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Aung San Suu Kyi

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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 July, 2011, 12:00am

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

Early read on Hong Kong Book Fair

The Trade Development Council will hold a press preview of the Hong Kong Book Fair on the eve of the opening of the annual event tomorrow. Organisers expect the attendance at this year's fair to match at least last year's record of 920,000 visitors. The fair has attracted more than 520 exhibitors from 18 countries, with digital and English-language exhibitors expanding 38 per cent and 50 per cent respectively. The fair runs from tomorrow to Tuesday at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

Sino-Russian border island opens to visitors

Part of a Sino-Russian border island, Heixiazi in northeastern Heilongjiang province, will open to tourists tomorrow on a trial basis. Russia officially returned parts of contested islands to China in 2008. Border demarcation had been a sensitive issue, with tensions almost leading to armed conflict between China and the then-Soviet Union in 1969. But since Russia handed back about half the island, Heixiazi has been seen as a symbol of a new spirit of economic co-operation between the two countries.

Chinese leaders welcome Cameroon's president

Cameroon's President Paul Biya starts a three-day state visit to China tomorrow. Guo Boxiong , vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, said in April that China would like to bring military relations with Cameroon to a new stage. A document from the US embassy in the capital of Cameroon, Yaounde, leaked last year said China's commercial ties with the country were growing and drawing 'increasing suspicion' among locals of Beijing's engagement.

Rupert and James Murdoch face questions

It's what everyone has been waiting for, the grilling of Rupert and James Murdoch at a British parliamentary hearing looking into suspected criminality at one or more of their British newspapers. Rebekah Brooks, who resigned last week as chief executive of News International and was editor of the News of the World tabloid at the time much of the phone hacking at the centre of the scandal is alleged to have happened, will also attend. Rupert Murdoch, chief executive of the global news and entertainment giant News Corp, and his 38-year-old son, James, have no doubt been spending most of their time with advisers preparing for today's hearing.

Suu Kyi attends memorial for hero father

Myanmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she will attend a government memorial ceremony for her revered father for the first time in nine years. Suu Kyi's father, independence hero General Aung San, was assassinated in 1947. Suu Kyi has spent much of the past decade detained by authorities in the repressive nation. She was freed from house arrest in November.

Zara founder hands reins to successor

Amancio Ortega, founder of the Inditex retail empire, including the flagship Zara brand, will today pass the torch to his number two. The son of a railwayman, Ortega, 75, is the richest person in Spain and seventh in the world, according to Forbes magazine, with a fortune estimated at US$31 billion. His successor, Pablo Isla, currently the managing director, is a 47-year-old lawyer and former co-chairman of tobacco giant Altadis.

 

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