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Young netted in drug abuse blitz

Young people comprise the majority arrested in recent years during the police crackdown on drug use, Beijing police and exp...

Japanese auto parts suppliers fined

Twelve Japanese auto parts suppliers have been fined about US$201 million in China after a monopoly probe

NPCSC to specify blueprint for electoral reform: Ip

Ip Kwok-him, a local deputy to the National People’s Congress, believes the committee will rule out public nomination

Islamic State 'beheads US scribe'

James Foley, 40, was kidnapped by armed men on Nov 22, 2012, in northern Syria while on his way to the Turkish border

Heinz recalls four batches of infant food

Some infant food was recalled in eastern China after it was found to contain excessive lead

UK's top bosses earn '131 times more' than average employee

The heads of Britain's largest companies earned 131 times as much as their average staff in...

W Africa Ebola toll tops 1,200

Liberia battled to halt the spread of Ebola in capital Monrovia, as fatalities rose above 1...

BOC reports 11% profit growth in H1

The Bank of China (BOC) announced on Tuesday that its net profit rose 11 percent year on ye...

Opinion

Rally was a political milestone for HK

After obtaining 1.5 million signatures over the past month, the Anti-“Occupy Central” petition ended on Aug 17 impressively — m...

Take on long-term shortage of doctors at public hospitals

The situation in our public hospitals is dire. There are regular reports of medical mishaps resulting from procedures performed...

Carry on institutional reform

Following the path set out by Deng Xiaoping, the country must eliminate entrenched bureaucracy and over-concentration of power

Asia's reform trinity, shift gear now

Asia is poised to enter a historical sweet spot, with three of its most populous countries - China, India and Indonesia - led by strong...

Reckless words, policies catch up with Abe

In this year of sobering historical reminders, Aug 15 marks the 69th anniversary of Japan's announcement of surrender in World War II. ...

Nation

China presses South Sudan over renewed violence

China's foreign minister pressed his South Sudan counterpart over renewed violence, demanding an immediate ceasefire

Xi urges investment boost in Uzbekistan

Top leaders from China and Uzbekistan mapped out the future of the countries' relationship on Tuesday by signing a joint de...

Shanghai finds balance on public info

Shanghai is bringing more transparency to its procuratorates via a "negative list" system, in a bid to guarantee the public's right to kno...

Yao Ming joins social media battle against ALS

Former NBA star Yao Ming announced on Tuesday that he will take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to help raise money and improve awareness of ...

No island paradise

Initiative to attract private developers for uninhabited islands hits rough waters, report Yan Yiqi and Shi Xiaofeng in Ningbo, Zhejiang province.

Rebuilding lives

Four years on, residents of quake-hit Yushu are receiving support to recover from the disaster but more is needed, reports Yang Wanli in Yushu, Qinghai province.

Search toughens for daily reading fix

Traditional print and its loyal followers suffer impact of decision by Beijing city authorities to remove newsstands amid changing Chinese media market, reports Hou Liqiang.

HK

NC makes collective decisions, says CE

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Tuesday he believed the Nominating Committee (NC) should make a collective decision on Chief Executive (CE) candidates standing for election by universal suffrage.

NPCSC to specify blueprint for electoral reform: Ip

Ip Kwok-him, a local deputy to the National People’s Congress (NPC), believes the committee will explicitly rule out public nomination, retain the four sectors of the Election Committee, and set the nomination threshold at 50 percent of the Nominating Committee (NC) members.

HK Law Society chief resigns

The president of Hong Kong's Law Society resigned on Tuesday after a no-confidence vote.

HK shares at over 6-year high

Hong Kong shares ended at more than six-year highs on Tuesday, in a catch-up to strong global markets and buoyed by strength in property companies.

Focus HK

Cramming for the future

Private tutoring is big business in Hong Kong and on the mainland as parents bet heavily on their children’s education in a competitive world.

Survival of the fittest

As Hong Kong people crave for a healthier lifestyle and shedding more pounds, fitness centers have mushroomed all over the city. Key industry players see the SAR as a growth hotspot for fitness but warn that smaller ones could get squeezed out in a tough contest.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Islamic State beheads US journalist, 'holds another'

Islamic State militants posted a video purportedly showing the beheading of US reporter James Foley and images of another US scribe

US ship finishes neutralizing Syria's worst chemical arms

A specially equipped United States ship has finished neutralizing all 600 metric tons of the most dangerous of Syria's chemical weapons components surrendered to the international community this year to avert threatened airstrikes, the Pentagon said on Monday.

