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MH370 hopes revived with Boeing debris

Air safety investigators are examining if aircraft debris found off Reunion Island is part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Premier Li meets Erdogan on ties

Premier Li Keqiang called for enhanced political trust between China and Turkey during a meeting with the Turkish president.

Economy 'under downward pressure'

China's economy is stabilizing and recovering but still facing significant downward pressure, Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said.

HK Exchange Fund income down 64%

Hong Kong's Exchange Fund recorded an investment income of HK$20.4 billion in the first half, with gains on bonds down 80%.

London to get 51 BYD electric buses

BYD has signed a 19m-pound deal with British bus maker Alexander Dennis Limited.

China says NYT editorial 'unfair'

China's Press Counselor in Washignton said the published comment was "not fair."

Lead found in another HK estate

The lead scare took hold as the govt confirmed excessive lead in 23 more HK residents.

Suu Kyi to contest November poll

Myanmar's democracy leader has registered for a seat in the country's November election.

Opinion

The art of holding one’s tongue

Lau Nai-keung muses that despite the actions of Putonghua ‘pushers’, rumors about the death of Cantonese have been greatly exag...

A fairer society will see the young embrace their national identity

Several recent events that reflected the weak sense of national identity among some young people both in Hong Kong and Taiwan m...

Abe's mudslinging only sticks to him

In an apparent attempt to justify his much-trumpeted security bills, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has directly accused China of p...

China's e-commerce makes global waves

Does a company need to operate overseas offices to be considered "global"?

Hong Kong needs more tech start-ups

The government is understandably keen to push through a program to help Hong Kong catch up with its neighboring economies in the tech s...

Video

Teenage PLA boot camp

A group of 260 HK students learned a lesson on citizens’ rights and duties at a summer camp.

To live on

Three months since Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake, thousands of Nepalis still have no home and a means to make a living.

Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2015

​The 17th Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong kicked off on Friday, July 24.

Nation

Buried utility lines to get update

China will rebuild its water and power supplies and heating systems, to expand urban carrying capacities and introduce more investment to boost growth.

Presidents vow to fight terrorism

Pledge by China and Turkey comes as the two nations agree in Beijing talks to strengthen their investment and trade links.

Macao rejects US human trafficking report

Macao SAR government said that parts of the report's conclusion is "fabrication out of nothing" and its speculation is "unfounded."

Rules of parole, lower sentences for corrupt officials tightened

Corrupt former minister-level officials who apply for parole or a reduced sentence must have their applications reviewed by the Supreme Pe...

Cameras and carbines capture life during wartime

During World War II, a team of US army photographers spent two years recording the everyday lives and struggles of people living in and around the China-Burma-India Theater, which saw some of the fiercest action of the war in the Pacific.

China auto sales slump hits industry fortunes

June sales in the biggest car market by number of vehicles sold shrank by 3.4 percent from a year earlier.

Crowdfunding tastes blood in movie market

The overwhelming success of a China-made animation has trained the spotlight on a burgeoning mode of Internet finance - crowdfunding.

HK

Excessive lead levels found at 4th estate

Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate has become the latest public housing estate found to have lead contamination in its water supply.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

Felix Chung believes proposed ITB will be approved by legislators in October.

Questions remain over URA’s offer of discounted homes

The Urban Renewal Authority’s (URA) De Novo project might be a one-off experiment exposing eager homebuyers to risks.

HK up on mainland market rebound

The Hang Seng Index rose 0.5% to 24,619.45, while the China Enterprises Index gained 0.9% to 11,273.69 points.

Focus HK

Running out of steam

The handcrafted bamboo steamers used to make dim sum might soon disappear from HK. Frannie Guan met Lam Ying-hung, one of the last practitioners of the dying art.

Hoping for a dramatic turnaround

Both the SAR government and private agencies are trying to get the city’s youth to appreciate the magic of the Cantonese Opera, which, after all, is part of their cultural inheritance.

The anti-social network

Internet platforms often fuel hatred, prejudice and extreme sentiments among users. Media watchers explain the dynamic of swaying public opinion.

Asia

MH370 hopes revived with Boeing debris

Air safety investigators are examining if aircraft debris found off Reunion Island is part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Russia vetoes draft UN resolution on MH17 tribunal

Eleven of the UN Security Council's 15 members voted in favor, one against and three others abstained.

Taliban leader Omar dead: Afghan intelligence

Afghanistan's main intelligence agency says the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years.

Israel OKs settlement building amid standoff

In Beit El, Israeli settlers clashed with Israeli forces as authorities began to demolish a contested West Bank settlement.

In high spirits

Asia becomes toast of global alcohol industry but high taxes and counterfeits remain challenges.

Asia develops a taste for wine

consumption in China is driving regional sales as middle class seeks a more sophisticated drink.

Asia Weekly

Business

Equities bounce back on signs of stability

Share prices rebounded on Wednesday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edging up by 3.44% to close at 3,789.17 points.

Aliyun gets more funding to expand cloud-based offering

CEO of the group said another 6 billion yuan would be poured into Aliyun over the next three years.

China Shenhua Energy reports 46% profit drop

The largest coal mining group in China attributed the drop to weak demand that affected both sales and prices.

Eye on Asia

'US not serious about fighting IS'

The head of one of Iraq's fiercest Shi'ite militias called the US-led coalition's campaign against IS ineffective.

Female Afghan footballer realizes her dream

The Afghan National Women's Football Team was established 10 years ago and since then the team has made considerable progress.

Crackdown on militant Islam risks backlash

Authorities in Central Asia's former Soviet "stans" are taking draconian measures to stamp out militant Islam.

Sport

Roger Federer pulls out of Montreal tournament

Federer, owner of a record 17 major championships, has not competed since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on July 12.

Oliver eyes Diamond Race title

Reigning world 110m hurdles champion David Oliver of US revealed his ambition to win the Diamond Race title.

Winter-sport plan unveiled

China's sports governing body has announced a $30 million program to develop the country's less-popular winter events.

Quest for knowledge

Chief of Sino-Singapore project draws on experiences from his multifaceted career to build a smart city of the future in Guangzhou.

China enthusiast

John Brumby wrote one of the first templates to promote Sino-Australian trade ties and continues to push the agenda.

Equipped to do more

Affable Indian business leader chalks up the miles to make things happen for his manufacturing firm and the wider industrial sector.

Lifestyle

5 ways Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor

Although there are a few reasons to hold off upgrading, Windows 10 is better than Windows 8 in many ways.

Adaptations of 'Journey to the West'

Aside from China's new star in box office revenue, the epic Journey to the West also has gone through many changes throughout history.

Quirky News

From fat cat to 'Skinny darling'

A former 18.6-kilogram cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

App tracks Prince William's flights

Newspaper says ability to follow movements poses security breach.

Eggs too pricey? Rent a chicken

A Pennsylvania couple has come up with a solution to soaring US egg prices: Rental chickens.

Special

The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

Felix Chung believes proposed ITB will be approved by legislators in October.

HK’s poor need more help

Wong Hung, an associate professor of social work at the CUHK, noted that the poverty situation in HK was serious.

Roundtable

Going the distance

Inspired by China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Tourism Economy Forum embarked on a Pacific Alliance mission, starting a virtuous cycle of events to create momentum in driving exchange, multilateral cooperation and economic growth in global tourism.