Looting in Timbuktu as donors pledge US$455 million for Mali

Looters crowd to get into a shop in the streets of Timbuktu on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of Malians looted Arab-owned shops on Tuesday in Mali’s fabled Timbuktu, newly freed from Islamists, as global donors pledged over US$455 million.

Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 9:24pm

International donor conference for war-torn Mali opens

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma attends a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

An international donor conference to drum up funds and troops to help the military operation in Mali opened on Tuesday at the African Union headquarters.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:03pm

Mali crisis to dominate AU summit

African Union peace and security commissioner Ramtane Lamamra (left) and commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Photo: AFP

Efforts to end conflict across Africa, especially in Mali, dominated the African Union summit opening on Sunday, with the 54-member bloc’s chief saying greater efforts are needed to build peace.

“Much still needs to be done to resolve ongoing, renewed and new conflict situations in a number of countries,” AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in her opening speech.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Relationship between chef and boss goes past its prime with major beefs aired

Chef Adam Levin is no longer at Dakota Prime - and yes, it has to do with some beef. The well-known cook (pictured) may have started the Lan Kwai Fong steakhouse but, as of about two weeks ago, he was let go by its managing director Chris Au.

5 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Hackers redirect Japanese consulate's e-mails

More than 1,000 e-mails sent to the Japanese consulate in Hong Kong early this month could have been intercepted due to a security breach at an internet service provider, which an expert fears could involve more local companies.

20 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Au in no mood to regret unseemly end to golden era

Two-time Footballer of the Year Au Wai-lun, possibly the best locally produced striker over the last decade, has no regrets about hanging up his boots, despite believing he could still play for another season or two. 'There is always an end to a footballer's career, although I never thought it would come at this time,' said Au, who will turn 36 in August.

17 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Au wants to go out on a high

Reigning Footballer of the Year Au Wai-lun hopes South China's bolstered line-up for this season will help him depart the domestic scene on a high note.

The 35-year-old striker admitted yesterday that he would quit soccer at the end of the season, which kicks off tomorrow, after a career of almost 20 years.

1 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

I did nothing wrong, says Au

The Hong Kong Billiard Sports Control Council is poised to take legal action against one of its players, Au Chi-wai, for his part in a contentious collective statement.

15 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Shek O collision leaves three in serious condition

Updated at 2.57pm: Three of the nine people injured after two family cars crashed head on at a Shek O Road interchange are still in a serious condition, police said on Monday.

25-year-old driver, surnamed Au, was carrying two sisters and a friend on a family outing on Sunday afternoon, when his car span out of control and slammed in to a vehicle carrying a family of five.

25 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Disable the mobile pests

Recently I was watching the romantic tale of Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in Notting Hill in UA Queensway cinema, a relatively upmarket cinema with a ticket price to match, when a peal of ringing tones suddenly broke out and somebody nearby me shouted: 'Wai, wai . . .' What continued was, as I expected but dared not imagine, a long and tiresome conversation about trivial matters.

20 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Last vestiges of Crown colony headed for the scrapheap

Royal insignia on badges, buttons, crests, flags, or stationery, which have been used for more than 150 years, are destined for incinerators and rubbish dumps before the handover.

4 Apr 1997 - 12:00am