IN the early hours of every Thursday morning, a dedicated team is toiling away to produce a newspaper very few people in Hong Kong ever see. Fortunately, it is not meant to be read in Hong Kong; it is a compilation, the best-of-the-best, from a week's worth of the South China Morning Post. The International Weekly edition of the Post goes out to 93 countries providing a valuable insight on Hong Kong and the region to business people or those just keen to keep abreast of the issues. Established almost four years ago with the United States, Canada, Britain and Australasia identified as the key markets, with pockets of subscribers throughout the world (there was even a subscriber from Rwanda), the Weekly has gained popularity throughout the world. Primarily launched as a service catering to former Hong Kong residents working in other parts of the 'global village', the Weekly offers a round up of news that saves wading through a week of stories. The major North American and European newspapers have traditionally been parochial in their news coverage and, as a consequence, readers have missed out on any in-depth coverage of Asian issues. The US papers, in particular, have been guilty of this, although they have recently changed their attitude in order not to miss out on some of the most important stories in the world. The Sino-US relationship is one that has been prominently reported for many years in Hong Kong by the Post and people living in the United States have relied heavily on the Weekly's wider coverage for a more in-depth perspective. Edited by Frank Delfino and his deputy, Dominic Biggs, the Weekly has proved an invaluable tool in explaining the Hong Kong story to businessmen abroad in the crucial years before the 1997 change of sovereignty. Surveys have found that, while former Hong Kong residents were subscribing or buying from selected newsstands in major cities, there were just as many business organisations with interests in Hong Kong and China who were interested in the Weekly. Hence it has adopted a mainly business slant, with politics playing an important part. Unlike other parts of the world, the politics of another country can drastically affect the economy in Hong Kong. As the saying goes: 'When Beijing barks, the Hang Seng drops like a brick.' 'The Weekly takes the best stories, issues and features from the week and puts them into a format aimed at providing overseas readers with the latest news they can use,' Delfino said. 'We go through the stories every day and work into the early hours of Thursday morning after the daily's Thursday edition is printed, so, when the Weekly is printed, it contains the most up-to-date information available.' Newspapers are at the airport by 8 am and jetting off the same day to hit overseas newsstands for the weekend. The format of the Weekly International has hit a winning formula with a standard 20 pages comprising two sections. The front section provides Hong Kong news, China-Asia news, a wide range of features, letters and property news. The back section gives a line up of business news from Hong Kong, China and Asia, coupled with Wednesday's closing stocks and dividends.