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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 July, 2012, 12:00am


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Norway marks first anniversary of massacre

Norwegians tomorrow commemorate the first anniversary of the massacre of 77 people by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will attend a service at the Oslo cathedral with the royal family and give a speech on Utoeya, the island where Breivik shot dead 69 people, most of them teenagers. A government commission is to present its findings on the killings on August 13. Five judges in Oslo must rule by August 24 on whether Breivik is sane ('tilregnelig' in Norwegian, as stated on this notice attached to the court's railings) and send him to jail, or insane and send him to a closed psychiatric ward.

Rule limiting US banks' activities comes into force

The Volcker rule, which bans US banks from proprietary trading, comes into effect. According to Bloomberg, six of the largest US banks have already taken steps to abide by the rule - JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank, Morgan Stanley, PNC Financial Services Group and Wells Fargo. Part of the Dodd-Frank Act's overhaul of financial regulation, the Volcker rule limits activities that put customers' federally insured deposits at risk.

Myanmese president visits Thailand

Myanmese President Thein Sein arrives in Thailand on a goodwill visit that has been delayed several times. He was most recently scheduled to visit on June 4 and 5, when he was to address the World Economic Forum on East Asia. Instead, it was addressed by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her first trip outside Myanmar after her house arrest was lifted in 2010. Thein Sein and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra are due to meet tomorrow and expected to discuss preparations for Myanmar to take the chairmanship of Asean in 2014.

It's his funeral: writer rehearses his final act

William Outcast Chan, a writer suffering from skin cancer, rehearses his funeral at the Tung Wah's International Funeral Parlour in Hung Hom. Chan, 30 - whose book My Will was launched at the Book Fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai this week - has proposed to Tung Wah that it offer funeral services to the living, in which they can say how they want to be remembered, whether through concerts, speeches or sharing sessions, and what message they want to leave behind.

Inquiry into Costa Concordia disaster reports to court

A hearing of an Italian court receives the results of a technical investigation into the sinking of the Costa Concordia. Thirty-two people died when the cruise ship ran aground and capsized off the Tuscan coast in January. The vessel's captain, Francesco Schettino, faces charges of causing the incident by steering his ship too close inshore. Attempts to refloat the ship began last month, but the exercise is expected to take 12 months.

The 12 books that changed Ching Cheong's life

Guangzhou-born, Hong Kong-educated journalist Ching Cheong, who was jailed on the mainland from April 2005 for nearly three years after being accused of spying for Taiwan, discusses with a Book Fair audience the 12 books that changed his life.