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  1. War veterans are guns for hire on the high seas

    Posted Jul 31st 2005, 12:00am by Nick Meo

    ... of pirates in the Malacca Strait. But this has raised fears they could escalate violence in one of the world's riskiest and most important sea routes that is a lifeline for Hong Kong ... ships a year, to counter the threat from increasingly well-organised pirate gangs armed with machine guns and grenade launchers. A report by the International Maritime Bureau last week warned ...

  2. Doctors 'like soldiers who have no guns'

    Posted Apr 17th 2010, 12:00am by Ivan Zhai

    ... having to stay at the hospital for the night. Those returning home were on call in case of emergencies. 'Half of us have not gone home since Wednesday. We are fine, but we're starting ... basic operations for those severely injured,' he said. 'It feels like we're soldiers who have no guns at the front.' ...

  3. US ship risks new China flashpoint

    Posted Mar 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle and Greg Torode A US survey vessel is risking another confrontation in the waters around China when it arrives in the region next week - less than a month after a standoff near Hainan Island between Chinese patrol vessels and a US Navy surveillance ship. Sections of its planned sea-floor geological survey will take place well inside China's 200 nautical mile ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo bolsters defences for storms that would dwarf Hurricane Sandy

    Posted Jun 01st 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... for damagethat would dwarf Sandy Tokyo, the world's most populated city, is building defences for a once-in-200-years flood that could dwarf the damage Hurricane Sandy wrought on the US east coast. ... times the US$60.2 billion aid package provided after Sandy's assault on the US in October. "Japan hasn't prepared enough," said Toru Sueoka, president of the Japanese ...

  5. US must tackle failings in its military rule

    Posted May 16th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The US military has literally been in the front line of George W. Bush's 'war on terrorism'. It has proved to be a difficult, dangerous and sensitive role. More than two years after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the presence of US troops continues to stir emotions- and provoke violence. The recent riots in Afghanistan serve as a reminder of the risks ...

  6. News - China - SICHUAN FIVE YEARS ON

    Hope flourishes among the despair of Sichuan quake five years on

    Posted May 12th 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... overtaking us. On some sections, blocked by tonnes of rock, sand and mud, we had to crawl to make any progress, with soldiers sometimes lending a hand to drag or push us. Occasionally we had to forge a new path through the mountains, with rocks cascading around us whenever there was an aftershock. When night came, the moonlight was so bright and clear it illuminated our way without the need ...

  7. News - China - SICHUAN EARTHQUAKE

    PLA shows quick response to Lushan earthquake

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... by the earthquake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale according to Chinese scientists and 6.6 according to the US Geological Survey. Volunteer groups said the central and provincial governments had come ... to lead relief operations because they have the resources and the power of mobilisation if they can deliver these in an efficient way," Tang said. "NGOs like us can at best facilitate ...

  8. News - China - SICHUAN DISASTER

    Rescuers battle to help victims of Sichuan quake as death toll hits 188

    Posted Apr 22nd 2013, 12:00am by ZHUANG PINGHUI, Teddy Ng

    ... quake hits Yaan  The quake- said to be of 7.0 magnitude by mainland seismic authorities but 6.6 by the US Geological Survey- hit the Yaan area on Saturday. It came three weeks ahead ...

  9. Rebels tighten grip on Haitian capital

    Posted Feb 29th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'We urgently call upon President Aristide to issue the necessary instructions so his supporters stop this violence,' the US embassy said on Friday night, adding that 'his honour, ... The rebels, who have overrun half of Haiti since the popular uprising erupted three weeks ago, closed in on the seaside capital yesterday, overrunning villages as police fled. About 2,200 US marines ...

  10. Turn of the tide

    Posted Nov 21st 2004, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... of disappointment'. The Los Angeles Times says he 'reminds us what it is to be human, and reminds us to be proud of our humanity'. He has twice made the Booker Prize short-list and is among ... herself. Long, Clear View follows a teenage gun nut called Vic, who wonders what it feels like to kill other people, repelled by the world beyond his window, where people cheat, thieve and worse. ...




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