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Ozone main air pollutant in China

According to China Meteorological Administration, ozone pollution comes from volatile organic pollutants and nitrogen oxide.

China stocks back in negative territory

All key indices declined, retreating to negative territory again, despite substantial gains last week.

Railway bid: 'Jakarta favours China'

Indonesia is "leaning towards" China over Japan in an aggressive bidding battle to build its first high-speed railway.

Japan eyes defence budget hike

Japan's defense ministry seeks a 2.2% hike in military spending to US$42.38 billion for the year starting in April.

Realtors may buy back Tianjin homes

Property owners who suffered blast damage can sell their homes to a consortium.

Scribe, officials held for stocks lapses

Chinese authorities have held a few people, including a journalist, for stocks violations.

Crackdown on web rumors, 197 punished

The Ministry of Public Security said 165 online accounts were closed for violating rules.

Bangkok blast: 2 arrest warrants issued

Thai police probing a deadly bombing two weeks ago issued 2 fresh arrest warrants.

Opinion

Noise and drunkenness are a real blight on life in Soho

Walking down Soho a few weeks ago, I was struck by a signboard that said: “Please Keep Your Noise Down. We Are Trying to Survive.”

Political pragmatism is a more effective approach than fantasy

On Aug 20, Wong Sing-chi, Tik Chi-yuen, Chow Yick-hay and Chan Ka-wai published an article in Ming Pao under the title One Coun...

A call to not lead humanity into another war

China's decision to hold a military parade on Sept 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II serves important domestic ...

US can help itself by helping China

The ups and downs in the Chinese stock market, along with the yuan's depreciation against the US dollar, has given rise to speculation,...

RIP cash? Instant, online finance is here to stay

In the first half of this year, Internet lending hit 300.6 billion yuan, more than the total 252.8 billion yuan for the whole of 2014.

Video

Wonderland in the deep

For more than 10 years, John Ng has been diving in the waters around Hong Kong and overseas creating amazing snapshots of the extraordinary sea life and animals underneath.

Organic Wordplay

In this episode of Hong Kong Enquirer Andrea Deng looks into the murky world of organic food.

Heart of a city

Every city has areas that shine for a few decades and then fade away but none so visible as Shantou.

Nation

Ozone main air pollutant in China

According to China Meteorological Administration, ozone pollution comes from volatile organic pollutants and nitrogen oxide.

Scribe, officials held for stocks turbulence

Chinese authorities have held several people, including a journalist and a regulatory official for stock market violations.

China to open high-speed rail link to DPRK border

The line, under construction since 2010, will run 207 km from Shenyang to the border city of Dandong.

Property developers may buy back Tianjin blast homes

People can sell their homes to a group of property developers or choose to have the government renovate them.

A war of words

As China fought for its life during the Japanese occupation and World War II, Ye Junjian, a Chinese professor of English literature, joined the fray, but his battleground was Europe, not China, and his weapon was the spoken word, not the gun.

Dreaming of the next big thing

Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai tempt the brightest and the best in the world of high-tech startups.

Final farewell to the plateau

Xu Fengxiang is a legend in Chinese ecological circles, and has been credited with safeguarding and saving one of the country's most fragile ecosystems.

HK

Stocks post worst monthly showing in 4 yrs

The Hang Seng index rose 0.3 percent, to 21,670.58, while the China Enterprises Index lost 0.1 percent, to 9,741.41 points.

HK employers urged to hire middle-aged workers

HK's Labor Department said that it will extend the Employment Program for the Middle-aged to cover part-time jobs from September.

Hospital apologizes after organ donation aborted

Doctors at the Prince of Wales Hospital aborted an organ transplant procedure after finding cancer cells in the donated kidney.

Ringing in change

The Hong Kong Tramways boss may have found the winning formula to balance history and nostalgia with the demands of modern transport.

Focus HK

Liars on the line

Evelyn Yu reports on the murky business of telephone scams, which is more rampant than you might think.

When ghosts come out to play

Roy Liu captures the spirit of a folk tradition observed on HK’s streets to keep one’s departed ancestors happy and entertained in their afterlives.

Expression beyond words

Jungman Kim, renowned South Korean photographer offered a tiny glimpse into the dedication and endurance needed to achieve world acclaim in photography.

Asia

Indonesia 'favours China over Japan in railway bid'

China has protested Jakarta's decision to allow Japan to submit a new offer so close to the deadline, a minister said.

Singapore softens ban on HIV-positive visitors

Singapore said it has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months.

Japan eyes defence budget hike to fortify island chain

In a document, the defense ministry asked for a 2.2% hike in military spending to US$42.38 billion from April.

Former Thai PM appears at Supreme Court

Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra appeared before the Supreme Court to review evidence in a case involving rice subsidies.

Getting trade on fast track

Railway corridor to tap into growth in the Caspian region and play major role in the modern Silk Road initiative.

Bridging the gap

New infrastructure projects in Central Asia are paving the way for trade across borders.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's foreign service trade deficit rises

Service trade deficit was 107.6 billion yuan (US$16.8 billion) in July, increasing from 90.9 billion yuan in June.

China stocks back in negative zone

All key indices declined, retreating to negative territory again, despite substantial gains last week.

Asian stocks fall

Asian stocks fell after Fed suggested a September interest rate hike was still possible and Japanese factory activity weakened.

Eye on Asia

Afghan airfields seen as economic hubs

A series of airports are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only regional trade but even tourism.

Japan bids adieu to half-century old landmark

Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for US presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark main building.

Ambivalence in Indonesia towards AEC

There is growing concern over the level of commitment to the AEC, especially for a relatively new government saddled with rising protectionist and nationalist sentiment.

Sport

Athletes carry torch for the future

Chinese athletes have cast off the shadow of star hurdler Liu Xiang's retirement to restate the country's challenge to world powers in track and field.

Maria Sharapova withdraws from US Open

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew from the US Open on Sunday due to a leg injury.

Messi, Ronaldo draw blanks

Although FC Barcelona and Real Madrid both won their respective games in the second round of matches of the BBVA Primera Liga, a little piece of history was made this weekend in Spain.

First-mover advantage

Juwai.com may not be a household name in Australia, Europe or the United States, but in China it is the “must-go-to” site when looking for property overseas.

Print mettle

Media mogul Denise Tjokrosaputro attributes her success to a crucial factor that defined her early life.

Weaving a new image

Pakistan industry body chief hopes to win waves of fresh investment in order to revive economy, with Chinese ties to play a key role.

Lifestyle

Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

Wes Craven, who has made his name synonymous with horror, has died at the age of 76.

Go-alone actor finally gives himself a hug

Over the past 30 years, Chin, 64, has gained the reputation of a fervent promoter of Taiwan's contemporary theater scene. He is known for his sophisticated acting and can easily lose himself in whatever roles he plays.

Quirky News

$1m painting damaged by boy back on display

A US$1.54 million masterpiece by an 17th century Italian artist was back on display after a 12-year-old boy tripped, fell and punched a hole in the canvass.

Never too old to find love

A park in Victoria has signed up Patrick the wombat to a dating service in honor of the furry bachelor turning 30 years old this weekend.

'Oldest message in bottle' discovered

Tossed into the North Sea sometime between 1904 and 1906 by researchers, the bottle was found on a German beach by a couple in April.

Special

HK's testing and certification industry set to increase role on mainland

Hong Kong's testing and certification industry is set to play a bigger role on the Chinese mainland market.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

Felix Chung believes proposed ITB will be approved by legislators in October.

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.

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.