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Hainan rocked as typhoon causes chaos

Flights, buses and rail services were canceled and schools closed as Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall in Hainan province.

FDI dips for 2nd straight month

The Commerce Ministry denied any connection between two straight months of decline in foreign direct investment in China...

National Day floral exhibits rethought

For almost three decades, ornate floral displays have been a key feature of the festivities on Oct 1.

Medical team to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

A team of 59 medical workers from China headed for Sierra Leone on Tuesday afternoon to help contain Ebola.

US to assign 3,000 troops to fight Ebola

The United States announced on Tuesday that it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the E...

Xi arrives in Sri Lanka for state visit

President Xi Jinping arrived in Colombo Tuesday for the first state visit to Sri Lanka by a...

Xi calls for closer China-Sri Lanka ties

China stands ready to work with Sri Lanka to consolidate their strategic cooperative partne...

New Silk Road 'important to Sri Lanka'

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiative...

Opinion

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.

Chris Patten promised a lunatic democracy

Former British governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten has again demonstrated the art of telling a story his way.

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 ...

Stronger chain of collaboration

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away", is an English idiom that encourages people to eat fresh fruit and vegetables to stay healthy.

London, are you listening? Mind your own business!

What is it about Hong Kong that brings out the very worst in the nature of the British — and has done so for almost two centuries?

Nation

Funds from China boost roads, ports in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's hunger for infrastructure and new market growth points has attracted an increasing number of Chinese enterprises to invest money and resources over the past five years to ga...

Hainan rocked as typhoon causes chaos

Flights, buses and rail services were canceled and schools closed as a typhoon with wind gusts of up to 144 km/h made landf...

National Day floral exhibits rethought

Austerity rules guiding National Day festivities in Beijing have had gardeners racking their brains to come up with appropriate floral dis...

62 sites in country to pilot new urban plan

The central government has chosen 62 locations across the country as experimental areas for new-style urbanization, pushing forward the gr...

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.

Going the distance

Capital's subways and buses strain to serve its fast-growing population.

HK

Experts call for gender parity in HK’s financial industry

Hong Kong is less attractive to female finance professionals in comparison to Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States, as a survey shows that over half of women experts believe gender discrimination exists in the city’s financial industry, a phenomenon that could hurt Hong Kong’s competitiveness advantages.

Storm leaves HK causing damage

Most people in Hong Kong had to endure longer queues and slower services on Tuesday, as life slowly returned to normal after Typhoon Kalmaegi left the city.

Major markets exporter confidence dips slightly

Enterprises are pessimistic about Hong Kong exports in the short term with exporter confidence in the major markets including the US, Japan and the mainland dropping slightly, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Director of Research Nicholas Kwan said at a Tuesday press conference.

NPCSC decision cannot be challenged

The decision by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) on the 2017 Chief Executive (CE) election by universal suffrage cannot be challenged, the top legislature’s chairman Zhang Dejiang stressed on Tuesday.

Focus HK

Fight to save

Environmentalists vow to continue the fight to preserve the Chinese white dolphins after the Advisory Council on the Environment endorsed, with conditions, the Environmental Impact Report on construction of the third runway at Hong Kong International Airport.

Down to core values

An overhaul of the Mandatory Provident Fund scheme is in the cards with the government aiming to launch core funds. But, MPF product providers and fund industry practitioners are skeptical at this stage that such funds alone can alleviate the system’s ‘high fee, low return’ stigma.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

PM says Thailand not always safe for tourists

Thailand's prime minister said the country was not always as safe for foreign visitors as their homelands.

Japan opposition rejigs lineup

Japan's main opposition party announced its new leadership lineup in a move to revitalize the party in the spring's local election.

Turkey open to Brotherhood figures

Turkey would welcome senior figures from Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood after they were asked to leave Qatar.

US expands airstrikes in Iraq

Officials said the US had taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants.

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

FDI dips for 2nd straight month

The Commerce Ministry denied on Tuesday any connection between two straight months of decline in foreign direct investment in China and its anti-monopoly measures.

Regional ties to enter 'diamond decade'

China upped its commitment to strengthen ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, seeking to bring bilateral relations into a new "diamond decade".

Jack Ma in Singapore for Alibaba IPO roadshow

Alibaba Group's executive chairman Jack Ma showed up in Singapore for a roadshow in the city state for its IPO.

Eye on Asia

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.

India's love affair with gold may be over

A one-quarter drop in local gold prices over the past year has shaken the confidence of Indians in the precious metal as a store of value and dented demand in the world's second-biggest buyer.

Dry ridge stokes West Bank tension

Days after a ceasefire was reached, Israel announced that 400 hectares west of Bethlehem was now "state land".

Sport

Gerrard rescues Liverpool in Champions League

Steven Gerrard came to Liverpool's rescue once again in the Champions League, converting an injury-time penalty for a 2-1 victory over Ludogorets Razgrad on Tuesday in the English team's first game back among Europe's elite in five years.

Madrid starts Champions League defense in style

Real Madrid started the defense of its Champions League crown with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Basel on Tuesday, while Liverpool celebrated its return to Europe's top club competition with a dramatic 2-1 win against Bulgarian side Ludogorets.

Arsenal make a losing start

Dortmund' s Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrap up a 2-0 victory over hapless Arsenal in Group D of UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

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

Eminem publishers sue NZ political party

The music publishers for American rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit Tuesday against New Zealand's ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial.

George Clooney to receive honorary Globe

Oscar-winning actor, director and producer George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe for his contribution to cinema, organizers of the event said on Monday.

Quirky News

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.

Dethroned beauty queen blasts pageant boss

A dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said she won't return her crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a thief.

Video

Mix and match

Can seldom choose the right drink? Don’t worry, perhaps this peek at the recently-concluded Hong Kong Bartender Tournament 2014 will give you a better idea of what to order and where.

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...