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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 July, 2012, 12:00am

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Lawmakers report on Yuen Long's illegal park

The Legislative Council's public accounts committee, chaired by lawmaker Philip Wong Yu-hong (pictured), releases a report on the unlawful 18-year occupation of a country park in Yuen Long by a commercial recreational park run by prominent Heung Yee Kuk member Leung Fuk-yuen. The case was revealed by a Director of Audit's report in April. The committee will discuss the case and make recommendations to the government.

Legco debate calls for Cepa upgrade

Lawmakers will debate a motion calling on the government to step up the implementation of Cepa, the free-trade deal which Hong Kong negotiated with the central government in a bid to encourage economic growth in the aftermath of the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome. The motion, proposed by Samson Tam Wai-ho, notes that 'quite a number of small and medium-sized enterprises' had complained that progress on co-operation had failed to progress beyond the policy stage.

Cuba's president visits Beijing, Hanoi

Cuban President Raul Castro (pictured) arrives in Beijing for a four-day visit to China. The Foreign Ministry says Castro will meet President Hu Jintao and sign co-operation documents. Castro, who took over from his older brother, Fidel, in 2008, will also visit Vietnam during his Asia tour and experts say Havana is seeking guidance from its allies on how to navigate the transition of its socialist economy toward a system incorporating elements of capitalism.

That 'God particle' - it's around here, somewhere

Scientists at the world's biggest atom smasher are expected to announce that they have enough evidence to show that the long-sought 'God particle' almost certainly does exist, echoing this week's announcement by a US laboratory. But after decades of work and billions of dollars spent, researchers at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or Cern, are not ready to say they have 'discovered' the particle. Instead, experts familiar with the research at the vast complex on the Swiss-French border say all their data shows merely the footprint of the particle known as the Higgs boson, but does not allow them to say it has been glimpsed.

Myanmar lawmakers debate anti-graft law

Myanmar's fledgling parliament reconvenes with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (pictured) declining to take her seat, citing exhaustion after her return from a tour of Europe. Legislation under consideration in Naypyidaw includes an anti-corruption law for a country ranked among the world's most graft-ridden. Although a pro-government party dominates parliament, doubts remain over what laws will be passed, particularly in sensitive areas such as foreign investment.

Euro-zone retail sales expected to slump

Retail sales data for the euro zone is expected to show that the 17-nation grouping's economic slump is deepening, with economists predicting no sign of recovery in demand. Retail sales in the euro zone slumped 2.5 per cent year-on-year in April, and one per cent month-on-month. Rising unemployment in southern Europe and fears of yet another bailout have frozen consumer spending for months.