Accused Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan barred from using Taliban claim

Nidal Hasan

US army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan cannot argue at trial that he was defending the Afghan Taliban when he went on a 2009 shooting rampage in Texas that killed 13 soldiers, a military judge has ruled.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 8:53am

Tornadoes tear through Texas towns, killing six

Lightning strikes from a storm illuminate a home damaged by a tornado on Wednesday night. Photo: AP

Ten tornadoes tore through the US state of Texas overnight, killing at least six people as they levelled homes, local authorities said on Thursday.

16 May 2013 - 11:10pm

Hunt for survivors after 15 killed in blast at Texas fertiliser plant

Aerial view of the plant before the blast.Photo: SCMP Pictures

The search continued yesterday for survivors of a huge explosion that tore through a fertiliser plant in a small central Texas town on Wednesday night. At least 15 people died and more than 160 were injured in the blast, which destroyed buildings and created a potential threat of toxic fumes settling over the area.

19 Apr 2013 - 5:00am

Hundreds injured in deadly blast at Texas fertiliser plant

Emergency workers fight a house fire after a nearby fertiliser plant exploded in Texas. Photo: AP

A Texas fertiliser factory exploded in a huge fireball on Wednesday, destroying nearby homes and killing between five and 15 people, with one official likening the blast to a “nuclear bomb”.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US prosecutor shot dead outside Texas courthouse

Kaufman law enforcement officers and others gather around the area where an assistant district attorney was killed on Thursday. Photo: AP

A US prosecutor reportedly investigating the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood organised crime syndicate was shot on Thursday just outside a courthouse in a small Texan town, officials said.

1 Feb 2013 - 12:02pm

Sinochem buys into Texas oil-shale field

Sinochem's move follows other deals in which Chinese buyers acquired stakes in US shale formations in exchange for funding drilling costs. Photo: Reuters

Sinochem Group, China's biggest supplier of chemical products, has agreed to buy a 40 per cent stake in Texas oil-shale acreage from Pioneer Natural Resources for US$500 million.

1 Feb 2013 - 5:22am

Two dead, 80 hurt in 140-vehicle pile-up in Texas

About 90 people went to hospital due to the huge pile-up. Photo: AP

Two people died and more than 80 were hurt when at least 140 vehicles collided on a Texas highway in dense fog, leaving trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage.

"It is catastrophic," Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Rod Carrol said of Thursday's pile-up. "I've got cars on top of cars."

24 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

4 die, 17 hurt as train hits veterans' parade float in Texas

Empty chairs atop the float after the accident. Photo: AP

A train crashed into a parade float carrying US military veterans and their spouses in Texas, killing four people and injuring 17, police and parade organisers said.

Ten were in critical condition and seven others were listed as stable, Midland police chief Price Robinson said.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

Round the Big Bend

A climber tackles volcanic rock below Burro Mesa. Photo: Corbis

The twists and white-knuckle turns of this sprawling national park in southern Texas are best enjoyed on two wheels, finds Cameron Dueck.

9 Sep 2012 - 12:04am

Riding high on the new Mexican wave

Austin Fry is not afraid to take risks. Tired of the Texas restaurant scene, he sold everything to move to Asia. Now he is risking it all on Brickhouse. His new restaurant serves Mexico City street food and potent Latin-inspired cocktails in an alley in Lan Kwai Fong. Judging from the buzz, his bet might just pay off. But Fry isn't too worried about it: 'This is what I know. This is what I do.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Texas-size 'oops' makes HK look good

We have all complained about the low calibre of our politicians and political leaders. Many think it must have something to do with the city's lack of democracy. Surely if they had to take part in genuine electoral politics, our politicians would be sharper.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

People are increasingly recognising that they may have wealth or a job, but they don't want to pay for that ... with their health

Ma Jun, environmental activist, on China's pollution controls

The two cornerstones of the partnership over the past two decades - military and energy co-operation - are crumbling

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

If we don't speak up, that's like admitting that the fear worked

Jiang Tianyong, human rights lawyer, explaining why he spoke of the abuse he was subjected to while in detention

The expected delivery date ... was on November 6. Now we have decided to let my wife give birth by Caesarean section a week earlier

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Spring buys

Shiseido's Shimmering Rouge collection offers sheer, brilliant colour that infuses lips with lasting moisture and fullness for an all-day sensuous pout. Omorovicza Gold Flash Firming Serum harnesses the potent properties of gold and other active ingredients to re-texture and repair skin.

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Century of Self (Richter Scale)

After a couple of false starts last year, label rows and lingering doubts over whether the band would continue, the Austin, Texas, natives (below) have finally released their seventh album on their own imprint.

22 Feb 2009 - 12:00am