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Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 March, 2012, 12:00am

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Students protest against Strauss-Kahn address

Protests are expected at Britain's Cambridge University where Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who quit as head of the International Monetary Fund in May amid claims he sexually assaulted New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, is scheduled to speak at the debating society. Students angry that the disgraced former IMF chief has been asked to address them have invited Diallo's lawyer Douglas Wigdor to speak on the same day. Wigdor 'will discuss Ms Diallo's case as well as how legal systems can systemically disadvantage both women and immigrants', the student union's Women's Campaign said. US prosecutors dropped criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn in August, but Diallo continues to seek damages through civil action.

Steady rise in new jobs marks economic progress

Economists expect US unemployment data to show the jobless rate is steady at 8.3 per cent. But they also expect it to show employers added more than 200,000 jobs last month, which would mark the strongest three-month stretch in almost a year. US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that while the labour market was making progress in restoring the 8.7 million jobs lost as a result of the recession, it was 'far from normal'.

Will NPC chairman's report surprise again?

National People's Congress chairman Wu Bangguo delivers his annual report. While this is usually fairly non-controversial, last year Wu's report raised some concerns as he ruled out Western-style pluralism and political reform, warning that the mainland could face civil disorder if it abandoned its present system.

UN representative presses Syria for more access

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos is expected to complete her visit to Syria trying to secure access for humanitarian organisations, which have been barred from the heaviest conflict zones. Amos, who was the first major international figure to visit the area since the government launched its latest on assault on Homs, described the Baba Amr district of the battered city as 'completely devastated'. Syria initially failed to grant Amos access to the country, but relented after Damascus' allies Russia and China joined the rest of the UN Security Council in a rare rebuke.

West Kowloon site under scrutiny

The Town Planning Board examines the master plan for the layout of the West Kowloon arts hub. It has taken 13 years for the HK$21.6 billion project, dogged by controversy, to reach a decision on a master layout plan. Questions have been asked about how the 2002 design contest was conducted. The large urban park and phase one of the hub's facilities are expected to be completed by 2020.

Warm tidings for chilly Beijing

The Beijing municipal government decides whether to extend its heating period. Winter heating is supposed to stop by March 15, but the government may extend it if temperatures are forecast to be lower than 5 degree Celsius for five consecutive days. Special arrangements for heating may be made for homes for the elderly and kindergartens.