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Liu Xiaobo

2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Liu Xiaobo is a writer, professor, and political dissident. In 2009, Liu was sentenced to 11 years for inciting subversion because of his involvement in writing Charter 08, a petition advocating political reform in China. Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” 

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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 3:51am

Nobel winner's brother-in-law on trial

The brother-in-law of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo stands trial for fraud at the Hauirou district court in Beijing. Liu Hui, 43, could be jailed for as long as 14 years if convicted, his lawyer said earlier. Liu Hui has insisted he was a victim of official retaliation over his dissident brother-in-law and his older sister, Liu Xia . The indictment says Liu Hui and his business partner defrauded a contractor of three million yuan (HK$3.7 million).

 

Singapore's deputy PM visits HK

Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean arrives in Hong Kong for the start of a three-day visit. Teo, who also serves as minister for home affairs and national security, is due to meet Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying as part of his visit. Their discussions are expected to focus on co-operation between agencies in the two cities.

 

Apple expected to reveal profit dip

Technology giant Apple releases its quarterly results, with markets anxious to see signs of strength in the company after its share price plummeted in recent weeks. Analysts predict the company's first-quarter profit will show a decline for the first time in a decade, hurt by the launch of new products with lower profit margins and slower growth in sales of its flagship iPhone.

 

French parliament votes on gay marriage

France's National Assembly votes on a controversial bill to allow gay marriage and give gay couples the right to adopt. The issue has proved hugely divisive in a country which, while officially secular, is still predominantly Catholic. Tens of thousands of opponents and supporters have mobilised in recent months in sometimes violent protests.

 

Former ANC youth leader in court

The firebrand former leader of the ANC's youth wing appears in court on charges of money laundering and racketeering. Julius Malema was emerging as a powerful and radical voice in South Africa's ruling party before he and four associates were charged with the offences. Police in the city of Polokwane have pledged to close off roads near the courthouse, despite a vow by Malema's supporters not to stage a protest.

 

Lawmakers debate culture hub

Lawmakers get an update on the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District at a meeting of the subcommittee devoted to the cultural hub. Legislative Council members will be briefed on the latest developments on the M+ visual culture museum as well as the park development and the use of the land in the run-up to the opening of the arts hub.

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