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Alibaba's Jack Ma richest man in China

Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has become the richest man in China with a fortune of $24.4 billion.

Xbox One game console to launch in China next week

Microsoft has postponed the China launch of its Xbox One gaming console from Tuesday to next Monday.

Uygur teacher gets life in prison

Uygur teacher Ilham Tohti has been sentenced to life in prison for separatism in Urumqi, China, Xinhua News Agency announced.

White tiger kills student in India

A white tiger killed a student in a New Delhi zoo on Tuesday after he fell into its enclosure.

Russia to deploy missile submarines in Black Sea port by 2016

The Russian Navy will deploy submarines armed with middle-range missiles in the Black Sea p...

Affordable housing eludes HK

16 years in the planning stage, the redevelopment of three New Territories villages has see...

Israel shoots down Syrian war jet

Israel's military said it shot down a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights, in the first ...

China manufacturing index ticks up

HSBC's purchasing manager index is up at 50.5 in Sept from 50.2 in Aug

Opinion

HK students need to be better informed

Undergrad, the student publication of Hong Kong University (HKU), has recently published a series of articles on “Hong Kong ind...

Non-native English teachers deserve equal opportunities

A new school year dawns and for many of my native English teacher friends, summer was spent seeking employment for the coming a...

Beijing's steadfast support

HK has not always been at the receiving end of support. It has played a unique role in helping the mainland develop its economy.

Natural partners build rapport

If China-India ties are not yet what Modi once portrayed as "two bodies, but one spirit", they are closer to what they should be.

UK did little for democracy in HK

By making the decision on Hong Kong's election reform, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China is confident t...

Nation

N.Korea 'seizes Chinese fishing boat, demands fine'

North Korea detained a Chinese fishing boat and demanded a fine for its release, Beijing News reported.

Uygur teacher gets life in prison for separatism

Uygur teacher Ilham Tohti is sentenced to life in prison for separatism in Urumqi, China, Xinhua News Agency announced.

Chinese teacher detained for raping pupils

A primary school teacher suspected of raping several girls in central Hubei province has been detained.

Climate: China pledges US$6m to UN

Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli said Beijing will offer US$6 million to promote South-South cooperation on climate change.

Chinese investers ride on growing ties

Exporter finds the right climate for business in Hyderabad, reports An Baijie in New Delhi.

Fugitive ends life on the lam

Another Chinese 'fox' returns home to face consequences of financial scandal.

'Old newcomers'

The elderly now form the backbone of childcare in China.

Chinese entrepreneur powering up India

Electrical shortages offer opportunity for energy company.

HK

Ombudsman probes govt tree management regime

The Ombudsman has launched a probe into the city’s tree care management regime after a downed tree killed a pregnant woman and her fetus.

HK downgrades travel alert for Israel

Hong Kong's Security Bureau has downgraded the Outbound Travel Alert for Israel from red to amber.

Young drug abusers drop 37%

The number of young drug abusers dropped 37% to 476 in the first half of the year, according to the city's anti-drug committee.

HK shares hit fresh 2-mth low, Shanghai rebounds

HK shares slipped 0.5% to finish at their lowest in two months, while Shanghai shares rebounded on Tuesday.

Focus HK

A fading dream of affordable housing

The Town Planning Board (TPB) will begin a new round of public discussion on Oct 8, pitting the government’s hope to solve the acute housing crisis against opposition by some 6,500 residents of three villages and thousands more supporters.

IPO reopening a boon for private equity market

Technology, media and telecommunications, healthcare, energy and resources, as well as the retail and consumer sectors will be the favorite industries for private-equity investment.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

US, allies launch first airstrikes in Syria

The US and partner nations launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

White tiger kills student in India

A white tiger killed a student in a New Delhi zoo on Tuesday after he fell into its enclosure.

Karzai slams US, Pak in farewell speech

Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai the US and neighbouring Pakistan for his country's long war.

Israel shoots down first Syrian warplane in 30 years

Israel's military said it shot down a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights, in the first such incident in three decades.

Hampi’s crumbling grandeur

Vast landscape of temples and intricately carved boulders draw tourists to a lost Indian empire

Silk route to bilateral growth

China has vowed to improve maritime connectivity with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to further facilitate regional trade and investment.

Asia Weekly

Business

Alibaba's Jack Ma richest man in China

Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has become the richest man in China with a fortune of $24.4 billion.

Xbox One set to launch in China on Sept 29

Microsoft has postponed the China launch of its Xbox One gaming console from Tuesday to next Monday.

China factory index ticks up

A report says growth in China's manufacturing ticked higher in September, easing concerns about the No. 2 economy's recovery.

Eye on Asia

India's jet-set tycoons' fortunes take a dive

Te debt-laden empires of three of India's best-known tycoons - Vijay Mallya, Subrata Roy and T. Venkattram Reddy - are crumbling.

Disasters hit more people than conflicts

Natural disasters displaced three times more people last year than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to support vulnerable people, according to a study released on Wednesday.

How typhoons are named

Typhoon Kalmaegi struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday morning carrying with it wind and rain reaching 144 km/h. Who names typhoons and what's the reasoning behind the process?

Sport

Sun makes revenge in 400m freestyle

China's world and Olympic champion Sun Yang beat Japanese Kosuke Hagino to claim the men's 400m freestyle gold medal on Tuesday.

Messi to play in Hong Kong

Lionel Messi has been booked for an Oct 14 appearance at Hong Kong Stadium when the city's squad host Argentina in a friendly.

Serena Williams out in 2nd round at Wuhan

Top-ranked Serena Williams is out in the second round of the new WTA event at Wuhan, retiring after 11 games on Tuesday.

Full throttle

From automotive to filmmaking, multibillionaire magnate thrives by leading his firm into highly diversified territory.

On the cusp of change

Scion of prominent Malaysian political family set CIMB Group on track to become leading financial services firm in Asia.

Diamond dwellings

Founder of luxury property business in Australia ensures her high-end Chinese clients are eased into their new environment.

Life Style

Beijing Culture Free Port poised for art market

Beijing's duty-free port aims to turn China into one of the world's largest art markets.

Flower power

Masha Ma borrows from the botanical world for her latest fashion concepts.

Quirky News

Burger King's latest meal is the new black

Burger King Japan is going back on black as it added black cheese in Kuro burgers Friday.

Indian anchor sacked over China blunder

A news anchor for India's state TV channel has been fired after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as "Eleven" Jingping.

Facebook 'wipes out' drag queens' existence

San Francisco drag queens met with Facebook demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online.

Video

Dim Sum moments

Hong Kong's independent music magazine Bitetone recently launched the album Dim Sum. A collection of eight songs by independent Hong Kong musicians, the album strives to capture the culinary and cultural flavors of Hong Kong and also opens door to a musical world that is not exclusively Canton-pop.

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

Stimulus measures not the answer to growth: Economist

Experts split over whether the mainland’s growth pattern could be dictated by further packages to prop up the slowed economy

Roundtable

Forum analyses ASEAN’s funding requirements

Economic growth in Asia is increasingly tied to more efficient and more interconnected infrastructure but financing and the difficulties inherent in public private partnerships (PPPs) are creating new challenges.

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

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