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Leung: There is still room for discussions

Chief Executive (CE) Leung Chun-ying said there was still room for discussions after Sunday’s approval by...

List honors sites from war against Japan's aggression

The State Council has issued a list of 80 State facilities and sites that commemorate the War of Resistance against Japanes...

Man United signs Falcao loan with option to buy

Manchester United has signed Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco in an unexpected move on transfer deadline day Monday.

Man kills 3 kids, self at Hubei school

A knife-wielding man surnamed Chen broke into the Dongfang Primary School in Yunxi County and committed the crime

China calls for calm in Ukraine crisis

China urged parties involved in the Ukraine crisis to stay calm on Monday and prevent measu...

China's manufacturing moderates in August

The purchasing managers' index (PMI) stood at 51.1 in August, down from July's 51.7 - a rea...

Nation to target weak links to boost economy

Economic recovery momentum tails off

Opinion

‘Occupy Central’ is likely to be small and insignificant

After meticulous deliberation — and with input from Hong Kong members — the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCS...

National security always remains a vital concern

The political reform framework as decided by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) has disappointed some Ho...

Beijing can't afford a slip in HK

NPC Standing Committee rules out 'civil nomination' for chief executive in 2017 election in special administrative region

Singapore is the future of China in urban order

Invited to deliver the graduation speech at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, I was floored by the number of Chinese...

Chinese help Japan economy recover

The increase in the number of Chinese tourists to Japan started in September 2013, and has continued since

Nation

Students in quake-hit region learn to deal with their fears

Students at a middle school that was at the epicenter of last month's killer earthquake in Yunnan province began the new semester on Monday with a group counseling session.

School puts running track on its roof

To conserve on land usage, an elementary school in Tiantai, Zhejiang province, built a 200-meter running track on the roof ...

Monopoly probes treat firms equally

China's antitrust probes are not protectionist tools favoring domestic companies, an antitrust regulator said.

Key sites to be preserved, lest we forget

The State Administration of Cultural Heritage has vowed to enhance the protection and preservation of sites and artifacts related to the W...

Gifts give new look at nation

DVDs of popular movie and TV series replace traditional offers of friendship on visits.

Redemption from within

Correctional facilities are finding more ways to help prisoners adapt to life in and out of jail.

Wired to wow

Students of major martial arts school endure tough training for high-wire act at Youth Olympics show.

Capital move to Beidaihe's beaches

Summer resort buzzes with annual visit by nation's leaders.

HK

Central government will never give in to unlawful activism

The central government would never not bend to the “Occupy Central” campaign because this would only trigger more unlawful activism, Li Fei, deputy secretary-general of the top legislature, told a seminar in Hong Kong on Monday.

Leung: There is still room for discussions

Chief Executive (CE) Leung Chun-ying said there was still room for discussions after Sunday’s approval by the nation’s top legislature of Hong Kong’s first ever blueprint for universal suffrage.

Insurance industry leads the pack during interim results

The insurance, telecom, home appliances, clean energy and health care sectors have all performed well in the first half of 2014...

Hong Kong investors closely watch northbound trading stock

The mainland A-share market will offer great opportunities for investors in the first 10 days of trading after the Shanghai-HK Stock Connect program starts in October...

Focus HK

Prescription for doctors

Medical authorities are ready to clamp down on ‘bad doctors’ after a fresh spate of medical misadventures stirred renewed public alarm. The Hospital Authority’s top management has responded to an outcry raised by the Medical Council of Hong Kong.

Can HK afford a credit ratings cut?

Hong Kong faces the prospect of a credit ratings downgrade if the city’s political polarization worsens. Financial analysts warn that if this happens, it will erode the SAR’s economic competitiveness.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Bad weather delays kickoff of Japan's dolphin hunting season

The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the Japanese town of Taiji, but bad weather will delay any killing, a local official told AFP.

Wounded Gazans struggle to find treatment

Still in shock weeks after a blast from an Israeli shell shredded his arm and killed four members of his family, Ahmed Ayyad is one of many wounded Gazans now in need of long-term care.

Obama faces pressure to deal with Islamic State

The White House is coming under bipartisan pressure to develop a strategy to tackle growing threats from the Islamic State, with Germany and Australia deciding to supply weapons to Iraq's Kurdish fighters against IS forces.

Pak police, protesters clash anew

Protesters and Pakistani police have clashed once again as the demonstrators pushed into a sprawling government complex

Coal comfort

Asia pays price for rapid economic growth as demand for polluting fuels soars.

Asia-Pacific brands must think locally

Marketers need to recognize diverse tastes as well as regional trends.

Asia Weekly

Business

Alibaba reportedly starting roadshow for IPO on Sept 8

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is postponing the start of investor meetings for its initial public offering by about a week to answer questions from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Stitching the right patterns for growth

Dong Xianhui's five years running a small carpet and blanket factory in Egypt have been turbulent to say the least - everything from changes of government to economic slowdown, rising wages and import tariffs.

Asian stocks dip, euro near one-yr lows

Asian shares drifted lower, with momentum from prior gains fading as investors were left short of cues with the US markets closed

Eye on Asia

Ivory crackdown efforts sharpened

Record ivory seizures - combined with a Chinese crackdown on illegal wildlife trafficking - could mark a turning point in global efforts to save the African elephant.

103-year-old challenges world's fastest man

Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, telling him: "Let's rumble!"

A flavor out of favor

Dog meat in South Korea today is an increasingly tough sell and a less attractive dining option for young South Koreans.

Sport

Murray beats Tsonga in 3 long sets at US Open

Andy Murray pulled out the sort of tough win he had been missing this year, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three long sets in the fourth round of the US Open.

Man United signs Falcao loan with option to buy

Manchester United has signed Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco in an unexpected move on transfer deadline day Monday.

Hernandez joins Madrid, Valencia gets Negredo

Real Madrid signed Javier Hernandez and Valencia acquired Alvaro Negredo on the final day of the transfer market in Spain, with both strikers arriving on loan deals with purchase options Monday.

Game changer

The World Bank's chief economist from India is a strategic thinker who draws his inspiration from everyday situations.

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.

Life Style

Not really a photo-op

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online

Student crowned Miss Hong Kong 2014

24-year-old student Veronica Shiu was crowned Miss Hong Kong 2014 in Hong Kong, Aug 31.

Quirky News

China insurers have it covered

Quirky, maybe, but China's insurers are turning to ever more creative ways to drum up business in a market where growth has stalled

Russia replies to Canada's colorful tweet

It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military - the opening shot that launched a Twitter war of words and maps

Dethroned beauty queen runs off with crown

The first Myanmar national to win an international pageant has been stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, and has allegedly run off with the expensive crown and breast implants.

Video

Coming of age

You must know of Jin Yong if you are a fan of martial arts. The Legend of the Condor Heroes, one of Jin Yong’s famous works, is now on stage! The renowned Hong Kong choreographer Leung Kwok-shing has invited Wang Yabin and Liu Fuyang to translate words into body language.

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.

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...