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New campaign against sex-selective abortions

A campaign to clampdown on illegal prenatal gender tests and sex-selective abortions will run until November.

China to further relax price controls

China will further lift controls on the prices of commodities and services, said the NDRC.

1st Chinese tourist blacklisted

A man was placed on the tourist blacklist for 10 years for climbing on top of a Red Army statue for a photo.

Germanwings pilot rehearsed descent

The co-pilot of an ill-fated Germanwings flight tried a controlled descent on the previous flight before the crash.

HK leader in official visit to Boston

The CE kicked off his visit with tours to top-notched research institutions in the US.

China services PMI growing: HSBC

China's service sector continued to expand in April, according to an HSBC industry index.

Zhang has doping ban overturned

Zhang Wenxiu gets her Asian Games gold medal back after overturning a doping ban.

Iran: US against Russia, China vetoes

US wants any nuke deal with Iran to include the clause of restoring UN sanctions.

Opinion

The truth about press freedom in HK

A study by Freedom House ranked Hong Kong 83rd in press freedom, down from last year’s 74th place and 71st position in 2013.

Time to return to the true nature of liberal education

The issue of whether the compulsory liberal studies subject in Hong Kong’s senior secondary school curriculum is misguided shou...

Xi's visit will boost Eurasia ties

President Xi Jinping's upcoming trip to Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus is part of a series of moves by China to promote peace and commo...

New rules for lawsuits step in right direction

The first working day after the country's court system officially inaugurated a new case registration mechanism saw a 20-percent rise i...

Cross-Straits ties based on one-China principle

Any attempt to challenge the one-China consensus would not only sow the seeds of discord, it would also undermine the political foundat...

Nation

China to reduce more price controls on govt catalog

The revised catalog will reduce price controls to only 7 major categories including natural gas, water supply and electricity.

Tourist blacklisted for climbing Red Army statue

A man was placed on the tourist blacklist for 10 years for climbing on top of a Red Army statue for a photo at a tourist at...

China pledges continued Nepal help

A senior official has pledged that China will continue to help Nepal in its post-earthquake reconstruction.

China steps up fight against sex-selective abortions

A campaign to clampdown on illegal prenatal gender tests and sex-selective abortions will run until November.

The most elite POW camp in the world

Northeast China played host to some of the highest-ranked Allied officers and civilian officials during the years leading up to the end of World War II. However, none of them were there of their own volition. Instead, they were being held by the Japanese.

Tributes paid to the 'angel of peace'

Border city honors the Chinese-Russian girl who sacrificed herself.

Angling for solutions to a coastal crisis

The construction of artificial reefs along China's vast coastline is helping to restore the maritime ecosystem, replenish fish stocks and improve the lives of local 'sea farmers'.

HK

CE exchanges views on IT sector in Boston

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying started his official visit to Boston with tours to see the latest development of innovation and technology in the United States.

Tung: CPC opponents couldn’t be CE candidates

Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa said people who are against the Communist Party of China couldn’t become candidates in the next CE election.

HK shares erase gains

Hong Kong stocks followed mainland markets lower on Wednesday, with infrastructure and industrial stocks leading the decline.

More education needed on ‘One Country’: Elsie Leung

Leung reiterated that “One Country” provided the basis for Hong Kong’s system to work.

Focus HK

Getting cities in the region ‘on board’ for a cruise

HK has stepped up efforts to meet yet another threat from the region, this time in the cruise industry, and to stay competitive.

Something fishy in our product testing

A new technology developed by an HK-based enterprise using genetically modified fish embryos to detect toxins in food and other products is making waves internationally.

His last bow

Outgoing Police Commissioner Andy Tsang is often credited with restoring the badly battered morale of frontline officers.

Asia

Assad marks Martyrs Day in Damascus

The Syrian president appeared at a school in capital Damascus Wednesday, a day after media reports rumored his assassination.

38 million people internally displaced by IS: Report

A record 38 million people have been internally displaced in their countries worldwide, with 2.2 million Iraqis alone forced to flee from their homes in 2014.

Japan raises volcanic alert for Mt Hakone

Japanese Meteorological Agency on Wednesday raised the volcanic alert for Mt Hakone.

Pak army accuses India of backing terrorism

Pakistan's military has accused India's main intelligence agency of whipping up terrorism in Pakistan in rare public criticism.

Works both ways

Home and host nations see benefits of Asia’s flow of migrant workers.

Moving past reliance on remittances

Countries such as the Philippines seek to develop new industries as secure foundation for economic growth.

Asia Weekly

Business

FTZ mulls offshore investment program for Chinese

A new scheme allowing Chinese individuals to invest in financial markets overseas will be launched at the Shanghai FTZ.

China services PMI growing: HSBC

China's service sector continued to expand in April, according to an industry index released by HSBC on May 6.

Asia stocks down as earnings disappoint

Asian stock markets were in the red, dented by weak earnings in Australia and doubts about Greece's ability to repay debts.

Eye on Asia

DPRK online shopping not just a click away

Online shopping has arrived in the DPRK, though the vast majority of DPRK people lack the technology to use it.

'Honey butter chips' craze sweeping Korea

South Korean farmers are happy over the surge in the wholesale price of local potatoes as the demand for the popular snack "honey butter chips" continued to rise.

Quake-hit Sankhu locals back to normal life

The locals of Sankhu have gathered enough courage to return to their collapsed houses and search for their belongings.

Sport

Zhang has doping ban overturned

The Olympic Council of Asia has returned an Asian Games gold medal to the Chinese hammer thrower after overturning a doping ban.

Sharapova reaches Madrid Open quarterfinals

Maria Sharapova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open by beating Caroline Garcia of France 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

Pacquiao sued in US for allegedly concealing injury

Boxer Manny Pacquiao was sued in a US court on Tuesday by two people who said they felt defrauded by Pacquiao's alleged failure to disclose a pre-bout shoulder injury.

A delicate balance

Under civilian rule or military government, think tank chairman draws on vast diplomatic experience to be public face of Myanmar.

Teeing it forward

China’s ‘Mr Golf’ plans to overcome industry’s ‘coldest winter’ with diversification and a sustainable eco-tourism model.

Straddling two worlds

KPMG partner is an old China hand who wants to help his fellow Australians fully embrace the benefits of Chinese investments.

Life Style

Salman Khan gets 5 yrs for deadly hit-and-run

Khan was convicted of culpable homicide and Bollywood filmmakers were worried as he has several films in the pipeline.

China's first 3D Peking Opera film debuts

The first 3D Chinese film featuring Peking opera, "Farewell My Concubine: The Beijing Opera," debuted in Shanghai on Tuesday.

Quirky News

Bout with thrown mango inspires game

The goal of "Maduro Mango Attack" is to accumulate points by throwing tropical fruit at Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.

Koala pays late night visit to Oz hospital

Staffers at an Australian hospital's emergency department received a rather unusual late night visitor — a koala.

What's in a name?

A father in Shandong has failed to register the birth of his daughter who has no given surname.

Video

Invasion

French mystery artist Invader has invaded Hong Kong again. From 2 to 17 May, 2015, his solo exhibition will run at PMQ.

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

ANN editors pay tribute to Felix Soh

Asia News Network (ANN) editors paid tribute to Mr Felix Soh, former deputy editor of Singapore’s The Straits Times, who died of pneumonia on Sunday.

Roundtable

Diversity poses challenge to further regional integration

Spotlight turns on issues including security and culture as ASEAN common market looms in pivotal year for group.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.