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Chongqing university teachers in uproar over 'unfair' appraisal plan

Faculty held a peaceful protest at Chongqing Technology and Business University on Friday. Photo: Xinhua

Teachers contended that the new appraisal was not in line with Chongqing's education policy because it would take away emphasis on teaching. The government recently said it would put more educational resources into teaching instead of school administration.

Monday, 18 March, 2013, 12:19pm

Developer vows to demolish historic section of Berlin Wall despite protests

A man takes a rest against the open-air section of the Berlin Wall known as the East Side Gallery, which stretches for 1.3km. Photo: Reuters

Demonstrators at the East Side Gallery - a 1.3-kilometre stretch of the Berlin Wall that features some 120 paintings by international artists - have prevented a crane from removing a 22-metre section of what is considered to be the world's longest open air gallery.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:33am

Israel demands end to protests in West Bank

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Photo: Reuters

A senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave no indication the Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the occupied West Bank, would issue any call for calm, and blamed Israel for the sharp rise in unrest.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:17am

Drum beat of discontent in Singapore draws near

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore's biggest protest in decades shows that the ruling party for over half a century is facing a more vocal electorate and must change or watch its popularity slide further, analysts say.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:56am

Thousands of Chongqing residents protest police handling of traffic dispute

Photo uploaded to online forum by witnesses.

The protest began after a bus driver and a private car driver got into a heated altercation on a crowded road in Northern Chongqing District, reported. According to witnesses, the two drivers clashed over who had the right of way. 

14 Feb 2013 - 9:45am 1 comment

Tunis at standstill amid clashes and Chokri Belaid funeral

The killing of Chokri Belaid has led to fears that growing political violence will imperil Tunisia's transition. Photo: NYT

Tunisian police fired tear gas and clashed with protesters yesterday as tens of thousands joined the funeral of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, whose murder has plunged the country into new post-revolt turmoil.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:52am

Police disperse protesters over death of migrant worker Zhang Derong

Workers protest over unpaid wages in Hebei. Photo: ImagineChina

Authorities in Sichuan's provincial capital, Chengdu, sent about 1,000 riot police to disperse a protest by a group of migrant workers and hundreds of supporters in Wenjiang district on Monday after Zhang Derong, a 20-year-old migrant worker involved in a back-pay dispute, was beaten to death allegedly by thugs hired by a local company.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:40am

Everyone wants to give CY a beating

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his wife Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee visit Chinese New Year Fair Stall at Victoria Park. Photo: Sam Tsang

Poor Leung Chun-ying. Couldn't even stroll through a Lunar New Year fair without being mobbed.

6 Feb 2013 - 1:38am 3 comments

Briefs, February 2, 2013

Anti-Mursi protesters rally in central Cairo. Photo: Xinhua

A Chinese-owned company's lawsuit over an Oregon wind-farm transaction that was blocked by the US government was dismissed by a judge in Washington who said he lacks the authority to hear the case.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:01am

Egypt braces for mass protests after deadly unrest

A protester opposing Egyptian President Mursi walks outside tents near a picture Egypt's former President Nasser during a sit-in at Tahrir Square. Photo: Reuters

Planned marches will head to Cairo’s Tahrir Square and to the presidential palace on Friday, while rallies have also been organised in several provinces.

1 Feb 2013 - 6:37pm

Egypt opposition rejects talks with Mohammed Mursi, urges protests

A protester opposing Egyptian President Mursi gestures at the riot police while holding the national flag during clashes along Qasr Al Nil bridge leading to Tahrir Square in Cairo. Photo: Reuters

This move came as the Egyptian cabinet approved a draft law that would allow Mursi to deploy the armed forces on the streets "to participate with the police in preserving security and protecting vital establishments".

29 Jan 2013 - 3:59am

Hundreds march against CY Leung's policy speech

Colourful signs marked the march. Photo: Felix Wong

About 1,000 people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the city leader’s policy speech, which they said offered nothing new on tackling a housing crisis and poverty.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Army kills six as Iraq protestors call for PM to quit

Iraqi-Sunni protestors and Shiite demonstrators from the Karbala provinces and the Baghdad Shiite suburb of Sadr City wave banners during a demonstration. Photo: AFP

The deaths were the first at the hands of the security forces since massive protests began in mainly Sunni Arab areas of Iraq more than a month ago, railing against alleged targeting of their minority community by the Shiite-led authorities.

25 Jan 2013 - 10:54pm

Mourners honour ousted premier Zhao Ziyang on anniversary of death

Liu Yong, from Tianjin, at Zhao’s home on the anniversary of his death yesterday with a poster saying “Ziyang [literally ‘purple sun’] will never set”. Photo: Simon Song

More than 100 mourners flocked to a traditional house in a quiet alleyway in Beijing yesterday morning to pay their respects at the home of the late Zhao Ziyang on the eighth anniversary of the ousted party chief's death.

18 Jan 2013 - 3:55am 1 comment

Bangladeshis launch nationwide strike over fuel price hike

 Policemen escort a procession of leftist parties, during a half-day strike in Dhaka, Bangladesh over rising fuel prices. Photo: EPA

Bangladesh police fired tear gas and water cannon at protestors on Wednesday as a nationwide strike over a hike in fuel prices brought large parts of the country to a halt.

16 Jan 2013 - 3:20pm