Irregular Military

Officer warns against misuse of paramilitary force

A senior army officer has warned against abusing the deployment of troops for non-combat missions in a commentary by the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily.

Wednesday, 6 June, 2012, 12:00am

Who said it?

One valuable lesson we have learned is that we need to stick to reform and opening up

Zhang Dejiang, Chongqing's new party secretary, speaking to a delegation of Taiwanese businessmen

I announced to people when I landed that I come in peace

U.S. President Barack Obama, on arriving at Roswell military base

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

United Red Army

United Red Army Akie Namiki, Go Jibiki, Maki Sakai, Arata Director: Koji Wakamatsu

With the recent emergence of a few films revisiting the history of the radical left in Japan in the 1970s, the first English-subtitled home video release of Koji Wakamatsu's three-hour-plus epic on the same topic is timely.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

What's On


Mathias Woo Yan-wai and Edward Lam Yik-wah have teamed up to direct West Kowloon Side Story. The political satire is the fourth instalment of the East Wing West Wing series.

21 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Killing time

When you hear the world 'prison', you probably think of a secure place for safely keeping people locked up. It is an accurate description of Philippine jails - if you drop the words 'secure', 'safely' and 'locked up'.

24 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Madrid bombs: what would ETA achieve?

It is difficult to comprehend what the Basque militant group ETA hoped to achieve with the massacre of civilians in Madrid.

Did they expect to gain public support by killing scores of innocent people?

14 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Shots fired as kidnap suspects held

Armed police fired four shots into a Wan Chai hotel room early yesterday before storming it and arresting three men wanted for the kidnapping of a car dealer.

No-one was hurt and police said shots had been fired because the suspects may have been armed with guns and even hand grenades, although no weapons were seized.

9 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Island braces for army assault as deadline on hostages nears

On the eve of a military-imposed deadline for the release of four hostages held by a Muslim gang, Philippine government officials said there was little hope of averting an army offensive.

Hasser Hayudini, mayor of Patikul on the southern island of Jolo, yesterday was forced to abort negotiations with the mother of kidnap-gang leader Muin Sahiron after she went missing.

28 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Hostages to a fortune

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's new image as a liberator of hostages is one he should enjoy for the very short time it lasts. The intervention of the Libyan Government has certainly rescued the hostages in the Philippines from a lingering and unpleasant imprisonment, and possibly a worse fate. But the tactics used can only exacerbate an already grave situation.

31 Aug 2000 - 12:00am


Yesterday, Law Cheung-yau, So Chi-ming and Malaysian Tong Ket Ming were released in the southern Philippines after a 106-day kidnap ordeal. Negotiators said no ransom was paid, but military sources said two million pesos (HK$400,000) changed hands. Here is how the drama unfolded.

24 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Hostages plead for help on jungle videotape

Video footage of Hong Kong kidnap victims pleading for help was released yesterday, showing them surrounded by their heavily armed captors in the jungle.

'I am sick. This is not a good place,' hostage So Chi-ming, 38, said in the footage aired by TV station ABC 5.

22 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Senior Tigers killed in raid

Separatist rebels admitted yesterday that three of their top military leaders had been killed by government troops during Saturday's attack on an army camp at Sittandy in the Batticaloa district.

The military claimed troops had killed 60 Tigers when they repulsed the assault by about 300 rebels on their base camp. The Army lost more than 40 men in the battle.

28 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

A split in the ranks

THROUGHOUT almost 12 months of meetings between Sinn Fein and British officials in Belfast there was a silent witness. In press photographs he could sometimes be seen standing at the back of the Sinn Fein delegation, although his name rarely appeared in print. The Belfast man never commented on negotiations and was simply described by Sinn Fein officials as an observer.

22 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Robbery spree points to revival of radicals

A SPATE of robberies in the southern province has led authorities to believe a former radical insurgent movement, which was crushed in 1987, is making an effort to resurrect itself.

26 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Arrests foil terror attack

POLICE in the Irish Republic believe they have foiled a plan to re-start a terrorist campaign in Northern Ireland, with the capture of four known gunmen with a large cache of arms.

6 Apr 1995 - 12:00am