Symbolically at least, mission accomplished

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's recent four-stop swing through Asia led to some accusations of symbolic superficiality. Perhaps - but there can be more real meaning in acts of diplomatic symbolism than first meets the eye.

Monday, 2 March, 2009, 12:00am

Foul play ruled out in mysterious skull case

An initial investigation has ruled out foul play in the case of 121 skulls discovered last week in Gansu province , a senior public security official said yesterday.

The skulls were found abandoned with their crowns sawn off, and religious specialists said lamas were known to use skull caps as bowls or ceremonial artifacts.

7 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

DNA tests begin on 121 dumped skulls

A forensics expert has been sent to Lanzhou to confirm whether the 121 skulls discovered on a remote river bank in Gansu province belonged to humans or monkeys.

A source from the provincial Public Security Department's criminal investigation division said the expert arrived yesterday to conduct tests, including for DNA. Results were expected in weeks.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Nazi-themed fashion promotion outrages shoppers

Walking into any of fashion chain's 14 stores is like taking a trip back to the dark days of Nazi Germany - with swastikas and party logos displayed on the walls and flags hanging from the ceiling.

The symbols - and references to dictator Adolf Hitler - are also emblazoned on clothes for sale.

9 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Grisly find

Human bones and a skull were found at Lok Shin Tong graveyard behind Diamond Hill Crematorium by a cleaner.

29 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Tail of an artist

A LITTLE-KNOWN play by Picasso, Desire Caught by the Tail, is a rare curiosity on show this week at the Fringe Club. If Godot is about waiting, this piece is about food, sex, bodily functions and the pin-ball mind of a Spanish genius.

For an hour I ricocheted through a flickering dream - surreal, symbolist, non-narrative and as mad as the world it was born into, Europe 1941.

25 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Boys find human skull on beach

TWO boys kept a human skull at their Discovery Bay home for two days before their mother alerted police.

Police searches led to the discovery of 54 bones at Yi Pak Wan, where the skull was found last Saturday.

30 Jun 1993 - 12:00am