China FX reserves fall to US$3.51 trillion

The reserves dipped by US$43.26b in Sept, marking the fourth consecutive month of declines, People's Bank of China said.

Better pension system for veterans

China's State Council and the Central Military Commission have approved a plan to improve the veteran pension system.

Iraq leans toward Russia in war on IS

Iraq wants Moscow to have a bigger role than the US in the war against the militant group, a parliament committee said.

Trio win Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar have won the prize for work on mapping how cells repair damaged DNA.

Hong Kong stocks rise 3 percent

The Hang Seng index rose 3.1% to 22,515.76 points, the highest close since Aug 20.

Cube sats launched for flight tracking

China has successfully launched three cube satellites (CubeSats) into their orbit.

Iran's Ayatollah bans talks with US

Iran's Supreme Leader said negotiations with the US brought endless disadvantages.

Counterfeiters' data sought from BoC

A New York judge has asked the Bank of China to share information about a counterfeiting ring.


HK can bring cultures together

Zhou Bajun writes that the SAR has an important role in helping the mainland and other regions develop better understanding and...

Mixed report card on global treatment of asylum seekers

In Europe, this summer’s refugee flood is almost too much to bear.

'Thucydides trap' not inevitable for China, US: Forum

The China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC) convened its eighth Sino-US Colloquium, Beyond the Current Distrust, in Washington D.C. on Monday.

Inactive officials a drain on the national economy

Disciplinary punishments have been meted out to about 300 government officials for being lazy and inactive.

A blow to the green mission

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn's resignation should be a warning for businesses that dare to put profit above the global fight agains...


For those less fortunate

The city of Shantou in Guangdong province has a long history of charitable giving which it has become famed for throughout the country.

Fire dragon in Pokfulam

Pokfulam villagers and volunteers crafted the dragon with the grasses from the first batch of harvest from the local eco farm.

Singing for the children left behind

Let's pay tribute to the unsung heroes who are putting other people’s children to bed and leaving their own with relatives back in their homeland.


China to improve pension system for veterans

The State Council and the Central Military Commission have approved a plan to improve the veteran pension system.

Cube sats for civilian flight tracking launched

The three CubeSats in a mission coded STU-2 were launched on Sept 25 and have entered their designated orbit.

Beijing tourism income up 7.1% during holiday week

The Chinese capital reported 8.3 billion yuan (US$1.3 billion) of tourism income during the week-long National Day holiday.

Chinese Navy makes 1st visit to Poland

A Chinese Navy destroyer, a frigate and a supply vessel are entering Poland's navy port in Gdynia on first such visit ever.

How Airbus bet on China and won

Chen Juming says his "secret joy" is to sit and count Airbus aircraft as they take off, land and taxi at Beijing International Airport.

A journey through war veterans' memories

They not only took part in the parade, but also went to look for a piece of 'home' in the parade.


Tens of thousands are playing a key role in the research and conservation of China's migratory species, as Chen Liang reports


Financials, energy shares help stocks rise 3%

The Hang Seng rose 1.1 percent to 22,071.80 points by the midday break, their highest level in three weeks.

Panda Ying Ying suffers miscarriage: Ocean Park

A veterinarian at the amusement park said an ultrasound scan has revealed that Ying Ying's fetus has no heartbeat.

Court blow to opp as filibusters ruled out

The High Court has rejected an opposition bid to legalise the use of filibusters in the Legislative Council.

HK companies remain in the doldrums

PMI points to deep contraction in private sector as new jobs and orders from mainland dwindle.

Focus HK

Treading on thin ice

Cases of children suffering because of their parents’ addiction to drugs are on the rise in HK. Wang Yuke has the lowdown from crisis intervention personnel.

Where the dead may not rest in peace

The city’s columbaria facilities are near saturation point, but efforts to build more such keep getting thwarted by people who do not want the remains of the dead in their backyard.

Looking for love among the ruins

Forget Victoria Harbour and Lan Kwai Fong. When Western photographer Jonathan van Smit wants to feel the pulse of HK, he heads to Yau Ma Tei.


Iraq leans toward Russia in war on IS

Iraq may request Russian air strikes against Islamic State on its soil soon, the parliament's defense and security committee said.

Iran's Supreme Leader bans talks with US

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said negotiations with the US brought endless disadvantages.

Indonesia may take foreign aid to stop forest fire

Indonesia has previously rejected Singapore's offer to assist. China, Australia and Japan have also offered to help.

Kunduz: MSF seeks fact-finding mission

Doctors Without Borders wants Geneva Conventions evoked in probe into a US bombing on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 22.

Building a presence beyond Asia

Investors and developers in region are shifting their focus to developed markets as they compete for projects.

Chinese funds powering change

Nation is driving development along belt and road through investment in infrastructure building.

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Counterfeiters' records sought from Bank of China

A New York judge has ordered the Bank of China to share information about Chinese bank accounts used by a counterfeiting ring.

China FX reserves fall to US$3.51 trillion

China's foreign exchange reserves, the world's largest, shrank by US$43.3 billion in September to US$3.514 trillion.

Asian shares higher

Asian stock markets and oil prices rose Wednesday, taking in stride the IMF's lower global growth forecast.

Eye on Asia

Vietnam to be Pacific trade pact's big winner

Vietnam's garment and shoe industries are poised to benefit from the elimination of tariffs major importing nations.

Modi pushes India-made plane on reluctant army

India's government has turned down the military's request to expand the acquisition of 36 fighter planes from Dassault Aviation SA to plug vital gaps.

Rural life still a struggle in DPRK

Daily struggles of life outside capital Pyongyang pose a harsh, but largely unseen, contrast to the grand celebrations the world will see Oct 10.


Pay dispute threatens to disrupt A-League start

The new season of the A-League, Australia's premier football competition, begins on Thursday night.

Berdych falls in China Open 1st round

Tomas Berdych crashed out in the first round after losing to Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 6-4.

Keuchel, Astros beat Yankees in AL wild-card game

Houston's Dallas Keuchel and his relievers shut out New York and led the Astros to a 3-0 win at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday in the American League wild-card game.

Oriental touch

From restoring Penang’s iconic hotels to building major luxury projects, Malaysian developer leaves his mark on high-end living.

Contrarian player

After finding success at home by reinvigorating small companies, Australian investor is ready to make a name on the world stage.

Digesting fresh ideas

Fourth-generation Japanese restaurateur continues family tradition of innovation while staying true to sushi’s heritage.

Life & Art

Sotheby's sees record sales

Andy Warhol's "One Dollar" marks the top-seller in what Sotheby's said was its highest ever total sales for an auction of contemporary art in London.

Fallen stars darken silver screen

The ban on movies featuring actors convicted of crimes has hurt several upcoming releases filmed before the arrests.

Quirky News

'Monkey who took selfie should own copyright'

A rare crested macaque monkey who snapped a well-known, grinning "selfie" should be declared the photo's owner, animal rights activists argued in a federal lawsuit filed.

Parcel reaches its destination 40 years late

Australia Post has finally delivered a parcel sent in the mid-1970s to a former committee member of a Melbourne tennis club.

Snakes search for water in Aussie toilets

Two carpet pythons have been pulled from two toilets in the north Queensland town of Townsville the past two weeks.


Asian media to help build 'information Silk Road'

Asian media leaders said on Thursday they will build an "information Silk Road" to help communicate the benefits the Belt and Road Initiative will bring.

'CE is keen to improve people’s livelihoods'

Chan believes that in the medium term the CE will deliver on key policies such as land and housing supply.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

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


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.