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China stubs out tobacco advertising

China's top legislature has adopted an amendment to the Advertisement Law that restricts tobacco advertising to minors.

China's employment growth slows

Growth in the number of people employed in China's urban areas slowed for the first time since the global financial crisis.

Asian media to have closer cooperation

Editors from Asia News Network (ANN) members have agreed to further integrate their newsrooms.

HSBC considers moving HQ out of UK

HSBC says it is considering moving its HQ from Britain in the wake of "regulatory and structural reforms".

No new curbs on capital outflows

China has rejected new curbs to tighten control of cross-border capital, although outflow p...

FTZ aims for 'strong regional economy'

Zhuhai, Macao pledge to strengthen finance, trade ties as Hengqin takes off.

HK court orders license decision review

The High Court has ordered the ExCo to reconsider the free TV license application by Hong K...

ICBC is world's most valuable bank

ICBC's market capitalization was US$315 billion on Thursday, 11 percent more than Wells Far...

Opinion

Electoral reform proposal is a democratic milestone

The government’s package ticks all the boxes in terms of constitutionality and legality because it incorporates all sectors of ...

Public needs Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme

The Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS) proposed by our government aims to provide value-for-money medical insurance for t...

Dual track right approach to South China Sea

Some countries led by US keep lashing out at China's normal reefs fortification in the South China Sea.

Abe speech to indicate Japan's future

Just one day before he makes speech at the Asian-African Summit, Abe on Tuesday sent a ritual offering to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine.

Xi in Pakistan to work for real mutual benefits

From Xi to the average man on the street in China, Pakistan has never been just another neighbor.

Nation

China stubs out tobacco ads

Tobacco advertising will be forbidden on mass media, in public places, public vehicles and outdoors from Sept 1.

China approves stricter food safety law

China's top legislature has adopted an amendment to the Food Safety Law that gives the heaviest penalties yet to offenders.

Wanted Chinese fugitives hiding in Australia exposed

Five Chinese ex-officials who are wanted by Chinese police for various crimes have clear links with businesses in Australia.

CPC, KMT leaders to meet in Beijing

Leaders of the two parties are expected to exchange views on CPC-KMT exchanges and relations across the Taiwan Strait.

Chicken-blood jade dealers feather nests

Traders in the small township of Sanmen are cashing in on a recently discovered rare natural resource that's boosting incomes and changing lives.

Beijing accelerates air pollution control

Beijing accelerates its fight against air pollution as it ticks to 100-day countdown of the 2022 Winter Olympics city-deciding vote.

Visas to Shanghai saved Jews before WWII

China and Israel unveiled a plaque to commemorate a late Chinese diplomat for his humanitarian efforts on the eve of WWII.

HK

HKTV wins judicial review over free TV license

The High Court has ordered the Executive Council to reconsider the free TV license application by Hong Kong Television Network.

38 injured in West Kowloon car crash

The accident took place near Olympic City in Tai Kok Tsui at around 8:30 am local time.

Hong Kong stocks higher

The benchmark Hang Seng Index was up 233.28 points to 28,060.98. Turnover totaled HK$167.40 billion.

Barry Cheung sentenced to 6 weeks in jail

Former executive councilor Barry Cheung Chun-yuen has been sentenced to six weeks in jail for failing to pay nearly HK$340,000 in wages.

Focus HK

Watch this space

“Shoebox” Hong Kong apartments barely provide enough living space, leave alone storage options, making self-storage facilities an increasingly attractive form of property investment. But there may be a few hurdles to consider.

French window

Timothy Chui raises the curtain on the 23rd edition of Le French May — the biggest and most diverse among the cultural festivals brought to Hong Kong by European countries.

HK's 'super-connector' role a key staying power

International corporations still bank on Hong Kong the stepping stone for expansion on the Chinese mainland and worldwide.

Asia

Pakistan backs military action in Yemen: PM

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has backed the Saudi-led military action against the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Japan hikes target for emissions cuts: Media

Japan is considering cutting emissions of greenhouse gases by around 25 percent by 2030.

Strong quake shakes central New Zealand

Emergency services were assessing damage after much of New Zealand was shaken by a 6.2- magnitude earthquake that struck on the northeast of the South Island on Friday.

Israel fires back on Gaza in response to rocket attack

Israel's army artillery fired on Thursday night several shells on northern Gaza town of Beit Hanon, causing no damages or casualties, medics and security sources said.

Up and down

Mixed views on outlook for Asian economies even as China’s slowdown weighs on region.

Asia braces for US rate hike

Stronger fundamentals and policies to prevent capital outflow are likely to protect regional economies.

Asia Weekly

Business

HSBC considers moving HQ from Britain

HSBC says it is considering moving its HQ from Britain in the wake of "regulatory and structural reforms".

China rules out new curbs as forex deficit soars

China has rejected new curbs to tighten control of cross-border capital, although outflow pressure surged suddenly last month.

China job growth slows in Q1

Growth in the number of people employed in China's urban areas slowed for the first time since the global financial crisis.

Eye on Asia

Iraqi boy's dancer dream defied threats, borders

As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD.

Cambodia: Odd solution for asylum seekers

Still haunted by the Vietnam War next door and the 1970s genocide that followed, Cambodia is not exactly the place that the world's refugees dream of reaching.

Afghan museum seeks to preserve war memory

The Jihad Museum in the Afghan city of Herat sits in a hillside garden, surrounded by blooming rose bushes and the detritus of the war against the Soviet Union.

Sport

Barcelona to meet Bayern, Juventus get Madrid

Barcelona will play Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals, pairing coach Pep Guardiola's past and current teams.

Horse racing to bid farewell to McCoy

After nearly 4,350 winners, Tony McCoy will end his record-shattering career on the aptly named Box Office on Saturday.

Chelsea 'to play Sydney FC in June'

The EPL leaders will play the A-League team in a friendly on June 2 at Sydney's Olympic Stadium, Fairfax Media reported.

Teeing it forward

China’s ‘Mr Golf’ plans to overcome industry’s ‘coldest winter’ with diversification and a sustainable eco-tourism model.

Straddling two worlds

KPMG partner is an old China hand who wants to help his fellow Australians fully embrace the benefits of Chinese investments.

Trade pioneer

Xu Ningning has played a crucial role in creating successful China-ASEAN business opportunities for over two decades.

Life Style

Performer's feather tiara fans public contempt

A renowned Beijing Opera performer has recently courted a storm of controversy for a feather tiara that is part of her show costume.

Show of splendor

A range of Cartier is on display at Sichuan Museum, showcasing some of the world's most famous jewels. Sun Yuanqing reports.

Quirky News

What's in a name?

A father in Shandong has failed to register the birth of his daughter who has no given surname.

Off Key

New Zealand's PM John Key has apologized to a cafe worker who said he'd repeatedly pulled her ponytail when he visited the cafe near his home over a period of months.

Coffee spill behind Nikolic's plane scare

Coffee spilling on instruments panel by a co-pilot let to the sudden plunge of the Serbian president's plane last week.

Video

Writing on the wall

In its second year, HKwalls 2015 transformed Hong Hong's Sheung Wan and Stanley Market localities into galleries of graffiti in two colorful weeks in March.

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

Asian media to have closer cooperation

Editors from Asia News Network (ANN) members have agreed to further integrate their newsrooms as the alliance wrapped up a two-day meeting in Tokyo on Friday.

Roundtable

Reeling in the crowds for regional films

Asia’s growing movie industry is set to benefit from a new generation of audiences along the New Silk Road and beyond.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.