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China eyes two regional trade pacts

China said it was committed to the process of Asia-Pacific economic integration despite the US quitting the TPP.

President Xi pushes poverty alleviation

Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed the importance of precision in the battle against poverty.

HK returning army vehicles to S'pore

The 9 armored vehicles were seized by Hong Kong customs on Nov 23, 2016 while in transit at a dock in the HKSAR.

UK government loses Brexit case

The Supreme Court ruled that Britain's government must get parliamentary approval before starting the Brexit process.

HK: Tighter security for holiday

Security will be ramped up for the Chinese New Year due to more radical public assemblies.

Iran, Russia, Turkey to jointly enforce Syria ceasefire

The agreement came as Iran, Russia and Turkey concluded the Syria talks in Astana.

HK records fewest offences in 38 years

Hong Kong saw an 8.7 percent decline in the number of offences in 2016 compared with 2015.

Xi stresses China's multilateral focus

Xi Jinping has been bringing Chinese wisdom to the world through multilateral platforms.

Opinion

Universal pension plan still has legs

The HK government can have a universal plan that doesn’t squander public money on the well-off.

HK history education needs to be reformed

Since localism is such a big trend nowadays, we should provide Hong Kong people with proper Hong Kong history lessons.

Letter: The MTRC strives for excellence

Having read the article entitled “Restructuring needed to spare the MTRC from conflicting roles” by David Wong in your publication date...

Post-truth constitutes a real threat to society

HK has become increasingly agitated and intolerant as a society, with social media playing a big part in it, which has led to a rise in...

A Policy Address that is ambitious, responsible

Rather than just muddling through the last six months of its term, the administration chose to tackle deep-seated problems plaguing soc...

Video

Yingge dance

A glimpse of Chaoshan | PART THREE

Black kites swarm HK

Hong Kong is home to hundreds of black kites. Every winter hundreds more migrate from the north.

Hands off the wheel

Are autopilot features safer than human drivers in a densely populated city like Hong Kong?

Nation

China cautions US over South China Sea issue

A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said China is firmly committed to safeguarding its own sovereignty and maritime rights.

China committed to regional economic integration

China will forge ahead with two regional trade pacts to add new impetus to regional and global economic development.

Xi pushes poverty alleviation

President Xi Jinping has stressed the importance of precision in the battle against poverty.

China renews anti-graft system

Shanxi, Beijing and Zhejiang Province are the first three to pilot this major reform of the anti-corruption system.

Festival demand soars at fake 'friend' websites

Tired of being pestered by relatives for still being single, some young people have placed online ads offering to pose as fake boyfriends or girlfriends.

China to unleash potential of private education

Move will provide greater choice and opportunities for millions of students from all walks of life.

Couple set for flight around the world

A Chinese couple with a penchant for adventure are planning an 80,000-kilometer round-the-world trip that will see them fly themselves to five continents, including Antarctica.

HK

Carrie Lam woos business sector

CE hopeful Carrie Lam said she attaches great importance to the business sector, as it plays a key role in boosting HK’s economic development.

Police ramp up security for Chinese New Year

The police chief said tightened security was needed because of the increasing number of radical public assemblies.

HK records fewest offences in 38 years

The SAR’s crime figures hit a record low in 2016, with an 8.7 percent decline in the number of offences compared with 2015.

Stocks rise as resource firms, coal miners rally

The benchmark Hang Seng index added 0.2%, to 22,949.86 points, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index gained 0.3%, to 9,759.26 points.

Focus HK

A solitary man on a lonely journey to the west

Some folks just aren’t normal and don’t want to be. Take Linus Cheng Lin-hin, who gave up his work and set out to become the solitary traveler.

Cure for that uncomfortable itch

Sexually transmitted disease is running rampant in HK, a health issue exacerbated under a system focused on only two sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B.

Eat, drink, be merry

China Daily suggests you create the air of warmth straight out of the steamer! What is Lunar New Year without a Chinese classic, after all?

Asia

Iran, Russia, Turkey to jointly enforce Syria ceasefire

The agreement came as Iran, Russia and Turkey concluded the Syria talks in Astana.

Japan launches first military communications satellite

Kirameki-2 satellite will facilitate direct communication among units of the Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces.

Germany deports 26 rejected Afghan asylum-seekers

Most of the deportees were young men. Some had lived in Germany for several years.

Push to save TPP after US exit

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull suggested other countries, such as China, may help fill the void left by the US.

Drier future

Last year’s severe drought in parts of Asia highlights water security as a major challenge for the region.

Changes in climate pose new threats

Both floods and drought have intensified in the Lower Mekong Basin in the past decade, raising serious concerns about food and water security.

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Business

Yuan firms, liquidity pressure eases

The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.8331 per dollar prior to the market open, nearly 0.4% stronger than the previous fix.

China to improve market regulation by 2020

The State Council released a five-year plan on market regulation, setting guidelines for reform in commerce and market supervision.

Asia stocks set to rise on US cues

Asian stocks are set to climb to fresh three-month highs on Wednesday following a stronger Wall Street.

Eye on Asia

Scandal mars Ban's presidential prospects

It has been an inauspicious return to crisis-plagued S. Korea for former UN chief, who has been ensnared in a family corruption scandal and struggled with a sceptical press.

Rohingya fish on rafts of junk in Myanmar

Rohingya fishermen were barred from using their boats three months ago by Myanmar authorities who say they're trying to prevent insurgents from entering or leaving the country by sea.

IS seeks to shore up Syria presence

IS is deploying fighters to seize full control of a government-held city in the east while at the same time battling enemies on three other fronts.

Sport

Heat ends Warriors' winning streak, 105-102

Waiters made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to cap his 33-point effort as the Miami Heat beat Golden State 105-102 on Monday night to end the Warriors' seven-game winning streak.

Venus Williams to meet Vandeweghe in Australian SFs

The 36-year-old Williams beat No. 24-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday, becoming the oldest player to reach the Australian Open women's semifinals in the Open era.

Williams relies on Plan B to reach Australian Open QFs

With her serve misfiring and the ball coming back at her from some irregular angles, it was time for Serena Williams to go to Plan B.

Reinventing finance

Singapore-based cofounder of a platform for investment research is making moves to revolutionize the industry.

Queen of clean

Japanese best-selling author is on a mission to organize the world with her unique tidying-up methods.

Investing in Asia

Among the world’s most respected bankers, former HSBC and ANZ boss urges Australia to capitalize on region’s growth.

Life & Art

Learning by helping

Volunteer opportunities entice travel-minded students to reach out to the world, Zhang Zefeng reports.

'La La Land' leads Oscar nominations with 14 nods

The 14 nominations include the top prize of best picture and best actor nominations for its stars, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

Quirky News

Male street cleaners get high heels as gifts

Street cleaners in central China last week were stunned by the stylish shoes they were given as new year presents by their bosses.

Mexico's lower house becomes 'Chamber of Rats'

The name of Mexico's lower house of Congress has been changed by pranksters to the "Chamber of Rats" on Google Maps.

Love conquers man’s fear of heights

Chinese businessman managed to overcome his fear of heights to pose for his pre-wedding shoot on the Rainbow Skywalk located on the 68th floor of Komtar, the tallest building in Penang.

Special

Campus news talent

CUHK students win 16 prizes at 2016 Campus Newspaper Awards.

A life-long passion that never dies

Having gone through thick and thin in business, homeware retailer Roy Ng tells Sophie He he’ll not give up his retail career and is making a comeback.

Roundtable

Stronger China-India ties a bonus for Asia

Comprehensive relationship between Asia’s two major economic powers will help create a win-win situation for all parties, roundtable forum heard.