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China raises precaution against Ebola

China's health authorities have stepped up control measures against Ebola in the past week, in wake of continuous epidemic ...

China's graft whistleblowing websites hit the right note

Websites of provincial discipline inspection agencies have been a resounding success, said the top discipline inspection ag...

More Chinese lenders get green light to import gold

China is moving to gain more pricing power in the global gold market, allowing more banks to import the metal and starting ...

Japan mulls enhancing missile detecting capability

Japan is mulling to further and effectively use space to detect early signs of ballistic missile so as to boost its defense...

Swimmers conquer the Taiwan Straits

Fourteen swimmers from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan braved strong winds and waves to com...

Sinopec, Yhd ink branding deal

Sinopec announced Friday that it will cooperate with e-commerce website yhd.com to expand i...

Xi pledges to boost ties with neighbors

Beijing promised more shared development and less tension with its neighbors on Friday as P...

Xi promotes economic upgrade

China and Mongolia will push economic ties forward by upgrading the structure of bilateral ...

Opinion

‘International standards’ of nomination don’t exist

26 opposition lawmakers signed a joint declaration vowing to veto any proposals for political reform which failed to...

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...

Fair market is anti-trust goal

Probes into both domestic and foreign-funded enterprises are push for a more regulated market order and maturer mechanisms

Development is still priority

Deng, known as the architect of China's reform and opening-up, has left us many well-known sayings that can be boiled down to the emanc...

Stand like a rock in matters of principle

Speaking at two separate seminars on Hong Kong’s political reforms held in Shenzhen which were attended by Hong Kong’s delegates to...

Nation

Relay swimmers conquer the treacherous Taiwan Straits

Fourteen swimmers from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan braved strong winds and waves to complete a five-day relay across the Taiwan Straits on Friday.

China's graft whistleblowing websites hit the right note

Websites of provincial discipline inspection agencies have been a resounding success, said the top discipline inspection ag...

China regulates corporate transparency

An interim regulation on disclosure of corporate information, to take effect on Oct 1, 2014, has been approved by the State Council, China...

Bike-sharing takes off in China

Back in the summer of 1965, a group of self-styled anarchists whitewashed 50 bicycles and stationed them in the center of Amsterdam.

Entrepreneurs benefit from legacy of Deng

Three decades of reform and opening-up have transformed the nation.

Closing the divide

Latest reform in household registration system aims to plug rural-urban gaps.

No island paradise

Initiative to attract private developers for uninhabited islands hits rough waters.

Rebuilding lives

Four years on, residents of quake-hit Yushu are receiving support to recover from the disaster but more is needed.

HK

Beijing resolute before 'Occupy'

Li Fei, deputy secretary-general of the top legislature, emphasized the central government's firm stance against "Occupy Central" again on Friday.

2015 HK marathon set for Jan 25

Next year's Standard Chartered Marathon will be held before the Chinese New Years for the first time in its 19 year run in what is expected to be the coolest conditions for runners yet.

MTR to set new rules for dealing with stray dogs

The MTR will be setting up rules when dealing with fauna which wanders on to tracks following a public outcry over a stray dog which was struck by and killed by a train Wednesday.

HK, China shares firm up

China shares produced a sixth straight weekly gain - the longest such streak since March 2012.

Focus HK

Fatherly craze

A mainland TV show highlighting distinct differences in parental and school education between Hong Kong and mainland families has become an instant hit. Huang Ying in Beijing and Frannie Guan in Hong Kong report.

Babes in a den of cyber criminals

Though Hong Kong is frequently cited among the riskiest places to access the Internet, the city’s corporate sector still lags behind other major centers in identifying the critical importance of online security, says a local expert. Andrea Deng reports.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Japan mulls enhancing missile detecting capability

Japan is mulling to further and effectively use space to detect early signs of ballistic missile so as to boost its defense capabilities, local media reported on Saturday.

Shi'ite militia kill dozens in Iraqi mosque shooting

Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad was trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers.

Indian minister stirs fury with rape comment

The father of a student who died after being gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi spoke of his anger on Friday after a senior minister referred to the infamous attack as a "small incident".

Japan's landslide toll could double

The death toll from catastrophic landslides in western Japan could more than double, a police tally showed on Friday, as fears of a fresh collapse halted the search for 51 people still missing.

Rent a womb

Commercial surrogacy is big business but raises a myriad of legal, ethical and medical concerns.

Japan shifts investment to ASEAN

Increasing manufacturing in SE Asia reflects strategic rebalancing, not withdrawal from Chinese market.

Asia Weekly

Business

More lenders get green light to import gold

China is moving to gain more pricing power in the global gold market, allowing more banks to import the metal and starting an international board at the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

Sinopec, Yhd ink branding deal

Sinopec announced Friday that it will cooperate with e-commerce website yhd.com to expand its online-to-offline (O2O) business.

China's top coal producer profits down 11.7%

China Shenhua Energy Company Limited (CSEC), China's largest coal producer, said on Saturday that its first-half net profits fell 11.7 percent to 21.6 billion yuan ($3.5 billion).

Eye on Asia

Joko Widodo: New face of Indonesian politics

On the blisteringly hot afternoon of Indonesia's 69th independence day, Mr Joko Widodo's quick changes of attire included a white long-sleeved shirt, black-and-yellow football kit and a gunny sack.

Vietnam sees more young couples divorce

Vietnam is catching up with more developed societies as broken marriages and divorces are now becoming common in the country.

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

Sport

Atletico Madrid beat Real to lift Spanish Super Cup

Atletico Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup 2-1 on aggregate following a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in the second leg of the competition in the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Friday night.

Zheng Jie, Peng Shuai to clash in US Open 1st round

Zheng Jie and Peng Shuai, who are among a group of outstanding Chinese women's tennis players nicknamed the "golden flowers", will clash in the first round of the US Open.

Bayern Munich beat Wolfsburg 2-1

Bayern Munich sealed a hard earned 2-1 victory over Wolfsburg thanks to the goals by Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben at outsold Allianz Arena on Friday.

Line of duty

Patriarch of Japanese conglomerate goes globetrotting in pursuit of regional friendship and cooperation.

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.

Life Style

'Beijing-Istan' taking shape

The Soviet Union is reuniting — in a sense — in Beijing. More precisely, the people of the countries of the former Soviet bloc are expanding their presence in what’s commonly referred to as “Russiatown” in the Chinese capital.

Will sanctions close the curtain on Beijing's Russiatown?

Beijing’s "Little Russia" is facing big problems.

Quirky News

Nothing like noodles!

A recent US study linking instant noodle consumption by South Koreans to some risks for heart disease has prompted a passionate response throughout Asia

Peruvian nurse cares for sick cats

At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats 175 of them at last count.

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.

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...