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Top-ranked HK civil servants to get 3% raise

HK's top-ranked civil servants are seeing a modest pay raise while wages for the bottom four tiers will remain unchanged.

China asks Japan to end jet scrambles

China called on Japan to stop scrambling its jets against Chinese aircraft following a rise in the number of such operations.

US praises China's role in Afghanistan

The US welcomed China's growing role in trying to ensure Afghanistan's stability, saying its commitment was apparent.

Confucius Institute tie-up rejected

Canada's largest school district ended a planned partnership with China's government-funded Confucius Institute.

Amazon push for 'Double 11' race

Shopping platforms owned by Amazon.com Inc will cater to Chinese shoppers online.

Microsoft launches wearable device

The device called "Microsoft Band" costs US$199 will be a fitness monitor.

Bank card clearing market opened up

China will widen its market for clearing services for bank card transactions, the State Cou...

Giants beat Royals to win World Series

Giants beat Royals 3-2 to win their third baseball World Series title.

Opinion

Political movements often forsake their original ideals

The “Occupy Central” campaign is yet to show signs of ending. But the movement has changed.

Why it is time to end ‘Occupy’

It’s over a week since the talks between government officials and representatives of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS...

HK’s ‘color revolution’ carefully orchestrated

A BBC television news crew in Norway last week reported that “Occupy Central” was conceived two years ago.

Occupiers should stop before it is too late

Carl von Clausewitz, the greatest military theorist, once famously concluded that wars never happen because of blind impulses and are a...

Treating both symptoms, root causes needed to fight Ebola

According to WHO, more than 10,414 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died.

Nation

China calls on Japan to end jet scrambles

China called on Japan to stop scrambling its jets against Chinese aircraft following a rise in the number of such operations, saying it was source of flying safety concerns.

US praises China's role in Afghanistan

The US welcomed China's growing role in trying to ensure Afghanistan's stability, saying its commitment was apparent.

Toronto schools reject tie-up with Confucius Institute

Canada's largest school district ended a planned partnership with China's government-funded Confucius Institute.

Tycoon's big gift to Yale stirs debate

Real estate tycoon Pan Shiyi and his wife, Zhang Xin, donated $10 million to Yale University on Wednesday.

Three Gorges Dam boosts economy

A rise in the water level of the Yangtze River has seen companies forsake road and rail transport in favor of shipping, meaning more money is pouring into the regions along the waterway.

The rise of intolerance

Extremists are threatening the traditional way of life of the Uygur ethnic group in China's western regions.

From military model to market forces

Many of China's leading defense companies are to be merged with commercial enterprises.

HK

Top-ranked civil servants to get 3% raise

The city's top-ranked civil servants will see a modest pay raise while wages for the bottom four tiers will remain unchanged.

Tien loses advisory role, resigns as party leader

Veteran lawmaker James Tien Pei-chun resigned from the leadership of the Liberal Party following his removal from the National Committee of CPPCC.

HK shares fall on weak results, China up

Hong Kong shares ended lower on Thursday, as investors sold shares in companies that posted weaker earnings for the third quarter.

NZ appoints new consul-general to SAR

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced diplomat Gabrielle Rush as the country's new consul-general to the HKSAR.

Focus HK

The big thaw

Chasing Ice, a film recording the effects of glacial melting due to climate change, is especially meaningful for HK residents, given how vulnerable the city is to rising tides.

From ‘world factory’ to innovation hub

Ten years ago, it was unthinkable that unmanned apparatus could be used to monitor crop growth or deliver food. Now, such chores are increasingly being relegated to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which have also found use in many other areas.

Building of the future

Surrounded by a landscape area with more than 200 trees of 40 species, with birds and butterflies dancing on, the Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) appears to be an oasis in the urban concrete jungle.

Asia

More than 100 dead in Sri Lanka landslide

All hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka had run out by first light.

Sweden to officially recognize Palestinian state

Sweden will officially recognize the state of Palestine on Thursday - the first major European country to do so.

