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IOC selects host city for 2022 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee members voted after the bid teams - Beijing and Almaty - made final presentations.

China's program trading under scanner

Program trading usually focuses on a basket of stocks with buy and sell orders executed by a computer program.

Key member quits HKU Council

Chair of infectious diseases at the varsity's Department of Microbiology, Yuen Kwok-yung, has quit the HKU Council.

Google no to 'right to be forgotten'

Google Inc is refusing to bow to an order from the French privacy watchdog to scrub search results worldwide.

Greater access to pvt capital key: Xi

President Xi seeks greater access to private capital in govt-led investment programs.

'Mild' US rate hike expected

Hong Kong Monetary Authority said a US rate increase is “getting closer”.

China's ex-military chief to face justice

Guo Boxiong, ex-vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, was expelled from CPC.

MH370: Focus on wing part

French authorities will send the "flaperon" from a Boeing 777 wing, to Toulouse for tests.

Opinion

Cooperate with Shenzhen in sci-tech

HK must join hands with its neighbor in regard to innovation and technology — then the SAR can more rapidly achieve structural ...

The art of holding one’s tongue

Lau Nai-keung muses that despite the actions of Putonghua ‘pushers’, rumors about the death of Cantonese have been greatly exag...

No more discrimination against South Asians, please

I had heard about discrimination against South Asians, but it never really got my attention until I went into an Indian restaurant and ...

Abe's mudslinging only sticks to him

In an apparent attempt to justify his much-trumpeted security bills, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has directly accused China of p...

China's e-commerce makes global waves

Does a company need to operate overseas offices to be considered "global"?

Video

Teenage PLA boot camp

A group of 260 HK students learned a lesson on citizens’ rights and duties at a summer camp.

To live on

Three months since Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake, thousands of Nepalis still have no home and a means to make a living.

Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2015

​The 17th Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong kicked off on Friday, July 24.

Nation

Economy must not trigger social risks: NDRC

The govt should "further improve the social security system ...", the state planner said in an online statement.

CPC expels 2 officials over graft

Yang Weize, former Party chief of Nanjing, and Qiu He, former deputy secretary of the CPC's Yunnan Provincial Committee wer...

MH370 victims' kin renew talk of compensation

More than 30 family members in China have "already agreed" to sue if the debris is confirmed to be a part of the missing plane.

7 arrested in 1:100 leveraged futures scam

The suspects allegedly lured in half a billion dollars from investors by illegally offering huge amounts of leverage.

Cliffhanger for climbing 'cradle'

A dispute in the self-proclaimed birthplace of Chinese rock climbing has resulted in devotees being banned from one of the region's most famous, and important, sites.

Loan scheme helps Tibet’s small businesses

Credit rating policy has allowed farmers to expand their operations and increase annual incomes .

Cameras and carbines capture life during wartime

During World War II, a team of US army photographers spent two years recording the everyday lives and struggles of people living in and around the China-Burma-India Theater, which saw some of the fiercest action of the war in the Pacific.

HK

Key member quits HKU Council after student stir

Chair of infectious diseases at the varsity's Department of Microbiology, Yuen Kwok-yung, has quit the HKU Council.

HK making progress in becoming startup hub

Calling HK “the obvious location”, Cosgrave considered the SAR as the prime location to be the “center of the Asian universe”.

Hang Seng ends up

The Hang Seng index rose 0.6 percent to close at 24,636.28 points.

Action likely over judge’s safety fears

Female protester sentenced to 15 weeks’ jail for assaulting, obstructing police officer.

Focus HK

Waltzing into a new identity

Choreographer Willy Tsao’s experimental take on the classic novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" is the opening film at a dance video festival that kicks off tomorrow.

Running out of steam

The handcrafted bamboo steamers used to make dim sum might soon disappear from HK. Frannie Guan met Lam Ying-hung, one of the last practitioners of the dying art.

Hoping for a dramatic turnaround

Both the SAR government and private agencies are trying to get the city’s youth to appreciate the magic of the Cantonese Opera, which, after all, is part of their cultural inheritance.

Asia

US spied on Japan govt, firms: Wikileaks

The documents include what appear to be four US National Security Agency reports marked top-secret.

Aquino endorses interior minister as successor

Philippine President Benigno Aquino endorsed Manuel "Mar" Roxas to succeed him when he steps down next June.

Gunmen open fire at Lanka rally, one dead

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told Reuters he seemed to have been the target.

Palestinian toddler killed in Jewish 'terror attack'

A house fire in the occupied West Bank killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child, injured a 4-year-old brother and both parents.

Pillars of the community

Chinese temple on the site of Lord Buddha’s birthplace is helping Nepali earthquake victims rebuild their lives.

Out of the rubble

A Kathmandu camp embodies the spirit of voluntarism and tenacity of Nepalese as they rebuild their lives three months after devastating earthquakes hit the country.

Asia Weekly

Business

China puts program trading under scanner

Program trading usually focuses on a basket of stocks with buy and sell orders executed by a computer program.

Greater access to private capital is key: Xi

The Chinese leadership pledged to stabilize economic growth while promoting structural reform in the second half of the year, stressing prevention of systemic risks.

Asian stocks mostly up after US data

China's stock market extended its loss for a second day while other Asian stocks were mostly up.

Eye on Asia

French Jews flock to Israeli city

The coastal city of Netanya markets itself as the "Israeli Riviera" and one would be hard-pressed to tell it aprt from city of Nice.

Thirst for palm oil threatens orangutans

Palm oil plantations in Indonesia now cut corridors through which orangutans and other wildlife use to cross from one large forest to another.

Pacific pact bittersweet for cane growers

Japan and US are united in concern over the deal's potential impact on their domestic sugar producers.

Sport

IOC selects host city for 2022 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee members voted after the bid teams - Beijing and Almaty - made final presentations.

Castro gives Astros 3-0 win over Angels

Jason Castro hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Houston Astros a 3-0 victory and a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels.

Questions remain after Boston's Olympics bid ends

Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics flamed out in spectacular fashion earlier this week.

Making connections

Nepal investment chief drums up interest in big infrastructure projects — with skilled Chinese companies top of his wish list.

Quest for knowledge

Chief of Sino-Singapore project draws on experiences from his multifaceted career to build a smart city of the future in Guangzhou.

China enthusiast

John Brumby wrote one of the first templates to promote Sino-Australian trade ties and continues to push the agenda.

Lifestyle

Blue moon?

Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory said the traditional definition of a blue moon is two full moons in a month.

'Game of Thrones' could wrap after 8 seasons: HBO

HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said that the drama series' producers are leaning toward three more seasons.

Quirky News

From fat cat to 'Skinny darling'

A former 18.6-kilogram cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

App tracks Prince William's flights

Newspaper says ability to follow movements poses security breach.

Eggs too pricey? Rent a chicken

A Pennsylvania couple has come up with a solution to soaring US egg prices: Rental chickens.

Special

The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

Felix Chung believes proposed ITB will be approved by legislators in October.

HK’s poor need more help

Wong Hung, an associate professor of social work at the CUHK, noted that the poverty situation in HK was serious.

Roundtable

Replacing an aging workforce — the way ahead

With HK facing a shrinking workforce amid a rapidly graying society, the govt and employers have been urged to do more to get people back to work to fill the gap.