A good week for ...

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 September, 2011, 12:00am


David Cameron and Nicholas Sarkozy

For a pair of politicians who have been greeted by their fair share of jeers rather than cheers in the past, the British and French leaders must have enjoyed the rapturous reception in Libya on Thursday, as they pledged support for rebuilding the country and creating a democratic state now that Muammar Gaddafi has been toppled. The Daily Mail described it as 'a rock star's welcome' for Cameron (second from right), while the French president beamed at grateful chants of 'One, two, three; Merci Sarkozy!' Hajja, a 70-year-old Libyan, said: 'But for them, we would be history.'

Leila Lopes

Angola's entry in the Miss Universe competition said her smile was her best weapon in the competition, and the 25-year-old was happy to use it when the winner was announced. Lopes became the African country's first winner in the annual competition and one of the few blacks crowned Miss Universe. After her victory in Sao Paulo, she said she wanted to help Angola further escape a history of war and impoverishment, and plans to focus on combating HIV around the globe. 'I think now, as Miss Universe, I will be able to do much more.'

Leung Chun-ying

The convenor of the Executive Council grabbed the initiative in the race for Hong Kong chief executive by becoming the first of three touted candidates to declare for the job. 'I have seen a substantial rise in my popularity ratings,' said the 57-year-old. Some doubt that he is supported as strongly by Beijing as Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, the presumed front runner, but Leung said he would step down as convenor in time to campaign.