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Student leaders held as Nathan Road cleared

HK police arrested Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, two student leaders helming the illegal "Occupy" protests on Wednesday.

China to widen market access

The move aims to fully mobilize social investment, maintaining the pivotal role of investment in stabilizing economic growth.

Amazon answers with Black Friday

Amazon plans to bring this year's "Black Friday" shopping spree to China, a move seen as escalating competition with Alibaba.

Stocks link sparks brokerage rush

The launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect scheme on Nov 17 has whetted the appetite of mainland firms in HK shares.

Soaring home prices put off buyers

Up to 80% of respondents said they were not interested in buying homes.

26 killed in coal mine fire in NE China

A coal mine fire killed 26 and injured 52 in Liaoning Province early Wednesday.

SAR gets first Bitcoin retail store

BitFX Ltd launched its first Bitcoin retail store in HK and said it has forged strategic ti...

PLA opens bidding to lower costs

The People's Liberation Army is inviting private sector to enter training bids.

Opinion

Opposition has no excuse to harm the rule of law

Theme 2 of the Liberal Studies curriculum in Hong Kong is the “rule of law and socio-political participation”.

Hong Kong can learn from Singapore and Shanghai

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) recently released its annual survey of 82 countries and regions. For the seventh year in ...

Abe exploits ballot to extend tenure

Two years ago the Liberal Democratic Party, in opposition, won a landslide victory in the general election, putting Shinzo Abe in offic...

Sincerity from Abe needed

If they really want relations with China to substantially improve, earnestness to build political trust is needed from the Japanese gov...

Three pillars to hold up Asia

In the age of globalization, the interests of countries have never been so closely interconnected. More and more Asians have come to re...

Nation

Market access to be widened to boost investment

The move aims to fully mobilize social investment, maintaining the pivotal role of investment in stabilizing economic growth.

China seeks international effort against graft

China called for joint efforts to cement cooperation in judicial and law enforcement.

China approves more railway projects

Four railway lines worth US$10.79 billion will be laid as the government steps up infrastructure investment to boost growth.

26 killed in coal mine fire in NE China

A coal mine fire killed 26 workers and injured 52 others in northeast China's Liaoning Province early Wednesday.

NPC mulls end of death penalty for some crimes

A proposed amendment to China's criminal law could see the abolition of capital punishment for a number of non-violent offenses, including illegal money lending, as Cao Yin reports.

Building ban begins to bite

The central government is cracking down on wasteful construction projects and ostentatious office complexes approved by a number of local authorities.

Reform promotes protection for pandas

Changes to China's forestry management laws are helping to safeguard one of the world's best-loved animals, as Wang Qian reports.

HK

Student leaders held as Nathan Road cleared

HK police arrested Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, two student leaders helming the illegal "Occupy" protests as Nathan Road was cleared.

Lam tells students to break with radicals

Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor urged students participating in the illegal “Occupy Central” campaign to distance themselves from radical activists and abandon the protests.

HK shares rise, Shanghai up

Hong Kong shares produced a solid rise on Wednesday following a rally in mainland markets.

Soaring home prices put off buyers

Up to 80 percent of respondents said they were not interested in buying homes as prices of apartments have soared to new heights since early this year, according to an annual survey by Citibank.

Focus HK

Losing a trail

The prospect of a Grade-II heritage structure atop the Peak being turned into a hotel has reopened the perennial debate between builders and environmentalists.

Troubled waters

Passers-by stop to look at five strange creatures with helmet-like khaki-colored shells and long spiny tails huddled on the ground.

Men don’t cry

Battered husbands may not be such a rarity as we tend to think. Ming Yeung turns the spotlight on the plight of men who often find it harder to deal with shame, guilt and isolation that physical assault invariably leads to.

Asia

'Gunmen kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan'

A Pakistani police spokesman says gunmen have killed four health workers administering polio vaccines in a southwestern city.

SAARC leaders call for cooperation in space tech

Regional collaboration in space technology must be enhanced to achieve sustainable development in South Asia, according to SAARC leaders.

