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China to post 7.5% growth in 2014: IMF

The Chinese economy is expected to grow about 7.5% this year and implementation of reforms would ansure a balanced growth

KFC owner: China scandal hurting sales

The owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains said Thursday a food safety scandal in China has hurt sales and might ...

PLA, Armed Police back graft probe

The Chinese People's Liberation Army and Armed Police fully support the decision to investigate Zhou Yongkang

Google's Android 'could be probed'

European regulators are preparing what could be a stern challenge to Google Inc's mobile software business in the coming mo...

CNPC operations investigated

China’s ongoing graft probe into officials who have close ties to China National Petroleum ...

HK prepares for Ebola amid false alarm

A series of precautionary measures were introduced in Hong Kong. Doctors and hospital emerg...

China evacuates hundreds of workers from Libya to Malta

China has evacuated several hundred workers from Libya and is taking them by ship to Malta

Bolt upset over report he criticized Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Even before stepping on the track, Usain Bolt caused a stir at the Commonwealth Games.

Opinion

HK’s future clouded by economic uncertainty

Recently certain financial and academic institutions have simultaneously revised their forecasts for Hong Kong’s economic perfo...

How study subsidy scheme for designated professions works

Last week the Education Bureau announced that from the next academic year, under the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Profes...

Vision for hukou reform

In this vision, nominally there will be no rural hukou and urban hukou, and both rural and urban dwellers will be registered as residents.

A globalizing China benefits world

Globalization must be an especially complex phenomenon and challenging task for China, an ancient nation with rich and weighty tradition.

Caging corrupt 'tigers'

For months, as his relatives and former underlings were caught up in the anti-graft dragnet one after another, the fate of Zhou Yongkan...

Nation

China allows foreigners at defense briefing

The Ministry of National Defense of China invited foreign journalists to its monthly press conference for the first time on Thursday

China evacuates hundreds of workers from Libya to Malta

China has evacuated several hundred workers from Libya and is taking them by ship to Malta, the head of the Malta...

China seizes 12 tons of melamine tainted yoghurt candy

Chinese police have seized almost 12 tonnes of yoghurt candy tainted with melamine, state media said on Thursday, an industrial chemical a...

China's local GDP data points to recovery, rebalancing

China's regional economies enjoyed a revival in growth in the second quarter, data from provincial governments showed

Happy homecoming for retired ambassador

Giant pandas born overseas learn to adapt back in China, reports Huang Zhiling in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province.

Apologizing for atrocities

Calls are growing for Japan to take full responsibility for its 'comfort women' sex crimes during the war, report He Na and Zhang Lei.

Behavior beyond classes

A scandal involving a university professor’s alleged sexual harassment of a student is refueling debate over abuse on Chinese campuses, report Sun Li and Hu Meidong in Xiamen, Fujian province.

HK

ICAC drops bribery probe into CE

Hong Kong's graftbusters have dropped an investigation into Chief Executive Leung Chun-wing which was sparked by allegations of bribery to back his bid for the city's leadership in 2012

Alliance to launch online platform for anti-Occupy petition

The Alliance for Peace and Democracy will kick off an online platform for its petition against the "Occupy Central" campaign on Saturday

HK, China shares post best month since 2012

China and Hong Kong shares posted their best monthly performance since 2012 on Thursday, though gains for the day were capped by weakness in a few Chinese heavyweight companies

Employer weightage can skew job hrs views

Lopsided representations by employers may skew views into setting up standard working hours in Hong Kong according to a public consultation committee.

Focus HK

Turn down that noise!

Public square dancing has spilled over into Hong Kong from the mainland, arousing some passion from the local community. But, it has also triggered disquiet among residents who detest the loud noise generated. Hua Yang writes.

Teaching life lessons

At a time when college education is increasingly seen as a stepping stone to a secure and profit-oriented career, Hang Seng Management College is keen to broaden the horizons of its students. Lin Jing talks to Simon Ho Shun-man, the institution’s new president.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Israel to call up another 16,000 reserves

Thursday's move gives the military the ability to substantially widen its 23-day-old Gaza offensive.

