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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 November, 2012, 1:17am

Obama begins Asia swing

US President Barack Obama arrives in Thailand for his first international trip since his election victory over challenger Mitt Romney. After holding talks with Thai leaders in Bangkok, Obama will head for the Asean and East Asia summits of regional leaders in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, before making a historic and controversial visit to the former pariah state of Myanmar.

Trailwalkers still on track

The first teams may have crossed the line already in this year's Hong Kong Oxfam Trailwalker, but more than 10,000 people are still on the 100-kilometre course along the MacLehose Trail, with 4,800 walkers and 6,000 support team members, staff and volunteers involved. Since 1986, more than 73,800 trailwalkers have raised over HK$365 million in the event to support Oxfam's poverty alleviation work all over the world.

American expert talks sex

American sex therapist and educator Marty Klein speaks at the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Building in North Point. Klein, author of America's War on Sex, discusses sexuality education and how it is done in the United States - and may be applied and used overseas. Klein is best known as a prominent critic of the anti-pornography movement.

Kony 2012 campaigners go to Washington

The group attempting to bring African warlord Joseph Kony to justice renews its efforts with a high-profile rally in Washington. Invisible Children, which produced the Kony 2012 viral video campaign, wants to keep Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army, which recruited tens of thousands of child soldiers in Uganda's bloody civil war, in the public spotlight.

King Zog laid to rest at last

Albania buries its only post-independence monarch - some half a century after his death. King Zog's remains have been returned to Tirana from France, where he died in exile in 1961. Zog ruled the tiny European state from 1928 until 1939, when he fled after the Italian invasion. The post-war communist regime abolished the monarchy and the nation has remained a parliamentary republic since the fall of communism in 1990.

Santas battle it out for title

Christmas is coming and so is a competition in Sweden to find the world's premier Santa Claus. Some 10 contestants from around the world don red robes in the "Santa of the Year" contest in the town of Gallivare in Lapland, deep inside the Arctic circle. The five-part games will see the contestants try their luck at everything from reindeer racing to a no doubt gruelling porridge-eating test.