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Crackdown on online rumors, 197 punished

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Public Security, 165 online accounts were closed for violating rules.

China stocks fall more than 3 percent

Skittish markets are awaiting factory and service sector activity surveys from the world's 2nd-second largest economy.

China sets US$2.5-trillion debt ceiling

For the first time in China's modern history, the national legislature introduced a "debt ceiling" for local govts.

37 die as migrant boat sinks off Libya

More than 2,500 people have died making the crossing in 2015, not including those feared drowned off Libya in the last 24 hrs.

China's economy in 'appropriate range'

Premier Li said the Chinese economy was operating within an appropriate range.

Former steel chief under investigation

China's anti-graft agency said it is probing the former chairman of Wuhan Iron and Steel.

US Fed confident low inflation to end

Vice-Chair Stanley Fischer thinks the persistently low inflation will be back in the 2% range.

China stocks climb, Shanghai up 4.8%

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index climbing 4.82% to close at 3,232.35 points.

Opinion

Why Aug 15, 1945 still matters

Jocelyn Chey says that in the 70 years since the end of the Pacific War, the people of Asia have taken charge of their own dest...

How to help HK people abroad

Raymond So says that because more SAR people are traveling overseas the risk of them getting into difficulties is increasing, p...

RIP cash? Instant, online finance is here to stay

In the first half of this year, Internet lending hit 300.6 billion yuan, more than the total 252.8 billion yuan for the whole of 2014.

World economy still resilient against crisis

Despite the slumps in the stock markets of many countries, the global economic situation is improving, albeit slowly.

Korean Peninsula needs more talks, not tension

It is a great relief that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea reached a deal on Tuesday to ease the ten...

Video

Wonderland in the deep

For more than 10 years, John Ng has been diving in the waters around Hong Kong and overseas creating amazing snapshots of the extraordinary sea life and animals underneath.

Organic Wordplay

In this episode of Hong Kong Enquirer Andrea Deng looks into the murky world of organic food.

Heart of a city

Every city has areas that shine for a few decades and then fade away but none so visible as Shantou.

Nation

Crackdown on online rumors, 197 punished

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Public Security, 165 online accounts were closed for violations.

Government will boost 'positive factors': Li

China will use more policy weapons to achieve its growth targets for the year, said Premier Li Keqiang.

Fewer crimes to be subject to death penalty

China's top legislature has adopted an amendment to the Criminal Law removing the death penalty for nine crimes.

China adopts criminal law amendments

The crime of sex with underage prostitutes was reclassified as rape and commutation for most corrupt criminals was ruled out.

Dreaming of the next big thing

Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai tempt the brightest and the best in the world of high-tech startups.

Final farewell to the plateau

Xu Fengxiang is a legend in Chinese ecological circles, and has been credited with safeguarding and saving one of the country's most fragile ecosystems.

The spy who saved the Soviets

Yan Baohang was one of China's most effective wartime intelligence agents and a trusted adviser to the Nationalist government, despite being a covert Communist. Today, this secretive man is remembered for an intervention that helped to bring Japan's occupation of China to an end.

HK

Ringing in change

The Hong Kong Tramways boss may have found the winning formula to balance history and nostalgia with the demands of modern transport.

HK marks war anniversary with parade, protest

People from all walks of life took part in various activities across HK to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory in the war of resistance against Japanese aggression.

Crisis of confidence

Stocks on the mainland surged in the final hour of trade on Friday, marking the second day of rallies.

Beijing calls for unity in HKSAR

The central government’s Hong Kong affairs office expressed its hope for unity among different sectors and political groups in the city.

Focus HK

When ghosts come out to play

Roy Liu captures the spirit of a folk tradition observed on HK’s streets to keep one’s departed ancestors happy and entertained in their afterlives.

Expression beyond words

Jungman Kim, renowned South Korean photographer offered a tiny glimpse into the dedication and endurance needed to achieve world acclaim in photography.

The battle for recognition

Even as Hong Kong gears up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese occupation, some of the relics of the city’s terrible trial — which local historians feel are worthy of a world heritage status — lie in utter neglect.

