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Young people netted in drug abuse blitz

Young people comprise the majority arrested in recent years during the police crackdown on drug use, Beijing police and exp...

China rejects Manila protest on ships

China rejected Philippine complaints about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area in the South China Sea

DPRK cries 'wolf'

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea called US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."

Japanese auto parts suppliers fined

Twelve Japanese auto parts suppliers have been fined about US$201 million in China after a monopoly probe

Man U to sign Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon

Manchester United landed a deal to sign defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon on Tuesda...

Red Cross Society rents warehouse 'deceptively'

The Red Cross Society of China has admitted renting its warehouse to a company to make mone...

Pope telegram 'good gesture'

While flying over China as the first leader of the Catholic Church to do so, Pope Francis s...

Heinz recalls four batches of infant food

Some infant food was recalled in eastern China after it was found to contain excessive lead

Opinion

Rally was a political milestone for HK

After obtaining 1.5 million signatures over the past month, the Anti-“Occupy Central” petition ended on Aug 17 impressively — m...

Take on long-term shortage of doctors at public hospitals

The situation in our public hospitals is dire. There are regular reports of medical mishaps resulting from procedures performed...

Carry on institutional reform

Following the path set out by Deng Xiaoping, the country must eliminate entrenched bureaucracy and over-concentration of power

Asia's reform trinity, shift gear now

Asia is poised to enter a historical sweet spot, with three of its most populous countries - China, India and Indonesia - led by strong...

Reckless words, policies catch up with Abe

In this year of sobering historical reminders, Aug 15 marks the 69th anniversary of Japan's announcement of surrender in World War II. ...

Nation

China rejects Manila protest on ships

China rejected Philippine complaints about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area in the South China Sea

China presses South Sudan over renewed violence

China's foreign minister pressed his South Sudan counterpart over renewed violence, demanding an immediate ceasefire

Telegram from Pope 'good gesture'

A telegram sent by Pope Francis to President Xi Jinping could be the start of an improving ties between China and the Vatican, said a Chin...

Bus fire kills 1, injures 19

One person was killed and 19 others were injured after a public bus caught fire during rush hour in east China's Shandong Province

No island paradise

Initiative to attract private developers for uninhabited islands hits rough waters.

Rebuilding lives

Four years on, residents of quake-hit Yushu are receiving support to recover from the disaster but more is needed.

Search toughens for daily reading fix

Traditional print and its loyal followers suffer impact of decision by Beijing city authorities to remove newsstands amid changing Chinese media market.

HK

Concern raised over violence against tour guides

The Travel Industry Council has called on police to take a tough line against violent tour-bound visitors amidst an increase in assaults against guides.

NC makes collective decisions: CE

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Tuesday he believed the Nominating Committee (NC) should make a collective decision on Chief Executive (CE) candidates standing for election by universal suffrage.

Hang Seng climbs new 6-year high

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index edged up to a new six-year closing high on Wednesday, underpinned by strong global markets and upbeat corporate earnings.

Chamber of Commerce against blanket pension

The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce has come out against a retirement protection scheme which would compel employers to chip in

Focus HK

Cramming for the future

Private tutoring is big business in Hong Kong and on the mainland as parents bet heavily on their children’s education in a competitive world.

Survival of the fittest

As Hong Kong people crave for a healthier lifestyle and shedding more pounds, fitness centers have mushroomed all over the city. Key industry players see the SAR as a growth hotspot for fitness but warn that smaller ones could get squeezed out in a tough contest.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

DPRK insults John Kerry over his looks

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has called US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw".

Islamic State beheads US journalist, 'holds another'

Islamic State militants posted a video purportedly showing the beheading of US reporter James Foley and images of another US scribe

Myanmar reports suspected case of deadly Ebola virus

A man traveled from Thailand to Myanmar has been suspected of catching the deadly Ebola virus, Myanmar's Ministry of Information reported Wednesday.

Hiroshima's landslide toll rises to 27

At least 27 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday when landslides slammed into Hiroshima.

Philippine economy shaky amid growth

Reports that the World Bank has cut its growth projection for the Philippines from 6.6 to 6.4 percent for 2014, and from 6.9 to 6.7 for 2015, have trained the spotlight on the country’s ability to sustain its impressive growth of the past few years.

Panda Privilege

There is a palpable sense of excitement at Zoo Negara Malaysia (National Zoo of Malaysia) these days. The Kuala Lumpur zoo is playing host to some very high level dignitaries — to be exact, a pair of giant pandas on loan from China under the panda diplomacy program.

Asia Weekly

Business

China fines Japanese auto parts suppliers

Twelve Japanese auto parts suppliers have been fined about US$201 million after an investigation into price monopoly

Smartphone subsidy cuts to lift local firms

China should end smartphone subsidies to overseas vendors and give more support to local brands, industry insiders said on Tuesday, as telecom carriers pledged to cut operating expenses and Apple Inc gets ready to debut its next-generation iPhone.

Asia stocks make slight gains

Asian stock markets got a slight boost Wednesday from positive US economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar.

Eye on Asia

Indian poachers threaten lesser-known species

Wildlife poachers, hindered by India's efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller

Interfaith couples in Pak brave threats

Thirteen years ago, among the whirring looms of a garment factory in an eastern Pakistani city, a Muslim woman fell in love with a Christian co-worker.

Rare crocodiles survive in the Philippines

A chorus of chirps filled the room as one of the Philippines' top crocodile breeders checked on his wards in an overcrowded "Noah's Ark" for one of the world's most endangered animals.

Sport

Stars to shine at China Open

Serena Williams, Russian world No 6 Maria Sharapova and Li Na, together with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are set to make the China Open the most star-studded in its 11-year history.

China shines in FIVB World Grand Prix Finals

China defeated Belgium 3-1 (25-19, 25-27, 25-18, 25-15) in the opening match of the FIVB World Grand Prix women's volleyball tournament held Wednesday in Tokyo's Ariake Coliseum.

Reality check for Phelps at Pan Pacific Champs

Michael Phelps received an abrupt reminder of how challenging his return to international competition may be when he was asked whether he was good enough to even reach a final at the Pan Pacific Championships starting Thursday.

Urban visionary

Sein-Way Tan is a modest man with a global ambition — to make cities environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant.

The female touch

If necessity is the mother of invention, it may well be true that the inventor is someone else’s mother.

Prawn to greatness

China's largest exporter of the seafood has overcome leagal challenges to make the most of overseas opportunities

Life Style

Cute mini figures on the edge of cups from Japan

These mini figures are popular among young Japanese women who often use them when composing pictures of their lunch.

'How to Train Your Dragon 2' soars at Chinese box office

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" soared to the top of the Chinese box office over its four-day mainland opening.

Quirky News

Peruvian nurse cares for sick cats

At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats 175 of them at last count.

Plane aborts landing as controllers take a nap

A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off, an investigation report found.

The politics of place names

Is it the Persian Gulf or the Arabian Gulf? Mount McKinley or Denali? Mumbai or Bombay?

Video

Caravan camping

A newly launched caravan campsite on Lantau Island offers those who like camping an alternative choice.

Who rules Hong Kong vital to national security

The central government is concerned about whether the implementation of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ is in line with the original design, Lau Siu-kai told Joseph Li.

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

Vibrant capital boosts science popularization for young, old

Beijing's determination to innovate is helping to transform it into a major high-tech center.

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...