Australian leaders differ on Russian role

Australia's prime minister and foreign minister on Thursday sent mixed messages on whether Russia was frustrating retrieval efforts

Tokyo governor defends venue relocation plans

Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe on Wednesday defended his call to cut costs by relocating some venues for the 2020 Olympics

Thai junta approves high-speed rail link to China

Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China

Winning Zou stokes Chinese interest

Fanbase ready for more action as poster boy from Zunyi closes in on professional world title

Weak yuan weighs on airlines

Currency's slide to hit first-half earnings of China's three major carriers

Asia Weekly

Business

Adidas issues profit warning on Russia risks

Sports equipment maker Adidas lowered its full-year profit target on Thursday, citing among other things increasing risk in the Russian market amid mounting political tensions over Ukraine.

Hackers 'can tap USB devices in new attacks'

A researcher warns USB devices such as mice, keyboards and thumb-drives can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks

China's economy to grow 7.5% in 2014: IMF

The Chinese economy is expected to grow about 7.5 percent this year and implementation of reforms would help the country achieve a more balanced and inclusive growth

Eye on Asia

India meth problem grows

India is home to one of the world's biggest chemical industries and a major source of key meth ingredients ephedrine, pseudoephedrine

Splintering Iraq reaches breaking point

Salman Khaled has lived through Baghdad's sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival...

Vietnamese taste for cat puts pets in peril

The enduring popularity of "little tiger" as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers.

Sport

Neymar says back improving

Showing no sign of the back injury that knocked him out of the World Cup, Neymar says he is feeling better and looking forward to the start of the Spanish season with Barcelona

Dodgers defeat Braves 3-2

Matt Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning and Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 13 batters as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday for their season-best fifth straight victory.

Nishikori, Roanic, Berdych win in Washington

Japan's Kei Nishikori won his opening match on the pre-US Open hard-court circuit, beating Sam Querrey of the United States 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Citi Open.

Bricks and mortar of IT

Indian property mogul has built a fortune creating industrial space for technology firms in Bangalore

Rebuilding Myanmar

Hard work helped serge pun escape turbulent childhood to become a tycoon instrumental in nation’s development

Man of the crowd

Chinese designer who cofounded Asia’s biggest crowdfunding platform in Australia is taking the popular concept to China

Life Style

A blockbuster to love

To celebrate this Saturday's Qixi Festival, known as Chinese Valentine's Day, big screens in China will offer a gift for audiences: a touching romance epic.

Story selling

When Transformers 4 screened in China, audiences were surprised - and often cynical - when they saw Chinese brand products embedded in the movie along with Chinese faces and landmarks.

Quirky News

Down the drain

Australian budget airline Jetstar apologised after a crew member told passengers to flush away "anything you shouldn't have".

Argentina tells world to stop bothering bear

Argentina's last captive polar bear will remain in the country despite a petition by more than a half million people asking that it be moved to Canada

T-shirt typo turns heads at Mandela bicycle ride

Cyclists traversing Johannesburg in Nelson Mandela's honor wore T-shirts with one of his many inspiring quotations, along with a glaring typographical error in the word "freedom."

Video

A different twist

Traditional Chinese joss papers have always been associated with the deceased and apparitions, Auyeung Ping Chi is trying to add an altogether different dimension to them.

Cleaner fuel vital for energy generation

In the opinion of William Yu, chief executive of World Green Organisation, emissions from power generation in Hong Kong are under strict control, while most polluting emissions come from the vehicles.

'HK on a unique path to democracy'

Hong Kong is taking a unique path to democracy and should not copy foreign models of democratic development, Lau Siu-kai, vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, said on Thursday.

Special

Crazy football

Football has the charm that makes the world crazy. After a breathtaking World Cup, the June round of China Daily’s College Photo Contest, “Crazy Football”, has concluded. Among works submitted by university students from all around China, Breakthrough, by Liu Zheng of Guangxi University Of Foreign Languages, won the first prize. Two second and five third prizes were also awarded.

Roundtable

Retailing Strategies in Asia: The Next Generation

Retailers have to differentiate themselves and offer an...

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...