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Factory blast kills 65 in China, managers held

At least 65 people were killed and 100 others injured when an explosion hit a metal products factory in Jiangsu

IMF suggests China growth target of 7% for 2015

The International Monetary Fund said on Friday that China should set an economic growth target of 6.5% to 7% for 2015

CIA admits spying on Senate panel probing its intelligence

The CIA conceded it had improperly monitored computers used by the US Senate Intelligence Committee...

DPRK blames US-ROK joint exercises for tension

The DPRK described the joint military exercises by the ROK and the US as "the root cause" of growing tension on the...

Air traffic controls lifted, but delays stay

Though air traffic controls in the nation's central and eastern regions have been lifted, p...

US Congress approves $225m for Israeli 'Iron Dome' system

The US Congress approved $225 million in emergency funding for Israel's "Iron Dome" missile...

US tourists detained in DPRK ask US to help free them

Two US tourists being held in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have called ...

Japan's naming of islands adds to lingering tension

The Foreign Ministry said Japan's unilateral decision to name China's Diaoyu Islands was "i...

Opinion

The moral dilemmas of dual nationality

The rights and moral obligations associated with the holding of more than one country’s passport are an issue that affects a si...

HK’s future clouded by economic uncertainty

Recently certain financial and academic institutions have simultaneously revised their forecasts for Hong Kong’s economic perfo...

Vision for hukou reform

In this vision, nominally there will be no rural hukou and urban hukou, and both rural and urban dwellers will be registered as residents.

A globalizing China benefits world

Globalization must be an especially complex phenomenon and challenging task for China, an ancient nation with rich and weighty tradition.

Caging corrupt 'tigers'

For months, as his relatives and former underlings were caught up in the anti-graft dragnet one after another, the fate of Zhou Yongkan...

Nation

China to build more child welfare agencies

China will build more child welfare institutions in county-level regions as part of its efforts to improve welfare networks

Air traffic controls lifted, but delays stay

Though air traffic controls in the nation's central and eastern regions have been lifted, passengers should still expect de...

Taiwan gas blast death toll rises to 27

Death toll from the gas leak explosions that hit Kaohsiung city of China's Taiwan on Thursday has climbed to 27

Tighter security urged after imam's death

The killing of an imam from Kashgar has shocked Islamic religious leaders around the region and prompted calls for tighter security at mos...

Helping to heal abroad

Program taps Chinese nurses to plug staffing shortages in the West, report Zhao Ruixue in Weihai, Shandong province and Zhou Wa in Beijing.

Court hears first gay 'conversion therapy' case

A homosexual Chinese man is suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight

Happy homecoming for retired ambassador

Giant pandas born overseas learn to adapt back in China, reports Huang Zhiling in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province.

HK

Government announces plan to cut spending

Hong Kong government bureaus and departments have been told to cut recurring expenses by 1 percent each year from 2016 to 2018

Wounded journalist returns to work

Ming Pao former chief editor Kevin Lau has returned to work five months after suffering severe injuries in a chopper attack

HK sees weaker demand for iBonds

Demand for the latest batch of inflation-linked retail bond in Hong Kong has fallen sharply from last year

Renminbi deposits in city decline

Renminbi deposits in Hong Kong declined slightly in June, signaling a gradually maturing offshore yuan market.

Focus HK

Just for fun

A young, innovative entrepreneur has found immense flavor with mainland social network users through a playful and hilarious app invention. The app has spread like a virus, allowing users of all ages to enhance their relationships.

