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48 dead, 10 injured in Taiwan plane crash

Forty-eight people have been confirmed dead and 10 injured in a Taiwan plane crash Wednesday, the airline said in a stateme...

President wraps up Latin America tour

President Xi Jinping wrapped up his nine-day tour of Latin America. It was his second visit to Latin America since taking o...

Facebook stock hits record high

Facebook Inc's fast-growing mobile advertising business helped drive a 61 percent increase in revenue during the second qua...

Loew to stay on as Germany coach

World Cup winner Joachim Loew says he will remain the Germany coach through the 2016 European Championship in France.

China sales polish Q2 earnings for Apple

Apple Inc posted a smaller-than-expected 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, bu...

UK will send arms to Russia despite tough talk

Britain will continue to authorize the export of arms and military equipment to Russia desp...

Airline worker recalls joyful sendoff for passengers

An airline ground crew member who checked passengers in for Flight MH17 made an emotional p...

2 Ukraine military jets shot down in restive east

Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down in rebel-held eastern regions, the Defense Minist...

Opinion

Hong Kong is now a deeply divided society

As we all know the process of political reform in Hong Kong is well underway. The government has completed its public consultat...

Solution to political impasse still possible

Recently NPCSC Chairman Zhang Dejiang met Hong Kong government officials, pro-establishment leaders and Basic Law Committee mem...

Beyond the GDP growth target

The growth rate of 7.4 percent for the first half year consists of contribution of 0.3 percent from primary industry, 3.5 percent from ...

Growth unaffected by restructuring

Missing its whole-year growth target, the Chinese economy still proved resilient after it expanded by 7.4 percent year-on-year in the f...

BRICS must go for a 'Rio Consensus'

Conveniently scheduled at the end of the World Cup, the sixth BRICS summit presents the leaders of five emerging economies a truly hist...

Nation

48 dead, 10 injured in Taiwan plane crash

Forty-eight people have been confirmed dead and 10 injured in a Taiwan plane crash Wednesday, the airline said in a statement Thursday morning.

Typhoon Matmo wreaks havoc in Fujian, Taiwan with huge rainfall

Typhoon Matmo, the 10th typhoon to hit China's coast this year, struck Fujian province on Wednesday after slamming Taiwan...

Report: Japan's military buildup cause for worry

Japan's military buildup includes "unprecedented breakthroughs in all security and military-related domains", a Chinese think tank said on...

Retired government officials may expect tighter rules on new jobs

The rules that regulate retired government officials are likely to be tightened amid the country's enhanced anti-graft campaign, analysts ...

Eyeballing online

Chinese Internet TV and media devices are revolutionizing information and entertainment even as traditional counterparts face demise, Bao Wanxian reports in Tianjin.

Faking the grade

Many Chinese students are fueling an industry of fraudulent US university applications, reports He Na in Beijing.

Belief in building

China’s oldest Buddhist temple is becoming a channel to boost religious study and strengthen friendship across borders, report Hou Liqiang and Qi Xin in Luoyang, Henan province and Zhang Yunbi in Beijing.

HK

No tainted meat found in imported food

Hong Kong health authorities have not detected any traces of expired meat after five people were detained in connection to a scandal over substandard beef and chicken sold by a US-owned protein supplier to US fast food brands on the mainland

HK-bound flights still plying Tel Aviv route

Flights in and out of Hong Kong are still plying routes to Tel Aviv after rocket fire prompted major Western carriers to cancel service.

Probe urged into allegations of political donations

Five legislators on Wednesday jointly demanded an investigation into accusations that five opposition lawmakers received undeclared donations from media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying.

Lam pledges to pass on dialogue request

Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told opposition lawmakers on Wednesday that she would tell the central government about their request for further dialogue on political reform to “find a way out” of the current impasse over political reform in Hong Kong.

Focus HK

The capsule revolution

Sachets are oh-so last-year. Coffee lovers can now enjoy the pleasure of ground, pre-processed coffee beans at home and at work. Jenny Wang serves up a fresh brew.

HK in his eyes

Novelist Dung Kai-cheung tries to bring to his writing the ‘inaccuracies’ about Hong Kong’s history. Chritralehka Basu talks to the ‘Author of the Year’ who’s credited with putting the city at the center of his works.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

US pushes for truce as Gaza battles rage

Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza town as US Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Israel to press for a truce in the conflict that has so far killed at least 657 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.

