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Grey market prepares for iPhone 6 craze

The absence of the Chinese mainland in Apple’s second round selling region just triggered another buying spree in Hong Kong.

Iraq PM nixes US ground troops

Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing US ground troops in his country, saying,"We don't want them."

Xi, Modi set formality aside, setting friendly tone for visit

China and India highlighted their determination to boost ties in a whirlwind visit on Wednesday.

Apple 'plans fresh launches'

Apple Inc is set to launch two new iPads and release the next version of its Mac operating system on Oct 21.

Divided, Scots prepare to vote

The fate of the UK rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters.

Collector has 'proof' of atrocities

The graphic details provide a powerful rebuttal to the Japanese denials.

Sony expects $2.1b loss in FY2014

Sony expects to log an annual net loss of 230b yen as smartphone sales lag.

62 held in social media porn crackdown

Raids in Beijing, Guangzhou to curb use of social networks to spread pornography.

Opinion

Hongkongers are losing their global perspective

This article was written before the release of the results of the referendum on Scottish independence.

Next public consultation will be challenging for HK

The HKSAR Government will soon start new public consultations on the 2017 election of Chief Executive (CE) by universal suffrage.

Pyongyang gives sports diplomacy full play

The 17th Asian Games opens on Sept 19 in Incheon, the Republic of Korea, and has been aptly themed "Diversity Shines Here".

Alibaba IPO a caveat for regulators

After its initial public offering (IPO) on New York Stock Exchange, Alibaba is expected to become the third-biggest Internet company li...

Asia-Pacific adapting to changes

The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing some profound changes, and its economies should be prepared for possible reshaping of economic ...

Nation

Xi, Modi set formality aside, setting friendly tone for visit

China and India highlighted their determination to boost ties in a whirlwind visit on Wednesday with not only key agreements but also relaxed protocol procedures, observers said, in an ...

Female fighter pilots will take to the sky at air show

China's first group of female fighter pilots will give an aerobatic display at an air show, highlighting the rising role of...

Increased support promised for small companies

China is to further strengthen its support for small and micro-businesses through political and fiscal measures, including tax exemptions ...

China, ASEAN expand judicial training programs

The top judicial bodies from China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expanding exchange and training programs to help jud...

General aviation hub reaches for the sky

As China's private aircraft sector prepares for takeoff, reform is desperately needed.

Endangered species threatens livelihoods

Wild Asian elephants have been wreaking havoc in villages in Southwest China as their habitat is destroyed and they're forced to search for food.

Budding businesses of the digital age

Young Chinese entrepreneurs are tapping opportunities from the Internet to realize their world-changing dreams.

Helping them breathe

Workers hit by dust-related lung disease need more support.

HK

HK plans to build 6 new railway lines

The government announced on Wednesday it is planning to build six new railway lines and one new station with a total investment of more than HK$110 billion between 2018 and 2026.

Local grey market preparing for iPhone 6 demand pick-up

Apple fans on the mainland might not be able to buy the long-awaited iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus within this year because Apple had failed to reach an agreement over its license application with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

DH's son loses residency appeal

The Court of Final Appeal has unanimously rejected the appeal of a son born to a foreign domestic helper seeking to secure right of abode in Hong Kong.

HK bullion dealers to enjoy cost benefits from Qianhai’s metal vault

The metal vault set up by The Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society (CGSE) in Qianhai will help Hong Kong bullion dealers to expand into the mainland market as well as reduce relevant costs, said experts and officials.

Focus HK

The French connection

Almost a century ago, a clutch of Chinese painters traveled to Paris. It was the beginning of a sharing of artistic traditions between China and France which continues even to this day.

Joining the dai gou ranks

Dai gou, or part-time student shopping agents, have joined the ranks of parallel traders to make a fast buck, exacerbating the problems facing Hong Kong’s law enforcement authorities.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Iraq premier nixes US ground troops

Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing US ground troops in his country, saying,"We don't want them."

