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China stocks narrow declines at mid day

During Thursday's morning session, losers outnumbered winners by 725 to 199 in Shanghai, and by 1,075 to 295 in Shenzhen.

Taiwan water park blaze toll rises to 2

Fatality in a water park blaze on June 27, 2015 in Taiwan rose to two as a man surnamed Liu died in hospital.

Li lauds OECD role in China progress

China appreciates the OECD's role in promoting international economic cooperation, Premier Li said in Paris.

Pentagon sounds IS alert in US

The Pentagon warned of possible attacks by Islamic State supporters in the US over the federal holiday of Independence Day.

More than 100 dead in North Sinai

Egypt's army said more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed.

US, Cuba restoring diplomatic ties

Cuba said US has confirmed the reopening of embassies in each other's capitals from July 20.

China can reach 7% GDP growth goal: Li

China will adopt appropriate measures to achieve its 7% GDP growth target, Premier Li said.

HK has no plans to enact security law

The CE said the SAR government has no current plans to enact its own national security law.

Opinion

Big strides made in HK’s economy, but with serious lessons

Hong Kong has wasted precious time and resources in political wrangling that has taught us some serious lessons.

Patriotic education will foster sense of national identity

While economic cooperation between HK and the mainland continues to grow, and has benefited companies and people on both sides,...

EU should fulfill role of true strategic partner

Three days before Premier Li Keqiang and his European counterparts issued their communique after his one-day visit to the European Unio...

Pension plan shows confidence in stock market?

The coincidence of a dreadful drop in Chinese shares and the release of a draft guideline signaling China's pension fund will be allowe...

Inclusiveness of AIIB lays ground for common growth

President Xi Jinping's meeting with representatives of the prospective founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on ...

Video

Hong Kong July 1 celebrations

Celebrating the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, people from all over the SAR gathered at events around the territory on Wednesday. From the flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square to the PLA barracks, this video gives just a brief glimpse into the colors and sounds of the festivities.

The spirit of parkour

Inspired by the spirit of parkour in the 2001 film 'Yamakasi', a group of Hong Kong youth started to build their own community and grew up supporting each other.

Nation

Taiwan water park blaze toll rises to 2

Fatality in a water park blaze on June 27, 2015 in Taiwan rose to two as a man surnamed Liu died in hospital.

Li lauds OECD role in China's modernization

China appreciates the OECD's role in promoting international economic cooperation, Premier Li said in Paris.

Port city seeks to increase its appeal

Marseille, France's second-largest city, plans to double its number of Chinese visitors within two years, according to Deputy Mayor Didier...

Officials now must take allegiance oath

The measure is intended to improve all functionaries' awareness of observing the Constitution.

'Operation duck' and the student savior

A young Chinese scholar was also a member of the rescue party, and 70 years later, he's still feted by those he helped to save.

Gangs smuggle in 40-year-old 'zombie' meat

Expired products from US, European countries find their way illegally into China's food chain.

'Sponge City' program set to soak up urban floodwater

Now, new measures are being introduced to reduce loss of life and the economic damage caused by flooding.

HK

CE calls for building a better HK

Leung warned that the city would achieve little if filibustering and the abuse of judicial procedures persisted.

HK MTR showing its age

The Mass Transit Railway, or MTR, used to make Hong Kong people proud of its unblemished record of efficiency and reliability. It built and completed all railway lines on time and within its budget.

Flag-raising ceremony marks SAR anniversary

A flag-raising ceremony was held at the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai to celebrate the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China.

New practice to enhance transparency in home sales

The Estate Agents Authority (EAA) issued a new practice circular on Tuesday, setting out guidelines for estate agents in the sales of first-hand residential properties.

Focus HK

Garbage heaps grow as debate drags on

The HK$1 billion fund to perk up HK’s moribund recycling industry has not come through well over a year after it was proposed, thanks to the filibustering at LegCo sessions.

