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US: No link to Russian govt in plane downing

US intelligence officials said there was no direct proof that the missile used to shoot down MH17 came from Russia.

Xi meets Fidel Castro in Cuba

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and the two exchanged views on bilateral ties

Israel flights scrapped over missile fear

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

Real Madrid sign Rodriguez

A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament's top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed...

Authorities seal products from tainted food company

Authorities nationwide were busy sealing products in fast food restaurants on Tuesday after...

France's green light on carrier deal dilutes EU threats for sanctions

European Union foreign ministers threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over U...

Russian ambassador: Accusations 'groundless'

Russian Ambassador to Malaysia Lyudmila G. Vorobyeva said on Tuesday that accusations of Ru...

Japan gov't asks Saga to accept Osprey aircraft

The Japanese government on Tuesday asked the local government of Saga prefecture in southwe...

Opinion

Basic Law is the only way forward

The latest example of the importance Beijing attaches to implementing universal suffrage in Hong Kong came on July 19, only thr...

We must return to our core values

I have written about Hong Kong’s core values a couple of times before (May 22, 2012; July 2, 2014). But at the present time, it...

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

Xi meets Fidel Castro

President Xi Jinping visited Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro here Tuesday and the two exchanged views on bilateral ties

Li: US should adopt 'open stance'

Top business representatives and former senior officials from China and the United States are engaging in a dialogue on Tue...

Authorities seal products from food company

Authorities nationwide were busy sealing products in fast food restaurants on Tuesday after a major Shanghai supplier reportedly mixed exp...

PLA working to develop unmanned armored vehicles

The Chinese military is researching converting its armored fighting vehicles into unmanned ones, according to a senior officer of the Peop...

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.

Tall order for civil servants

Many find the authorities' latest frugality standards for officials challenging.

HK

CE pledges to encourage talks prior to NPCSC call

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying pledged on Tuesday to encourage communication between the central government and Hong Kong’s opposition parties before Beijing makes its decision on political reform.

Book fair ends with record attendance

The Hong Kong Book Fair concluded Tuesday with a record-breaking attendance of 101,000 visitors. The per capita spending at the seven-day exhibition reached HK$987, an increase of 25 percent over last year

Business remains upbeat despite concerns about IVS

Hong Kong small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) confidence in the global economy has reached a record high, a leading business index revealed on Tuesday.

Man arrested over brother's death

Police arrested a 39-year-old man for suspected murder of his 36-year-old brother in in Kwun Tong in the small hours of Tuesday.

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

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

Jakarta governor wins Indonesian election

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, final results showed Tuesday.

Typhoon Matmo slams into Taiwan, 1 killed

Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools

Japan gov't asks Saga to accept Osprey aircraft

The Japanese government on Tuesday asked the local government of Saga prefecture in southwestern Japan to accept its plan to deploy 17 Osprey aircraft at its local airport as part of the Ground Self-Defense Force's (GSDF) planned amphibious unit

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

Xiaomi prepares for peak sales period with its new smartphone

Xiaomi Corp unveiled its latest flagship smartphone on Tuesday ahead of the autumn sales peak, a critical period for the Beijing-based handset vendor to meet its target of shipping 60 million units.

Wealthy spending more - on property

After a slight dip in the Luxury Consumer Price Index last year, it rose by 4 percent in 2014, according to a Hurun Research Institute report released on Tuesday.

Asia stocks edge up as risk aversion wanes

Asian stocks edged up on Wednesday as risk aversion triggered by recent geopolitical tensions continued to ebb, while the euro languished near eight-month lows.

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

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.

England's Gerrard retires from international football

England captain Steve Gerrard announced Monday his retirement from international football.

Top English clubs launch new US 'invasion'

Fifty years after the Beatles launched a British musical "invasion" of America, English soccer clubs are playing preseason matches in the United States hoping to spark growth for the sport.

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

Reading into the future

The Hong Kong Book Fair hosts a range of literary and cultural events. This year the focus was on high-tech trends, as paper books give way to e-readers and cellphones. Annie Cheung and Zhang Jing report from Hong Kong.

Machines in the mirror

Technology is catching up with Hollywood, producing robots that may soon be able to look, think and act like humans. Experts tell Agence France-Presse that this breakthrough is a mixed blessing.

Quirky News

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.

French restaurants to label homemade dishes

Restaurant-goers in France will start seeing a funny little symbol on their menus this week: a skillet with a house on top, indicating your menu choice is made in-house.

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...