15 held in Australia's biggest terror raid

Australian police mounted the counterterrorism operation after tipped off on a violent attack being planned on Australian soil.

Iran, six powers resume talks

A diplomatic breakthrough is unlikely on a nuclear deal to end sanctions against Iran when talks resume in New York this week.

Islamic State goes underground in Syria

Islamic State has gone underground in its Syrian stronghold since President Barack Obama authorised US air strikes on the group.

Partners for growth

President Xi’s South Asia trip puts regional stability and economic development top of agenda.

Unlocking private sector potential

Be it in China or in ASEAN, businesses can play an even bigger role in driving future growth.

Asia Weekly

Business

Apple 'plans fresh launches on Oct 21'

Apple Inc is set to launch two new iPads and release the next version of its Mac operating system at its next event on Oct 21, a Daily Dot report said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

'Yes' in Scotland could mean 'maybe' for Chinese companies

As Scotland votes on Thursday on the question of independence, the whole world is watching - and that includes China.

Dollar surges to 6-yr peak on yen, Tokyo stocks cheer

Japanese shares jumped on Thursday after the dollar vaulted to a six-year peak on the yen.

Eye on Asia

Disasters hit more people than conflicts

Natural disasters displaced three times more people last year than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to support vulnerable people, according to a study released on Wednesday.

How typhoons are named

Typhoon Kalmaegi struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday morning carrying with it wind and rain reaching 144 km/h. Who names typhoons and what's the reasoning behind the process?

New Silk Road 'important to Sri Lanka'

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiative of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Sport

Bayern beat Man City 1-0 in Champions League

Bayern Munich scored a 90th-minute goal to beat Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Barcelona had an easier time edging APOEL 1-0.

Huntelaar clinches Schalke draw at Chelsea in CL

Just how reliant Chelsea's revival has been on Diego Costa's goals became clearer against Schalke in their Champions League opener.

Torch arrives in Incheon, countdown almost over

The Asian Games torch arrived in host city Incheon on Wednesday, two days before the opening ceremony that will formally inaugurate the two-week competition featuring almost 10,000 athletes.

On the cusp of change

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

Diamond dwellings

Founder of luxury property business in Australia ensures her high-end Chinese clients are eased into their new environment.

Game changer

The World Bank's chief economist from India is a strategic thinker who draws his inspiration from everyday situations.

Life Style

Reese Witherspoon finds lessons in 'The Good Lie'

Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon chose a subdued role in her latest film "The Good Lie," a drama about Sudanese refugee children who end up in America, but there is nothing small in what she hopes to convey.

Pop culture saves cinema

China's lowest-grossing film in 2013 earned just 2,000 yuan ($324) at the box office.

Quirky News

Tycoon buys 30 Rolls Royces for Macau hotel

A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests.

Mixed reaction to smartphone sidewalk

The first "mobile phone sidewalk in China" has appeared at a scenic spot in Chongqing municipality.

Shanghai has China's most henpecked husbands?

The authors of a recent say the cities with the highest number of henpecked husbands are Shanghai, Chengdu in Sichuan province, Wuhan in Hubei province, and Chaozhou in Guangdong province.

Video

A broken neighborhood

Hugo Tsang traveled more than 100 kilometers across Kwun Tong with his camera, recording the opinions of Kwun Tong’s longtime residents of the government’s urban renewal plan. He has rigged up a mobile screening platform, hoping to draw more public attention to the vagaries of ‘insensitive urban renewal’.

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.

Campaign relishes public’s support

More than 1 million people have signed up to support universal suffrage and oppose “Occupy Central”. Ng Chau-pei, organizer of the campaign, told Joseph Li this was a victory for common sense.

Special

Stimulus measures not the answer to growth: Economist

Experts split over whether the mainland’s growth pattern could be dictated by further packages to prop up the slowed economy

Roundtable

Empowering HK’s logistics industry

The government and the logistics sector need a long-term strategy for land, infrastructure, and policy, as well as industry talents development to support the local industry’s bid to transform into high value-added services providers.

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...