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Greater CPPCC efficiency sought

CPPCC should expand consulting fields, diversify consulting channels and improve its consulting system, Xi said.

Alibaba: Domestic players unhappy

Though Chinese consumers have driven Alibaba's financial success, they'll largely be left out of the company's stock offering.

Chelsea held, ManU falls apart

Manchester United collapsed 5-3, Chelsea dropped points for the first time in five games.

Cargo en route to Space Station

A SpaceX cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station, carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit.

NASA explorer arrives at Mars

NASA's Maven spacecraft arrived at Mars after a 711 million-km, year-long journey.

White House security reviewed

The US Secret Service is under scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence.

British PM makes case for England

David Cameron insisted that further devolution to Scotland could not leave England "overrid...

Climate change 'harms children's rights'

A UNICEF official said climate change is "undermining the rights of every child".

Opinion

NPCSC’s decision cannot be challenged

During a meeting with the visiting Hong Kong Federation of Trade Union (HKFDU) delegation on Tuesday, Zhan Dejiang, chairman of...

Time is right to rejuvenate Hong Kong-India relations

Hong Kong has a significant Indian community and much in common with India such as the British-derived law and the English lang...

Pyongyang gives sports diplomacy full play

The 17th Asian Games opens on Sept 19 in Incheon, the Republic of Korea, and has been aptly themed "Diversity Shines Here".

Alibaba IPO a caveat for regulators

After its initial public offering (IPO) on New York Stock Exchange, Alibaba is expected to become the third-biggest Internet company li...

Asia-Pacific adapting to changes

The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing some profound changes, and its economies should be prepared for possible reshaping of economic ...

Nation

Pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia

The latest group of Chinese pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, arrived in Medina on Saturday night, as Muslims from around the world converge on the holy city for an annual pilgrimage.

Program aims to free pandas born in captivity into the wild

Animal experts are pressing ahead with a groundbreaking program to release captive-born giant pandas into the wild.

Indonesian police arrest 4 Chinese on terror charges

Four Chinese men arrested by counterterrorism police have been formally named as suspects and detained for allegedly violating anti-terror...

Greater CPPCC efficiency sought

China's top leaders have vowed to encourage developing diversified channels to improve socialist consultative democracy to keep pace with ...

Fugitive ends life on the lam

Another Chinese 'fox' returns home to face consequences of financial scandal.

'Old newcomers'

The elderly now form the backbone of childcare in China.

Chinese entrepreneur powering up India

Electrical shortages offer opportunity for energy company.

General aviation hub reaches for the sky

As China's private aircraft sector prepares for takeoff, reform is desperately needed.

HK

Students urged to observe law in class boycotts

Officials and community leaders, while conveying their respect for the freedom of expression, reminded students planning to participate in the week-long class boycotts starting from today (Monday) to strictly observe the law in their gatherings and activities.

CE proposes Guangdong visit for lawmakers

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is proposing a visit to Guangdong province for all Legislative Council members in October.

Business leaders in Beijing to meet president

A high-profile delegation of business leaders from Hong Kong arrived in Beijing on Sunday for meetings with central government leaders including President Xi Jinping.

Lifeguards threaten more strikes

The city's lifeguards are threatening further industrial action after a holiday strike failed to bring the government to talks.

Focus HK

When mom wants to be friend

It’s become an artifact of present-day culture that young people are fleeing some of the popular social networking sites. The reason? Their parents keep wanting to become ‘friends’, so they can observe what their kids are up to.

Drained!

Hong Kong workers put in the longest average working hours each week in the Asia-Pacific region, and have been fighting for standard working hours. But there’s still no consensus amid stiff opposition from employers.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Japan: Policy without nuclear energy difficult

Japan would find it difficult to formulate an energy policy without nuclear power, given the country's lack of energy resources and the high cost of utilities for companies and households.