Revving up for dollars

Hong Kong’s street protests, demonstrations and sit-ins have given the impression that our youths are spoiled brats throwing tantrums at the slightest provocation. But this rebellious façade has belied a cherished tradition that still lives in the hearts of a growing number of young people — entrepreneurship.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

US Congress approves $225m for Israeli 'Iron Dome' system

The US Congress approved $225 million in emergency funding for Israel's "Iron Dome" missile defense system on Friday

DPRK blames US-ROK joint exercises for tension

The DPRK described the joint military exercises by the ROK and the US as "the root cause" of growing tension on the Korean Peninsula

Japan and Brazil sign mutual cooperation treaties

Japan's prime minister wrapped up a meeting with Brazil's president Friday by endorsing loans that will help the South American nation develop offshore oil production and expand its soybean and corn crops

US tourists detained in DPRK ask US to help free them

Two US tourists being held in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have called on the US government to help secure their release from the isolated country

Digging deeper

China’s private companies are rising to the challenge of overseas mining while state-owned enterprises step aside

Breaking new ground in Myanmar

Revised mining law will allow foreign investors, including Chinese firms, to tap vast underground resources

Asia Weekly

Business

Triple dip for China housing prices in July

Home prices in China dropped for the third consecutive month even as many cities eased limits on purchases and financing conditions

Alibaba to invest in US game maker Kabam

Alibaba confirmed Friday investment of US$120 million in San Francisco-based mobile games producer Kabam

Microsoft sues Samsung in royalty dispute

Microsoft said Friday it is suing Samsung for threatening to stop paying Microsoft royalties for patents behind the Android operating system

Eye on Asia

India meth problem grows

India is home to one of the world's biggest chemical industries and a major source of key meth ingredients ephedrine, pseudoephedrine

Splintering Iraq reaches breaking point

Salman Khaled has lived through Baghdad's sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival...

Vietnamese taste for cat puts pets in peril

The enduring popularity of "little tiger" as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers.

Sport

Spurs sign Tony Parker to extension

The San Antonio Spurs have signed point guard Tony Parker to a multi-year contract extension

Lampard set for Man City loan

Frank Lampard will play for Man City under a loan deal from his new Major League Soccer Team New York City FC

Ronaldo sued over 'CR7' trademark

A Rhode Island man has sued Cristiano Ronaldo over the phrase 'CR7', which is used by soccer fans around the world as shorthand for the Real Madrid forward.

Prawn to greatness

China's largest exporter of the seafood has overcome leagal challenges to make the most of overseas opportunities

Bricks and mortar of IT

Indian property mogul has built a fortune creating industrial space for technology firms in Bangalore

Rebuilding Myanmar

Hard work helped serge pun escape turbulent childhood to become a tycoon instrumental in nation’s development

Life Style

Why Western men prefer 'yellow fever'

Yuan Ren lifts the lid on the myth that Asian women make better lovers, while having no meaningful presence in politics or popular culture.

Yachting: The tide begins to turn for China's saiing industry

Summer is the peak time for tourists in Qingdao, a coastal city in Shandong province dubbed China's "sailing capital".

Quirky News

Down the drain

Australian budget airline Jetstar apologised after a crew member told passengers to flush away "anything you shouldn't have".

Argentina tells world to stop bothering bear

Argentina's last captive polar bear will remain in the country despite a petition by more than a half million people asking that it be moved to Canada

T-shirt typo turns heads at Mandela bicycle ride

Cyclists traversing Johannesburg in Nelson Mandela's honor wore T-shirts with one of his many inspiring quotations, along with a glaring typographical error in the word "freedom."

Video

A different twist

Traditional Chinese joss papers have always been associated with the deceased and apparitions, Auyeung Ping Chi is trying to add an altogether different dimension to them.

Cleaner fuel vital for energy generation

In the opinion of William Yu, chief executive of World Green Organisation, emissions from power generation in Hong Kong are under strict control, while most polluting emissions come from the vehicles.

'HK on a unique path to democracy'

Hong Kong is taking a unique path to democracy and should not copy foreign models of democratic development, Lau Siu-kai, vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, said on Thursday.

Special

Crazy football

Football has the charm that makes the world crazy. After a breathtaking World Cup, the June round of China Daily’s College Photo Contest, “Crazy Football”, has concluded. Among works submitted by university students from all around China, Breakthrough, by Liu Zheng of Guangxi University Of Foreign Languages, won the first prize. Two second and five third prizes were also awarded.

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...