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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 5:27am

Li calls on Merkel in Berlin

Premier Li Keqiang continues his first international tour, arriving in Berlin today. He is scheduled to hold talks with German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel tomorrow. Li and Merkel are also expected to launch "the year of languages" between the two countries, the aim of which is to promote the study of each other's languages among their citizens.


African leaders celebrate anniversary

Heads of state from across Africa gather in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, a little more than a decade since the formation of the African Union. The union seeks to promote "an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena". Heads of state declared the year 2013 the Year of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance.


Priest who fought mafia becomes a saint

A clergyman who stood up to the mafia in the criminal organisation's Sicilian heartland is beatified by Pope Francis in Rome today. Father Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi worked for decades in the rough Palermo suburb of Brancaccio, persuading young people not to join the mob and enraging gang bosses with his campaign against the drug trade. He was shot dead by a hitman in 1993, after shrugging off years of death threats.


Obama meets Oklahoma tornado victims

US President Barack Obama visits tornado-ravaged regions of Oklahoma tomorrow to offer his support to families who have lost their homes and their loved ones in the recent storms. Storms with winds of more than 300 kilometres per hour ravaged the town of Moore on Monday, leaving 24 people dead, including 10 children. An estimated 12,000 homes were affected by the storms.


Antiques in focus at fair

While this week's high-profile Art Basel fair has put the focus firmly on the contemporary, lovers of craft from a different era can get their hands on a bargain at the Asia International Arts and Antiques Fair at Kitec in Kowloon Bay. The show takes place today and tomorrow. Now in its eighth year, the fair has become one of the most important art and antiques trading platforms in the Asia-Pacific region.


Spielberg hands out Cannes prizes

The curtain comes down on the world's most famous film festival, with chairman of judges Steven Spielberg due to announce the winner of the Palme d'Or tomorrow. Favourites for the big prize at the 66th Cannes Film Festival include Nebraska, the latest from US director Alexander Payne, and the drama Inside Llewyn Davis, by Cannes favouites Joel and Ethan Coen.