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  1. When crime hits below the poverty line

    Posted Mar 30th 2007, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... payments, which are declared to be totally adequate by well-heeled bureaucrats. In all likelihood, his assailant is also somewhere close to the bottom of the poverty line, because robbing old men ... in search of a few dollars to keep him from sinking into unbearable poverty. No doubt the self-righteous opponents of welfare assistance will proudly proclaim that this is what self-reliance is all ...

  2. Poverty drives deadly game

    Posted Jul 04th 2007, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... Baradan Kuppusamy in Kuala Lumpur The risk is severe- death by hanging- and yet there is no shortage of Indonesians, mostly poverty-stricken Acehnese, willing to carry cannabis across ... with two children and, like others, was driven by poverty to take risks,' said Mohammad's court-appointed lawyer, Ramu Annamalai Kandasamy. 'It is a heavy price to pay if found ...

  3. Holding Gu Kailai trial in Anhui is in line with policy for major cases

    Posted Jul 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com The decision to hear the case against Gu Kailai more than 1,000 kilometres from Chongqing, where her husband Bo Xilai was once party boss, fits with Beijing's preference in recent years to try senior officials fa ...

  4. Villagers' protest crossed the line

    Posted May 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... There is a clear line between the right to protest and obstruction of the law. Villagers in Yuen Long violated it on Monday while protecting illegal structures in a rural leader's commercial recreation park in the Tai Tong Lychee Valley, part of which is illegally on government land. As a result land officers and workers sent to remove them left without doing so. Thankfully, ...

  5. Tony Chan reaches end of the line

    Posted Oct 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Man joyce.hyman@scmp.com With a Court of Final Appeal ruling going against him yesterday, self-styled fung shui master Tony Chan Chun-chuen lost his battle for the HK$50 billion estate of the late Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum, once Hong Kong's richest ...

  6. Beijing brings HK into line on state immunity

    Posted Aug 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... It's official: in its first interpretation of the Basic Law requested by the Hong Kong courts, Beijing concluded that the city must follow the mainland's law on state immunity. This means states that have entered into business deals cannot be ta ...

  7. Final ruling in Congo case toes the line

    Posted Sep 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... are immune from litigation in Hong Kong. Mr Justice Patrick Chan Siu-oi, Mr Justice Roberto Ribeiro and Mr Justice Anthony Mason said it was in line with the interpretation made by the Standing ...

  8. Inmates to be released seek to line up work at job fair

    Posted Aug 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Crystal Chui Inmates close to release attended interviews on Wednesday at the city's first prison job fair. Any offender due to be freed within three months could line up work for after his or her release. The first session was held at Pik Uk Prison in Sai Kung, where 23 inmates met job recruiters and employers in advertising, retailing, food and beverage, transport ...

  9. HK gets in line with international practice on dispute resolutions

    Posted May 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com On Wednesday a new law will align Hong Kong's arbitration system with international practice, which lawyers say will boost the city's bid to be Asia's premier arbitration hub. The Arbitration Ordinance will ...

  10. Ai's arrest crossed a line, says graffiti artist

    Posted Apr 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... after she heard about Ai's arrest. 'I'm not very politically sensitive normally, but this really touched some core values- there's a line that should not be crossed,' ...




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