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China to cut SOE executives' salaries

The top leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) decided on Friday to cut salaries for executives of state-own ente...

China hosts live fire drill

Five Shanghai Cooperation Organization states carried out a massive live fire drill involving more than 7,000 troops.

Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff

The overhaul and new investment in the carrier will cost about US$1.9 billion to revive its damaged brand

HK raises travel alert for Egypt to red

A Red Outbound Travel Alert has been raised for Egypt after Al-Qaida inspired militants posted online video of four beheadi...

WeChat closes objectionable accounts

Hundreds of accounts on leading instant messaging platform WeChat have been shut down or di...

No more MSN service in China

Microsoft will close its Windows Live Messenger (MSN) service on the Chinese mainland by Oc...

HK tourists among 56 injured in Canada crash

The tour bus rolled over and crashed on a stretch of mountain highway in British Columbia

Joint military exercise targets terrorism

Opinion

Elderly people have the right to live and die with dignity

Eon, a Greek goddess, asked Zeus to grant her lover Tithonus, a mortal, eternal life, forgetting to ask for perpetual youth to ...

Conciliation is the only way forward for SAR

While the Basic Law and “One Country, Two Systems” policy provide a framework for the implementation of universal suffrage for ...

Chinese help Japan economy recover

The increase in the number of Chinese tourists to Japan started in September 2013, and has continued since

Building on Deng's US policy

Mutual respect was the prerequisite for normalizing relations and is the keystone for the new model the two have pledged to build

Antitrust probes open and fair

Antitrust probes are a key element of China's policy to free the market of predators and monopolies to build a level playing field for ...

Nation

Microsoft to close MSN service in China by Oct 31

Microsoft will close its Windows Live Messenger (MSN) service on the Chinese mainland by Oct 31, the Beijing Morning Post reported.

WeChat closes, suspends hundreds of objectionable accounts

Hundreds of accounts on leading instant messaging platform WeChat have been shut down or disabled by its parent company, Te...

China to cut SOE executives' salaries

The top leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) decided on Friday to cut salaries for executives of state-own enterprises (SOEs).

China hosts SCO live-fire drill

Five Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states carried out a massive live fire drill involving more than 7,000 troops

Redemption from within

Correctional facilities are finding more ways to help prisoners adapt to life in and out of jail.

Wired to wow

Students of major martial arts school endure tough training for high-wire act at Youth Olympics show.

Capital move to Beidaihe's beaches

Summer resort buzzes with annual visit by nation's leaders.

Historic sands of time

Venerable vacation spot that hosted important meetings continues to evolve with country's development.

HK

Hong Kong raises travel alert for Egypt to red

A Red Outbound Travel Alert has been raised for Egypt after Al-Qaida inspired militants posted online video of four beheadings in the Sinai Peninsula.

HK tourists among 56 injured in Canada bus crash

An unknown number of Hong Kong tourists were among 56 passengers of a tour bus who were injured in a crash in Canada Thursday.

Son gets life term for killing father

A son found guilty of patricide was given a life sentence for the brutal stabbing death of his father.

Biased head of EOC review board dismissed

The head of Hong Kong's equality watchdog has been dismissed from a review board updating the city's anti-discrimination laws after inciting church members to oppose protection for homosexuals.

Focus HK

Tonight’s your night

Travelers who find themselves shut out of the tight hotel squeeze in the Asia Pacific, including Hong Kong, may now turn to a smart phone app as a last resort.

Bridges between cultures

HK and mainland volunteers have joined hands to help build houses in one of the country’s most-impoverished provinces. They undertook the project out of altruism, but returned having learnt a thing or two about a 3,000-year-old technology employed in traditional Chinese architecture.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

3m displaced in Syria strife

The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year

Australia seeks Thai help amid surrogacy row

Australia urged Thailand to allow Australian couples with babies born by Thai surrogate mothers to return home with their children

Australian PM to visit India, Malaysia

India is Australia's fifth largest export market and trade between Australia and Malaysia was worth US$16.8b last year

Japan defence budget request highest ever

Japan's defence planners are seeking a bulk order of patrol planes and a stealthier submarine

Coal comfort

Asia pays price for rapid economic growth as demand for polluting fuels soars.

Asia-Pacific brands must think locally

Marketers need to recognize diverse tastes as well as regional trends.

Asia Weekly

Business

Wanda, Baidu, Tencent to set up e-commerce firm

About 20 billion yuan ($3.3 billion) will be injected into an e-commerce joint venture formed by Dalian Wanda Group Co Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc in the next five years, Wanda's chairman Wang Jianlin said on Friday.

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of an overhaul announced to revive its damaged brand

HKEx launches consultation on weighted voting rights

The Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited has launched a public consultation on weighted voting rights.

Eye on Asia

103-year-old challenges world's fastest man

Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, telling him: "Let's rumble!"

A flavor out of favor

Dog meat in South Korea today is an increasingly tough sell and a less attractive dining option for young South Koreans.

India's Modi dressed for success

New Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's choice of outfits draws praise, intense scrutiny reserved for stars.

Sport

Bayern completes transfer for Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso said he is motivated to make a new start with Bayern Munich after the German champion completed its acquisition of the midfielder from Real Madrid on Friday.

Pacquiao eyeing World Peace for his hoop team

Manny Pacquiao has expressed interest in recruiting former NBA All Star Metta World Peace to the Filipino boxing champion's newest venture professional basketball.

Basketball World Cup preview

The FIBA Basketball World Cup begins on Saturday as 24 teams from around the world will battle it in six Spanish cities between Aug 30 and Sep 14 promising two weeks of excitement and top class basketball with two clear favorites: hosts Spain and the USA.

Game changer

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

Line of duty

Patriarch of Japanese conglomerate goes globetrotting in pursuit of regional friendship and cooperation.

Urban visionary

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

Life Style

Mixed responses follow Ko's public apology

Taiwan-based Chinese actor Kai Ko, or Ko Chen-tung, 23, apologized publically for the first time for taking drugs at a press conference in Beijing this afternoon.

Selfies and the art of staying within limits

Ability to instantly broadcast one’s image pushes boundaries of what is ethically acceptable.

Quirky News

Russia replies to Canada's colorful tweet

It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military - the opening shot that launched a Twitter war of words and maps

Dethroned beauty queen runs off with crown

The first Myanmar national to win an international pageant has been stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, and has allegedly run off with the expensive crown and breast implants.

World's woolliest sheep?

Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84 km from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania

Video

Coming of age

You must know of Jin Yong if you are a fan of martial arts. The Legend of the Condor Heroes, one of Jin Yong’s famous works, is now on stage! The renowned Hong Kong choreographer Leung Kwok-shing has invited Wang Yabin and Liu Fuyang to translate words into body language.

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...