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People's Daily's anti-American rant backfires as Chinese teen trashes ancient Egyptian temple

A Nanjing teenager's act of vandalism - he scratched the words "Ding Jinhao was here" in Chinese characters on a 35-century-old sculpture - struck a raw nerve in a in a country so proud of its ancient civilisation. And, embarrassingly, it followed an astonishing attack by the Communist Party mouthpiece that labelled Americans untrustworthy and lacking in integrity.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am 2 comments

'I was here' Chinese carving on ancient Egyptian wall is decried on Weibo

“Ding Jinhao visited this place,” a not-so-mysterious carving reads on a wall of Egypt's fabled Luxor Temple.

28 May 2013 - 8:31am 7 comments

Hong Kong must stand up to Egypt over probe into balloon crash

Nine Hong Kong citizens died needlessly in the Luxor balloon crash, but Egyptian authorities say they don't need any foreign representative involved in their probe. This is worse than a snub; it's a blatant violation of international protocol and a lack of plain human decency.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:48am 7 comments

Talking points

NPC begins with work report

5 Mar 2013 - 6:36am

Egypt hot-air balloon crash was 'hell', says Scottish survivor

The only holidaymaker who survived last week's hot-air balloon disaster in Egypt that left nine Hongkongers dead has described the swift, uncontrolled ignition that sparked the tragedy as "hell".

5 Mar 2013 - 4:53am

Bodies of last Hong Kong balloon victims identified through DNA

The Government Laboratory received the body samples after 10pm on Saturday and announced confirmation of the victims' identities in Cairo at 5pm Hong Kong time yesterday - just hours after relatives paid a tearful pilgrimage to Luxor.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:35am

Balloon pilot was not to blame for disaster in Egypt, say colleagues

Egyptian balloon pilots suspect the crash was caused by faulty hardware rather than human error on the part of Moman Mourad, the 28-year-old Sky Cruise pilot who jumped from the balloon and suffered severe burns.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:37am 1 comment

Egyptian balloon operators could be back in business this week

Operators of hot-air balloons in Luxor may restart their trips this week despite ongoing investigations into the accident that killed nine Hongkongers and 10 other tourists on Tuesday.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

Relatives identify Luxor crash victims

Six of the nine Hong Kong victims in the hot-air balloon crash in Luxor have been identified by relatives but the remaining three are too badly disfigured and will need forensic or DNA tests.

2 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

Governor of Luxor apologises for deadly balloon tragedy

The governor of the Egyptian city of Luxor and the operator of the hot-air balloon that exploded and killed 19 tourists have apologised for the tragedy. Governor Ezzat Saad also told local media he was willing to introduce tougher safety measures for balloons if an investigation indicated a need.

2 Mar 2013 - 5:15am