Asia

Protesters oppose defense bills outside Japan's Diet

Protesters have gathered outside Japan's parliament to oppose security legislation in one of this summer's biggest rallies.

Afghan forces recapture south Pushtun-inhabited district

Afghan security forces recaptured Musa Qala district in the southern Helmand province on Sunday.

Saudi-led coalition air strike kills Yemeni civilians

An air strike by a Saudi-led coalition killed around 30 civilians working at a bottling plant in Yemeni province of Hajjah.

Fire at Saudi oil company residential complex kills 2, injures 105

The fire killed two people and injured 105 others of various nationalities, including some who are in a critical condition.

Getting trade on fast track

Railway corridor to tap into growth in the Caspian region and play major role in the modern Silk Road initiative.

Bridging the gap

New infrastructure projects in Central Asia are paving the way for trade across borders.

Asia Weekly

Business

China stocks fall more than 3 percent

China major stock indexes fell more than 3% in early trade, after showing some signs of steadying the week before.

16 trillion yuan debt ceiling set

China's top legislature on Saturday imposed a ceiling of 16 trillion yuan (US$2.51 trillion) for local government debt in 2015.

Asia stocks sag as Fed rate prospects revived

Asian stocks sagged after top Federal Reserve officials kept the door open for an interest rate hike in September.

Eye on Asia

Ambivalence in Indonesia towards AEC

There is growing concern over the level of commitment to the AEC, especially for a relatively new government saddled with rising protectionist and nationalist sentiment.

Lessons from orangutan conservation

The fate of Indonesia’s forested landscapes will heavily influence the future prospects of many species, humans included.

Free meals capture Sikh spirit of service

Service is one of the most integral traditions of gurdwaras, where people from all walks of life pour in to assist.

Sport

Athletes carry torch for the future

Chinese athletes have cast off the shadow of star hurdler Liu Xiang's retirement to restate the country's challenge to world powers in track and field.

Maria Sharapova withdraws from US Open

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew from the U.S. Open on Sunday due to a leg injury.

Messi, Ronaldo draw blanks

Although FC Barcelona and Real Madrid both won their respective games in the second round of matches of the BBVA Primera Liga, a little piece of history was made this weekend in Spain.

First-mover advantage

Juwai.com may not be a household name in Australia, Europe or the United States, but in China it is the “must-go-to” site when looking for property overseas.

Print mettle

Media mogul Denise Tjokrosaputro attributes her success to a crucial factor that defined her early life.

Weaving a new image

Pakistan industry body chief hopes to win waves of fresh investment in order to revive economy, with Chinese ties to play a key role.

Lifestyle

Go-alone actor finally gives himself a hug

Over the past 30 years, Chin, 64, has gained the reputation of a fervent promoter of Taiwan's contemporary theater scene. He is known for his sophisticated acting and can easily lose himself in whatever roles he plays.

Neither Chinese nor Western way of teaching is the best

The BBC's three-episode experiment with Chinese-style teaching did not so much set off the spark as fan the flame, which is the intermittent and often heated discourse on the merits, or more accurately lack thereof, of the traditional way of Chinese education.

Quirky News

$1m painting damaged by boy back on display

A US$1.54 million masterpiece by an 17th century Italian artist was back on display after a 12-year-old boy tripped, fell and punched a hole in the canvass.

Never too old to find love

A park in Victoria has signed up Patrick the wombat to a dating service in honor of the furry bachelor turning 30 years old this weekend.

'Oldest message in bottle' discovered

Tossed into the North Sea sometime between 1904 and 1906 by researchers, the bottle was found on a German beach by a couple in April.

Special

HK's testing and certification industry set to increase role on mainland

Hong Kong's testing and certification industry is set to play a bigger role on the Chinese mainland market.

'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

Going the distance

Inspired by China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Tourism Economy Forum embarked on a Pacific Alliance mission, starting a virtuous cycle of events to create momentum in driving exchange, multilateral cooperation and economic growth in global tourism.