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HK student leaders produced in court

The two principal organisers of the unlawful “Occupy Central” protests, Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, were produced in court.

Venture capital luring big players

With the mainland private equity investment market booming, firms eligible for a market listing could very well look to Hon...

Oct industrial profits down 2.1%

Profits rose 0.4 percent in September, decreased 0.6 percent in August and gained 13.5 percent in July year on year.

HK 'must maximize its advantages'

HK businessmen are confident about the city's unique advantages that will reinforce its role in Chinese economic development.

Australian batsman Hughes dies

Australia batsman Hughes died two days after being hit on the head by a ball.

Ebola vaccine 'seems safe'

An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection.

Cybercrime on the rise

Average financial losses in HK and the Chinese mainland climbed to US$2.4m in 2014.

Soaring home prices put off buyers

Up to 80% of respondents said they were not interested in buying homes.

Opinion

Solving HK’s land supply problem

It is known to all that Hong Kong has serious housing problems, with many growing vocal in complaining how difficult it is to b...

Opposition has no excuse to harm the rule of law

Theme 2 of the Liberal Studies curriculum in Hong Kong is the “rule of law and socio-political participation”.

Abe exploits ballot to extend tenure

Two years ago the Liberal Democratic Party, in opposition, won a landslide victory in the general election, putting Shinzo Abe in offic...

Sincerity from Abe needed

If they really want relations with China to substantially improve, earnestness to build political trust is needed from the Japanese gov...

Three pillars to hold up Asia

In the age of globalization, the interests of countries have never been so closely interconnected. More and more Asians have come to re...

Nation

Senior Moutai official probed for corruption

A top official at Chinese state-owned liquor maker Moutai is being probed as part of the country's ongoing anti-corruption campaign.

More help sought to get fugitives back

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged countries where Chinese fugitives are hiding to discard prejudice and work more close...

11 killed in SW China coal mine blast

A coal mine explosion killed 11 people in southwest China's Guizhou Province Thursday morning, local authorities said.

New pollution law nears review stage

An executive meeting of the State Council, presided over by Premier Li Keqiang, approved the draft amendment to the Air Pollution Preventi...

The wrong side of the road

As vehicle numbers soar, traffic jams are becoming a fact of life on China's overcrowded urban highways.

NPC mulls end of death penalty for some crimes

A proposed amendment to China's criminal law could see the abolition of capital punishment for a number of non-violent offenses, including illegal money lending, as Cao Yin reports.

Building ban begins to bite

The central government is cracking down on wasteful construction projects and ostentatious office complexes approved by a number of local authorities.

HK

Student leaders produced in court, more held

The two principal organisers of the unlawful “Occupy Central” protests Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were produced in court.

Police clear Mong Kok of 'Occupy' barricades

Local Hong Kong businesses — suffering losses due to illegal occupations — were clearly relieved on Wednesday after police finally removed protesters who illegally camped at Mong Kok’s main intersection.

Police have statutory powers to clear streets

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung said police are fully empowered to enforce the law when clearing protesters from city streets.

Time for HK SAR to promote national education

Young people in Hong Kong need a better understanding of the Basic Law and the meaning of “One Country”, Hong Kong Medical Association (HKMA) President Shih Tai-cho said.

Focus HK

A reel challenge

As HK filmmakers ditch the trademark kungfu and gangster genres in favor of social realism, industry insiders wonder if big budgets and bigger audiences from the mainland may be such an unmixed blessing.

Serving up a masterclass

Intelligent homes and wearable devices have brought about a sea change in the way we live in the last few years. The sports industry is a relatively new entrant in the arena. Shenzhen Earth Electronics Co. Ltd in Guangdong is one of the first to develop intelligent sports devices.

More mega players likely to join mainland VC boom

Mainland private equity investment market entered a high growth period over the last few years. Some of the companies with PE capital injection are becoming eligible for a market listing.

