War in Afghanistan

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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 July, 2011, 12:00am


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Hu Jia

The prominent mainland dissident, 37, basked in his release after 31/2 years in prison, though dozens of security men now surround his Beijing home and he is tailed wherever he goes. Jailed on subversion charges for articles critical of the government, he emerged to say he had lost his hatred of the police, but was heartened to see more awareness of freedom and rights among ordinary people. 'We have to push for reform step by step,' he said.

Journalists set free in Afghanistan

After 18 months in captivity in Afghanistan at the hands of the Taliban, two French journalists were understandably jubilant on their return home last week, smiling, laughing - and in need of a decent meal. 'The food was really awful,' lamented reporter Herve Ghesquiere on Thursday. He and cameraman Stephane Taponier said they had been locked up for '23 hours and 45 minutes a day', with just two short toilet breaks morning and evening, because of the paranoia of the Taliban, who did not want locals to see them.

Hang Seng School of Commerce whizz-kids

Students at the Sha Tin school are getting used to celebrating at this time of the year. Last week they learned that most bagged at least five As in their crucial A-level exams for the sixth year in a row, and four students were the only ones to score six straight As in the whole of Hong Kong. 'I never expected this,' said six-A student Chiu Shing-fung. 'It's like I am having a dream. I still can't believe this.''