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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 July, 2012, 12:00am
 

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Tycoon's heirs unite for memorial service

A public memorial service for billionaire tycoon Chen Din-hwa (pictured), the founder of Nan Fung Development, will be held at the Cham Shan Buddhist monastery in Clear Water Bay. Despite a well-publicised family rift over Chen's business empire, the notice announcing the service was made in the names of both of his daughters. Chen was ranked 464th on the Forbes list of billionaires, and 15th among the 39 billionaires in Hong Kong, with a net worth of US$2.6 billion.

C.Y. and team brave the crowds again

Undeterred by the fracas at Monday's outings, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his cabinet continue their town-hall style assemblies tomorrow. Leung will accompany Transport and Housing Secretary Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung to Wong Tai Sin; Development Secretary Mak Chai-kwong will visit Tung Chung with Lai Tung-kwok, his security counterpart, and Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will visit Ap Lei Chau with Food and Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man.

Libya votes for a post-Gaddafi era

Libyans will vote in their first free national poll in more than half a century, amid fears that violence could wreck an election meant to usher in an interim national assembly and draw a line under Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year regime. Voters will select a 200-member assembly that will choose a cabinet to replace the self-appointed interim government. The new chamber will also pick a new prime minister. Leading contenders are the Alliance of National Forces, led by former premier Mahmoud Jibril (pictured), Libya's Muslim Brotherhood and another Islamist group.

Activists plan rally at liaison office

Rights activists are planning a march on the central government's liaison office in Western tomorrow to demand the release of family members and friends of Li Wangyang , the June 4 dissident who died in suspicious circumstances in a Hunan hospital last month. Demonstration organiser, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, estimates 25,000 people took part in a similar protest on June 10. Police put the figure at 5,400.

Runners get ready to beat the bulls

The Spanish city of Pamplona celebrates the festival of Saint Fermin, in which daredevils run through the streets with fighting bulls. Dozens of participants are injured each year and occasionally some are killed. The most recent fatality occurred three years ago when a bull gored a 27-year-old Spaniard in the neck, heart and lungs. This year's festival is attracting protests from animal rights activists seeking an end to bullfighting.

Timorese elections set scene for UN troop withdrawal

East Timor faces a crucial test in parliamentary elections that will determine whether UN peacekeepers can leave as planned by the end of the year. After presidential polls were held peacefully over two rounds in March and April the UN said it would pull out its remaining 1,300 troops within six months if the election goes well. There are concerns violence will flare up again if none of the 21 parties wins a majority and a fragile coalition takes power.

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