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Court hears Hui, Kwok mitigation pleas

Multiple dignitaries praised former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan and appealed for leniency ahead of sentencing.

China mulls National Security Law

The draft was tabled during the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

Bo Xilai's French villa 'up for sale'

A lavish French villa owned by disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been put up for sale for more than US$8.5 million.

China opposes cyber attacks

China opposes all forms of cyber attacks and "terrorism", Foreign Minister Wang Yi told US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Food safety offenders may be jailed

Offenders who add inedible substances to food will get 5-10 days' detention.

DPRK threatens strikes on US

The DPRK warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole US mainland".

HK exports face a rough ride

Exporters are finding things difficult with business costs swelling on the mainland.

HK urged to work with central govt

National People’s Congress Deputy Michael Tien Puk-sun urged HK people to see reason.

Opinion

Country parks are lovely, but people need homes too

On Dec 16, the Hong Kong government announced a10-year housing plan for the city, which calls for the construction of 480,000 u...

What does Macao tell Hong Kong people?

President Xi Jinping made special emphasis on “Love for the motherland and love for Macao have become a prevalent value in Maca...

Where will PM Abe take Japan now?

Very few can imagine Prime Minister Shinzo Abe winning a single popularity contest anywhere in the neighborhood of East Asia.

More homes imminent

The government move for greater focus on increased subsidized housing supply is a sensible one.

No late recovery of justice

A retrial lasting more than three weeks finally acquitted a young man called Huugjilt of the rape and murder of a young woman, for whic...

Nation

'Tobacco ads would be banned in public places'

China's parliament is considering tough curbs on tobacco advertising as the world's top consumer of cigarettes looks to kick its smoking habit, state media reported on Monday.

China revises law on legislative process

China is revising its Legislation Law in a step toward realizing the rule of law as pledged by the country's leadership in ...

Yu Zhengsheng to visit Vietnam

Yu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee will visit at the invitation of the Communist ...

China mulls National Security Law

China's top legislature started reading a draft national security law on Monday.

The turning of the year

The winter solstice, which marks the shortest day and the longest night, is a time of celebration as the seasons change and winter begins to ebb.

Meteorite madness in an alien landscape

As the market grows in China, a dedicated band of professionals are risking life and limb searching for extraterrestrial material in the deserts of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

PLA submariners defy death in the depths

Crew members' well-honed skills and exceptional courage cited for averting disaster.

HK

Court hears Hui, Kwok mitigation pleas

Multiple dignitaries praised former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan and appealed for leniency ahead of sentencing.

NPC deputy urges HK to work with central govt

National People’s Congress Deputy and local lawmaker, Michael Tien Puk-sun, advised the people of Hong Kong to abandon their radical narrative.

ATV fate uncertain over unpaid wages

Local labor law stipulates that if ATV fails to settle outstanding wages before Jan 1, 2015, staff may unilaterally terminate contracts at no cost.

HK shares rise robustly

Hong Kong shares produced solid gains on Monday, underpinned by gains in mainland markets plus stability in crude oil prices and the Russian ruble.

Focus HK

Doesn't fit the bill

Even as the HK govt is encouraging private medical facilities to be more upfront about fee schedules,sticking to packaged charging may not be a practical idea.

Uneasy ululations

Gong Linna and her music-composer husband Lao Luo return to Hong Kong this weekend to perform Tante, a song without words that turned Gong into an overnight singing sensation.

Grape expectations

With the economy slowing and an anti-graft drive sparking austerity measures, 2014 is said to have brought tough times for the wine sector in China. But for many it presented the best opportunity ever.

Asia

Din in Indian parliament over forced conversions

Right-wing Hindu groups allied to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have conducted a series of ceremonies across India over the past week to convert Christians and Muslims to Hinduism.

S Korea probes threats of hacking attack

South Korean prosecutors have been looking into threats of another hacking attack on the country's nuclear reactors.

DPRK to skip UN Security Council meeting

An angry DPRK is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking UN Security Council meeting where the country's human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.

DPRK threatens strikes on US

The DPRK warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole US mainland, that cesspool of terrorism".

Merry time for online retailers

Brick-and-mortar stores face stiffer competition as more consumers shop in cyberspace.

2014: Year in review

Biggest events in the past 12 months range from bitcoin and oil price collapses to a mega IPO and record high for M&A deals.

Asia Weekly

Business

Nation to become net capital exporter

China is poised to become a net capital exporter for the first time, with total overseas direct investment exceeding foreign direct investment by the end of the year.

Birth of an industrial giant

Merger of two railway firms will give clear edge in global market.

Shares, oil and rouble rally into Christmas period

European bourses open higher helped by Greek political hopes; Euro bounces back, rouble rallies as oil jumps above US$62; Emerging markets, CAD and AUD make ground.

Eye on Asia

'Terrorists' confront victims in TV show

Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in a popular reality TV show in Iraq.

Movement to bring quality education

Despite the chilly weather, more than 700 college students walked 5 kilometers on Saturday in Nepal to express their support for bringing quality education.

DPRK film: Kidnappings and evil Americans

DPRK hates the Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema.

Sport

Iran tops Asia in FIFA rankings

Iran has moved five places up to 51st in the global soccer ranking.

Liverpool held by Arsenal, Marseille top in France

Liverpool dominated the game, creating a slew of chances like in the 3-0 loss to Manchester United last weekend, but lacked a cutting edge in the continued absence of injured striker Daniel Sturridge.

Zico reveals offer to remain FC Goa coach

Former Brazil great Zico has revealed he has received an offer to remain coach of Indian Super League club FC Goa next year.

Telling the China story

Sinologist draws on his experience as a diplomat, academic and Mandarin speaker to edit monumental work of Chinese biography.

Fostering talents

Indonesian tycoon boosts enterpreneurship at home while steering family conglomerate toward a sustainable future.

Spicing up history

Singaporean professor’s fascination with South Asia gives him deep insight into the wider region’s changing balance of power.

Life Style

Gay British musician marries partner

British musician Elton John on Sunday married his long-term partner David Furnish, converting their civil partnership after gay marriage allowed in Britain.

Songs of Xinjiang

A famed soprano returns to her roots with Visitors on the Snow Mountains in an NCPA concert series next week.

Quirky News

Canada man finds woman for free trip around world

A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.

20,000 bras recalled due to injury fears

A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked out.

McDonald's in Japan limits orders of fries

Only small fries with that? McDonald's in Japan has begun limiting the serving size of fries as stocks of spuds run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast.

Video

Looking through crystal ball

Tired of taking photos the ordinary way? You may now try to use crystal balls to enhance your photos. Chinadailyasia.com shows you how it works. A crystal ball photography workshop will be held at 2-3pm on 20-21 Dec and 25-26 Dec at Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung.

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

CD Asia Pacific executive director elected SOPA chair

China Daily Asia Pacific Executive Director Raymond Warhola has succeeded four-time Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Chairman David Smith at the helm of the Asia-wide publishing organization.

Roundtable

Just what the doctor ordered

Medical professionals in Hong Kong recommend an increased emphasis on vocational training, employment flexibility, mindset changes, revamping the medical services provision model and increased use of technology as the major drivers to address the thorny issue of staff shortage in the industry.

If you build it, they will come

The importance of Qianhai Cooperation Zone lies not only in its pilot role of spearheading financial innovation, but also in its key role in correcting the misalignment of the country’s economic structure, said Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, president of the Qianhai Institute for Innovative Research.