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Nepal earthquake death toll exceeds 2,200

Bodies piled up in Nepal on Sunday after an earthquake devastated Kathmandu Valley, killing more than 2,200 people.

18 killed in Mt. Everest avalanche

At least 18 were killed, 61 injured in the Mount Everest avalanche triggered by Nepal's massive earthquake.

Indonesia gives 72-hr executions notice

Nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking will be executed depite international protests.

Volkswagen chairman Piech resigns

VW's Piech has stepped down after clashing with other board members over his criticism of the company's CEO.

Japan's PM goes to US to showcase close ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's itinerary for his weeklong US visit beginning Sunday w...

Chinese tourists stranded in Nepal

Over 680 Chinese tourists were stranded in quake-hit Nepal, said tourism authorities on Sun...

Thousands march in Baltimore protest

of protesters took to the streets to demand answers in the case of Freddie Gray, the larges...

17 killed in Tibet after Nepal quake

Death toll in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has climbed to 17, local authoritie...

Opinion

Electoral reform proposal is a democratic milestone

The government’s package ticks all the boxes in terms of constitutionality and legality because it incorporates all sectors of ...

Public needs Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme

The Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS) proposed by our government aims to provide value-for-money medical insurance for t...

Dual track right approach to South China Sea

Some countries led by US keep lashing out at China's normal reefs fortification in the South China Sea.

Abe speech to indicate Japan's future

Just one day before he makes speech at the Asian-African Summit, Abe on Tuesday sent a ritual offering to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine.

Xi in Pakistan to work for real mutual benefits

From Xi to the average man on the street in China, Pakistan has never been just another neighbor.

Nation

China team arrives to help search and rescue efforts

The 62-strong China International Search and Rescue Team arrived in Nepal on Sunday to carry out humanitarian mission following a 7.9 magnitude quake struck the country.

Chinese tourists stranded in Nepal

A total of 683 Chinese tourists were stranded in Nepal after a powerful earthquake, said tourism authorities on Sunday.

Chinese wingsuiter sets milestone for fly without oxygen

Chinese wingsuiter Zhang Shupeng set a new benchmark when he leapt from an altitude of 8,150 metres without wearing an oxygen mask on Sunday.

17 killed in Tibet following Nepal earthquake

Death toll in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has climbed to 17, after a powerful earthquake struck neighboring Nepal on Saturda...

Chicken-blood jade dealers feather nests

Traders in the small township of Sanmen are cashing in on a recently discovered rare natural resource that's boosting incomes and changing lives.

Beijing accelerates air pollution control

Beijing accelerates its fight against air pollution as it ticks to 100-day countdown of the 2022 Winter Olympics city-deciding vote.

Visas to Shanghai saved Jews before WWII

China and Israel unveiled a plaque to commemorate a late Chinese diplomat for his humanitarian efforts on the eve of WWII.

HK

Officials promote electoral reform in bus parade

Government officials join a territory-wide bus parade to appeal for public support for the city’s constitutional reform package.

Swedish stationery firm kicks off in HK

Swedish stationery design brand kikki.K has expanded into Hong Kong while eyeing the vast Chinese mainland market.

HK tourists held up in Nepal after powerful quake

China's Hong Kong Travel Industry Council said on Saturday that more than 30 HK tourists are stranded in Nepal.

More mainland men marrying HK women

The number of marriages between mainland men and Hong Kong women has doubled in the last seven years as the government pledges to help these couples adapt to life in the city.

Focus HK

Watch this space

“Shoebox” Hong Kong apartments barely provide enough living space, leave alone storage options, making self-storage facilities an increasingly attractive form of property investment. But there may be a few hurdles to consider.

French window

Timothy Chui raises the curtain on the 23rd edition of Le French May — the biggest and most diverse among the cultural festivals brought to Hong Kong by European countries.

HK's 'super-connector' role a key staying power

International corporations still bank on Hong Kong the stepping stone for expansion on the Chinese mainland and worldwide.

Asia

Magnitude 6.7 aftershock hits Nepal, causes panic

A powerful aftershock shook Nepal on Sunday, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets.

Indonesia gives 72-hour executions notice

Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them.

Japan's PM goes to US to showcase close ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's itinerary for his weeklong US visit beginning Sunday will showcase the alliance.

18 killed, 61 injured in Mount Everest avalanche

At least 18 were killed, 61 injured in the Mount Everest avalanche triggered by Nepal's massive earthquake, which slammed into a section of the mountaineering base camp, an official said Sunday.

Up and down

Mixed views on outlook for Asian economies even as China’s slowdown weighs on region.

Asia braces for US rate hike

Stronger fundamentals and policies to prevent capital outflow are likely to protect regional economies.

Asia Weekly

Business

VW chairman Piech resigns

Ferdinand Piech, chairman of the board of Volkswagen AG and a major figure in the German auto industry, has stepped down after clashing with other board members over his criticism of the company's CEO.

China property loans increase

Outstanding yuan-denominated loans to the property sector at the end of March stood at 18.4 trillion yuan, up 19.4%.

Foreign investors start to fear a bubble in the air

Foreign investors are keeping a watchful eye on new opportunities emerging from China's surging stock market.

Eye on Asia

Iraqi boy's dancer dream defied threats, borders

As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD.

Cambodia: Odd solution for asylum seekers

Still haunted by the Vietnam War next door and the 1970s genocide that followed, Cambodia is not exactly the place that the world's refugees dream of reaching.

Afghan museum seeks to preserve war memory

The Jihad Museum in the Afghan city of Herat sits in a hillside garden, surrounded by blooming rose bushes and the detritus of the war against the Soviet Union.

Sport

Man City leaves it late to beat Aston Villa 3-2 in EPL

Fernandinho volleyed in an 89th-minute winner as Manchester City survived throwing away a two-goal lead to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and cement a place in the English Premier League's top four for the soon-to-be-deposed champions.

Messi scores in Barcelona's 2-0 win at Espanyol

Lionel Messi and Neymar kept front-runner Barcelona on pace to reclaiming the Spanish league title after scoring in a 2-0 win at Espanyol.

Bayern move one step closer to third title in row

Bastian Schweinsteiger's late winner moved Bayern 1-0 past courageous Berlin while Leverkusen were held to 1-1 draw at the Rhenish derby at the 30th round of Bundesliga on Saturday.

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.

Trade pioneer

Xu Ningning has played a crucial role in creating successful China-ASEAN business opportunities for over two decades.

Life Style

Highlights of Shanghai Int'l Fashion Culture Festival

The finale of the festival was held in Shanghai on Friday night, showcasing more than 80 creations by young designers.

6 things you should know about Malbec

Malbec to Argentina wine is like football star Lionel Messi to the country's football.

Quirky News

What's in a name?

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

Off Key

New Zealand's PM John Key has apologized to a cafe worker who said he'd repeatedly pulled her ponytail when he visited the cafe near his home over a period of months.

Coffee spill behind Nikolic's plane scare

Coffee spilling on instruments panel by a co-pilot let to the sudden plunge of the Serbian president's plane last week.

Video

Writing on the wall

In its second year, HKwalls 2015 transformed Hong Hong's Sheung Wan and Stanley Market localities into galleries of graffiti in two colorful weeks in March.

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

Asian media to have closer cooperation

Editors from Asia News Network (ANN) members have agreed to further integrate their newsrooms as the alliance wrapped up a two-day meeting in Tokyo on Friday.

Roundtable

Reeling in the crowds for regional films

Asia’s growing movie industry is set to benefit from a new generation of audiences along the New Silk Road and beyond.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

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