Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier (read by John Chancer) Hodder and Stoughton (audiobook)Sunday, 12 February, 2012, 12:00am
Syria teeters on the brink of civil war, autocratic President Bashar al-Assad's forces having stepped up attacks on opposition groups in the wake of a failed UN Security Council resolution calling for regime change. More than 6,000 civilians have been killed in the 11 months since protests began, and firefights, ambushes and massacres are now almost a daily occurrence.11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
The 29 Chinese workers freed by Sudanese rebels are expected to arrive in Beijing today.
Their employer, the state-owned hydropower engineering and construction company Sinohydro, confirmed they left the Kenyan capital Nairobi yesterday.9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Beijing has landed in a delicate diplomatic dilemma after tens of thousands of Myanmese refugees flocked across the Chinese border to seek shelter from escalating clashes between Myanmar's military and the Kachin Independence Army.9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
As mainland officials are stepping up efforts to secure the release of 29 Chinese road workers held hostage in Sudan for more than a week, state media and online blogs are bursting with calls by mainlanders for the central government to find ways to better protect Chinese nationals overseas, including suggestions that Beijing should consider deploying its armed forces abroad.6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Beijing has demanded that South Sudan help secure the release of 29 Chinese workers held by Sudanese rebels, and will appeal to the African Union to help in the negotiations, state media reported yesterday.
The People's Daily, quoting an unnamed source, reported that a Chinese team had arrived in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, for talks with the government.4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
State-run media said yesterday that attacks against Chinese workers in Africa were only sporadic incidents, denying that Chinese citizens living on the continent were more vulnerable to violence as Beijing expands its influence.3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
The 25 Chinese workers taken hostage by Bedouins in Egypt on Tuesday have been freed after being held for less than a day, while the Sudanese rebels holding 29 other Chinese workers asked Beijing to put pressure on Khartoum.2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Chinese state-owned dam builders Gezhouba and Sinohydro have highlighted the enormous risks and huge opportunities facing mainland firms in Africa just days after the end of a African Union Summit in which China featured prominently.1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
The Security Council cannot go about imposing solutions in crisis situations in various countries of the world,' said Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the UN, as it began discussing what to do about the Syrian crisis. He needn't worry.1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Twenty-nine Chinese workers in Sudan who fell into the hands of rebels on Saturday are still with their captors, despite an official Sudanese media report that 14 of them were freed by government troops.31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
Julia Gillard29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
The question of whether police have toughened their stance in response to rowdier protests is a matter of public concern. Some view the actions taken by officers to be an unacceptable breach of the right to protest. Others want to see a tough line taken with demonstrators who adopt a confrontational approach. The opposing views underline the need to ensure that the right balance is struck.25 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
The number of pirate attacks fell to 439 last year, down from 445 in 2010, but Somali pirates continued to account for most incidents, according to the International Maritime Bureau's global piracy report released yesterday.20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
The number of protesters arrested last year was nearly eight times higher than in 2010, police confirmed.
Arrests of protesters rose from 57 in 2010 to 440. The number of demonstrations rose to 6,878, up by 1,222. The force's chief defended its tactics for handling demonstrations.18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am