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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 November, 2012, 2:26am

Assange supporters must pay bail money

Nine friends and backers of Julian Assange must hand over a total of £93,500 (HK$1.16 million) in bail money because the WikiLeaks founder jumped bail to claim political asylum from behind the walls of Ecuador's embassy in London rather than face trial in Sweden on sex assault charges. The magistrate showed some sympathy for the sureties, who include a retired army captain and distinguished journalist Phillip Knightley, and cut the debt from £140,000.

Turkey puts Israel's top brass on trial

A criminal court in Istanbul puts three of Israel's military chiefs and an intelligence chief on trial following the deaths of nine Turkish activists on board the ship Mavi Marmara as they headed to deliver aid to Gaza in May 2010. The court will try in absentia former Israeli military chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, plus the former air force, navy and intelligence chiefs, on charges including attempted murder.

Officials' cross-leasing case goes to court

Former development minister Mak Chai-kwong, 62, and serving assistant highways director Tsang King-man, 57, go before the District Court accused of conspiracy to defraud the government of HK$700,000 in the 1980s by renting each other's homes and claiming housing allowance - known as cross-leasing. They were arrested 12 days after Mak took office in the new administration of Chief Executive Leung Chun-yin. Mak quit immediately.

Children put in effort to get names in lights

Some 1,500 pupils from 11 schools in Hong Kong attempt to set a world record by using wind-up generators to power a huge LED sign for 30 seconds along the Pak Shek Kok Promenade in Sha Tin. Organised by the Hong Kong New Cultural Association Science Innovation Centre, the children's aim is to win more support for energy conservation efforts and sustainable lifestyles.

Official goes online over out-of-line officials

Sun Huaixin, deputy director of the Ministry of Supervision's law enforcement department, speaks with internet users at the People's Daily web portal about stepping up anti-graft efforts against corrupt law enforcement officials. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has pledged this week to intensify anti-corruption efforts but admitted it is a "long-term, complicated and tough battle". It said greater effort would be made to improve the party's punishment and prevention system.

The other ground-breaking US vote

The presidential election is not the only vote on the minds of Americans. Today is the day residents of Arizona vote on whether the Grand Canyon should belong to the nation or just them. The poll is the result of Arizona Republicans' desire to seize back control of millions of hectares of federal land - and the vast natural resources that go with them.