Pyongyang parties as international pressure mounts

Kim Jong-un visiting a mausoleum for his deceased father and grandfather at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on the anniversary of Kim Il-sung's birth. Photo: EPA

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

Remembering Chinese party leader Hu Yaobang still no easy task

A eulogy on the party leader in the Liberation Daily was shared thousands of times on Monday. Photo: Screenshot via Sina Weibo

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

Sprawling exhibition celebrates works of Jean Cocteau

Cocteau's Orpheus with laurels (oil on canvass, 1951).

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

Fans commemorate 10th anniversary of Leslie Cheung's death

A statue of Leslie Cheung at Times Square, with a red paper crane signifying his fans' well wishes are well received. Photo: David Wong

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 deploys troops in Suez after 9 killed on anniversary of uprising

 Protesters clash with police near Cairo's Tahrir Square during recent demonstrations held nationwide to mark the second anniversary of the 2011 unrest. Photo: Xinhua

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 celebrates Republic Day, warns Pakistan

Indian police march during the Republic Day celebrations in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo: AFP

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

Briefs, December 27, 2012

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

A day to remind us how easily we forget

Thousands of Acehnese people commemorate the 8th anniversary of the tsunami of 26 December 2004 by praying together. Photo: EPA

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

Few lessons learned from Shanghai blaze disaster

Firefighters battle the blaze on November 15, 2010. Photo: AFP

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

Mourners gather on birthday of late Zhao Ziyang to salute spirit of reform

Mourners at the former residence of Zhao Ziyang, who was purged in 1989 for supporting the democracy movement. Photo: SCMP

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

Towngas celebrates its 150th anniversary

Managing director Alfred Chan says Towngas is looking to the mainland to be its largest contributor to growth. Photo: Ricky Chung

Hong Kong and China Gas (Towngas), Hong Kong's oldest public utility and only piped-gas distributor, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

8 Oct 2012 - 2:49am