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Reforming hukou will unify rights of migrants

Chinese migrant workers living in cities will gradually have full access to schools and hospitals where they work, a signif...

Thailand-China fast train gets go ahead

Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail...

China slams US report on its religious status

China on Wednesday expressed "firm opposition" to a US report about China's religious situation

Russia bans Polish fruit, vegetables

Russia announced a ban on most fruit and vegetable imports from Poland on Wednesday and said it may extend the restrictions...

Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China Sep 23

Microsoft Corp will launch its Xbox One gaming console in China on September 23, making it ...

DPRK fires 4 short-range projectiles

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired four short-range projectiles, which ...

Cortana: Microsoft picks China, UK

In China, the Cortana digital assistant nicknamed "Xiao Na", will speak Mandarin and includ...

China to help 100m settle in cities

China plans to help about 100 million people without urban ID records to settle in towns an...

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...

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...

Cyber cold war likely to continue

Most countries engage in a degree of corporate spying; however, boundaries should be put in place

No leniency on food crimes

The scandal will also make a difference to the amending of the Food Safety Law, which is being reviewed by lawmakers of the Standing Co...

Nation

Reforming hukou will unify rights of migrants

Chinese migrant workers living in cities will gradually have full access to schools and hospitals where they work, a significant move to improve social equality between rural and urban ...

PE campaign improves student fitness

Efforts to promote physical education have led to a slight improvement in the average level of fitness among students after...

'The meat just disappeared'

When inspectors visited Shanghai Husi Food Co earlier this summer, the production line at the plant now at the center of an international ...

Oil stocks rally on news of probe

Oil shares rallied amid a dip in the benchmark on Wednesday after Beijing announced that a retired party leader with close ties to the ind...

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.

Shaolin: Fists of fame

Ancient temple riding a wave of global interest in its style of kung fu, report Hou Liqiang and Qi Xin in Dengfeng, Henan province.

HK

Police to use necessary force against ‘Occupy’

The police warned Wednesday it would respond with necessary force to restore order if an opposition plan to occupy the Central business district gets out of hand.

Legco urges lawmakers to come clean on donations

The Legislative Council has demanded opposition lawmakers come clean on donations from media mogul Jimmy Lai which they secretly pocketed

Violent crimes fall, but other offences rise: Police stats

Hong Kong saw an overall dip in crime during the first half of the year but drug seizures, blackmail and deception cases are rising, police revealed on Wednesday.

HKSAR prepares for Ebola amid false alarm

Local health officials on Wednesday denied reports of a suspected Ebola case in Hong Kong — but urged people to learn more about the disease now sweeping parts of West Africa.

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

Final member of atom bomb crew on Enola Gay dies at 93

The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in the southern US state of Georgia.

UN-backed tribunal holds initial hearing

The United Nations war crimes tribunal conducted an initial hearing on Wednesday in the latest case against two ailing former senior leaders of Democratic Kampuchea, also known as the Khmer Rouge regime, on charges of genocide.

India meth problem grows as criminals tap chemical hub

The teenager sits quietly in a Mumbai rehab clinic, a victim of India's emerging fad for the drug crystal meth, which experts say is spurred by loopholes in the country's giant chemical industry.

US approves $700 million sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq

The US State Department has approved the sale of 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq as Baghdad tries to fend off militant Islamist forces

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

Xbox One to provide a perfect world for China's 400 million game players

The stars of the gaming industry shone on Wednesday at the 2014 China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference in Shanghai, with Microsoft Corp announcing the launch of its game console Xbox One on Sept 23.

MTR brings expertise to metro growth

MTR Corp, the operator of Hong Kong's metro system, is hoping to gain more concessions in the mainland as part of the central government's practice to encourage the public-private partnership business model to diversify economic structure and improve public services.

Investors targeting overseas property

Chinese investors stepped up their investment in overseas commercial and residential markets in the first half of 2014, with London the most popular location, real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle IP Inc said on Wednesday.

Eye on Asia

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.

DPRK bolsters cyberwarfare ability

Sizable portion of its scarce defence resources dedicated to training “cyberwarriors” and boosting online combat capabilities.

Sport

Fabio Capello to stay on as Russia coach

Fabio Capello is staying in his post as Russia coach despite the team's World Cup failure

Pitch invasion as Roma beat Madrid

Roma beats Real Madrid 1-0 on Tuesday in a friendly match disrupted by a pitch invasion, with a Palestinian flag being waved among the intruders.

Rasmus homer in 12th gives O's win over Angels

Baltimore's Manny Machado homered leading off the 12th inning to give the Orioles a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday in a result that had an impact on their divisional races in the American League.

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...