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NPC adopts decision on HK univeral suffrage

BEIJING - The National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee made a decision on Sunday to grant universal suffrage in ...

Chui Sai On elected Macao CE-designate

Chui Sai On was elected the fouth-term chief executive-designate of China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) on Su...

US launches air strikes on IS rebels

The US military launched fresh attacks on Islamic State forces in Iraq, using fighter aircraft and drones to carry out stri...

Lawmakers urge full tobacco ad ban

Chinese lawmakers called for a complete ban on tobacco advertisements when discussing an Advertisement Law bill on Saturday.

Lesotho PM flees to S Africa after military coup

The situation in Lesotho remained tense on Saturday after a possible coup that sent Prime M...

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study,...

Quake drill concludes in Chengdu

A six-day multinational earthquake drill concluded on Saturday in Chengdu, capital of south...

US authorities 'investigate suspected threat against Obama'

Authorities in Connecticut on Friday were investigating a possible threat against President...

Opinion

Elderly people have the right to live and die with dignity

Eon, a Greek goddess, asked Zeus to grant her lover Tithonus, a mortal, eternal life, forgetting to ask for perpetual youth to ...

Conciliation is the only way forward for SAR

While the Basic Law and “One Country, Two Systems” policy provide a framework for the implementation of universal suffrage for ...

Singapore is the future of China in urban order

Invited to deliver the graduation speech at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, I was floored by the number of Chinese...

Chinese help Japan economy recover

The increase in the number of Chinese tourists to Japan started in September 2013, and has continued since

Building on Deng's US policy

Mutual respect was the prerequisite for normalizing relations and is the keystone for the new model the two have pledged to build

Nation

NPC adopts decision on HK univeral suffrage

The National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a decision Sunday that the election of the fifth Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrave Region in the year 2017 ...

China to test anti-terror plan prior to APEC meeting

Beijing police will launch an eight-week secret inspection on anti-terror precautionary work to guarantee security for the ...

Half of Taiwan's youth willing to work in mainland

Half of Taiwan youth aged between 18 to 22 said they are willing to find jobs in the Chinese mainland, according to a survey published on ...

China probes another exec at Volkswagen JV

China's anti-graft watchdog is investigating a former senior executive at Volkswagen AG's Chinese venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co Lt...

Redemption from within

Correctional facilities are finding more ways to help prisoners adapt to life in and out of jail.

Wired to wow

Students of major martial arts school endure tough training for high-wire act at Youth Olympics show.

Capital move to Beidaihe's beaches

Summer resort buzzes with annual visit by nation's leaders.

Historic sands of time

Venerable vacation spot that hosted important meetings continues to evolve with country's development.

HK

Academic backs govt's leadership of HK reforms

China's central government has unquestionable right to lead the upcoming political reform in Hong Kong as it is a local administrative region of China, an academic specializing in the field has said.

Four sectors should remain, business leaders stressed

Business leaders said maintaining the four sectors in the Nominating Committee for selecting Chief Executive candidates would be vital to Hong Kong's interests.

Ministry condemns plots to subvert the State from HK

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned that some people in Hong Kong were colluding with foreign forces to cause trouble for the government and, ultimately, to subvert the State.

HK-Shanghai Connect faces weekend test

For stockbrokers in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Saturday is just another day at the office.

Focus HK

Tonight’s your night

Travelers who find themselves shut out of the tight hotel squeeze in the Asia Pacific, including Hong Kong, may now turn to a smart phone app as a last resort.

Bridges between cultures

HK and mainland volunteers have joined hands to help build houses in one of the country’s most-impoverished provinces. They undertook the project out of altruism, but returned having learnt a thing or two about a 3,000-year-old technology employed in traditional Chinese architecture.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Iran FM says ready to meet Saudi counterpart

Iran's foreign minister said Sunday he is ready to meet his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the sidelines of next month's UN General Assembly and to visit the Gulf powerhouse later this year.

