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PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 August, 2011, 12:00am


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Security Bureau meeting over Manila tragedy claims

Survivors and relatives of victims of last year's Manila hostage tragedy, accompanied by lawmaker James To Kun-sun, will meet officials from the Security Bureau to press the government to declare whether it will use diplomatic channels to help them make claims against the Philippines. This comes after the Chief Executive's Office said last week that Donald Tsang Yam-kuen had no time to meet them and that it was not appropriate for him to intervene over their potential civil claims.

Ceremony commemorates end of second world war

Veterans of the second world war and activists will commemorate the 66th anniversary of Liberation Day, or Victory over Japan Day, at the Cenotaph in Central. The Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands said Japan has not shown, more than six decades after the end of the war, any remorse nor taken any responsibility for the suffering it caused across Asia.

Obama bus hits heartland in bid to recapture hearts

Mired in one of the bleakest patches of his presidency, Barack Obama hits the US heartland, seeking to rekindle the spirit of hope that swept him to the White House but has been crushed by a lame economy. Obama will embark on a fabled ritual of American politics - a bus tour to rural areas of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, which have all felt the lash of the economic crisis. Hope is in short supply, as fears mount that the tepid recovery from the worst economic crisis since the 1930s will fizzle into a second recession. A staggering 74 per cent of Americans think the country is moving in the wrong direction, according to a RealClearPolitics polls average, and a CNN survey this month found 60 per cent think the economy is still in a downturn.

Intervals between high-speed trains to be increased

The number of high-speed trains running between Beijing and Shanghai will be reduced from tomorrow as part of a plan to increase intervals between trains to address safety concerns after last month's Wenzhou crash.

Lenovo reports first-quarter earnings

Lenovo reports first-quarter earnings. China's biggest maker of computers faces tough competition from tech giant Apple, whose greater China revenues are estimated to have topped Lenovo's for the first time in at least a decade. Lenovo is meeting the challenge posed by Apple's iPhone and iPad with its own homegrown LePhone and LePad products.

Trial of Mubarak, sons and lieutenants resumes

The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his sons and several top lieutenants resumes. All are charged with corruption and Mubarak is also accused of ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising earlier this year. Earlier this month, 83-year-old Mubarak, lying on a hospital bed in a metal cage with his two sons beside him, pleaded not guilty. The spectacle, aired live on state television, was a stunning moment for Egyptians, many of whom savoured the humiliation of the man who ruled with unquestioned power for 29 years. After scepticism that Egypt's military rulers would allow it, the scene went a long way towards satisfying one of the key demands that has united protesters since February 11, when an 18-day uprising toppled Mubarak.