3rd Millennium

China offers hope for Afghanistan

Developed nations have always had good intentions towards Afghanistan. But the peaceful and prosperous country envisaged at their first donors' meeting a decade ago remains a dream despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent on aid and military operations.

Tuesday, 17 July, 2012, 12:00am

Who said it?

Who wants to receive welfare if they can work? Before 1997, I earned a living by myself. Now, I haven't even been given that dignity

Egg-Waffle man Ng Yuk-fai

There's obviously going to be nerves and pressure, but I need to try and stay focused

Andy Murray, on becoming Britain's first men's finalist at Wimbledon for 74 years

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Afghanistan ruled out of Sixes

Red tape has forced the Hong Kong Cricket Association to abandon plans to invite Afghanistan to the Karp Group Hong Kong Sixes in October.

Chairman Dinesh Tandon said: 'We will not pursue the possibility of getting Afghanistan for the Sixes.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

A futile war grinds on, this time in Afghanistan

In the midst of the Taliban attacks in central Kabul on Sunday, a journalist called the British embassy for a comment. 'I really don't know why they are doing this,' said a diplomat. 'We'll be out of here in two years' time. All they have to do is wait.'

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Mainland vehicles, not mainlanders, are the locusts unleashed on Hong Kong

Paul Zimmerman, Head of Designing Hong Kong

[The] match was a big milestone for Afghanistan ... so much so the Taliban sent a message of support

Omar Zakhilwal of Afghanistan's cricket board after the national team lost its first one-day international

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Beijing envoy to attend African Union summit

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Lost souls inside Afghanistan's graft-riddled narco state

Opium Nation by Fariba Nawa Harper Perennial

In her prologue to this gripping narrative, veteran American-Afghan journalist and author Fariba Nawa describes the mixture of 'aching nostalgia and lingering survivor's guilt' that first drew her back to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan in 2000.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Hainan province girds for second tempest in a week

8 May 2015 - 4:18pm

Best of times

I wonder how many journalists covering Libya are aware that the African continent is the world's most peaceful when it comes to interstate wars. Moreover, its number of civil, ethnic and tribal wars has been on the decline for some time. Levels of conflict in Africa have never been so low in all the centuries African history has been written.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Bin Laden bled US for a cool trillion

How much did it cost the United States to finally find and kill Osama bin Laden? The simple answer is months of careful planning, a brave decision by President Barack Obama, a lot of military skill and guts by the US Navy Seals and a few million dollars for equipment, fuel and the write-off of a helicopter. The political bill, in relations with Pakistan, may take longer to come in.

10 May 2011 - 12:00am

Bomb threat on Afghan plane to Urumqi

A plane from Afghanistan scheduled to land in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, received a bomb threat and landed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Xinhua reported early today. Armed police sources in Xinjiang had earlier said the plane had been hijacked.

10 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

The joke's on you

One April 1 in the 1840s, the Boston Post revealed the location of a cave full of treasure on Boston Common. A flock of treasure seekers set out for the park despite the heavy rain to find they were victims of one of the earliest April Fool's Day hoaxes generated by the media.

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

The world is cheating Afghanistan

It is a magnificent land, a high plateau, landlocked, windswept and freezing in winter, sweltering, parched and dry in summer. It has a proud people who almost reflect the tough climate; rugged, stubborn, fiercely tribal, traditionally loyal but with a tenacious mean streak if they consider themselves wronged.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Call of the clerics

When Singapore began busting local cells of regional terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah in 2001, it had a useful counter-terrorism tool at its disposal: the Internal Security Act. A legacy of British colonial rule in former Malaya, the ISA allows for indefinite detention without trial.

15 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

The Punishment of Virtue - Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

The Punishment of Virtue - Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

by Sarah Chayes

Penguin, HK$128

22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am