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  1. Unite now to plan post-Assad future

    Posted Aug 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in the state television headquarters in Damascus on Monday and the killing last month of four of Assad's top security officials, his brother-in-law Assef Shawkat among them, showed further cracks ...

  2. The kettling controversy

    Posted Dec 16th 2010, 12:00am by Susan Ramsay

    ... Susan Ramsay What? What is kettling? It's a method of crowd control used by police during protests or other large gatherings of people. Police surround the crowd with a tight cordon of officers who will not let people leave the area, or only let them ...

  3. Who is 'glorifying' terrorism?

    Posted Mar 01st 2006, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... liberties. But now, at the insistence of Mr Blair on national security grounds, we have seen the spectacle of the British Parliament, supposedly the cradle of democracy, pass a law that makes ... Jews is wrong, so should mocking Muslims or any other group that has suffered atrocities. Europe and the United States have shifted the goal posts of civil liberties to protect national ...

  4. Sino-US gun running ring foiled

    Posted Jun 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... smuggled firearms into the mainland even though it has some of the world's toughest gun laws, Xinhua reported late on Monday. The Ministry of Public Security said 23 Chinese suspects had been ... National Guard Special Forces, and two Chinese suspects aged between 23 and 25 were arrested by US federal law enforcement officers. Debose was found carrying a.45 calibre pistol and 12 other ...

  5. Special police units to counter protests and terrorism threats

    Posted Aug 19th 2005, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai The mainland plans to form special police units in 36 key cities to handle a growing number of protests and counter potential terrorism. The Ministry of Public ... a special 500-man riot unit this week. Xinhua did not identify the other cities slated for special units. The Zhengzhou unit has been equipped with helicopters, armoured cars and other hi-tech ...

  6. Public needs reassuring over anti-terrorism unit

    Posted Mar 29th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... but that we must nevertheless increase anti-terrorist units which by nature must operate under absolute secrecy. No one expects a full public airing of any gaps in our security, or sharing of all the government's anti-terrorist information. But nor can we accept a simple assertion from the administration of the need for more top-secret units. The increase in measures to counter terrorism alters ...

  7. After a decade in power, Blair is right to quit

    Posted May 11th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... From a British perspective, Tony Blair's prime ministership had an ominous start, with his first major duty being to hand his nation's last major colony, Hong Kong, back to Chinese rule and a month later dealing with the death of Princess Diana ...

  8. The big charm offensive

    Posted May 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Hagai Segal

    ... Hagai Segal At first glance, the two trips seemed to have little in common. First, British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a high-profile tour of the Asia-Pacific region last month; then his foreign secretary, Jack Straw, toured Britain and visited Iraq wi ...

  9. Police hunting for man over explosions on Kunming buses

    Posted Aug 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng Police in Kunming, Yunnan province, are hunting for a young man in relation to the fatal bomb blasts on city buses on July 21 after he was seen on closed-circuit TV tapes taken from the area. The man appeared in videotapes twice near a busy bus ...

  10. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

    Posted May 20th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Warboys

    ... Alan Warboys Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Baby 81 (Island) After their restrained last outing Howl, the Rebels ratchet up the noise levels again for their fourth album, named after the disputed baby found in the wreckage of the tsunami in Sri Lanka. It ...




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