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China `working unswervingly' toward Iraq solution

China has been working unswervingly'' toward a peaceful solution to the situation in Iraq and remains adamantly opposed to war, the government's official Xinhua News Agency said Monday in an exceptionally long report detailing the country's efforts.

Campus affair sparks debate

HE was the son of poor farmers from a small village in southern China, a shy computer student as thin as a stick. She was the daughter of Communist Party officials in Beijing, a bubbly law major with a rosy, round face. On a mountain campus in Chongqing, a huge city in central China, they fell in love.

20,000 stranded as glitch grounds planes across Japan

B>TOKYO:/BA computer breakdown in Japan's main air traffic control system temporarily grounded all domestic planes across the nation yesterday, affecting weekend schedules for more than 20,000 passengers, said officials.

'Hidden hands' disrupting NAM

THERE are #8220;hidden hands#8221; trying to prevent the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit from issuing a strong statement on Iraq, I>Mingguan Malaysia/Ireported.

Jailed for extortion

A CASUAL chit-chat between two brothers in January last year turned into a discussion on how to extort US$6mil (RM22.8mil) when one man told the other that he had seen a colleague involved in a shady deal.

Back-room deals

When Tom Bower came up the drive with a file of awkward questions about carve-ups in the global transfer market, a number of directors, agents and even managers must have dived behind the sofa. Bower is one of Britain#8217;s foremost investigative journalists and is not the sort to settle for #8220;no comment#8221;.

Union activists hold Cockerill Sambre management captive

Trade union activists held six top managers at Cockerill Sambre SA captive on Monday to protest a decision by its parent company Arcelor to freeze investment at the steel plant, a move which threatens over 2,000 jobs.

Paradise isle escapade

Bali aka paradise isle, woos us with her idyllic beaches, Zen-inspired spas and surfing Utopia. But when the rain pelts and the wind goes AWOL, don#8217;t pack your bags just yet. LEONG SIOK HUI headed inland to shoot some gut-churning rapids, traipse through a postcard-perfect village and ride piggyback on a Sumatran elephant.

Your cheatin' heart

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield once joked: #8220;I told my wife the truth. I told her I was seeing a psychiatrist. Then she told me the truth:that she was seeing a psychiatrist, two plumbers and a bartender.#8221; But fooling around is no joke #8212; especially if you get caught. LEE SIEW PENG gets down and dirty and discovers how philandering partners were found out.

Surprise from long-distance sweetheart

Twenty-three-year old Latha Palanchandran will never forget this year#8217;s Valentine's Day celebration as her long-distance sweetheart, Kumarasooriar Krishnan, flew from Japan to pay her a surprise visit yesterday.