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North Africa

US notes slow progress of Arab spring

Global hopes that democracy could replace dictatorships in Arab spring nations risk being crushed by repressive regimes, the United States warned in its annual human-rights report.

Sunday, 21 April, 2013, 8:25am

Egypt takes a huge step forward

In a world in which global communication is as instant as a Facebook or Twitter message, it is easy to get impatient with the pace of current events. The popular uprisings against Middle Eastern dictatorships and autocracies known as the Arab spring started barely 18 months ago and are still on-going. But some experts and political commentators have already dismissed them as failures.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

PM who presided over Iceland's collapse faces verdict

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sudan vows to protect mainland workers

Sudan's Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti said in Hong Kong yesterday that his country would do what it could to protect Chinese workers there, although it had yet to implement any concrete measures.

The issue of Chinese nationals' safety was raised in Karti's meetings in Beijing this week after 29 Chinese workers were kidnapped in January.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Rethink foreign policies as interests expand abroad

As mainland officials are stepping up efforts to secure the release of 29 Chinese road workers held hostage in Sudan for more than a week, state media and online blogs are bursting with calls by mainlanders for the central government to find ways to better protect Chinese nationals overseas, including suggestions that Beijing should consider deploying its armed forces abroad.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

S Sudan told to help free kidnapped workers

Beijing has demanded that South Sudan help secure the release of 29 Chinese workers held by Sudanese rebels, and will appeal to the African Union to help in the negotiations, state media reported yesterday.

The People's Daily, quoting an unnamed source, reported that a Chinese team had arrived in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, for talks with the government.

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Better life

Just recently, Tunisia was in the news a lot. People there were so angry at being poor, and food costing so much, that they rioted. As a result, the country's leader ran away. The people hope a new government will bring them a better life. Here are some interesting things about Tunisia:


16 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing censors media, fearing 1989 reminder

Mainland censors have cleansed state-controlled newspapers, television, internet portals and microblogs of any mention of the Egyptian unrest, with the authorities fearing the uprising could fuel calls for reform at home.

1 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Conflict of interests

Sudan, Africa's biggest country by land area, is a long way from China. Yet in the past decade, the nations have developed a remarkably cosy relationship - one founded on major Chinese commercial interests in the North African nation, chiefly oil.

17 May 2007 - 12:00am

Investment in Africa 'ignoring social standards'

Financiers urged to boost engagement with rights NGOs

Human rights activists have urged mainland financial institutions to establish a dialogue with ordinary Africans and environmental groups when they plan projects on the continent, to raise the quality of their investments and improve China's international reputation.

24 Mar 2007 - 12:00am