Vladimir Putin

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PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 October, 2011, 12:00am


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Marchers demand abolition of death penalty

A mass protest held by Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Joint Committee for the Abolition of the Death Penalty marks the 9th World Day Against the Death Penalty, calling on China and other countries that still use captial punishment to abolish it. The protesters will march from the Korean consulate in Admiralty via the United States' consulate in Central to the central government's liaison office in Western District. According to Amnesty International statistics, China has the world's largest annual tally of people put to death.

Economics prize caps 2011 Nobel season

The Nobel prize for economic sciences caps the 2011 Nobel awards season. The economics prize is the only one of six Nobel prizes not created in Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel's 1896 will; introduced in 1968 to mark the tricentenary of the Swedish central bank, it was first awarded in 1969. Last year, Peter Diamond and Dale Mortensen, of the United States, and British-Cypriot Christopher Pissarides won for work on why supply and demand do not always meet in the labour market and elsewhere.

Putin due in Beijing for two days of talks

Final preparations are under way in Beijing for the arrival tomorrow of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for a two-day visit to cement long-standing ties with the world's top energy consumer. It will be his first trip abroad since he announced his planned Kremlin comeback. Accompanied by a 160-member delegation, Putin will discuss energy and political issues with Premier Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao. Putin has paid frequent visits to China since he took power in 1999, first in his capacity as president and now as prime minister. His latest visit to Beijing follows last month's announcement that he plans to reclaim the presidency next year - and may stay in power until 2024.

President Ma presides over Double Tenth centenary

Taiwan celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of China with its Double Tenth celebrations. The island has made extensive preparations for the centennial celebrations, with its main official ceremony being presided over by President Ma Ying-jeou. Taking part in the ceremony will be representatives of Taipei's tiny diplomatic corps, whose size is emblematic of the island's continuing struggle for international legitimacy.

Terre'Blanche murder trial begins after many delays

Two black farm workers accused of bludgeoning to death South African white separatist leader Eugene Terre'Blanche (left) stand trial in a case that recalls the darkness of the country's apartheid past. The two workers - Chris Mahlangu, 29, and a 16-year-old - face charges of hacking to death the co-founder of the far-right Afrikaner Resistance Movement at his farmhouse outside the northwest town of Ventersdorp on April 3 last year. The two handed themselves in to police after the killing, saying they had fought with their employer over pay. Their trial was set down for December but was twice postponed because of changes in defence lawyers, leaving presiding judge John Horn irritated with 'time wasted' in a case that has dragged on for a year and a half.