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MH17 bodies arrive in Ukraine city

A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-...

Xi arrives in Cuba for state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived Monday for his first state visit to Cuba since taking office.

1 killed, dozens injured as S Korean trains collide

Two passenger trains collided in South Korea on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring dozens, a hospital official and po...

Real Madrid sign Rodriguez

A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament's top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed...

Japan gov't asks Saga to accept Osprey aircraft

The Japanese government on Tuesday asked the local government of Saga prefecture in southwe...

Jakarta governor wins Indonesian election

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his c...

Military exercises delay flights throughout China

Passengers in East and Central China will face mass flight delays and cancellations until A...

France to deliver first warship to Russia despite allies, Ukraine

French officials defended President Francois Hollande's decision to push ahead with deliver...

Opinion

We must return to our core values

I have written about Hong Kong’s core values a couple of times before (May 22, 2012; July 2, 2014). But at the present time, it...

Patten takes political hypocrisy to new heights

In his latest piece entitled “From Beethoven to Beijing”, published through Project Syndicate on...

Beyond the GDP growth target

The growth rate of 7.4 percent for the first half year consists of contribution of 0.3 percent from primary industry, 3.5 percent from ...

Growth unaffected by restructuring

Missing its whole-year growth target, the Chinese economy still proved resilient after it expanded by 7.4 percent year-on-year in the f...

BRICS must go for a 'Rio Consensus'

Conveniently scheduled at the end of the World Cup, the sixth BRICS summit presents the leaders of five emerging economies a truly hist...

Nation

President Xi arrives in Cuba for state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived Monday for his first state visit to Cuba since taking office.

Military exercises delay flights throughout China

Passengers in East and Central China will face mass flight delays and cancellations until Aug 15 after 12 airports were ord...

China on alert for typhoon Matmo

China is gearing up for typhoon Matmo, with parts of the country still recovering from typhoon Rammasun, the strongest to hit south China ...

Syndrome killing young workers in 'world's factory'

About 700 young workers in Dongguan, a major production base in Guangdong province, have died in their sleep in the past decade.

Belief in building

China’s oldest Buddhist temple is becoming a channel to boost religious study and strengthen friendship across borders, report Hou Liqiang and Qi Xin in Luoyang, Henan province and Zhang Yunbi in Beijing.

Tall order for civil servants

Many find the authorities' latest frugality standards for officials challenging.

Providing support for 'the roof of the world'

An aid program to help people in Tibet has seen doctors from Beijing and Jiangsu province making a contribution to treating locals and training medical staff.

HK

HK shares close at highest since Dec, China stronger

Hong Kong's benchmark index jumped to its highest in nearly 7-1/2 months on Tuesday, helped by stronger Chinese markets on the mainland and recent fund inflows which pushed up the territory's blue-chip stocks

Book fair ends with record attendance

The Hong Kong Book Fair concluded Tuesday with a record-breaking attendance of 101,000 visitors. The per capita spending at the seven-day exhibition reached HK$987, an increase of 25 percent over last year

Man arrested over brother's death

Police arrested a 39-year-old man for suspected murder of his 36-year-old brother in in Kwun Tong in the small hours of Tuesday.

'City not preferred retirement destination'

Hong Kong people chose the Chinese mainland and Taiwan over Hong Kong as destination for retirement, according to a survey released on Monday

Focus HK

The capsule revolution

Sachets are oh-so last-year. Coffee lovers can now enjoy the pleasure of ground, pre-processed coffee beans at home and at work. Jenny Wang serves up a fresh brew.

HK in his eyes

Novelist Dung Kai-cheung tries to bring to his writing the ‘inaccuracies’ about Hong Kong’s history. Chritralehka Basu talks to the ‘Author of the Year’ who’s credited with putting the city at the center of his works.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

1 killed, dozens injured as S Korean trains collide

Two passenger trains collided in South Korea on Tuesday, killing at least one person and injuring dozens, a hospital official and police said

Jakarta governor wins Indonesian election

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, final results showed Tuesday.

Japan gov't asks Saga to accept Osprey aircraft

The Japanese government on Tuesday asked the local government of Saga prefecture in southwestern Japan to accept its plan to deploy 17 Osprey aircraft at its local airport as part of the Ground Self-Defense Force's (GSDF) planned amphibious unit

Dozens of Turkish police 'detained over wiretapping'

Dozens of high-ranking police officers were detained in Turkey on Tuesday accused of involvement in spying and illegal wire-tapping during an investigation into corruption in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle

China packs on the pounds

One unfortunate side effect of nation’s new-found wealth is its growing obesity problem

Asia’s junk food craving intensifies

International brands profiting from increasingly unhealthy diets of the region’s expanding middle classes

Asia Weekly

Business

Alibaba denies 'political connection' allegation

Alibaba Group has denied allegations made by a New York Times report that claimed that the Chinese e-commerce giant had "political connection" behind it.

China Mobile pulls plug on VIP rooms

China Mobile Ltd said on Monday it is removing its premium customer lounges at the nation's airports in a bid to cut back on operating expenses.

Asia shares rise

Asian shares rose Tuesday as tensions over the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine eased after pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies

Eye on Asia

Endangered Tibetan monkey makes a comeback

The Hongla Mountain National Nature Reserve, in Markam county of the Tibet autonomous region, has seen a steady increase in recent years...

Singapore bans Archie comics

Singapore has banned a volume of the "Archie" comic book that featured a same-sex marriage, adding fuel to a censorship row that erupted over a children's story about two male penguins hatching an egg

Farmers strive to feed DPRK

Rim Ok-hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance.

Sport

Rodriguez signs 6-year deal with Real Madrid

A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament's top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

England's Gerrard retires from international football

England captain Steve Gerrard announced Monday his retirement from international football.

Colombia celebrates as James Rodriguez goal voted World Cup's best

Colombians Monday celebrated the selection of a goal by national footballer James Rodriguez as the best of the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

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

Empowering the poor

Grameen Bank founder extends global reach after revolutionizing Bangladesh’s banking system through micro financing concepts

Life Style

President Xi presents DVDs with state gifts

Chinese President Xi Jinping presents China DVDs that reflect the real China with state gifts to Argentinean officials during his visit.

'Tiny Times' outmuscles 'Transformers' at box office

Chinese drama "Tiny Times 3.0" knocked Hollywood blockbuster "Transformers" off the top of China's box office charts during the week ending July 20.

Quirky News

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."

Plane's near-miss now a whale of a tale

A dramatic video of a sea plane just missing a surfacing humpback whale as it came in to land in Alaska has become a hit online, and the man who shot it says it was blind luck.

French restaurants to label homemade dishes

Restaurant-goers in France will start seeing a funny little symbol on their menus this week: a skillet with a house on top, indicating your menu choice is made in-house.

Video

A night in Yau Ma Tei fruit market

The Yau Ma Tei wholesale fruit market has been in business for a century but it is still a mystery to many Hong Kong people. China Daily goes in to see how the laborers work in this male-dominated industry. With the rise of the supermarket, its best days are behind it, while the future remains uncertain.

A holistic approach to developing Lantau

Lantau provides good opportunities for Hong Kong to develop a new central business district, but the island must overcome its lack of transport and hotel facilities before this can be realized, Allen Ha of the Lantau Development Alliance tells Joseph Li.

Hong Kong should save up for rainy days

There have been many queries about the warning that Hong Kong could fall into the abyss of a structural deficit in less than...

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...