Syrian copter bombs displaced persons' camp

A Syrian army helicopter dropped two barrel bombs on a displaced persons camp in the northern province of Idlib, camp residents said.

Iraqi Kurds on the move to fight IS

A group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops arrived in Turkey early on Wednesday on their way to Syria to help their Syrian Kurdish brethren fight Islamic State extremists in the embattled city of Kobani.

South Asia faces youth jobs crisis

Governments are scrambling for solutions to ease the rising levels of unemployed young people in region.

Young and jobless

Millions of Asian youths out of work or stuck in part-time, low-paying positions as unemployment soars.

Asia Weekly

Business

Baidu profit up 27% as mobile grows

Chinese search engine Baidu Inc. said Thursday its quarterly profit rose 27 percent as user traffic for its mobile operation surpassed passed its desktop computer-based search business.

Microsoft launches wearable fitness device for US$199

Microsoft Corp launched a device called "Microsoft Band" that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, marking the world's largest software company's debut into the wearable technology market.

Stocks mostly gain after Fed ends stimulus

World stock markets mostly rose Thursday, taking in stride the Federal Reserve's announcement it will end a stimulus program that was as massive as it was controversial.

Eye on Asia

Basketball more than a sport for women in Saudi Arabia

As the NBA season gets underway in the United States this week, a group of Saudi women and girls will be pursuing their own hoop dreams.

Hello Kitty at 40 gives adults license to play

As a Japanese schoolgirl in the 1970s, Kazumi Kaminaga had never seen anything as cute as Hello Kitty when she first laid eyes on the moon-faced, mouthless character in a shop.

Korea Inc to woo 'golden singles'

As South Korea's population rapidly ages, makers of consumer goods are increasingly targeting young unmarrieds,so-called "golden singles".

Sport

LeBron set for Cavs season opener with closure

When LeBron James takes the court on Thursday night wearing a No. 23 Cavaliers uniform in a regular-season game for the first time in four years, an entire city will be able to wash away a painful past.

Giants close out Royals to win World Series

The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday to win their third World Series title in five Major League Baseball seasons.

Ali, Foreman both paid a price in Zaire

In a reversal of roles, the outspoken Muhammad Ali won the 'Rumble In The Jungle' 40 years ago but has become a stricken, silent icon, while brooding slugger George Foreman has turned into an out-going tycoon.

Fountain of ideas

Creative advertising wizard puts the Philippines on The global map with her award-winning and trendsetting campaigns.

Beyond the horizon

Girija Pande believes the capacity of China and India to work together will be key to future of Asia’s economic growth.

Exception to the rule

Malaysian software entrepreneur guided a start-up from early days of information technology to become an industry leader

Life Style

Game of tourism

As production crews shoot episodes for a popular US television series, locals in a small Spanish town enjoy a travel boost that they hope will last.

Alibaba seeks new partners for content

Billionaire Jack Ma says Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is seeking partners in Hollywood as China's biggest e-commerce operator wants to acquire more content for smartphones and tablet computers.

Quirky News

Heads or tails? Coin toss decides Peru election

A coin toss has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box.

Head to Vegas for a hearty laugh

The world's funniest person is going to be found in Las Vegas, where people will get to see five finalists square off in an Olympics of comedy.

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips.Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor.

Video

The Body Talks

Award-winning German theater group Die Mobilés is in Hong Kong to perform at New Town Plaza on 1 & 2 November, 2014. chinadailyasia.com chats up Harald Fuß - one of the creative brains of the ensemble - to find out why it resonates so much with audiences around the world.

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

China’s tourism growth: Celebrating a culture

A new generation of Chinese tourists will fuel growth along the Maritime Silk Road (MSR), global tourism industry leaders said on Tuesday.

Roundtable

Increased diversity needed in China’s infrastructure financing

Private investors struggle to take on bigger role in nation's projects as public sector continues to dominate

Reshaping regional connectivity on agenda

As economies in South and East Asia rely on domestic consumers for a greater proportion of their GDP, they are increasingly aware of the importance of strong infrastructure.