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Israel seeks to join China-led Asian bank

Israel has requested to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson confirmed.

Belt: Beijing willing to work with Delhi

China is willing to link its "Belt and Road" initiatives with India's "Space Route" and "Mausam" projects.

Iran: China sees significant progress

Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers missed a Tuesday deadline and were extended into an extra day.

US backs China's C Asia engagement

The United States supports China's efforts to "connect the region", and is looking at ways to "coordinate more effectively".

China not ready for IMF basket: US

Currently the basket includes the dollar, the yen, the euro and the pound.

Mexico seeks China in airport project

Mexico is keen on Chinese involvement in the construction of a new US$11-billion airport.

Factory activity rebounds

The manufacturing purchasing managers' index was at 50.1 in March, up from 49.9 in Feb.

Deposit insurance to start in May

An insurance system for bank deposits in China will begin on May 1, 2015.

Opinion

Lee Kuan Yew’s wisdom is timeless

The insightful comments by Singapore’s founding father on HK are still relevant today to the SAR government and its people.

A chance not to be missed

There will be formidable challenges to overcome for Hong Kong to participate in the “One Belt, One Road” initiatives.

AIIB not aimed at challenging US

Countries are eager to maximize their national interests by getting more involved in the booming Asian economy.

SAR must quickly resolve issue of working hours

Future laws on standard working hours should require employers to include clear statements in their labor contracts regarding working h...

Japan needs Murayama spirit

Only through profound reflection on the aggression it launched against China can Japan possibly regain the trust of the Chinese people ...

Nation

Belt & Road: Beijing willing to work with Delhi

China is willing to link its "Belt and Road" initiatives with India's "Space Route" and "Mausam" projects.

US backs China's Central Asia engagement

The United States supports China's efforts to "connect the region", and is looking at ways to "more effectively coordinate".

New agreements give a lift to Uganda

Visiting President Museveni calls China a reliable friend of Africa, welcomes added help.

Number of illegal foreign workers soars in Pearl River Delta

Thousands drawn to Guangdong factories by shortage of labor.

Nations investing faith in Asian bank plan

Analysts back new China-led AIIB to make profit and bring change to the global financial system.

Putting examination reform to the test

Improving the life-changing national college entrance exam is crucial, yet educators say challenges remain.

Initiative offers road map for peace, prosperity

Vision and proposed actions outlined on jointly building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.

HK

ATV 'gets angel investor', finally

Asia Television (ATV) seems to have finally found a lease of life with a court-appointed manager announcing that the search for an enger investor had come to an end.

CE urges lawmakers to back HK’s role in AIIB

Chief Executive pleaded with lawmakers not to use filibusters to stop HK joining the Asia Infrastructural Investment Bank.

HK stocks track Shanghai gains

The benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 181.86 points, or 0.73 percent, to close at 25,082.75.

Dim outlook seen for SAR retailers in 2015

Declining tourist arrivals and rising costs could lead to an estimated drop in retail sales of up to 8% in March this year.

Focus HK

Not as rare as you thought

Misdiagnosis, lack of specialist doctors, hospital protocol — there seems to be too many stumbling blocks in the way of identification and treatment of unusual diseases in HK.

Genius in your genes?

Genetic testing as a way of getting to know a child’s hidden aptitude is a fad fast catching on in HK. But the results should not be taken as gospel truth.

A difficult legacy

Datong: the Chinese Utopia, which debuted last weekend, shifts the focus somewhat from Qing Dynasty social reformer Kang Youwei to his spirited daughter Kang Tongbi.

Asia

Typhoon heads towards central Philippines

Typhoon Maysak is currently a category five storm - the highest rating - hovering over the Pacific Ocean with winds gusting as high as 250 km per hour.

China sees significant progress in Iran talks

Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers missed a Tuesday deadline and were extended into an extra day.

Japan lifts charter flight ban on Thai airlines

Japan, along with South Korea and China, has banned Thailand-registered airlines from flying new charters.

Yemen air strikes 'kill 23 in factory'

In New York, UNICEF said that at least 62 children had been killed and 30 wounded in fighting over the past week.

Toward a common destiny

China-led initiatives like the Boao Forum are helping to forge a new future for Asia.

Casting Singapore in his own image

Founding father became synonymous with nation that he transformed from third world to first.

Asia Weekly

Business

Israel seeks to join AIIB

Israel has requested to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson confirmed.

Mexico wants China involved in new airport

Mexico is trying to get Chinese state-run companies involved in the construction of a new US$11 billion airport after train blunder.

Asian stocks lackluster

Asian markets were lackluster after weak data from China and Japan.

Eye on Asia

Clean-up crew for Japan's 'lonely death' flats

In rapidly ageing Japan, more people are dying alone and unnoticed in a country of 127 million where one in four people is over 65.

India's state banks ready for change

India's state banks are under pressure to improve profitability and slash bad loans, creating a more agile sector to help fuel economic growth.

World's oldest person dies in Japan

The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday.

Sport

Chinese runner to finish 100 marathons in 100 days

China's first international ultra-marathon champion Chen Penbin faces a big challenge starting on Thursday - running 100 marathons in 100 consecutive days.

Curry scores 27 to rally Warriors past Clippers

Curry scored 27 points and Klay Thompson had 25 as the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Clippers 110-106.

ICC president announces resignation

Mustafa Kamal resigned as ICC president on Wednesday, accusing India of influencing the outcome of the Cricket World Cup quarterfinal against Bangladesh.

Media pioneer

From out of war-torn Vietnam, ex-journalist builds a thriving publishing business in partnership with the government.

Serving with a passion

Singaporean hotelier believes that moving with the times, giving back to the community and keeping fit are keys to her success.

A toast to tenacity

Amid civil war and regional conflict, Lebanese winemaker beats the odds to taste heady success and world-class status.

Life Style

On the 'brink of impossibility'

Scientists documented how the songbird that weighs half an ounce completes an arduous nonstop flight over the Atlantic Ocean from forests in New England and eastern Canada to Caribbean islands.

Craftsman keeps tradition carved in stone

Travelers to the Tibet autonomous region often come across piles of stones inscribed with scriptures and Buddhist images.

Quirky News

US$60,000 job nobody seems to want

Finding people to distinguish the sex of chicken has become a headache for British poultry farmers.

A$8,888,888 for luck!

A Chinese investor will be hoping that luck comes his way after paying A$8,888,888 (US$6.96 million) for a three-level office tower in Melbourne.

Kyoto bans feeding stray cats

Violators could be fined up to 50,000 Japanese yen if the cats cause adverse effects on life of the residents.

Video

A visual feast

The acclaimed show Cavalia will play in Hong Kong for the first time this spring after captivating millions around the world for 12 years. As it opens on March 31, 2015 evening at the Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong gets ready to savor what many consider an equestrian ballet.

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

Innovation in tourism: Macao shows the way

The final of Macao @ 15, one of the region’s largest college student business presentation competitions, took place last weekend.

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.