Western Asia

Higher purpose

Photo: Reuters; AFP

Mecca, home to the world’s second-tallest building, is seeing its most holy sites vanish in a surge of astronomically priced development, writes Oliver Wainwright.

Saturday, 3 November, 2012, 11:30pm

Turkish-Cypriot tycoon Asil Nadir convicted of theft

Asil Nadir arrives at the court in London yesterday. Photo: AFP

Turkish-Cypriot tycoon Asil Nadir, once one of Britain's most notorious fugitives, was convicted of stealing £5.5 million (HK$67 million) by a London court yesterday, with tens of millions more still to be considered.

21 Aug 2012 - 4:30am

Find common ground over Syria

The feeling is growing stronger by the day that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is approaching a tipping point. The international community must think seriously about how to minimise the dangers inherent in Syria's domestic turmoil.

13 Aug 2012 - 9:18pm

Eat, play, love - Beirut

The marina at Zaitunay Bay.  Photo: Corbis

On honeymoon in Beirut, a city synonymous with conflict, Omar Mouallem finds a culture keen to make food, not war.

31 Aug 2012 - 7:35pm

StanChart held to high ransom from low moral ground

Investors carved HK$67 billion off Standard Chartered Bank yesterday, or nearly a sixth of its stock market value, despite the bank's quick denial of US regulator claims it engaged in illegal dealings with Iranian financial institutions.

SCMP, August 8

15 Aug 2012 - 11:16pm

Unite now to plan post-Assad future

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's efforts to show his regime is in control have taken a hit with the defection of Prime Minister Dr Riad Hijab. Of the growing list of political and military figures to have switched allegiance to the opposition Free Syrian Army rebels, none has been as high-profile.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Keeper of memories

'The Holocaust cannot be compared to anything. Anything,' declares Rabbi Israel Meir Lau. Clad in the Orthodox Jew's trademark black suit, hat and luxuriant beard, he directs a penetrating gaze at me to emphasise the point.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Family seeks Beijing's help in Saudi murder

The family of a local engineer who was murdered in Saudi Arabia last year hope to secure Beijing's assistance after getting little from Hong Kong's government.

Relatives of Francis Leung Kar-keung are looking this week to meet Lu Xinhua, the city's outgoing commissioner of the mainland's foreign ministry.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

For Beijing, it's no more Mr Abstention

When China and Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution this month calling on Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to step down, they revived fears that the old ways of geopolitics had returned.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Opposition's resort to violence helps Assad

As the Syrian opposition abandons non-violent protest for armed resistance, many people think this means President Bashar al-Assad and his Baathist regime are in even deeper trouble than before. On the contrary, it means that Assad and the Baathists are winning.

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Only one solution to Syria's crisis

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

Who said it?

Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you

Words spoken by a 'harmful stereotype' of a Chinese woman in a Republican campaign ad

I don't wrestle girlfriends. However, if George wants to wrestle, bring it on

Miss Piggy, who will present the Baftas, challenging George Clooney to a fight

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

No end in sight to the Syrian tragedy

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

Beijing talking tough on Iran strait shutdown

China has expressed its clearest objection yet to Iran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation against new US sanctions, as Premier Wen Jiabao wrapped up a visit to the Middle East.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The worst thing about poverty is not the lack of money, but the lack of hope

Hong Kong social worker Chan Siu-ming

These are very, very important economic times for both China and the United States, and indeed the world

Gary Locke, Washington's ambassador to Beijing

The conflict will continue ... Syria will not bow down

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am