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China relaunches site on human rights

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

'High possibility' of Iran nuke deal

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

PLA holds 1st missile resupply drill

The PLA navy held its first drill simulating the resupply of missiles in a combat environment in the Yellow Sea.

Train falls into canal in Pakistan, 12 die

Sabotage was suspected as 4 compartments of a train carrying soldiers fell into a canal while crossing a bridge.

Thailand to buy China subs for US$1b

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

China stocks plunge more than 3%

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index plunged 3.48 percent to finish at 3912.77 points.

35 dead as ferry sinks off Philippines

A ferry carrying 173 people capsized as it left a Philippine port in choppy waters.

PLA tightens financial management

PLA has promised "financial discipline" after inspections uncovered irregularities.

Opinion

Big strides made in HK’s economy, but with serious lessons

Hong Kong has wasted precious time and resources in political wrangling that has taught us some serious lessons.

Patriotic education will foster sense of national identity

While economic cooperation between HK and the mainland continues to grow, and has benefited companies and people on both sides,...

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 sees 'high possibility' of nuclear deal with Iran

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in Vienna for talks with foreign ministers' of Iran and the six world powers on Iran's nuclear issue.

China navy holds 1st missile combat resupply drill

The PLA navy held its first drill simulating the resupply of missiles in a combat environment in the Yellow Sea.

PLA soldiers to enjoy more time of private life

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has introduced a new regulation which allows soldiers to enjoy more free time.

China relaunches website on human rights

It is the third time that the website, www.humanrights.cn, has been updated since it was launched in August 1998.

'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.

'Sponge City' program set to soak up urban floodwater

Now, new measures are being introduced to reduce loss of life and the economic damage caused by flooding.

HK

HK shares outperform mainland markets

Hong Kong shares outperformed the mainland markets Thursday, with the Hang Seng Index ending up 0.1 while H-shares down 1.5%.

CE calls for building a better HK

Leung warned that the city would achieve little if filibustering and the abuse of judicial procedures persisted.

Tate's Cairn Tunnel gets nod for toll increase

The 11.9-percent increase will take effect on Jan 1, 2016.

New practice to enhance transparency in home sales

The Estate Agents Authority (EAA) issued a new practice circular on Tuesday, setting out guidelines for estate agents in the sales of first-hand residential properties.

Focus HK

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.

The past returns for a nostalgic summer holiday

Photographer Edmond Tang re-visits the reopened Lai Yuen Amusement Park to find the attractions in it have retained the original flavor since he clicked them in 1997. Wang Yuke reports.

Asia

12 dead as train falls into canal in Pakistan

Sabotage was suspected as 4 compartments of a train carrying soldiers fell into a canal while crossing a bridge.

Ferry sinks off Philippines, 35 dead

A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized in heavy waves in central Cebu, killing at least 35 people.

Thailand plans US$1-b purchase of 3 Chinese subs

Each submarine will cost 12 billion baht (US$355.13 million) Thai defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said.

SE Asia to set up fund to help boat people

Singapore has pledged US$200,000 to the humanitarian fund which aims to help immigrants who have recently landed in SE Asia.

Fishing for more

Asia dominates global seafood production but environment and labor issues must be tackled.

From farm to palate

Aquaculture in Asia is taking pressure off ocean stocks while sating world’s appetite for fish.

Asia Weekly

Business

PBOC reiterates prudent monetary policy

China will continue to implement a prudent monetary policy and at the same time guard against financial risks, the PBOC said.

GSK deal allows China access to new HIV drug

GlaxoSmithKline's new HIV drug Tivicay will be available in China following a deal with Shanghai-based Desano Pharmaceuticals.

China stocks plunge more than 3 percent

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index plunged 3.48 percent to finish at 3912.77 points.

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

Murray, Wozniacki through to Wimbledon 3rd round

Andy Murray beat Robin Haase 6-1, 6-1, 6-4, while Caroline Wozniacki defeated Denisa Allertova 6-1, 7-6 (6) on Thursday.

Pressure's off Japan in World Cup final: Coach

The pressure is off now that Japan get the opportunity to defend its Women's World Cup championship, said coach Norio Sasaki.

Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will make Phoenix a new contender in the NBA's tough Western Conference.

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

Sotheby's sees record sales

Andy Warhol's "One Dollar" marks the top-seller in what Sotheby's said was its highest ever total sales for an auction of contemporary art in London.

Fallen stars darken silver screen

The ban on movies featuring actors convicted of crimes has hurt several upcoming releases filmed before the arrests.

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.

NPCSC empowered to set out roadmaps for election: Chen

HKSAR Basic Law Committee member Albert Chen Hung-yee has rejected the myth that the country’s top legislature has no power to impose additional requirements for electing the city’s Chief Executive and lawmakers.

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.