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China eases home purchase restriction

China's central bank announced that buyers of a second home will be able to enjoy a lower down payment as first-time home b...

iPhone 6 to land in China on Oct 17

Apple Inc. has announced the release date for the latest iterations of their popular iPhone smartphones.

HK leader urges end to protests

"Occupy Central" may end up pushing back the city's democratic reforms, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying warned.

Afghans sign deal with US allowing troops to stay

Afghanistan's new govt was due to sign a deal with the US that will allow US troops to stay beyond the end of this year.

HK shares end on biggest monthly fall since May 2012

HK shares sank to a three-month low on Tuesday as investors steered from risk as the city's...

'Occupy' protest in HK enters 3rd day

"Occupy Central” protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday as the unre...

Singapore issues travel advice to HK

Singaporeans in Hong Kong should avoid the crowds and demonstrations in Hong Kong, the Mini...

US military to ramp up Ebola mission in Liberia

The United States plans to quickly increase its presence in Liberia, where military personn...

Opinion

‘Occupy’ is seeking regime change in HK

Hong Kong will never be the same again since the street riots began at 1:40 am on Sunday.

HK SAR: The outlook beyond ‘Occupy Central’ campaign

Early on the morning of Sunday, Sept 28, following on the heels of class boycotts by some local university students last week, ...

Let reason prevail

With chaos from the "Occupy Central" campaign beginning to rattle Hong Kong's financial markets, and disruptions to social order in the...

No Asian Monroe Doctrine

Some in the international society wearing tinted spectacles recently made a fuss over China's "show of muscle", claiming Beijing is att...

An opportunistic adventure

A group of political extremists made good on their threat to paralyze Hong Kong's central business district by kicking off their illega...

Nation

China eases home purchase restriction

China's central bank announced that buyers of a second home will be able to enjoy a lower down payment as first-time home buyers.

China marks 1st Martyrs' Day

A day before the National Day, China rallied to honor and remember the deceased national heroes on the first Martyrs' Day.

Chinese, Indian troops withdraw from border standoff

China and India have completed the withdrawal of troops from a standoff at the border on Tuesday

CPC to hold key session on rule of law Oct 20-23

The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee announced fourth plenary session of the Party's 18th central committee will be held in B...

Slim pickings

More needed to help rising number of patients suffering from eating disorders.

Niche sports feeling the chill

Chinese events out of Olympic spotlight struggle to survive, Sun Xiaochen reports from Incheon, South Korea

Pepping up prevention

More are calling for HIV-prevention procedure amid rising infections among gay men.

High alert

Chinese troops keep close tabs on terrorist threats at the Wakhan Corridor mountain border area.

HK

'Occupy' may push back democratic reforms: CE

"Occupy Central" may end up pushing back the city's democratic reforms, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying warned.

HK shares end worst month in 28, China inches up

Hong Kong shares sank to a three-month low on Tuesday as investors steered from risk as the city's unrest entered the third day.

Foreign domestic helpers to have pay rise

The minimum allowable wage for foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong is to be increased by HK$100 per month.

Singapore issues travel advice to HK

Singaporeans in Hong Kong should avoid the crowds and demonstrations in Hong Kong, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a travel notice on its website late Monday.

Focus HK

Superior genes for our beans

Even as the hue and cry over GM foods continues, not too many people seem to have clear-cut ideas about the extent of damage these might cause to consumers.

Patience urged for govt’s housing plans to take effect

Although the government is increasing land supply to alleviate city’s housing woes, it perhaps should look at a certain balance between public and private housing to produce more resources for public housing units.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Afghans sign deal with US allowing troops to stay

Afghanistan's new govt signed on Tuesday a deal with the US that will allow US troops to stay beyond the end of this year.

Advanced sonar joins MH370 hunt

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 enters a new underwater phase this week with two specialist ships joining to locate the jetliner almost seven months after it disappeared.

All saved from stranded S.Korean cruise ship

A S.Korean cruise ship ran aground Tuesday morning in waters off the country's southwestern coast, and all people aboard were rescued.

Death, hunger stalk workers as tea estates close in India

Death arrived soon after the Bundapani tea estate closed last year.

Tranquil beauty at Golden Triangle

Meeting point of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos reveals verdant scenes and fascinating hill tribes.

Resolving the carbon conundrum

U-turns in S Korea and Australia on tax underline difficulty in reaching consensus on addressing emissions

Asia Weekly

Business

China PMI steady in Sept

Activity in China's vast factory sector showed signs of steadying in Sept as export orders climbed, a private survey showed on Tuesday, easing fears of a hard landing but pointing to a still-sluggish economy facing considerable risks.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to land in China on Oct 17

Apple Inc. has announced the release date for the latest iterations of their popular iPhone smartphones.

EU says Ireland grants Apple illegal tax benefits

The EU's competition watchdog says tax rebates that Ireland granted iPhone maker Apple appear to amount to illegal state aid.

Eye on Asia

India reaches Red Planet, but red tape lingers

The government has increased funding for space research by 50 percent to almost US$1 billion this financial year but the program is still small.

Braking hard: Australia M&A deals slump most in a generation

Australian inbound M&A deals declined the most in a quarter of a century as plummeting commodity prices and a faltering local stock market challenged the appetite of overseas investors for the country's assets.

Indonesia to save vital cassava crop

They are the size of a pinhead and don't even sting, but the tiny wasps are cold-blooded killers nonetheless.

Sport

Ito upsets top seed Wawrinka at Japan Open

Japanese wild card Tatsuma Ito upset Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-2 in the first round of the Japan Open.

Sharapova rolls into third round at China Open

Five-time major winner Maria Sharapova moved into the third round of the China Open with ease on Tuesday, while Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska late-season slump continued with another early loss.

Clippers return focus to team post-Sterling

Doc Rivers loves nothing more than talking basketball. With the scandal involving former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling beginning to fade into the background, Rivers welcomes returning the focus squarely on the team and its performance.

Toast to success

Fifth-generation Filipino-Chinese enterpreneur leaves her mark in heady world of distilled spirits

Full throttle

From automotive to filmmaking, multibillionaire magnate thrives by leading his firm into highly diversified territory.

On the cusp of change

Scion of prominent Malaysian political family set CIMB Group on track to become leading financial services firm in Asia.

Life Style

Beat the cheats

Swindlers go to work as the rest of the country takes a week off to celebrate National Day. Here's a China Daily guide to avoid common scams.

'The Grandmaster 3D' to hit Chinese screens

The critic-applauded Kung fu epic "The Grandmaster" is getting a makeover: its 3D version will open in Chinese theaters on Oct 23, director Wong Kar-Wai said at a press conference in Beijing on Sunday.

Quirky News

Cameron contrite after saying Queen 'purred'

David Cameron will apologize to Queen Elizabeth II in person, news reports said on Thursday.

Burger King's latest meal is the new black

Burger King Japan is going back on black as it added black cheese in Kuro burgers Friday.

Indian anchor sacked over China blunder

A news anchor for India's state TV channel has been fired after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as "Eleven" Jingping.

Video

Lights off

Hong Kong is known as the “Pearl of the Orient” for its bright-light allure. China Daily talks to a master to find out how the city’s neon lights attributed to the city's luminous reputation over decades.

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

HKPU starts tailor-made courses for Chinese language teachers

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) started two new programs this year.

Roundtable

Increased diversity needed in China’s infrastructure financing

Private investors struggle to take on bigger role in nation's projects as public sector continues to dominate

Reshaping regional connectivity on agenda

As economies in South and East Asia rely on domestic consumers for a greater proportion of their GDP, they are increasingly aware of the importance of strong infrastructure.