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National Security

Can Japan be roused from its stupor?

Japan is now confronting challenges at home and abroad that are as serious as any it has had to face since the end of the second world war. Yet the Japanese public is displaying remarkable apathy.

Thursday, 4 October, 2012, 2:28am 1 comment

High Court set to decide on state secrets law's reach

Regulators and accountants in Hong Kong are facing a challenge of how to handle China's state secrecy laws. The Hong Kong Court of First Instance earlier this month ordered Ernst & Young to explain the basis on which it relies upon "state secrets" as the reason for refusing to hand over accounting records to the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).

19 Sep 2012 - 12:42pm

Huawei, ZTE to be questioned by US in spy probe

US lawmakers on Thursday will question executives of two major Chinese technology companies as part of a congressional probe into whether those firms’ ambitions to carve out a bigger niche in the American market pose a threat to national security.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Undercover officers nab over 20 men in compensated-dating sting

Three policewomen disguised as compensated-dating girls have arrested about 20 men - including an off-duty policeman and an immigration officer - on suspicion of soliciting for immoral purposes.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:40am

The main players in the Manila hostage crisis: Where are they now?

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim

23 Aug 2012 - 4:00am

Assange standoff shows delicate balance between secrecy and disclosure

The US once sheltered a Catholic cardinal in its Budapest embassy for 15 years after granting him asylum from Hungary's then-communist rulers. So there is irony to be found in the decision by Ecuador, which is aligned with Venezuela and Cuba against the US, to grant asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who remains holed up in its London embassy.

22 Aug 2012 - 2:26am

Face-identifying software piques police interest

Facial-recognition technology being developed by Hong Kong academics has caught the eye of the city's police chiefs.

The force has expressed interest in a University of Hong Kong study intended to develop software that would identify people whose faces are partially covered or disguised in photographs or videos.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

Strict guidelines for body cameras

Hong Kong has a reputation for being a safe place. Any modern aid to effective law enforcement that helps our police keep it that way is to be welcomed, as long as respect is shown for the rights and freedoms we value just as much as our safety.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

Police will wear body-cameras

Frontline police officers in Hong Kong will be fitted with body-cameras after recent complaints about their handling of demonstrators.

As part of a three-month trial, an undisclosed number of officers in the specialist police tactical unit and key Kowloon West emergency units will be fitted with the mini-cameras as early as this week.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

100 mourn flood dead, but police out in force

About 100 people gathered under close police watch for about 20 minutes yesterday afternoon to mourn those killed in last weekend's floods in Beijing.

Despite the police presence, a small group of people began to gather at about 2pm at the Guangqumen Bridge, where several of the 77 known victims drowned.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Video shows Mercedes ramming taxi in fatal crash

A dramatic traffic video capturing a fatal road accident was shown in court yesterday, as evidence against a businesswoman accused of dangerous driving.

Taken from a taxi, the video was shown in the District Court, where Lam Ying-yu, 40, has pleaded not guilty to one count of causing death by dangerous driving.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Police learning party doctrine

Police officers need to learn about Communist Party theory and the mainland's political system, according to Police College teaching materials leaked on the internet.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Jitters over watchdog role in talks on protest policing

A plan to have observers from a police watchdog attend meetings between officers and protest organisers is being held up because of police reservations, it was revealed yesterday.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Briton first to go public on drink-spiking

A 33-year-old expatriate businessman has told how HK$43,000 was stolen from his bank accounts after his drink was apparently spiked on a night out in Hong Kong.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Police rethink on media after Li Keqiang visit

Police are changing the way they deal with the media after fierce criticism of their actions during last year's visit by Vice-Premier Li Keqiang and accusations of heavy-handed treatment of journalists since Andy Tsang Wai-hung became head of the force 15 months ago.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am