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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 September, 2011, 12:00am


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HKU panel meets on security controversy

A special panel set up by the University of Hong Kong holds its first meeting to review the security arrangements for last month's visit by Vice-Premier Li Keqiang to a ceremony marking the university's centenary. Three students on their way to a protest were manhandled and detained for almost an hour, actions that drew widespread criticism from students and alumni. Panel chairman Lester Huang, a former president of the Law Society, will meet the media after the meeting.

Shanghai forum to hear from experts on economy

A forum in Shanghai on reforms and the economy will hear from the vice-chairwoman of the National People's Congress finance and economic affairs committee, Wu Xiaoling, the vice-mayor of Shanghai, Tu Guangshao, and top economists from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and China Europe International Business School.

Yangcheng Lake's hairy crabs ready for the table

The new season of Yangcheng Lake hairy crabs will become available, according to the local trade association in Suzhou . The lake's hairy crabs are widely considered the best, and traders have to keep changing their branding mark and other authentication methods to keep fake Yangcheng crabs at bay. About 2,000 tonnes of hairy crabs are harvested each autumn.

Survey forecasts win for Latvian centre-left party

Latvians vote in an election called to break the influence of oligarch businessmen. The outcome will also determine whether the nation moves closer to adopting the euro, but may give power to a party usually backed by the Russian-speaking minority. Opinion polls indicate the vote will be won by Harmony Centre, which portrays itself as the only centre-left party that would boost social spending and delay entry to the euro zone.

Mayweather back in ring for welterweight title

Undefeated Floyd Mayweather, nagged by legal woes that could send him to prison, ends a 16-month layoff by fighting Victor Ortiz for the World Boxing Council welterweight title in Las Vegas. The all-American showdown could set the stage for Mayweather to finally face Filipino star Manny Pacquiao, provided 'Pac-Man' defeats Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez in November. Mayweather predicted the fight would not go the distance, but it could also mark Mayweather's farewell, with a possible sentence of 34 years behind bars if he is convicted on all charges in a domestic violence dispute.

Verdict for South Africa's Julius Malema

The leader of the youth wing of South Africa's ruling African National Congress, Julius Malema, accused of sowing divisions in the party and bringing it into disrepute, is expected to hear the verdict of a disciplinary hearing. Malema, whose singing of an anti-apartheid anthem called 'shoot the white farmer' was deemed hate speech by a court last week, risks expulsion from the party. He has called for regime change in Botswana and branded whites as thieves.