Lessons for the teacher

Six years back Lillian Lui cancelled her retirement plans to teach in a school for children of poor families. The rewards seem to have more than made up for the measly pay.

The past returns for a nostalgic summer holiday

Photographer Edmond Tang re-visits the reopened Lai Yuen Amusement Park to find the attractions in it have retained the original flavor since he clicked them in 1997. Wang Yuke reports.

Asia

Pentagon sounds IS alert in US

The Pentagon warned of possible attacks by supporters of the Islamic State in the US over the federal holiday of Independence Day.

Iran complying with interim deal: IAEA

Iran has reduced its stockpile of low-enriched uranium gas to below the volume it had before, according to a UN report.

Israelis protest against deadly Palestinian attacks

Protesters gathered near Netanyahu's residence, waving signs that said "Stop the terror wave."

S Korea reports 1 more MERS infection

With one case being added, the combined contagions increased to 183 since the first case was identified on May 20.

Fishing for more

Asia dominates global seafood production but environment and labor issues must be tackled.

From farm to palate

Aquaculture in Asia is taking pressure off ocean stocks while sating world’s appetite for fish.

Asia Weekly

Business

Declines narrowed on China stocks at mid day

During Thursday's morning session, losers outnumbered winners by 725 to 199 in Shanghai, and by 1,075 to 295 in Shenzhen.

Robust demand lifts home prices in June

Lower interest rates, down payments help the market stabilize; first-tier cities fare best.

Asian stocks gain

Asian stocks were higher as strong US payroll data overshadowed worries about Greek debt.

Eye on Asia

Limited options if Iran talks fall apart

The war option that US has kept on the table has few fans, while the world community is not willing to impose truly crippling sanctions.

Ancient general is a cut above

Chinese paper-cut artwork on display in Malaysia to celebrate the life and philosophy of Guan Gong.

Japan mourns passing of Tama

Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, died of a heart failure on June 22.

Sport

Own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England

Laura Bassett gave Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal.

Djokovic, Williams win on Wimbledon's hottest day

Down a break at 3-1 in the first set, defending champion Novak Djokovic kept his cool on the hottest day in Wimbledon history.

Messi & Argentina shining together

Messi thrived in leading Argentina to a 6-1 rout of Paraguay in the semifinals, setting up a final against host Chile.

Custodian of knowledge

Intellectual property chief relishes the daunting challenge of spearheading global efforts to protect intangible assets.

Number cruncher

Providing a crucial service analyzing vast reams of data has taken Malaysian entrepreneur from ambitious startup to successful IPO.

Building on a dream

Hard work and an ambitious goal to provide quality housing lead to Chinese migrant becoming a top developer in Sydney.

Life Style

Sotheby's sees record sales

Andy Warhol's "One Dollar" marks the top-seller in what Sotheby's said was its highest ever total sales for an auction of contemporary art in London.

Fallen stars darken silver screen

The ban on movies featuring actors convicted of crimes has hurt several upcoming releases filmed before the arrests.

Quirky News

Canine help in hunt for truffles

In Europe, truffle hunters traditionally used pigs, but in recent years the job has gone to the dogs.

GMO lamb sold for meat in France

A lamb whose mother had been genetically modified with a jellyfish protein as part of a medical experiment was sold as meat accidentally.

Ready to wed but no wedding plans

Pitcairn Island, a tiny speck in the Pacific that's home to just 48 people, has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage - but has no gay couples wanting to wed.

Roundtable

Partnerships to power up development across region

New model of energy cooperation could unleash Asia’s full growth potential.

NPCSC empowered to set out roadmaps for election: Chen

HKSAR Basic Law Committee member Albert Chen Hung-yee has rejected the myth that the country’s top legislature has no power to impose additional requirements for electing the city’s Chief Executive and lawmakers.

Jasper Tsang receives HK’s highest honor

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, president of the Legislative Council, is among a group of distinguished Hong Kong political, business and community leaders rewarded in the government’s latest honors.

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.