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China stocks edge down, stabilize

The declines were modest as the government's efforts to prop up values appeared to have brought a measure of stability.

US$6.2 billion in graft losses recovered

China has recovered US$6.2 billion in losses from graft as it is set to reform rules to demote inept officials if need be.

Cathay fined for NZ immigration lapse

Cathay Pacific was convicted and fined NZ$6,500 (US$4,365) for failing to comply with its legal obligations.

Malaysia suspends state fund probe

The allegations of extensive graft at the fund are the biggest threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak's credibility.

Macao mulling austerity amid slump

The SAR govt will take steps if the gaming tally for July fails to touch US$2.25b.

Science ‘critical’ to economy: Li

Premier Li Keqiang has stressed the “critical role” of technological innovation.

Graduate incomes decline in HK

Young people entering HK's workforce earn less than their peers from a generation ago.

More opt for a DINK lifestyle in aging China

A rising number of people are choosing the Dual Income, No Kids lifestyle.

Opinion

Old age pension plan is worth supporting

Professor Nelson Chow Wing-sun’s call for the Hong Kong government to give a pension of HK$3,000 a month to all Hong Kong citiz...

Why high petrol prices should not drive us round the bend

A recent global report finally ranks Hong Kong first in something.

China's e-commerce makes global waves

Does a company need to operate overseas offices to be considered "global"?

Hong Kong needs more tech start-ups

The government is understandably keen to push through a program to help Hong Kong catch up with its neighboring economies in the tech s...

Lesson from Greece

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah wrote that Greece’s financial meltdown should serve as a stark reminder of the importance of bu...

Video

Teenage PLA boot camp

A group of 260 HK students learned a lesson on citizens’ rights and duties at a summer camp.

To live on

Three months since Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake, thousands of Nepalis still have no home and a means to make a living.

Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2015

​The 17th Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong kicked off on Friday, July 24.

Nation

China recovers US$6.2 billion in graft losses

China has recovered US$6.2 billion in losses from graft as it is set to reform rules to demote inept govt officials if need be.

Science ‘critical’ to economic upgrade

Only by giving full play to scientific and technological progress can the nation’s economy break through existing bottlenec...

Macao mulling austerity amid gaming slump

The SAR govt will launch austerity measures if the gaming tally for July fails to touch the "red line" of US$2.25b.

Chinese navy conducts live firing drill in S China Sea

The Chinese navy has conducted a live firing drill in the South China Sea to improve its maritime combat ability.

Crowdfunding tastes blood in movie market

The overwhelming success of a China-made animation has trained the spotlight on a burgeoning mode of Internet finance - crowdfunding.

Frozen assets may not beat the biological clock

An increasing number of Chinese women are choosing to have children later in life, but experts are warning that postponing pregnancy can lead to a host of problems and are urging potential mothers to think carefully before opting for techniques such as egg freezing.

More opt for a DINK lifestyle in aging China

The increasing number of people choosing the Dual Income, No Kids (DINK) lifestyle may hasten the growth of China's aged population.

HK

Cathay fined for illegally flying passenger to NZ

Cathay Pacific was convicted and fined NZ$6,500 (US$4,365) for failing to comply with its legal obligations.

Students storm HKU Council meeting

The meeting, originally to discuss the decision earlier to delay the appointment of a pro-vice-chancellor, was brought to an abrupt end.

Lamma yacht marina plan facing strong opposition

The newest plan is billed as a world-class marina and host to international events and local athletes to establish “HK as the Yachting Capital of Asia”.

Graduate incomes in decline

Young people entering the workforce earn less than those a generation ago.

Focus HK

Hoping for a dramatic turnaround

Both the SAR government and private agencies are trying to get the city’s youth to appreciate the magic of the Cantonese Opera, which, after all, is part of their cultural inheritance.

The anti-social network

Internet platforms often fuel hatred, prejudice and extreme sentiments among users. Media watchers explain the dynamic of swaying public opinion.

Onward, marching soldiers

A bunch of teenagers got a taste of a soldier’s life in a summer camp hosted by PLA Hong Kong Garrison. Parker Zheng trained his camera on them.

Asia

Malaysian parliament probe into state fund on hold

The allegations of extensive graft at the fund are the biggest threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak's credibility.

Bangladesh upholds opp leader's death sentence

Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's will be executed unless he gets presidential clemency.

DPRK launch site 'upgrade complete'

A blastoff from Sohae in the west coast from where DPRK launched its first rocket into space in December 2012 is possible.

MH17: Oz FM urges Russia to back investigation

The UN wants to set up a criminal tribunal to "bring justice" to the families and loved ones of passengers aboard flight MH17.

In high spirits

Asia becomes toast of global alcohol industry but high taxes and counterfeits remain challenges.

Asia develops a taste for wine

consumption in China is driving regional sales as middle class seeks a more sophisticated drink.

Asia Weekly

Business

China stocks edge down as steps bring stability

The declines were modest as Beijing's efforts to prop up values appeared to have brought a measure of stability.

Yuan concerns grow as China stocks jittery

Global investors are more worried about the yuan currency which once seemed destined to rise inexorably.

Asia stocks muted

Asian stock markets mostly made modest gains as the recent plunge in Chinese shares kept investors on edge.

Eye on Asia

Profits dry up for Thai rice farmers

Thailand's unusually long drought could leave millions of Thai farmers on the edge of destitution.

Iraqi boys trained to fight IS in summer camp

Iraq's top Shiite cleric has issued an edict calling on students to use their summer vacations to prepare to fight the Sunni extremists.

Malaysia lets ringgit fall below 1998-2005 peg

Malaysian authorities have allowed the ringgit to trade below levels that in 1998 prompted them to impose a dollar peg and capital controls.

Sport

Tokyo Olympic chief apologizes to IOC

Earlier this month, the Japanese government said it would start over with a new design and construction competition.

Valencia sets up Asian headquarters in Singapore

Spanish La Liga outfit Valencia CF has opened its first overseas office and its Asian headquarters will be located in Singapore.

Tiger Woods running out of chances to salvage season

Woods is 197th in the FedEx Cup standings and he needs a victory just to be eligible for next week's Bridgestone Invitational.

Quest for knowledge

Chief of Sino-Singapore project draws on experiences from his multifaceted career to build a smart city of the future in Guangzhou.

China enthusiast

John Brumby wrote one of the first templates to promote Sino-Australian trade ties and continues to push the agenda.

Equipped to do more

Affable Indian business leader chalks up the miles to make things happen for his manufacturing firm and the wider industrial sector.

Lifestyle

5 ways Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor

Although there are a few reasons to hold off upgrading, Windows 10 is better than Windows 8 in many ways.

Adaptations of 'Journey to the West'

Aside from China's new star in box office revenue, the epic Journey to the West also has gone through many changes throughout history.

Quirky News

From fat cat to 'Skinny darling'

A former 18.6-kilogram cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

App tracks Prince William's flights

Newspaper says ability to follow movements poses security breach.

Eggs too pricey? Rent a chicken

A Pennsylvania couple has come up with a solution to soaring US egg prices: Rental chickens.

Roundtable

Going the distance

Inspired by China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Tourism Economy Forum embarked on a Pacific Alliance mission, starting a virtuous cycle of events to create momentum in driving exchange, multilateral cooperation and economic growth in global tourism.

HK’s poor need more help

Wong Hung, an associate professor of social work at the CUHK, noted that the poverty situation in HK was serious.

'Housing targets will be met'

The housing problem is the biggest challenge facing Hong Kong.

Special

The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.