Families of German MH17 Victims to Sue Kiev

Survivors of German victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, shot down over Ukraine, plan to sue Ukraine and its president for manslaughter by negligence, the lawyer representing them said on Sunday.

Northeast Asia region to become world-class destination

Top tourism officials from China, Mongolia, Russia and the Republic of Korea, the four member countries of the Greater Tumen Initiative, plan to build uaally the GTI, to become a world-class tourism destination.

New Zealand PM credits handling of economy for win

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Sunday that his steady handling of the fragile economy was the "overwhelming" reason for the center-right National Party's historic third election victory.

On the rise

Stock Markets rally on improved corporate governance, financial reforms and higher liquidity.

Jumping on the ‘through train’

Initiative between Shanghai, Hong Kong stock exchanges is expected to spur wider market integration in the region.

Asia Weekly

Business

Domestic investors left out of Alibaba IPO

Zhou Nushi, a retired factory worker in Shanghai, would like to buy shares of Alibaba Group Holding Inc as the Chinese e-commerce company goes public in what may be the biggest initial share sale ever.

Big picture of a big nation takes shape

The official opening of the China Studies Centre at Oxford University, the largest such center in Europe, was a fanfare event.

Asian shares slip on China jitters

Asian shares were mostly lower as investors awaited the release of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China this week.

Eye on Asia

Disasters hit more people than conflicts

Natural disasters displaced three times more people last year than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to support vulnerable people, according to a study released on Wednesday.

How typhoons are named

Typhoon Kalmaegi struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday morning carrying with it wind and rain reaching 144 km/h. Who names typhoons and what's the reasoning behind the process?

New Silk Road 'important to Sri Lanka'

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiative of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Sport

Barca cruise; Chelsea held while ManU fall apart

Manchester United's collapsed 5-3, Barcelona cruised to a 5-0 win.

Tanaka, Jeter lead Yankees over Blue Jays 5-2

Masahiro Tanaka started Jose Reyes with a 92 mph fastball, his first major league pitch since July 8. Retiring Yankees captain Derek Jeter's 2 for 4 and finished his next-to-last home series 8 for 15.

Li takes swing with tennis academy

Leaving the field of competition due to a serious knee injury, China's tennis ace Li Na couldn't help holding back tears at a news conference on Sunday.

Full throttle

From automotive to filmmaking, multibillionaire magnate thrives by leading his firm into highly diversified territory.

On the cusp of change

Scion of prominent Malaysian political family set CIMB Group on track to become leading financial services firm in Asia.

Diamond dwellings

Founder of luxury property business in Australia ensures her high-end Chinese clients are eased into their new environment.

Life Style

Whistling meadows

At 7 am daily, lawyer Kui Jiliang puts on his designer suit to head to work in downtown Beijing. But before that, for about 15 minutes, he practices khoomei, an ancient throat-singing technique of the ethnic Mongolians and Tuvans, in which the vocalist is able to sing in two voices simultaneously.

Giving a voice to sound

Chinese singer Zhu Zheqin, better known as Dadawa, continues to push boundaries in the art world, this time with a new exhibition titled Sense of Hearing: Dadawa's Participative Sound Field.

Quirky News

Burger King's latest meal is the new black

Burger King Japan is going back on black as it added black cheese in Kuro burgers Friday.

Indian anchor sacked over China blunder

A news anchor for India's state TV channel has been fired after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as "Eleven" Jingping.

Facebook 'wipes out' drag queens' existence

San Francisco drag queens met with Facebook demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online.

Video

A broken neighborhood

Hugo Tsang traveled more than 100 kilometers across Kwun Tong with his camera, recording the opinions of Kwun Tong’s longtime residents of the government’s urban renewal plan. He has rigged up a mobile screening platform, hoping to draw more public attention to the vagaries of ‘insensitive urban renewal’.

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

Stimulus measures not the answer to growth: Economist

Experts split over whether the mainland’s growth pattern could be dictated by further packages to prop up the slowed economy

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...