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New group vows to ‘protect’ Central

A group was formed on Tuesday to “protect” Central amid a looming shutdown at the business district.

Britain close to joining bombing

PM David Cameron may announce as early as this week that Britain is ready to join air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq.

IT new 'it' industry for rich

Information technology has overtaken real estate as the cradle of the next generation of Chinese billionaires.

League Cup: Liverpool advance

Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 14-13 in a marathon penalty shootout in the third round of the League Cup.

Unproven Ebola drugs on fast track

Compounds from Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Sarepta and Tekmira will be tested.

Poll: Support for gay marriage declines

A Pew Research Center survey indicates support for same-sex marriage in the US could be wan...

UN urges a 'new course' on climate

The largest gathering of world leaders ever to deal with climate change has opened.

Food, drug producers to be graded, some blacklisted

China's top food and drug regulator pledged stronger oversight on food and drug companies w...

Opinion

Hong Kong SAR must achieve universal retirement protection

In the 2013 Policy Address, the Chief Executive stressed that retirement protection was a recurrent theme relating to the probl...

City should re-focus on social and economic issues

Speaking at a meeting with a delegation from the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions on Sept 16, Zhang Dejiang, chairman of th...

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

IT new 'it' industry for rich

IT new 'it' industry for rich Information technology has overtaken real estate as the cradle of the next generation of Chinese billionaires, according to the 2014 Hurun China Rich List ...

Watchdog chief points to safety challenges

A day after 13 people were killed in an explosion at a fireworks factory in Hunan province, the chief of China's work safet...

Crab sellers feel pinch from drive to curb corruption

It's been a hard year for Wang Qiang, who has run a store in Beijing's Hepingli community for more than 10 years selling expensive crabs, ...

Food, drug producers to be graded, some blacklisted

China's top food and drug regulator pledged stronger oversight on Tuesday on food and drug companies with low credibility, a move to addre...

Sea change

120 years after its naval defeat in the First Sino-Japanese War, the country looks to stronger maritime power.

Chinese investers ride on growing ties

Exporter finds the right climate for business in Hyderabad.

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.

HK

Qianhai metal vault a boon for cross-border jewelry traders

A cross-border cooperation project involving the establishment of a precious metal vault in Qianhai special economic zone has officially been launched, and the move, industry insiders say, is a boon for Shenzhen jewelry traders, as it removes price conversion and transportation problems.

CE appeals for support for innovation bureau

Chief Executive (CE) Leung Chun-ying appealed to legislative councilors to support the establishment of the Innovation and Technology Bureau (ITB). This is so local technology industries can develop in a sustainable manner.

Parents worry about impact of school boycotts

Parents of secondary school students are increasingly concerned about the well-being of their children — fearing they risk being bullied or isolated at school if they refuse to join class boycotts.

Newly founded group vows to ‘protect’ Central

A group was formed on Tuesday to “protect” Central amid a looming shutdown at the business district — as “Occupy Central” organizers applied for a sit-in on Oct 1 — the country’s National Day.

Focus HK

Give up a little green?

A new initiative to develop Lantau Island has, predictably, pitted environmentalists against the pro-urbanization brigade. listens to both sides of the debate.

Treasures: What’s still left?

With Internet finance scaling new heights in the region, particularly on the Chinese mainland, key market players have called for regulations to check its advance and prevent defaults.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Britain close to joining strikes against Islamic State

Prime Minister David Cameron may announce as early as this week that Britain is ready to join air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and that he plans to seek parliament's approval for such action

US hits Islamic State in Syria

The United States and its Arab allies struck from the air inside Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing dozens of Islamic State fighters and members of another group linked to al-Qaida.

Cameron seeks Iran's help against IS

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will meet within the next two days in New York, where Cameron is expected to ask for help in the fight against Islamic State.

Australian leader warns jihadists they face prison

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned on Tuesday that Australians who fight with the Islamic State group in the Middle East will be "jailed for a very long time" when they return home under a proposed law that would make it an offense to simply visit terrorism hot spots abroad.

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

Solar industry powers up sales

Higher tariffs and tougher regulations imposed by Europe and the United States seem to have had the opposite effect from what was intended on China's solar companies as their global module shipments hit record highs for the second quarter, an industry report said.

Munich Re banks on China market

China is the most important market and also the fastest growing one for Munich Re, the world's largest reinsurance company, the company's top management said on Tuesday.

Asia stocks dip, lower yields keep dollar in check

Asian stocks tracked an overnight decline on Wall Street and dipped early on Wednesday, while the dollar was kept in check.

Eye on Asia

Modi turns on the style for trip to US

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pulling out all the fashion stops for his upcoming visit to the United States, hiring a top Mumbai designer to create outfits that will sell his vision of a newly confident, aspirational India.

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.

Sport

Ronaldo claims four-goal haul in Elche rout

Cristiano Ronaldo made amends for conceding a penalty by scoring four times as he led Real Madrid to a 5-1 rout of Elche in the Spanish league on Tuesday.

League Cup: Liverpool advance

Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 14-13 in a marathon penalty shootout in the third round of the League Cup on Tuesday, after Arsenal and Everton both bowed out of the competition.

Arsenal, Everton out of League Cup

Arsenal surrendered a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 at home to Southampton in the third round of the League Cup 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

Emma Watson's plea for equality wins men's support

LONDON - British actress Emma Watson's plea for men to join the fight for equal rights for women has sparked a flood of pledges across the world, including from fellow celebrities and politicians.

The unlikely titan

A new book on Alibaba Group and its founder Ma Yun promises to rank on top of the plethora published on the subject.

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...