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  1. Facing up to army's failings, Ma makes disaster relief its 'main job'

    Posted Aug 19th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung, Minnie Chan

    ... response to the worst natural disaster to hit the island in half a century, Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday amid public criticism of rescue efforts. 'Now our enemy is not necessarily people across the Taiwan Strait but nature,' the island's president said. 'In the future, the armed forces of this country will have disaster prevention and rescue ...

  2. Defence Ministry praises armed forces for relief operation

    Posted Jun 11th 2008, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... workshop on disaster relief by the armed forces yesterday in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, Liu Junjun, a general staff officer with the ministry, said the military's four-tier command system ensured a speedy, orderly relief operation after the quake, which has killed nearly 70,000 people. At the top of the command system is the military's earthquake response and disaster relief ...

  3. Blood Diamond

    Posted Feb 02nd 2011, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... of the world. A troubled country Sierra Leone lies on the Atlantic Ocean in West Africa. The country is rich in natural resources: titanium, gold, iron ore and diamonds. The country is also ideal for growing coffee, ginger, banana and citrus fruit. The coastline provides plenty of fishing grounds, and small farming villages dot the landscape. But despite its natural resources, Sierra Leone ...

  4. Wretched Rebels

    Posted Sep 12th 2010, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... for their names to be withdrawn and, if it were drawn, could buy stand-ins. For the family, conscription was a disaster. They lost one or several workers during their prime of life; and, since ...

  5. Four mainland police officers to join Haiti peace force

    Posted Jan 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok in Beijing The mainland is sending four police officers to bolster its peacekeeping force in Haiti, where a devastating earthquake claimed eight of their colleagues last week. The magnitude-7 earthquake was responsible for the greatest singl ...

  6. Is China's rocket science all it's cracked up to be, experts ask

    Posted Jan 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent Given its potential to wipe out an aircraft carrier- for America a core projection of its power- no weapon under development in China exercises strategic imaginations in Washington quite like the anti-ship ballistic mi ...

  7. For PLA, firing on pirates is a political issue

    Posted Nov 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent Chinese military officials have acknowledged 'political questions' are guiding any use of force by the navy to thwart pirates in the Indian Ocean. 'For us to use force is a very complex matter... it is n ...

  8. Role of armed police clarified

    Posted Aug 28th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Tze-wei The mainland's legislature yesterday adopted the first law on the country's armed police force, which reaffirms the central government's control over it and clarifies its duties. First established in 1982, the People's Armed ...

  9. An Awkward Truth

    Posted Mar 08th 2009, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... on Sydney Harbour in 1942. The Darwin raid featured briefly. Closely echoing the official Australian government view, Grose branded it an abject disaster, 'a shameful episode ...

  10. No time for another botched US presidency

    Posted Jan 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... Richard Halloran At noon on January 20, the United States will have experienced 16 years of contentious, divisive and mediocre government. This bleak period will have been evenly split between Democrats, led by president Bill Clinton and Republicans, led ...




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