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Xi supports HK’s democratic progress

President Xi pledged the continuity of the central government’s fundamental policies toward Hong Kong.

Former education chief opposes student strikes

Arthur Li Kwok-cheung said he is appalled that people are bringing politics into schools.

Climate: China pledges US$6m

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

Xbox hit by Monday blues

Monday was not a great day for Microsoft Corp's Xbox One game console in the Chinese mainland.

Scotland's 'Yes' camp sees growth surge

Scottish pro-independence parties reported a surge in membership over the weekend as campai...

Ebola: Lockdown a mixed success

Millions of people in Sierra Leone emerged from their homes after a nationwide lockdown.

HK 'retail sales rebound'

Hong Kong’s retail market expanded in the third quarter of 2014, PwC said.

Militants 'getting Islamic State training'

Chinese militants from Xinjiang are receiving "terrorist training" from Islamic State fight...

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

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.

Pollution tests show water project's next route clean, safe

As a key section of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project prepares to go into operation, water quality tests show the ...

Beijing installs Chui as Macao chief executive

Premier Li Keqiang vowed greater support for the Macao Special Administrative Region as he installed incumbent Chui Sai-on as Macao chief ...

Indonesian police arrest 4 Chinese on terror charges

Four Chinese men arrested by counterterrorism police have been formally named as suspects and detained for allegedly violating anti-terror...

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.

General aviation hub reaches for the sky

As China's private aircraft sector prepares for takeoff, reform is desperately needed.

HK

Xi reaffirms support for HK’s democratic progress

President Xi Jinping on Monday pledged the continuity of the central government’s fundamental policies toward Hong Kong and reaffirmed support for democratic progress in the special administrative region (SAR).

Former education chief opposes student strikes

Executive Councilor and former education secretary Arthur Li Kwok-cheung opposes the on-going student strike and said he is appalled that people are bringing politics into schools.

Positive note to launch of SH-HK Stock Connect

The global roadshow of Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, which is expected to be launched next month, has received positive reaction from international investors, a senior official from HKEx (Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd) said on Monday.

Customs smash cross-border iPhone 6 smuggling racket

From Sept 19 to 21, Shenzhen Customs apprehended 39 cases involving cross-border smuggling of new iPhones at the Luohu checkpoint, and imposed duty on 313 iPhone 6 and had 175 of them returned to Hong Kong.

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

Indian, US spacecraft arrive at red planet on separate missions

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft began orbiting the red planet on Sunday, on a mission to study how climate changed over time from warm and wet to cold and dry.

Howard 'embarrassed' by lack of WMD in Iraq

Former Australian leader John Howard has said he is embarrassed that the US intelligence on weapons of mass destruction he used to send troops to Iraq in 2003 proved to be unfounded.

Syria Slams Anti-terror Coalition

Syria has accused the West of lacking the "true will" necessary to confront terrorism in the region, criticizing the US-led coalition that has vowed to crush the Islamic State group, according to the state news agency SANA.

Pakistan appoints new spy chief

Pakistani army says it has appointed a new chief for the country's premier intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence.

On the rise

Stock Markets rally on improved corporate governance, financial reforms and higher liquidity.

Jumping on the ‘through train’

Initiative between Shanghai, Hong Kong stock exchanges is expected to spur wider market integration in the region.

Asia Weekly

Business

Jack Ma's HK complex shared by his peers

"I speak from my heart. I love Hong Kong," said Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, to the media after his meeting with investors on Sept 15, despite the fact that the Chinese Internet behemoth would join its peers at US exchanges.

Microsoft's Xbox gets hit by Monday blues

Monday was not a great day for Microsoft Corp's Xbox One game console in the Chinese mainland.

Asia braces for China factory survey

Asian shares slipped as a periodic bout of angst over China combined with the US dollar's recent meteoric run to pile pressure on commodity prices.

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

Concern over McIlroy, McDowell more about results

European captain Paul McGinley is having second thoughts about a Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell partnership in the Ryder Cup.

Loss to Leicester stuns van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted he was as shocked as anyone after his team squandered a commanding lead in a remarkable 5-3 loss to Leicester City on Sunday.

Qatar will not host World Cup

Qatar organizers dismissed any chance of the 2022 World Cup being taken away from the Gulf nation after a warning on Monday by a FIFA executive committee member.

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

On- and off- celebrity romances

Chinese diva Faye Wong reportedly reunited with her ex-boyfriend Nicholas Tse. They are not the only lovebirds in showbiz in on- and off- relationships. Here we present you a few.

Jolie surgery sparks surge in female cancer tests

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie's decision to make public her double mastectomy more than doubled the number of women in Britain seeking to have genetic breast cancer tests, according to a study released on Friday.

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

A broken neighborhood

Hugo Tsang traveled more than 100 kilometers across Kwun Tong with his camera, recording the opinions of Kwun Tong’s longtime residents of the government’s urban renewal plan. He has rigged up a mobile screening platform, hoping to draw more public attention to the vagaries of ‘insensitive urban renewal’.

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...