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Last chance to claim HK$500,000 reward for ring

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am

China in Africa, no worse than others

Do Chinese companies violate labour rights on the African continent? Damage the environment? Bribe local officials? Perhaps, says Global Witness, a British-based watchdog - but if so, they do no more than companies from elsewhere.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

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Cathay Pacific announces full-year results

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Tunisians vote in free election


What's happened? After the revolution which started on December 17, 2010, Tunisians have finally gone to the polls to elect their new leaders. After decades of corruption and human rights violations, Tunisians are now free to choose who they want to lead their country.


27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

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Clinton in HK before Dai Bingguo meeting in Shenzhen

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The big dry

Two failed rainy seasons in 12 months have led to the driest year since 1951 in some regions of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda. Hunger levels have jumped sharply, with rates of severe malnutrition rising as high as five times the emergency threshold.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

Ghana's green, gold and red flag has become almost omnipresent as the build-up to the quarter-finals intensifies. All across Johannesburg, South Africa's rainbow-coloured national symbol has been temporarily shelved. Regional pride has taken hold at Africa's first World Cup and, from Sandton to Soweto, the Black Stars have become the standard-bearers for the hopes of South African fans.

2 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Africa brings interesting questions

The Fifa World Cup is not the only event being celebrated in Africa in 2010. This year marks the 50th anniversary of independence for 17 countries in West and equatorial Africa. Of these, 14 were French colonies.

Hong Kong also experienced colonial rule, but will these anniversaries compete with the festival of football for our attention? Maybe they should.

27 May 2010 - 12:00am

Jason Dasey

After the terror attack in Angola, why don't we just go ahead and cancel the soccer World Cup in South Africa? And, with the Mumbai massacres in mind, maybe it's advisable to skip New Delhi's Commonwealth Games. And to avoid any potential clashes with pro-Tibet activists, perhaps it's best that we also don't attend the Asian Games in Guangzhou.

17 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

And the award for gross stupidity goes to ...

Statesmen ought to have a special prize just for themselves, as fools have the Darwin Awards. The Darwin Awards commemorate very stupid people who did a service to human evolution by accidentally removing themselves from the gene pool. The statesman's equivalent could be called something like the Cheney-Zenawi Award.

22 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

The hidden cost of a call to friends

Every time we make a call on our mobile phones, there is a possibility we are fuelling a bloody conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

13 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

China offers real opportunity to Africa

Poor Congo! It can never get a break from meddling westerners. But what can it expect, since it is doing a multibillion-dollar deal with the Chinese. These days, anything involving China in Africa is automatically suspect in the west.

29 May 2008 - 12:00am

Mbeki is to blame for township violence

It was looking ugly for a few days, with mobs of South Africans in townships around Johannesburg randomly murdering several dozen 'foreigners' (migrants from other African countries) and injuring several hundred. But now President Thabo Mbeki has acted decisively: he has announced the establishment of a panel of inquiry into the violence. That should fix it.

22 May 2008 - 12:00am

Electoral angst threatens new confidence in Africa

Africa is in danger of getting itself a bad name again, just when a lot of things have been going very well. The rather similar disputes in Zimbabwe and Kenya over who really won the elections, if prolonged much further, risk blunting the wave of economic confidence that has swept through black Africa in the past three to four years. Investors have been pouring in.

17 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

US vies with China in the new scramble for Africa

Many people are likely to assume that the current tensions between the US and China are firmly centred in Asia - with Taiwan, North Korea or Central Asia as the likely area for any future conflict. But another less-headline-grabbing continent is starting to dominate Sino-American rivalries: Africa.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am