Christmas is a time for celebration, whether spiritual or cultural. It is also a time for reflection and, as usual for most of us in Hong Kong, gratitude. A look back at recent Christmas eves is testament to that.Monday, 24 December, 2012, 3:58am
The new Communist Party general secretary, Xi Jinping, assured foreign experts in Beijing yesterday that China was not seeking hegemony and would continue to open up to the world.
Xi made the remarks during a meeting with 20 experts from 16 countries at the Great Hall of the People, his first meeting with foreign visitors since his appointment.6 Dec 2012 - 4:04am 3 comments
International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Syria yesterday on his first visit to the strife-torn country since his appointment two weeks ago.14 Sep 2012 - 4:11am
Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has agreed to replace Kofi Annan as the international mediator on Syria, though he intends to take a fresh approach as the 17-month-old conflict slips deeper into civil war, UN sources said18 Aug 2012 - 5:19am
I am writing in response to the letter 'Government could do more to promote important second world war sites' (South China Morning Post, December 28).
I agree it is important to promote second world war sites, such as old gun batteries, artillery observation posts and bunkers.11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, flew to Baghdad last week to witness the last of American combat forces in Iraq furl their colours and prepare to leave after nearly 10 years of battle.21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
The notion that human violence is in decline has a powerful appeal, partly because it appears to be counter-intuitive.2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
I wonder how many journalists covering Libya are aware that the African continent is the world's most peaceful when it comes to interstate wars. Moreover, its number of civil, ethnic and tribal wars has been on the decline for some time. Levels of conflict in Africa have never been so low in all the centuries African history has been written.2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
There are some lessons that seem to pass down smoothly from one generation to the next so descendants can benefit from their ancestors' experience gleaned the hard way. And then there are the lessons that every generation ought to be aware of, but seems to need to learn again for itself.13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
Given his heavy workload, you'd think Aaron Kwok Fu-shing was saving up for another fancy supercar or diamond-studded watch. But the Canto-pop idol, who is working on four movies this year and plans a concert series at the end of the year, still finds time for a good cause.7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am
East Timorese gangs gained notoriety in May last year when the country descended into civil turmoil, with fighting between police and army forces. The army split and the police disintegrated. Gangs filled the void left by the security apparatus, but ended up fighting each other.6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am
China needs to target secondary school drop-outs now that it has achieved universal primary school enrolment, the head of Unicef's China operations said this week.12 May 2007 - 12:00am
Hundreds of thousands of people participated in anti-war protests, demonstrations, concerts and peace rallies around the world.
Where did the protests take place?20 Mar 2007 - 12:00am
Bangladesh has so far offered more troops than any other Muslim nation for a UN peacekeeping force for Lebanon, but a Hong Kong-based human rights group wants them barred because of the military's alleged poor record on home soil.25 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
This day, 61 years ago, was the single most destructive day in human history. On August 6, 1945, at 8.16am, an atomic bomb exploded 600 metres above Hiroshima. An intense sun-like energy carbonised and flattened the city centre and tens of thousands of people died in an instant.6 Aug 2006 - 12:00am