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PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 April, 2013, 3:12am


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Rape victim's mother seeks compensation

A rape victim's mother takes her case against city authorities who sent her to a labour camp to court. Tang Hui was sentenced to re-education through labour centre by Yongzhou authorities last year after campaigning for harsher punishment for those who raped her daughter, then 11. The city in January rejected her demand for compensation, saying the sentence was in line with regulations and that she was released on humanitarian grounds.


French foreign minister visits Beijing

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrives in Beijing for talks with leaders - while controversy continues to surround his financial affairs at home. Discussion topics are expected to include China's growing influence in Africa, where France is seeking to retain its traditional connection to its former colonies. Fabius was this week forced to deny having a Swiss bank account, amid a scandal over politicians in France moving their wealth abroad.


Thousands flock to honour Yellow Emperor

More than 20,000 Chinese from home and abroad are expected in Zhengzhou, Henan, to pay homage to the legendary Yellow Emperor, who is credited with being the initiator of Chinese civilisation about 4,700 years ago. The ceremony has been held since 2006, largely to promote the city and attract fresh investment.


China welcomes stars of the track

The glamorous world of the Formula One circus arrives in China as qualifying begins for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix. The race is now in its 10th year with Lewis Hamilton the only driver to have won more than once on the Shanghai circuit. British driver Hamilton is again among the favourites for this weekend's race after a promising start with his new team, Mercedes.


Huge shoe to kick off store launch

The massive shoe billed as the world's biggest sneaker makes its Hong Kong debut. The huge version of Italian brand Superga's classic 2750 shoe takes pride of place at the launch of the company's first Hong Kong store at the Harbour City mall in Tsim Sha Tsui. The six-metre-high shoe will be installed outside the mall in a display that will also feature designs from students at Savannah College of Art and Design. It will be in place until May 4.


Facebook home goes out

Facebook fans have a chance to experience the social network in a whole new way as the Facebook Home app for the Android phone becomes available for download. The software aims to more completely integrate Facebook into Android devices. The new family of apps will let users display mobile versions of their newsfeed and messages prominently on the home screens of a wide range of devices.