of S Korean chemical factory

The explosion occurred at the second plant in Ulsan of the chemical unit of South Korean conglomerate Hanwha Group.

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

Stock slide may ignite wider crisis

Spillover could harm sluggish economy.

Mainland dominates global IPO market during first half

The Chinese mainland led the global IPO market in terms of funds raised and the deal number during the first six months.

Asia shares subdued

Asian stocks were little changed on Friday, with investors reluctant to stake out fresh positions after disappointing US employment data.

Eye on Asia

Child labour on the rise among Syrian children

The number of Syrian children being forced to work keeps growing, with those as young as six reportedly working in Lebanon.

Blacklist warnings: A hack or web control?

Warnings are now appearing on a wide array of websites accessed by people in the DPRK, including social media.

IS weaves web of support in Arab states

A militant attack has raised concerns about the number of young Saudi men willing to travel to attack Shi'ites in Gulf Arab states.

Sport

Tiger Woods shoots 4-under 66 at Greenbrier Classic

Woods rebounded from a dismal US Open with a 4-under-par 66 in Thursday's opening round of The Greenbrier Classic.

Rafael Nadal loses early at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand — and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket.

World Cup field puts haves and have-nots on display

There were lots of fresh faces playing in Canada, teams like Ivory Coast, Ecuador and Cameroon.

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.

Building on a dream

Hard work and an ambitious goal to provide quality housing lead to Chinese migrant becoming a top developer in Sydney.

Life Style

Raising glass to a dream

Fondation Louis Vuitton showcases its Parisian gift for the arts with an exhibition in Beijing.

Finding his inner fiesta

As a Chinese chef strives to produce authentic Mexican food in Beijing, he savors a new mentor in Rick Bayless.

Quirky News

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.

Canine help in hunt for truffles

In Europe, truffle hunters traditionally used pigs, but in recent years the job has gone to the dogs.

GMO lamb sold for meat in France

A lamb whose mother had been genetically modified with a jellyfish protein as part of a medical experiment was sold as meat accidentally.

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.