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Game on for PlayStation announcement. Photo: AP

Pan-democrat lawmakers move a Legislative Council motion demanding an investigation into claims by a former ally of Leung Chun-ying about the chief executive's conduct. 

Wednesday, 20 February, 2013, 4:12am

Briefs, February 17, 2013

Balloons with anti-Pyongyang messages. Photo: EPA

Sri Lanka's navy yesterday rescued 38 Myanmar nationals who were drifting off the island's east coast, the second batch of boatpeople to be saved in as many weeks.

17 Feb 2013 - 6:22am

Briefs, February 9, 2013

Youths stop commuters during the strike in Karachi. Photo: AFP

South Korean president-elect Park Geun-hye has nominated former prosecutor Chung Hong-won as prime minister. Chung, 68, began his legal career as a prosecutor and until August 2011 served as chief director of the Korean Legal Aid Association. 

9 Feb 2013 - 4:32am

Sanitation workers' strike in Guangzhou district to enter third day

A strike involving 300 sanitation workers in Guangzhou's Yuexiu district was expected to enter its third day today, with workers demanding unpaid wages and higher salaries.

22 Jan 2013 - 3:50am

1,000 workers hold managers hostage in Shanghai labour row

1,000 workers hold managers hostage in Shanghai labour row

More than 1,000 furious migrant workers besieged a factory in Shanghai and held 18 Japanese and Chinese managers against their will for more than a day, after the workers were required to abide by unequal regulations.

21 Jan 2013 - 2:12pm

Briefs, January 13, 2013

The mother of an underage rape victim in Hunan province said yesterday that she would lodge an administrative lawsuit after authorities rejected her demand for state compensation for the time she spent in a labour camp. 

13 Jan 2013 - 4:48am

Southern Weekly reporters to return to work after censorship stand-off

Protesters express opposition to censorship and support for Southern Weekly reporters outside the paper's office. Photo: AFP

Journalists at Guangzhou's outspoken Southern Weekly newspaper agreed yesterday to return to work as Guangdong's provincial party chief stepped in to mediate a rare confrontation with the propaganda authorities over interference in its editorial operations, sources said.

9 Jan 2013 - 10:09am 2 comments

Briefs, December 30, 2012

Mohammed Mursi. Photo: AP

Egypt's Islamist president warned against any unrest that could harm the drive to repair the country's battered economy in his first address before the newly convened upper house of parliament yesterday. 

30 Dec 2012 - 6:55am

China Digest, December 14, 2012

A large panda statue recently erected in the middle of a Wanjing area traffic circle has draw fire from local residents, Beijing Times reports. 

14 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

Singapore's first strike in 26 years peters out

Foreign workers wait for their transportation to work outside their dormitory in Singapore on Monday. Photo: AFP

Singapore’s first strike in 26 years petered out on Wednesday with most of the Chinese bus drivers who had stopped working to demand higher pay reporting for duty.

State-linked transport operator SMRT said only six drivers failed to turn up during the morning shift, compared to a total of 171 on Monday, and the company was investigating why they were absent.

28 Nov 2012 - 7:52pm

Scores of Chinese bus drivers continue strike in Singapore

A policeman (R) looks on as foreign workers enter their dormitory in Singapore on November 26, 2012. Photo: AFP

Singapore yesterday issued a warning to mainland Chinese bus drivers, who are staging the first strike in the city-state for more than 25 years - an act that could land them in prison.

A total of 102 Chinese drivers working for state-linked transport firm SMRT began their wildcat strike over pay on Monday, refusing to board a shuttle bus from their dormitory to a depot.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:45am

Mass worker protest hits Bangladesh after deadly blazes at 'deathtrap' textile factories

Bangladeshis take matters in their own hands and hoist a hosepipe to tackle a fire at a factory in Dhaka yesterday, two days after the country's worst textile factory blaze left 112 dead. Workers staged mass protests to demand an end to "deathtrap" conditions. The latest fire caused widespread damage but there were no reports of casualties. Photo: Xinhua

Garment workers staged mass protests to demand the end to "deathtrap" labour conditions after Bangladesh's worst-ever textile factory fire, as a new blaze sparked fresh panic and terror.

27 Nov 2012 - 5:45am 1 comment

Briefs, November 23, 2012

Locals gather at the site of the suicide bombing in the city of Rawalpindi, near Islamabad. Photo: AFP

Suicide bomber kills 23 in Pakistan

23 Nov 2012 - 2:42am

Israel strike on Gaza car raises toll to 29: medics

One Palestinian was killed and two wounded in an Israeli strike on a Gaza car on Friday, shortly after a raid that killed four people, Hamas medical officials said.

“One citizen was martyred and two others seriously injured in an Israeli strike on a car in Deir al-Balah,” in central Gaza, said Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the Hamas health ministry.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:50am

Greek transport and media workers start week of strikes

Fences have been placed around the Greek parliament, ahead of the 48-hour nationwide general strike, in central Athens. Photo: AP

Public transport and media workers began a week of strikes in Greece yesterday, contesting fresh austerity measures needed for a lifeline from creditors which are due to be presented by the government to parliament.

The metro in Athens was shut and only one tram line circulated yesterday, while taxi drivers halted services, severely disrupting traffic in the capital.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:27am