Gaddafi-era colonel disappears from hospital in Paris

A retired air force colonel who served under the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has disappeared from a military hospital in Paris. Relatives fear he may have been abducted or worse, a lawyer for the family said yesterday.

Friday, 24 August, 2012, 4:04am

Row over rendition case deadline

Justice officials say they need until December to respond to allegations that Hong Kong security chiefs conspired with the British and US secret services to deport a Libyan dissident to his homeland in 2004 - but lawyers preparing to sue the government have set an October deadline.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Libya's pragmatic vote for reform

The Arab spring has been under way for nearly two years, yet some experts and political commentators remain unconvinced about the prospects of these uprisings against dictatorships and autocracies ushering in more democratic rule. But Libya has confounded the sceptics by holding a largely peaceful and clean election.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

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

Tycoon's heirs unite for memorial service

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

From Chek Lap Kok to Libyan torture cell

New allegations have emerged of the role Hong Kong authorities played in the arrest, detention, interrogation and forced repatriation of a Libyan rebel leader and his young family on a secret flight out of Chek Lap Kok airport to the torture chambers of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rohan Marley

GRAND PASSION I was born and raised in Jamaica. I'm the fourth son of Bob Marley and my mother is Janet Hunt. When I was 12, I was expelled from school in Jamaica and sent to Miami. After high school I got a full scholarship to play football at the University of Miami, so I didn't miss too many classes [laughs].

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

British probe of 'rendition' case includes events in HK

A criminal probe by British police will expand to cover events in Hong Kong in which UK and US secret agents conspired to handdeliver a suspected Libyan terrorist from China to the torture chambers of Muammar Gaddafi via Chek Lap Kok airport.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

2011 in our own words

How to read this infographic

The chart shows the daily word count of stories in the South China Morning Post - the number of words devoted to a story on one day is reflected in the height of its coloured bar

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Stanley Ho

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

Vladimir Putin

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Hague best option for Gaddafi's son

The killing in still unexplained circumstances of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi robbed the nation of vital answers that would have helped bring justice to the tyrant's victims and their families. There is now a chance for that with the capture of his son and heir-apparent, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HK a focus of rendition case

A Libyan dissident sent back to his homeland after being detained in Hong Kong is demanding answers from the government about its role in his rendition.

Lawyers for Sami al-Saadi claim he was the victim of a plot involving US and British spies and have lodged a complaint with London's Metropolitan Police.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Pragmatic China goes to work in new Libya

China faces mounting challenges in its struggle to build favour and protect its business interests and infrastructure projects in Libya after being seen to be slow-moving in its support for the African oil-producing country's transitional government.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

How absolute power created Arab despots

When I was in school I used to wonder who Gloria Mundi was and how she had died, but it turned out to be my defective Latin. Sic transit gloria mundi means 'Thus passes the glory of this world.' But still, it kind of fits, doesn't it? Sic transit Muammar Gaddafi.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese cartoons of Gaddafi mock Beijing's policy

Political cartoons depicting the demise of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi have gone viral in cyberspace on the mainland.

They raise embarrassing questions about China's position during the nine-month conflict in the North African nation.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Quotes of the week

This is a momentous day in the history of Libya. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted

U.S. President Barack Obama, on the death of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi

Every night I sweated through at least two or three t-shirts

Hong Kong taipan John Hung, describing summer nights during his 16 months in Stanley Prison

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am