US launches air strikes on IS rebels

The US military launched fresh attacks on Islamic State forces in Iraq, using fighter aircraft and drones to carry out strikes near the Mosul dam, the Pentagon said on Saturday.

3m displaced in Syria strife

The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year

Australia seeks Thai help amid surrogacy row

Australia urged Thailand to allow Australian couples with babies born by Thai surrogate mothers to return home with their children

Coal comfort

Asia pays price for rapid economic growth as demand for polluting fuels soars.

Asia-Pacific brands must think locally

Marketers need to recognize diverse tastes as well as regional trends.

Asia Weekly

Business

Macao casino dealers take industrial action

Casino dealers working in one of the most popular casinos in the gambling hub of Macao started industrial action on Saturday for the first time in the Chinese territory as discontent over salaries and working benefits spreads.

China's property price growth 'to slow'

China's property price growth will slow further, despite an expected improvement in property sales in the rest of 2014, a Moody's report said.

Vanke cashing out as commercial yields stay low

China Vanke Co, the nation's biggest developer by sales, said it agreed to form a venture with the Carlyle Group LP.

Eye on Asia

103-year-old challenges world's fastest man

Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, telling him: "Let's rumble!"

A flavor out of favor

Dog meat in South Korea today is an increasingly tough sell and a less attractive dining option for young South Koreans.

India's Modi dressed for success

New Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's choice of outfits draws praise, intense scrutiny reserved for stars.

Sport

Wang becomes youngest winner on China LPGA Tour

Chinese amateur Wang Ziyi saved the best for last on Saturday when she holed out from 40 yards off the green for an improbable birdie three and a two-stroke victory at the Xiamen Challenge, becoming the youngest-ever winner on the China LPGA Tour.

Wimbledon champ Kvitova out at US Open

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was stunned in the third round of the US Open by a scrambling, moon-balling qualifier ranked No 145.

Dempsey lifts Seattle past Colorado, 1-0

The Sounders boosted their points total to 48, assuring that they'll retain the Western Conference and Supporters Shield leads, regardless of any other results this weekend.

Game changer

The World Bank's chief economist from India is a strategic thinker who draws his inspiration from everyday situations.

Line of duty

Patriarch of Japanese conglomerate goes globetrotting in pursuit of regional friendship and cooperation.

Urban visionary

Sein-Way Tan is a modest man with a global ambition — to make cities environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant.

Life Style

Zhao: New role challenges me

It was a surprise for fans to see Zhao Wei, one of the most famous actresses in China, who portrays a rustic rural mother with a simple mind in a new movie presented at the ongoing Venice film festival.

Chinese writers looking abroad

Chinese novelist Mai Jia has a very tight schedule during the summer vacation. With several book fairs staged in rapid sequence across China's top tier cities, he's at the top of their guest lists.

Quirky News

Russia replies to Canada's colorful tweet

It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military - the opening shot that launched a Twitter war of words and maps

Dethroned beauty queen runs off with crown

The first Myanmar national to win an international pageant has been stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, and has allegedly run off with the expensive crown and breast implants.

World's woolliest sheep?

Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84 km from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania

Video

Coming of age

You must know of Jin Yong if you are a fan of martial arts. The Legend of the Condor Heroes, one of Jin Yong’s famous works, is now on stage! The renowned Hong Kong choreographer Leung Kwok-shing has invited Wang Yabin and Liu Fuyang to translate words into body language.

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.

Campaign relishes public’s support

More than 1 million people have signed up to support universal suffrage and oppose “Occupy Central”. Ng Chau-pei, organizer of the campaign, told Joseph Li this was a victory for common sense.

Special

Vibrant capital boosts science popularization for young, old

Beijing's determination to innovate is helping to transform it into a major high-tech center.

Roundtable

Empowering HK’s logistics industry

The government and the logistics sector need a long-term strategy for land, infrastructure, and policy, as well as industry talents development to support the local industry’s bid to transform into high value-added services providers.

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...