'Thai junta chief could remain PM under new govt'

Thailand's junta chief could stay in charge of the country as head of a provisional government until elections are held some time next year, a legal adviser said on Wednesday

Negotiations on 'comfort women' resume

South Korea and Japan resumed suspended high-level talks in Seoul on Wednesday about the sensitive issue of wartime sex slaves, despite a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties.

Airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear

A Hamas rocket exploded near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the US and many from Europe and Canada

China packs on the pounds

One unfortunate side effect of nation’s new-found wealth is its growing obesity problem

Asia’s junk food craving intensifies

International brands profiting from increasingly unhealthy diets of the region’s expanding middle classes

Asia Weekly

Business

Facebook beats targets, stock hits record high

Facebook Inc's fast-growing mobile advertising business helped drive a 61 percent increase in revenue during the second quarter

Beef imports forecast to double by 2018

Beef imports to China are likely to double by 2018, Rabobank Group said in a report on Wednesday.

Asia shares edge higher, wary

Asian stocks inched higher on Thursday, encouraged by upbeat corporate results and a record close on Wall Street

Eye on Asia

Endangered Tibetan monkey makes a comeback

The Hongla Mountain National Nature Reserve, in Markam county of the Tibet autonomous region, has seen a steady increase in recent years...

Singapore bans Archie comics

Singapore has banned a volume of the "Archie" comic book that featured a same-sex marriage, adding fuel to a censorship row that erupted over a children's story about two male penguins hatching an egg

Farmers strive to feed DPRK

Rim Ok-hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance.

Sport

Barcelona sign Mathieu, despite doubts of fans and media

Barcelona's long search for a new central defender ends Wednesday when they sign French international Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia.

2014 Commonwealth Games open in Scotland

The Loch Ness Monster, tartan-clad bagpipers and giant pieces of shortbread took the place of footballers on the Celtic Park pitch as the Commonwealth Games began with a celebration of Scottish mythology and exports on Wednesday.

James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal with Real Madrid

A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament's top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Rebuilding Myanmar

Hard work helped serge pun escape turbulent childhood to become a tycoon instrumental in nation’s development

Man of the crowd

Chinese designer who cofounded Asia’s biggest crowdfunding platform in Australia is taking the popular concept to China

Empowering the poor

Grameen Bank founder extends global reach after revolutionizing Bangladesh’s banking system through micro financing concepts

Life Style

Battle for the big screen

As the competition for summer box-office dominance heats up, Wang Kaihao looks at the innovative online marketing techniques being used by domestic filmmakers.

A career transformed

Li Bingbing's celebrity has taken off after her appearance in an international blockbuster.

Quirky News

Argentina tells world to stop bothering bear

Argentina's last captive polar bear will remain in the country despite a petition by more than a half million people asking that it be moved to Canada

T-shirt typo turns heads at Mandela bicycle ride

Cyclists traversing Johannesburg in Nelson Mandela's honor wore T-shirts with one of his many inspiring quotations, along with a glaring typographical error in the word "freedom."

Plane's near-miss now a whale of a tale

A dramatic video of a sea plane just missing a surfacing humpback whale as it came in to land in Alaska has become a hit online, and the man who shot it says it was blind luck.

Video

A night in Yau Ma Tei fruit market

The Yau Ma Tei wholesale fruit market has been in business for a century but it is still a mystery to many Hong Kong people. China Daily goes in to see how the laborers work in this male-dominated industry. With the rise of the supermarket, its best days are behind it, while the future remains uncertain.

A holistic approach to developing Lantau

Lantau provides good opportunities for Hong Kong to develop a new central business district, but the island must overcome its lack of transport and hotel facilities before this can be realized, Allen Ha of the Lantau Development Alliance tells Joseph Li.

Hong Kong should save up for rainy days

There have been many queries about the warning that Hong Kong could fall into the abyss of a structural deficit in less than...

Special

Crazy football

Football has the charm that makes the world crazy. After a breathtaking World Cup, the June round of China Daily’s College Photo Contest, “Crazy Football”, has concluded. Among works submitted by university students from all around China, Breakthrough, by Liu Zheng of Guangxi University Of Foreign Languages, won the first prize. Two second and five third prizes were also awarded.

Roundtable

Retailing Strategies in Asia: The Next Generation

Retailers have to differentiate themselves and offer an...

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...