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China's development benefits Mongolia: Xi

A more open and developed China will bring more opportunities to Mongolia, Chinese President Xi Jinping said.

Jail terms for organ trading gang

An illegal human organ trading case, the largest of this kind in China, was prosecuted in Beijing.

NPCSC decision 'will prevent political risks'

The Nominating Committee which is empowered to nominate candidates for the 2017 Chief Executive Election must be formed by ...

Ukraine says Russian aid convoy a 'direct invasion'

Ukrainian security chief on Friday accused Moscow of launching a "direct invasion" after an aid convoy crossed the border i...

Nigeria confirms 2 new Ebola cases

Nigeria has confirmed two new Ebola cases, the first two to have spread beyond those who ha...

Central govt to try utmost for Hong Kong universal suffrage

The deputy head of HK and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, said the Central Gover...

DPRK to 'complete rocket site expansion soon'

The DPRK is expected to complete the expansion of a long-range rocket launch site on the co...

Heinz recalls four batches of infant food

Opinion

‘International standards’ of nomination don’t exist

26 opposition lawmakers signed a joint declaration vowing to veto any proposals for political reform which failed to...

Rally was a political milestone for HK

After obtaining 1.5 million signatures over the past month, the Anti-“Occupy Central” petition ended on Aug 17 impressively — m...

Fair market is anti-trust goal

Probes into both domestic and foreign-funded enterprises are push for a more regulated market order and maturer mechanisms

Development is still priority

Deng, known as the architect of China's reform and opening-up, has left us many well-known sayings that can be boiled down to the emanc...

Stand like a rock in matters of principle

Speaking at two separate seminars on Hong Kong’s political reforms held in Shenzhen which were attended by Hong Kong’s delegates to...

Nation

China retailer offers baby milk insurance

A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting efforts to address concerns about food safety.

Jail sentences handed down for organ trading gang

An illegal human organ trading case, the largest of this kind in China, was prosecuted in Beijing.

Death-row inmate acquitted of murder

A Chinese court has acquitted a death-row inmate convicted of murder.

120 celebrities reportedly on police anti-drug list

It's reported that Beijing police have obtained a list containing 120 celebrities suspected of drug abuse including the recently-detained ...

Entrepreneurs benefit from legacy of Deng

Three decades of reform and opening-up have transformed the nation.

Closing the divide

Latest reform in household registration system aims to plug rural-urban gaps.

No island paradise

Initiative to attract private developers for uninhabited islands hits rough waters.

Rebuilding lives

Four years on, residents of quake-hit Yushu are receiving support to recover from the disaster but more is needed.

HK

NPCSC decision 'will prevent political risks'

The Nominating Committee which is empowered to nominate candidates for the 2017 Chief Executive Election must be formed by the four pillar sectors in equal shares, said Li Fei.

2015 HK marathon set for Jan 25

Next year's Standard Chartered Marathon will be held before the Chinese New Years for the first time in its 19 year run in what is expected to be the coolest conditions for runners yet.

MTR to set new rules for dealing with stray dogs

The MTR will be setting up rules when dealing with fauna which wanders on to tracks following a public outcry over a stray dog which was struck by and killed by a train Wednesday.

HK, China shares firm up

China shares produced a sixth straight weekly gain - the longest such streak since March 2012.

Focus HK

Fatherly craze

A mainland TV show highlighting distinct differences in parental and school education between Hong Kong and mainland families has become an instant hit. Huang Ying in Beijing and Frannie Guan in Hong Kong report.

Babes in a den of cyber criminals

Though Hong Kong is frequently cited among the riskiest places to access the Internet, the city’s corporate sector still lags behind other major centers in identifying the critical importance of online security, says a local expert. Andrea Deng reports.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

At least 40 dead as militias open fire in Iraqi mosque

Officials in Iraq's Diyala province say militants have opened fire on worshippers at a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least 40 people.

DPRK to complete rocket site expansion soon: Report

The DPRK is expected to complete the expansion of a long-range rocket launch site on the country's west coast by this fall

Abe nominated for ice bucket challenge

The head of Japan's Your Party took the ice bucket challenge to help raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on Friday and nominated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to do it next.

Russia bars entry to some Japanese citizens

Russia's foreign ministry said on Friday it had handed Japan's ambassador in Moscow a list of Japanese citizens barred from entering Russia.

Rent a womb

Commercial surrogacy is big business but raises a myriad of legal, ethical and medical concerns.

Japan shifts investment to ASEAN

Increasing manufacturing in SE Asia reflects strategic rebalancing, not withdrawal from Chinese market.

Asia Weekly

Business

Sinopec partners online retailer

Sinopec announced Friday that it will cooperate with e-commerce website yhd.com to expand its online-to-offline (O2O) business.

IBM server sales 'never stopped'

IBM Corp has never stopped providing new servers to Chinese banks despite reports that said Big Blue's products were ousted from the industry over security concerns, a top company executive said.

Asian shares upbeat

Asian stocks inched higher on Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength.

Eye on Asia

Vietnam sees more young couples divorce

Vietnam is catching up with more developed societies as broken marriages and divorces are now becoming common in the country.

Indian poachers threaten lesser-known species

Wildlife poachers, hindered by India's efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller

Interfaith couples in Pak brave threats

Thirteen years ago, among the whirring looms of a garment factory in an eastern Pakistani city, a Muslim woman fell in love with a Christian co-worker.

Sport

Zheng Jie, Peng Shuai to clash in US Open 1st round

Zheng Jie and Peng Shuai, who are among a group of outstanding Chinese women's tennis players nicknamed the "golden flowers", will clash in the first round of the US Open.

Phelps back in international comp, advances in 100

It was raining, and it was pouring for Michael Phelps' return to international competition. It was anything but boring.

Nationals defeat Diamondbacks 1-0

Denard Span scored from second on third baseman Jordan Pacheco's throwing error in the ninth inning, and the Washington Nationals stretched their winning streak to 10 games with a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Line of duty

Patriarch of Japanese conglomerate goes globetrotting in pursuit of regional friendship and cooperation.

Urban visionary

Sein-Way Tan is a modest man with a global ambition — to make cities environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant.

The female touch

If necessity is the mother of invention, it may well be true that the inventor is someone else’s mother.

Life Style

Weighing the cost of a pregnant pause

Extending China’s maternity leave to three years would have negative impact on working women.

Expat programmer rewrites career in China

Tiffany Tan tells how an American guitar-strumming video game programmer reinvented his career in China.

Quirky News

Nothing like noodles!

A recent US study linking instant noodle consumption by South Koreans to some risks for heart disease has prompted a passionate response throughout Asia

Peruvian nurse cares for sick cats

At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats 175 of them at last count.

Plane aborts landing as controllers take a nap

A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off, an investigation report found.

Video

Caravan camping

A newly launched caravan campsite on Lantau Island offers those who like camping an alternative choice.

Who rules Hong Kong vital to national security

The central government is concerned about whether the implementation of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ is in line with the original design, Lau Siu-kai told Joseph Li.

Campaign relishes public’s support

More than 1 million people have signed up to support universal suffrage and oppose “Occupy Central”. Ng Chau-pei, organizer of the campaign, told Joseph Li this was a victory for common sense.

Special

Vibrant capital boosts science popularization for young, old

Beijing's determination to innovate is helping to transform it into a major high-tech center.

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...