Asia

S Asian leaders meet to break deadlock

Leaders of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Afghanistan are focusing on key objectives.

Rights: EU urged to stop Lanka trade perks

British lawmakers urged the EU to remove preferential trade tariffs from Sri Lanka if it fails to address human rights concerns.

S Korea puts Japanese journalist on trial

A trial has begun for a Japanese journalist charged with defaming South Korea's president by reporting rumors that she was absent for seven hours during a ferry disaster in April because she was with a man.

Kim sister 'takes senior party post'

The younger sister of the Democratic People's Reoublic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un has assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers' Party, state media reported on Thursday.

New era for China-Australia ties

Historic trade agreement hailed as a win-win deal as tariffs set to be dropped in many sectors.

Indian soaps hit the right note

Though not new to China, imported TV dramas like Pavitra Rishta are now finding a wider audience.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's Oct industrial profits down 2.1%

Profits rose 0.4 percent in September, decreased 0.6 percent in August and gained 13.5 percent in July year on year.

RMB accounts for 11.2 pct of payments value

RMB was used for 11.2 pct of total payments value between China and the rest of the world last month.

China data pulls down Asian shares

Asian shares meandered Thursday as data showed a drop in Chinese industrial profits, but expectations for further stimulus moves from China and Europe helped to limit losses.

Eye on Asia

Japan eyes military aid to spur defence exports

Japan is considering creating a government-backed financing arm for weapons exports.

Country boats face extinction in Bangladesh

Bangladesh's traditional country boats are on the brink of extinction as after about four decades since independence.

'Abusers remain in Australian military'

A government investigation into sexual misconduct reported Wednesday that more than 1,100 alleged perpetrators remained in the ranks or reserves.

Sport

Australian batsman Hughes dies after head knock

Test batsman Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck in the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25.

Ludogorets hold Liverpool to 2-2 draw

Ludogorets scored a late equalizer to hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday that ended the home side's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Arsenal through after beating Dortmund

Yaya Sanogo ended his 15-month wait to score for Arsenal on Wednesday by helping the London club beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 and qualify for the Champions League knockout phase for the 15th successive season.

For children’s sake

Nobel Peace Prize winner says his award shows that the world recognizes need to end child labor and deliver education for all.

Paying it forward

One of Kazahkstan’s first generation of post-Soviet entrepreneurs is now dedicated to helping fellow businesswomen aim high.

Science without borders

Sydney-based scientist conducting pioneering research in China sees it as a way of repaying his country of birth.

Life Style

HK thriller 'Overheard' to get English remake

Chinese surveillance thriller "Overheard" is getting an English-language remake.

Star bucks

Trade analysts say a hot film and TV market means top stars get paid too much, so shows have less to spend on improving production quality, Han Bingbin reports.

Quirky News

Feather touch

The presidential turkey pardon is a quirky annual tradition at Thanksgiving, the holiday when American families gather for turkey feasts.

Going bananas!

A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun.

New Thai tourism spin: 'I Hate Thailand'

The video called "I Hate Thailand" drew more than 1 million views within days of being posted last week.

Video

Home and Away

Determined to give Hong Kong a taste of the culinary delights of hometown Xi’an and to quell the appetite of Shaanxi residents craving authentic Xi’an food, a pair of university graduates started their own outlet.

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

The Great Autumn

Autumn is always colorful and beautiful. The Octobor round of China Daily College Photo Contest themed “The Great Autumn” has concluded.

Roundtable

New Silk Road — the great Asia connect

China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative aims to bring economies from central Europe to Africa closer and create an once-in-a-decade opportunity for the logistics sector as well as traders in Hong Kong and the rest of Asia.

HACTL eyeing a slice of Asia’s e-commerce pie

On the heels of Alibaba’s record $9.3-billion sales on “Singles Day” (Nov 11), reflecting the mega growth of e-commerce in China and the Asia-Pacific, air-cargo industry executives are candid about the need to embrace a new business model and ramp up service levels.