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French invasion for International Races
Cirrus Des Aigles is expected to be among a star-studded list of the world's best racehorses when the runners for next month's Longines Hong Kong International Races are announced by the Jockey Club. Boasting more than HK$70 million in prize money, the end-of-year showpiece regularly attracts the best racetrack talent. Cirrus Des Aigles will be back for his fourth attempt at winning one of the four international features on December 9 and will lead a French invasion, with Saonois, Chinchon and Dunaden also expected to take on a group of locals buoyed by last year's best-ever showing.
Climate negotiator discusses progress
China's lead negotiator at the United Nations climate change talks, Xie Zhenhua , discusses the nation's climate change policies and achievements this year in Beijing. Negotiators from China, the US, the European Union and about 200 other nations are due to meet later this month in Doha, Qatar, for a global summit on climate.
Expensive tipple up for auction
One lucky whisky lover will have every reason to smile when they pick up a bottle of 55-year-old Glenfiddich Janet Roberts Reserve at a Bonham's auction of rare wines and spirits at the Island Shangri-La. The lot, one of just 11 numbered bottles of the vintage tipple being auctioned off worldwide, will raise money for Operation Smile China Medical Mission, which helps children on the mainland with cleft lips or cleft palates. The bottles have sold for up to US$94,000.
Pope completes Jesus trilogy
Pope Benedict's third and final book on Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, is published. The latest volume in his series on Christ focuses on Jesus' infancy and early life and on the hope the child represented for various characters in the book such as Mary and Joseph. The second volume in the series, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, was published last year and claimed a spot on the New York Times Best Seller List shortly after being released.
Teacher learns fate in sex case
A former school headmaster who admitted molesting a pupil more than a quarter of a century ago learns his fate at Kwun Tong Court. Walter Yau Woon-man admitted three charges of indecent assault on the girl, which took place when he tutored her at her home in 1986 and 1987. The victim finally approached police earlier this year.
Assassin bids for release from jail
The assassin behind the murder of diplomats from the United States and Israel in France in the 1980s learns whether he will be freed. A Paris court will decide the fate of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, a Lebanese national who murdered American assistant military attache Charles Ray and Israeli Yacov Barsimantov in 1982. The minimum portion of his life sentence passed in 1999, but France has resisted calls in his native Lebanon for his release.