Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets yesterday to celebrate the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il-sung.Tuesday, 16 April, 2013, 3:07am
On the anniversary of Hu Yaobang's death, thousands of Chinese quietly remembered the party leader who many thought was pushing for further political reform in the 1980s before the Tiananmen crackdown.
The 24th commemoration on Monday is the first under President Xi Jinping, whose father worked under Hu Yaobang.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
The 50th anniversary of the death of Jean Cocteau, one of the most versatile figures in the history of the arts in France, will be observed on October 11.2 Apr 2013 - 10:37am
Affectionately known as Gor Gor, which means older brother in Cantonese, Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing shocked Chinese communities around the world with his suicide on April 1, 2003. He was only 46.31 Mar 2013 - 6:56am
Egypt’s armed forces deployed troops in the city of Suez early on Saturday after nine people were shot dead during nationwide protests against President Mohamed Mursi, underlining the country’s deep divisions as it marked the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.26 Jan 2013 - 4:13pm
India marked its Republic Day on Saturday with a veiled warning to Pakistan that its hand of friendship should “not be taken for granted” after deadly border clashes between the two sides.26 Jan 2013 - 3:37pm
A former China Railway Container Transport chairman went on trial for corruption yesterday at a court in Qiqihar , Heilongjiang . Luo Jinbao, 56, was said to have introduced ousted railways minister Liu Zhijun to Ding Shumiao - believed to have found Liu numerous young women for sex - and made 800 million yuan (HK$983 million) from rail projects. Prosecutors accused Luo of taking 47 million yuan in bribes, as well as illegally owning a shotgun.27 Dec 2012 - 3:07am
Exactly eight years ago as I write this I received an urgent call from a friend on holiday in Thailand. At that time, I was sleeping off the effects of the previous day. It is quiet at this time of the year in South Africa, when the country goes into deep aestivation, from the public holiday a week before Christmas until the first working day after New Year's Day.27 Dec 2012 - 3:41am
Almost two years have passed since Shanghai's worst fire in six decades. The inferno claimed at least 58 lives, but authorities do not seem to have learned any lessons from the disaster.
Little has changed for residents of the city when it comes to fire safety. Most have never taken part in fire drills and few know much about prevention or how to escape the flames.3 Nov 2012 - 8:37am 2 comments
Dozens of mourners gathered in a small alleyway just off Beijing's premier shopping street, Wangfujing, yesterday to pay tribute to late Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang on the 93rd anniversary of his birth.18 Oct 2012 - 7:18am