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  1. News - World - HISTORY

    US trained covert Alaskan agents to thwart cold war Russian invasion, occupation

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 09:06pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington Alaskan agents trained against Soviet invasion Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the US government in the early cold war years recruited ... Investigations, or OSI. "While war with the Soviet Union did not come to Alaska, OSI trained 89 SBA [stay-behind agents], and the survival caches served peacetime purposes for many years ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583080/us-trained-covert-alaskan-agents-thwart-cold-war-russian-invasion
  2. News - World

    Twitter wars: US launches social media offensive against Islamic State

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 10:21am by AFP

    ... the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm. Diplomats and experts are the first to admit that the digital blitz being waged on Twitter, Facebook ... on a daily basis. “It is a war of thousands of skirmishes, but no big battles. America likes big battles but it is not- it is like guerilla warfare,” said the official. The murder of US journalist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1582090/twitter-wars-us-launches-social-media-offensive-against-islamic-state
  3. News - China - CHINA-JAPAN RELATIONS

    China urges Japan to break from aggressive past after Shinzo Abe honours war criminals

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 11:38am by Reuters

    ... Japanese war criminals from the second world war as “martyrs”. Abe sent a message in April to a Buddhist temple in western Japan that houses a monument to more than 1,000 “Showa Martyrs”, including ... Japanese soldiers fought the second world war. News of Abe’s condolence message is expected to further strain ties with China over Japan’s war record. “The Japanese government needs to sincerely ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1581393/china-urges-japan-break-aggressive-past-after-shinzo-abe-honours-war
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe sends condolences for martyrs, including war criminals

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 12:32pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Honouring spirits of wartime leaders, some war criminals, may hit chances of meeting Xi Jinping Abe sent condolences for 'martyrs' Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a condolence message to a ceremony honouring "martyrs", including some convicted as war criminals after the second world war, his top spokesman said yesterday, news ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581103/i-express-my-grief-death-martyrs-shinzo-abes-message-war-criminals
  5. News - World - SYRIA

    UN accuses Islamic State, Syrian government of committing war crimes

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 07:05pm by Reuters

    ... and whippings, UN investigators said yesterday. Syria's government and IS insurgents are both committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in their war against each other, the investigators said. Government forces had dropped barrel bombs on civilian areas, including some believed to contain the chemical agent chlorine in eight incidents in April, and had committed other war crimes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581221/un-accuses-islamic-state-mass-atrocities-jihadist-held-syria
  6. News - Hong Kong

    Two new memorial days to be observed to mark China's resistance during the second world war

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 06:00am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... the second world war. The Hong Kong government yesterday announced that official ceremonies would be held annually on September 3 to mark China's victory in the war with Japan and on December 13 ... representatives of war veterans will attend. Before the handover in 1997, Hong Kong observed Liberation Day on the last Monday of August, and it was a public holiday. After 1997, it became ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581025/two-new-memorial-days-be-observed-mark-chinas-resistance-during
  7. News - World

    Ukraine accuses Russian forces of opening new front in separatist war

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 05:43pm by AFP AND REUTERS

    ... in the guise of separatist rebels, had crossed into south-east Ukraine with ten tanks and two armoured infantry vehicles, aiming to open a new front in the separatist war. Earlier, a separate military ... by telephone: “A war has broken out here.” He said he could not speak and ended the conversation. Semen Semenchenko, commander of the pro-government Donbas militia, on his Facebook page gave a different ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580588/russia-plans-send-second-aid-convoy-ukraine-says-lavrov
  8. Magazines - Post Magazine

    When China and France went to war: 130 years since forgotten conflict

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 11:17pm by Stuart Heaver

    ... A soft-power approach has seen a strong bond develop between Hong Kong and the French, unlike 130 years ago, when France went to war with China. Stuart Heaver looks back at a forgotten ... this weekend, hardly anyone will be marking the 130th anniversary of a little-known war between France and China that created such antipathy towards the European nation that there was a boycott ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1578428/no-charm-intended
  9. Comment - Blogs

    Weibo: Execs joust in smartphone war, remember Robin Williams

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:51am by Doug Young

    ... their latest products. But a series of exchanges between some of the industry's top executives provided a fascinating snapshot of the current price wars now gripping China, as companies try ... China's ongoing smartphone price wars, sparked by a bloody battle for dominance by recent market entrants including Lenovo (0992.HK), ZTE (0763.HK; Shenzhen: 000063), Huawei and Xiaomi. Just last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1577615/weibo-execs-joust-smartphone-war-remember-robin-williams
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China must stop its arms sales to war-torn South Sudan

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:49am by JEHANNE HENRY

    ... Jehanne Henry Jehanne Henry says if China is serious in its call for peace in South Sudan, where a brutal civil war is raging, it must stop the supply of weapons to government forces there Action on arms A conflict that has been raging in South Sudan since December has been characterised by extraordinary acts of cruelty against civilians, war crimes and possibly crimes against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1577602/china-must-stop-its-arms-sales-war-torn-south-sudan

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