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With deadly blaze in mind, fire crews beef up
The Beijing municipal fire department briefs the media on its five-year plan on building up the capital's firefighting capacity. Local governments have been reviewing or beefing up firefighting capacity and cracking down on fire hazards in the aftermath of a deadly fire in a high-rise block of flats in Shanghai last year (left).
Forum assesses ethics and freedom of the press
Former TVB news controller and assistant general manager Raymond Wong and i-Cable News executive director Ronald Chiu Ying-chun join a forum to discuss journalistic ethics and freedom of the press at Baptist University. The forum was organised following the controversy surrounding ATV's erroneous reporting of the death of former president Jiang Zemin and the insertion of paid content in newscasts. Hong Kong Journalists Association chairwoman Mak Yin-ting will also join the discussion.
Fugitive former Thai leader visits Cambodia
Fugitive former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra (left) visits the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, for the first time since his sister Yingluck Shinawatra took power in Thailand. Thaksin's visit comes a day after Yingluck's one-day official visit. The controversial former Thai prime minister, who was ousted in a 2006 military coup, is due to play golf with Cambodian leader Hun Sen, who has called Thaksin his 'eternal friend', and address the Asian Economic Future Conference.
Abbas addresses Palestinians before trip to UN
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is to make a televised address to the Palestinian people ahead of his trip to the United Nations. Abbas is travelling to New York next week to seek full UN membership for a Palestinian state, despite a last-minute diplomatic push from the United States and European Union to dissuade him. Israel is strongly opposed to the Palestinian UN bid, seeing it as an attempt to isolate it and undermine its legitimacy. Washington says the move is unhelpful to its Middle East diplomacy and has pledged to use its Security Council veto to block the request for full membership.
Consumer survey plumbs expectations for US future
Preliminary numbers will be released for the monthly Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers - a gauge of how consumers feel the US economic environment will change. The Index of Consumer Expectations is an official component of the US Index of Leading Economic Indicators.
Chinese vice-premier tours Latin America
Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu (left) sets off for Jamaica, Bolivia, Peru and New Zealand, after Vice-Premier Wang Qishan wrapped up a visit to Caribbean countries early this week, highlighting Beijing's focus on the Caribbean and Latin America. The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean said last year China accounted for almost 9 per cent of total investment flow to the region, mostly investing in extraction of natural resources.