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CE condemns rioting, police vow probe

HK's Chief Executive said no violent behavior will be tolerated. Police fired 2 warning shots overnight to disperse a mob.

British PM sees stronger China ties

The dynamism of Britain-China ties will be "greater" in 2016 after a "golden" year of 2015, David Cameron said.

Taiwan developer held, 103 missing

Prosecutors have arrested the developer of a building which collapsed during an earthquake killing at least 39 people.

DPRK: Japan house flays launch

In a resolution unanimously passed, the lower house also urged the international community to work together.

China insurance world's 3rd largest

Insurance premiums increased from 1.3 trillion yuan in 2010 to 2.4 trillion yuan in 2015.

Jet standards to cut CO2 emissions set

The International Civil Aviation Organization's governing council must approve it.

DPRK sanctions: ROK, US & Japan talk

RPK President Park Geun-hye spoke with US President Barack Obama and Japan PM Shinzo Abe.

Focus on public safety for Lunar New Year

Chinese authorities are on high alert as the country embraced the Spring Festival holiday.

Opinion

Continual chaos in HK’s legislature must stop now

The opposition camp has resorted to filibustering tactics on almost all government bills and proposals.

Filibusters exacting a heavy toll

Eddy Li says filibustering in LegCo has not only wasted a staggering amount of public money but also hindered the overall devel...

To the Point

When all Hong Kong people should be celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Monkey, some mobsters turned it into a dark chapter in...

Fulfill promise of the year

It does not matter whether George Soros' less-than-cheering observation of our economy is worth the angry media barrage.

Economic transition needs breathing space

China's top economic planner said on Wednesday that the country's 2015 economic growth rate was within a reasonable range.

Video

Monkey business

What's in store for the Year of the Monkey?

Drone & Phone Ep #6 Hong Kong Trail

The first two sections of the Hong Kong trail are the most varied. Starting as far up the peak as you can get, a small grass lawn offers a sweeping views across three sides of the island.

Apple watch goes red for the Chinese New Year

Apple has launched a limited edition Apple Watch just in time for the busy Chinese New Years shopping seasons.

Nation

Taiwan developer arrested, 103 still missing

Prosecutors have arrested the developer of a building which collapsed during an earthquake killing at least 39 people.

British PM sees stronger ties with China in 2016

The dynamism of Britain-China ties will be "greater" this year after a "golden" year of 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron ...

6 Chinese rescued after boat sinks off Cambodia

The Sihanoukville police chief said the boat overturned after being hit by strong waves on Monday, about 18 km from the coast.

China offers rewards for online 'terror' tip-offs

China has pledged to reward people who report online "terrorist" content up to 100,000 yuan (US$15,200) for each tip off.

Spring Festival celebrated across China

From the southernmost islands to the icebound provinces in the north, people across China are celebrating the lunar new year.

Spring Festival: Carpool apps get Chinese home

Chinese heading home for Lunar New Year have a new travel option this year: mobile apps to find carpool partners.

Chinese shun luxury for local brands in S Korea

Chinese visitors to South Korea are buying less from global luxury mainstays in favor of cheaper homegrown brands.

HK

CE condemns rioting, police vow probe

Describing the unrest as a riot, a senior police officer confirmed officers fired two warning shots to disperse a mob.

Short is sweet for retailers battered by tough times

Temporary leases are seen as a way to cut losses and may even go mainstream.

Resource shares lift HK shares

Trading was thin on ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, which will see the city's markets close from Monday to Wednesday.

'Right time to regulate e-cigarettes'

HK should waste no time introducing legislation to regulate e-cigarettes, urged Sophia Chan Siu-chee, under secretary for food and health.

Focus HK

The malaise within

The inclusion of four lay members to the Medical Council may not be enough to expedite the course of justice in medical malpractice-related cases.

Incredible Indian achievers

As a high-profile business delegation from HK visits India, we bring you the stories of a few people who play key roles in steering the long-sustained HK-India ties forward.

An old age debate

The government has published a consultation document to seek public views on retirement protection.

Asia

Japan's parliament condemns DPRK rocket launch

In a resolution unanimously passed, the lower house also urged the international community to work together.

DPRK: ROK working with US, Japan on sanctions

Republic of Korea's President Park Geun-hye spoke with US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Indian soldier pulled out alive after 6 days buried in snow

Rescue teams dug out Naik Hanamanthappa in one of the world's most unforgiving environments at an altitude of 19,600 feet on the Siachen Glacier.

Iraqi woman charged with role in US hostage's death

The wife of an IS leader killed last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's death.

Hanging by a thread

With equity markets roiled, oil prices sliding and economic data weak, the year of the fire monkey is already off to a raucous start.

India’s own monkey god

Lord Hanuman, a popular deity among Hindus, is celebrated for his physical strength and loyalty.

Asia Weekly's long form multimedia story

Business

China's cotton yield continues declining in 2015

Cotton yield in the world's second largest economy decreased 9.3% year on year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

China now world's third largest insurance market

Insurance premiums increased from 1.3 trillion yuan in 2010 to 2.4 trillion yuan in 2015, regulatory data showed.

Asia stocks extend global sell-off

Asian markets tumbled with Japan's Nikkei 225 diving 5.5% as renewed jitters about the global economy set off a wave of selling in banking stocks.

Eye on Asia

Net neutrality rules bar Facebook's free Internet

Facebook's free Internet plan offered limited Web services however Telecom regulator rules against differential data pricing in India.

Indian hospitals offer intensive care from afar

Shortage of doctors and equipment means India's eICU beds will expand by 15-20 percent each year from about 3,000 now, Singh said.

Japan mulls changing temple map icon

The "manji" symbol, which means happiness and prosperity in Buddhism, was often confused with a Nazi swastika.

Sport

US athletes consider not attending Olympics

The United States Olympic Committee said that participants concerned about the Zika virus should opt out of the upcoming Olympic Games.

Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 24-10

Peyton Manning has his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Former Brazil striker Jo joins Jiangsu Suning

Jo follows his compatriots Alex Teixeira and Ramires, who have also signed with the Chinese Super League outfit in recent days.

Upwardly mobile

Sinophile overcame early hardships to launch an m-commerce revolution in India giving access to financial services for all.

Charity comes first

China-born founder of Australian tissue company steps back from the business to pursue philanthropic goals around the world.

Harbinger of life

Despite social taboos, actor-turned-philanthropist provides burial and social services for the underprivileged in Myanmar.

Life & Art

Award stokes Oscar hopes for The Revenant

Hollywood's directors named Alejandro Inarritu the best film director of 2015 for "The Revenant".

Spring Festival fare you'll find on Shanghai tables

Xu Junqian lists the type of dishes that can be found on the table of every household in Shanghai during the Spring Festival.

Quirky News

DPRK's new satellite flew over Super Bowl site

Here's a bit of Super Bowl trivia: the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended.

Police train eagles to snatch 'enemy' drones

Dutch police puzzling over how to remove drones that pose a public safety threat are testing a way to get the job done-by using trained eagles.

Desk carved with 'JFK' isn't Kennedy's

An old wooden desk from the school where John F. Kennedy studied as a boy had been on displayed at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Special

Yuan takes center stage at summit

A gallery of experts spoke at the 2015 Corporate Finance Summit hosted by BOCOM HK Branch in Shenzhen.

Log on to change the way WeBank

The WeBank information chief is living his life’s dream as the first web-based lender in China takes micro-credit to the next level.

Roundtable

Women of substance take a bow

Female workers worldwide were called upon to unleash their true potential as achievers from the region gathered in Hong Kong for the Asian Women Leadership Awards.