Banks to brokerages shrug off Hong Kong protest turmoil

CLSA Ltd., located in a tower directly behind the main protest area in the Admiralty district, didn’t have to activate its contingency plans even when crowds of demonstrators swelled into

Briefs | Billionaire founder of Taiwan’s Fubon Group Tsai dies

Hewlett-Packard Co. is splitting itself into two companies, one focused on its personal computer and printing business and another on technology services, such as data storage, servers and software, as

Fosun International expands asset portfolio in Portugal

The next deal is expected to be the acquisition of Espírito Santo Saúde (ES Saúde), for which the Chinese group has proposed to pay almost USD600 million, which is more

Guangxi builds housing estate in Sao Tome and Principe

Chinese company Guangxi Hydroelectric Construction Bureau has started building a a housing estate on the island of Sao Tome, on a self-funding basis, the Minister of Public Works of Sao

HONG KONG | Protests shrink after tumultuous week

Student-led protests for democratic reforms in Hong Kong shrank yesterday but a few hundred demonstrators remained camped out in the streets, vowing to keep up the pressure until the government

Hong Kong | FireChat helps demonstrators overcome traffic jam

Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators finding it difficult to communicate over congested mobile-phone networks are downloading the application FireChat about 100,000 times a day in an effort to stay connected. Open Garden’s

Tiananmen legacy looms over Hong Kong protests 

The legacy of the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square looms larger in Hong Kong than in mainland China, where the Communist Party has virtually erased all public mention of it. In

JAPAN |Typhoon washes 3 US airmen out to sea

A powerful typhoon that washed three American airmen in Okinawa out to sea, killing at least one, slammed central Japan yesterday, stalling trains and flights and triggering mudslides, before swerving

INDIA-PAKISTAN BORDER DISPUTE | Kashmiris flee renewed shelling, 9 dead

Tens of thousands of villagers were fleeing their homes in Kashmir yesterday, as Indian and Pakistani troops bombarded each other with gunfire and mortar shells over the border separating Pakistan from India’s

BRAZIL | Surprising election keeps zigging, zagging

It’s the presidential election that just keeps surprising. A year after a spasm of huge anti-government protests across Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff piled up more votes in Sunday’s election than any

NOBEL PRIZE | 3 win medicine award for discovering brain’s GPS

U.S.-British scientist John O’Keefe and Norwegian scientists May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser won the Nobel Prize in medicine yesterday for discovering the “inner GPS” that helps the brain navigate through

VATICAN CITY | Pope urges bishops to speak out on family issues

Pope Francis urged bishops to speak their minds about contentious issues like contraception, gays, marriage and divorce at the start yesterday of a two-week meeting aimed at making the church’s

ISLAMIC STATE BEHEADINGS | Indiana aid worker says in letter is afraid to die

An Indiana aid worker threatened with beheading by the Islamic State group said in a June letter that he’s afraid to die and is saddened by the pain his captivity

This Day in History | 1977 – Invasion of Swedish identical twins

The twins are taking part in studies by researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. The scientists are investigating links between the environment and human behaviour. But participants are viewing the excursion

Offbeat | Sky’s no limit for Czech chimney climbers

Dozens of members of the Czech Union of Chimney Climbers scaled the 60-meter tall chimney of a former textile factory one recent Saturday — a hobby they do for thrills

Basketball | US routs Spain for second straight gold medal

After dominantly winning another world championship, the U.S. women's basketball team left no doubt of the gap between the Americans and the rest of the world. And with so much young

F1 | Bianchi’s crash latest tragedy in driver’s family

The family of Formula One driver Jules Bianchi has already paid a heavy price in motorsports. The 25-year-old Bianchi, who is in intensive care with a severe head injury, crashed during

Our Desk | The young crusaders

For almost two weeks, tens of thousands of Hongkongers – many of them students – have descended onto the streets to peacefully protest China’s limitations on the first-ever direct elections

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