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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2011, 12:00am

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

Police to report on crime in first six months

Police will review the city's crime situation in the first half of the year, with the force's director of operations, Hung Hak-wai, and director of crime and security, Lo Wai-chung, discussing police work during the period. The overall law and order situation in the city was stable last year, with a reduction of 2.1 per cent in crime, from 77,630 cases in 2009 to 75,965 last year. However, there were substantial increases in the number of sex-related and quick-cash offences.

Shenzhen rehearses for Universiade

Shenzhen will hold another rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Universiade. The police have warned the public to expect traffic control on 'many sections' of roads in the city. A total of 140,000 spectators, 8,000 performers and 20,000 security personnel will take part in the rehearsal. The World University Games being on August 12.

Social scientists grapple with urban problems

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences will hold a forum on the problems faced by rapid urbanisation and the difficulties facing urban people in maintaining their livelihoods. Rapid urbanisation has given rise to many problems on the mainland, ranging from housing, transport, pollution and social welfare, especially for migrant workers.

Mubarak faces trial over killings of protesters

Hosni Mubarak, the ousted Egyptian president, is expected to face trial on charges that he ordered the killing of protesters in the uprising that toppled him in February. He will face trial alongside his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, his former interior minister, Habib Al-adly, and six other officials. It remains to be seen whether Mubarak (right) - who has been admitted to hospital for heart problems in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he has lived since his ousting - will be brought to Cairo for his trial's opening session. Mubarak, his security chief and six top police could face the death penalty if convicted of ordering the use of lethal force. About 850 protesters were killed during the 18-day uprising.

Australian delegation seeks greater China trade

Australia's largest-ever trade delegation is heading for China in a bid to expand exports to the burgeoning Chinese economy beyond iron ore and coal. Trade Minister Craig Emerson will lead more than 100 business delegates on a six-day mission to six cities outside Beijing, focusing on service sectors, including architecture, education, finance, health and information technology. China is Australia's largest two-way trading partner, with total trade last year worth more than A$100 billion (HK$847 billion).

Societe Generale reports on troubled first half

Societe Generale is due to report its first-half profits. In May, France's second-largest bank by market value said first-quarter profit fell 14 per cent, hurt by a charge tied to its own debt and provisions resulting from political turmoil in Egypt.

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