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12-hour truce as deaths in Gaza pass 900

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets on Saturday to recover their dead and stock up on food supplies afte...

Husi forged production dates: Shanghai food regulator

Regulators in Shanghai have found that scandal-hit China-based food supplier forged production dates on some of its...

China urges Britain to stop interfering in HK affairs

China on Friday urged Britain to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs as a parliamentary committee conducted an...

Drogba returns to Chelsea

Didier Drogba rejoined Chelsea on Friday, reuniting one of football's most theatrical characters with flamboyant manager Jo...

Putin 'culpable' in Ukraine plane crash: White House

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was "culp...

Li vows to lower hurdles for businesses

Premier Li Keqiang pledged more financial support for new businesses to encourage entrepren...

China's oil rig No.981 sets sail again

Chinese maritime authorities announced that the offshore oil drilling vessel 981 is back in...

Air Algerie jet's black box found, no survivors

French President Francois Hollande said Friday there were no survivors of the crashed Air A...

Opinion

The way forward for the MPF scheme

There has been much discussion about the aging population of Hong Kong. But a voluntary retirement scheme was slow in coming to...

Bridging the gap with calm dialogue

Opinion on how to nominate the next Chief Executive (CE) candidates of the Hong Kong SAR in 2017 is deeply divided, with much n...

No leniency on food crimes

The scandal will also make a difference to the amending of the Food Safety Law, which is being reviewed by lawmakers of the Standing Co...

BRICS bank vis-a-vis IMF

Last week's agreement by the five BRICS member states to establish a development bank along with a currency reserve pool, they called t...

HK can profit from BRICS’ new development fund

The announcement on July 16 in Brazil that the BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are establishing a new Shan...

Nation

Husi forged production dates: Food regulator

Regulators in Shanghai have found that scandal-hit China-based food supplier forged production dates on some of its products and sold them after their expiry

Airline regulator warns of flight delays

China's airline regulator on Saturday issued an orange alert for massive flight delays in eastern and central China, saying...

Xi lauds Cuba visit as 'total success'

Chinese President Xi Jinping says his latest visit to Cuba is a "total success" and he is full of confidence in the future of bilateral co...

China's oil rig No.981 sets sail again

Chinese maritime authorities announced that the offshore oil drilling vessel 981 is back in operation off the coast of Hainan island

Keeping the peace

Chinese peacekeepers work the ground as part of the country's increasingly important role in UN peacekeeping efforts, report Zhang Yan and Wang Qian.

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.

HK

China urges Britain to stop interfering in HK affairs

China on Friday urged Britain to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs as a parliamentary committee conducted an inquiry on the 30-year implementation of a Hong Kong joint declaration

LegCo food council calls for new laws

The chair of the Legislative Council’s Food Safety and Environmental Hygiene Committee...

More action proposed to safeguard IP rights

Hong Kong and Guangdong on Friday agreed to continue boosting cooperation to protect intellectual property (IP) rights and stop infringements in both regions

PCCW exec accused of taking HK$1.7m in bribes

A senior PCCW executive went on trial Friday over HK$1.7 million in bribes he allegedly...

Focus HK

Enter the NetDragon

Mobile technology leader Cherrypicks’ entry into the mainland market marks a new phase in the company’s development of the apps industry. But Hong Kong IT companies will have to tread a careful path in embracing a brand new business model on the mainland.

Powering skills

The government is going all out to upgrade Hong Kong’s vocational education system to balance job skills in the market. But the deep-rooted cultural prejudice against vocational education is not likely to go away.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Mexico, Japan ink cooperation deals

Mexico and Japan on Friday signed 14 bilateral cooperation agreements covering such areas as education, economy and environment

More coffins of MH17 victims arrive in Netherlands

A second group of remains recovered from the crash site of Malaysia Airline Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday aboard two military aircraft

Australia to 'ship Tamil asylum seekers to its mainland'

Australia will transfer 157 Tamil asylum seekers it has been holding at sea for nearly a month to a mainland detention centre, a government source told Reuters on Friday

UN panel tells Japan to compensate 'comfort women'

A United Nations human rights panel called on Japan on Thursday to undertake independent investigations of wartime sex slavery and apologise to the women who were victims before it was too late

Rough weather

Malaysia Airlines may not survive latest tragedy but strong performances by us carriers offer hope to sector in Asia

Cracks show in ASEAN’s aviation sector

Open skies policy sounds promising, but it's not quite ready for take-off

Asia Weekly

Business

Li vows to lower hurdles for businesses

Premier Li Keqiang pledged more financial support for new businesses to encourage entrepreneurship amid the continuing downward pressure on the Chinese economy

Russia sues McDonald's over 'unhealthy food'

Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products

China's long-term prospects still hazy

Despite the slight pickup in economic growth during the second quarter, long-term prospects are not that rosy for China, given the feeble productivity gains and declining returns on investment, the nation's top think tank said on Friday.

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

Drogba returns to Chelsea

Didier Drogba rejoined Chelsea on Friday, reuniting one of football's most theatrical characters with flamboyant manager Jose Mourinho.

Top pick Wiggins on 30-day countdown

Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home - but it might only be temporary. The Cavaliers signed the No 1 overall draft pick on Thursday, a deal that prevents the 6-foot-8 Canadian forward from being traded for 30 days

Lin relishing 'fresh start' with Lakers

Two years ago Jeremy Lin lit up the National Basketball Association with his explosive play for the New York Knicks, but he has no desire to recreate 'Linsanity' in his new career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bricks and mortar of IT

Indian property mogul has built a fortune creating industrial space for technology firms in Bangalore

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

Life Style

How flaws make a great campaigner

It's a tale of two UN ambassadors: Emma Watson (the heroine) and Angelina Jolie (the heroin). But, writes Claire Cohen, Jolie's past actually makes her better suited to humanitarian work. To truly fight for a cause you need to battle personal demons

It's a whole new shoppers' world

Before she opened her first store in 1994, Wang Jianying sold fruit and vegetables from a market stall in Beijing. Now, 20 years later, the 44-year-old Henan province native is the owner of Jenny Wang's, one of Beijing's most popular supermarket chains for expats

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

Yuanming He – Chinese contemporary water paint artist

Yuanming He, Chinese contemporary water paint artist, comes to Hong Kong for his first ever solo exhibition July 30 to August 10 and shows China Daily Asia Pacific how he creates an unique piece in four minutes.

Cleaner fuel vital for energy generation

In the opinion of William Yu, chief executive of World Green Organisation, emissions from power generation in Hong Kong are under strict control, while most polluting emissions come from the vehicles.

'HK on a unique path to democracy'

Hong Kong is taking a unique path to democracy and should not copy foreign models of democratic development, Lau Siu-kai, vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, said on Thursday.

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...