6 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide

At least six people were confirmed dead and 22 were missing after rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way

Sri Lanka begins investigation into possible Ebola death

Sri Lanka's health ministry has begun investigation into a possible case of the Ebola virus entering the island, local media reported on Tuesday.

Philippine economy shaky amid growth

Reports that the World Bank has cut its growth projection for the Philippines from 6.6 to 6.4 percent for 2014, and from 6.9 to 6.7 for 2015, have trained the spotlight on the country’s ability to sustain its impressive growth of the past few years.

Panda Privilege

There is a palpable sense of excitement at Zoo Negara Malaysia (National Zoo of Malaysia) these days. The Kuala Lumpur zoo is playing host to some very high level dignitaries — to be exact, a pair of giant pandas on loan from China under the panda diplomacy program.

Asia Weekly

Business

China fines Japanese auto parts suppliers

Twelve Japanese auto parts suppliers have been fined about US$201 million after an investigation into price monopoly

Smartphone subsidy cuts to lift local firms

China should end smartphone subsidies to overseas vendors and give more support to local brands, industry insiders said on Tuesday, as telecom carriers pledged to cut operating expenses and Apple Inc gets ready to debut its next-generation iPhone.

Asian stocks steady on robust US data

Asian stocks were steady on Wednesday after strong US housing data lifted Wall Street shares, helping nudge Treasury yields higher and keeping the dollar well bid against the euro and yen.

Eye on Asia

Indian poachers threaten lesser-known species

Wildlife poachers, hindered by India's efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller

Interfaith couples in Pak brave threats

Thirteen years ago, among the whirring looms of a garment factory in an eastern Pakistani city, a Muslim woman fell in love with a Christian co-worker.

Rare crocodiles survive in the Philippines

A chorus of chirps filled the room as one of the Philippines' top crocodile breeders checked on his wards in an overcrowded "Noah's Ark" for one of the world's most endangered animals.

Sport

Real Madrid draw 1-1 with Atletico in Super Cup

James Rodriguez scored in his Spanish debut as Real Madrid earned a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Super Cup on Tuesday.

Suarez admits seeking help after biting

"It is what it is and I have to accept it," Luis Suarez said, adding that he had seen "the adequate professionals," to ensure there is no repeat of the biting incident, which led to the ban.

Man U to sign Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon

Manchester United landed a deal to sign defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday, with the Portuguese club announcing that winger Nani is returning on loan from Old Trafford.

Urban visionary

Sein-Way Tan is a modest man with a global ambition — to make cities environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant.

The female touch

If necessity is the mother of invention, it may well be true that the inventor is someone else’s mother.

Prawn to greatness

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

Life Style

Story of facekinis' inventor

Zhang Shifan, native of Qingdao city, runs a swimsuit store in the coastal city of Shandong province. The 58-year-old woman is recognized as the inventor of facekinis, which arrive on international fashion scene for a facekini-themed photo shoot was released by French magazine CR Fashion Book.

Paperback owls

All-night bookstores across China are now offering people an alternative to either partying or watching TV at home. While the stores allow readers to purchase books at any time, visitors are also encouraged to sit down to read.

Quirky News

Plane aborts landing as controllers take a nap

A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off, an investigation report found.

The politics of place names

Is it the Persian Gulf or the Arabian Gulf? Mount McKinley or Denali? Mumbai or Bombay?

Armpit hair to stay, some women say

Hundreds of Chinese women have joined a recent armpit selfies competition on micro-blogging service Sina Weibo, proudly displaying their unshaven armpits.

Video

Caravan camping

A newly launched caravan campsite on Lantau Island offers those who like camping an alternative choice.

Who rules Hong Kong vital to national security

The central government is concerned about whether the implementation of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ is in line with the original design, Lau Siu-kai told Joseph Li.

Campaign relishes public’s support

More than 1 million people have signed up to support universal suffrage and oppose “Occupy Central”. Ng Chau-pei, organizer of the campaign, told Joseph Li this was a victory for common sense.

Special

Vibrant capital boosts science popularization for young, old

Beijing's determination to innovate is helping to transform it into a major high-tech center.

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...