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  1. How Chinese police in East Timor won respect from locals and colleagues

    Posted Dec 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Tze-wei It did not matter if you had a master's degree in criminal investigation or if you were the chief of a district police station. When China's first batch of UN Police peacekeepers was posted to civil-war-torn East Timor in 2000, all 15 of them were assigned to patrol remote small towns. No one back then knew what Chinese police could do. But one of the 15, Lian ...

  2. Christians fear Muslim land grab after deal with Manila, leader says

    Posted Jul 21st 2008, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila A Christian leader in the southern Philippines said his people feared a Muslim land grab after the government struck a significant deal with separatists last week to enlarge the territory of a Muslim homeland. North Cotabato Vice-G ...

  3. The White War

    Posted Oct 05th 2008, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Ed Peters The White War by Mark Thompson Faber and Faber, HK$300 Apart from Ernest Hemingway's semi-autobiographical novel, A Farewell to Arms, the Italian front in the first world war has received scant attention in English literature. Mark Thompson's The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919, remedies this omission, providing a deft and complete ...

  4. A Terrible Glory: Custer And The Little Bighorn

    Posted Jun 15th 2008, 12:00am by Richard James Havis

    ... It destroyed the image of the lauded Seventh Cavalry and saw the death of Custer, one of America's most skilled Indian fighters and a heroic civil war cavalryman. But Custer's last stand ... in the civil war. He was also known for sizing up a situation quickly, then taking immediate action - and it was this positive quality, says Donovan, which allowed the military to describe him ...

  5. Charge! The Interesting Bits of Military History

    Posted Nov 16th 2008, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... world war. The terrified, dishevelled German soldier who emerged from under it in the morning turned out to have been his pre-war private tutor. Perhaps the strapline should have read: Some ... assassin, but Pollard doesn't explain why this presaged the start of the first world war. Omitting such detail detracts from the anecdote. Nevertheless, there is a terrific amount to enjoy ...

  6. Mumbai Muslims decry atrocity and avert retribution, for now

    Posted Dec 10th 2008, 12:00am by Anuj Chopra

    ... War.' 'This talk of war is deeply worrying,' Mr Guha said. 'The rage should be channelled to more constructive use, as in the reform of India's [defence forces].' ...

  7. Prisoners in their own land

    Posted Nov 27th 2008, 12:00am by Anuj Chopra

    ... of the world's longest-running insurgencies. The A9 highway, once a vital lifeline connecting the Tamil heartland to the Sinhala-speaking south, runs through the middle of this war zone. In recent ... guilty of carrying out abductions and extrajudicial killings in the past decade. General Chandrasiri predicted that the killings in Jaffna would cease once 'the war is over'. 'We ...

  8. Bashir's son rules out violent jihad over Bali bombers

    Posted Nov 12th 2008, 12:00am by Fabio Scarpello

    ... Fabio Scarpello in Denpasar The son of Abu Bakar Bashir, the cleric largely considered the spiritual leader of terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), says his father's group does not support a violent jihad- or holy war- to avenge the death of the three Bali bombers. At least, not for now. The claim comes as security forces continue to be on high alert and foreign governments ...

  9. Police brutality up in rural areas

    Posted Dec 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen Cases of police abuse have surged in Henan as millions of jobless farmers have returned home after factory closures in coastal regions. At least five suspects have 'died abnormally' during police interrogations or in custody since O ...

  10. Cavalier

    Posted Sep 14th 2008, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... battle of the English civil war. When the Royalist troops were defeated he went into exile in Antwerp until 1660. Worsley tells his story by describing not only events but also the minutiae ...




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