UN appeals for US$405m for Afghanistan aid in 2015

The United Nations has appealed for US$405 million to cover the humanitarian needs of the people in Afghanistan in 2015.

Myanmar leaders to hold charter-change talks

Myanmar's parliament has unanimously endorsed talks between the country's top political leaders on amending a military-drafted constitution.

New era for China-Australia ties

Historic trade agreement hailed as a win-win deal as tariffs set to be dropped in many sectors.

Indian soaps hit the right note

Though not new to China, imported TV dramas like Pavitra Rishta are now finding a wider audience.

Asia Weekly

Business

Amazon answers 'Double 11' with Black Friday

Amazon plans to bring this year's "Black Friday" shopping spree to China, a move seen as escalating the competition with Alibaba in the world's biggest e-commerce market.

Battle looms over mobile pay systems

China's thriving mobile payment market will witness a new battle for dominance between Apple Inc and its local smartphone rivals, with industry insiders anticipating a direct showdown between Apple Pay and a home-grown digital wallet service in late 2015.

Asia stocks rise after US growth revised higher

Asian stock markets mostly posted modest gains Wednesday as stronger US growth was tempered by a less rosy outlook for China.

Eye on Asia

Country boats face extinction in Bangladesh

Bangladesh's traditional country boats are on the brink of extinction as after about four decades since independence.

'Abusers remain in Australian military'

A government investigation into sexual misconduct reported Wednesday that more than 1,100 alleged perpetrators remained in the ranks or reserves.

Wedding snaps in S Korea attract Chinese

7,000 Chinese couples visited South Korea in 2013 for their wedding photos, and the number is expected to surpass 10,000 this year, sources reported.

Sport

Barcelona beat APOEL 4-0, Messi sets record

Messi made a slice of European football history as the Barcelona striker hit a hat trick to become the Champions League's all-time top scorer in a 4-0 win over APOEL on Tuesday.

WADA may seek longer ban for Sun

Olympic swimming star Sun Yang could face additional sanctions after escaping with a lenient ban from the China Anti-Doping Agency following a failed dope test.

Warriors beat Miami Heat 114-97

Stephen Curry scored 40 points to help and the Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat 114-97 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

For children’s sake

Nobel Peace Prize winner says his award shows that the world recognizes need to end child labor and deliver education for all.

Paying it forward

One of Kazahkstan’s first generation of post-Soviet entrepreneurs is now dedicated to helping fellow businesswomen aim high.

Science without borders

Sydney-based scientist conducting pioneering research in China sees it as a way of repaying his country of birth.

Life Style

Netizens to select 'word of the year'

Internet users have been asked to recommend a single Chinese character and a word which can describe China and the world best in 2014.

Novel of a funeral singer reveals history

The deathbed of a rural funeral singer serves as the stage of Jia Pingwa's newest novel.

Quirky News

Going bananas!

A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun.

New Thai tourism spin: 'I Hate Thailand'

The video called "I Hate Thailand" drew more than 1 million views within days of being posted last week.

Now we know: why cats rule, dogs drool

Popular web videos showing that "cats rule and dogs drool" have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking.

Video

Home and Away

Determined to give Hong Kong a taste of the culinary delights of hometown Xi’an and to quell the appetite of Shaanxi residents craving authentic Xi’an food, a pair of university graduates started their own outlet.

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

The Great Autumn

Autumn is always colorful and beautiful. The Octobor round of China Daily College Photo Contest themed “The Great Autumn” has concluded.

Roundtable

New Silk Road — the great Asia connect

China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative aims to bring economies from central Europe to Africa closer and create an once-in-a-decade opportunity for the logistics sector as well as traders in Hong Kong and the rest of Asia.

HACTL eyeing a slice of Asia’s e-commerce pie

On the heels of Alibaba’s record $9.3-billion sales on “Singles Day” (Nov 11), reflecting the mega growth of e-commerce in China and the Asia-Pacific, air-cargo industry executives are candid about the need to embrace a new business model and ramp up service levels.