No long-range missiles, N.Korea military parade features floats and flowers

By Josh Smith PYONGYANG, Sept 9 : With no long-range missiles on display, North Korea staged a military parade on Sunday focused on conventional arms, peace and economic development, to mark the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding. Line upon line of goose-stepping soldiers and columns of tanks shook the ground before giving way to […]

China’s millennium-old fireworks hub grapples with bans and shifting traditions

By Philip Wen and Thomas Suen LIUYANG, China, Feb 12 : From the concrete bunkers carved into the hillside, where workers gingerly handle piles of explosive black powder, to the shopfronts selling colourful boxes of pyrotechnics, time may be catching up with Liuyang’s millennium-old fireworks industry. Government efforts to curb pollution have led to bans […]