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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 June, 2013, 1:36am


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Children's Day marked

International Children's Day is being celebrated on the mainland to focus attention on the unacceptable conditions in which some children around the globe still live. UN children's fund Unicef started the drive, marked around the world, to encourage people to think about children's rights and promote their well-being. President Xi Jinping called for a better environment for children's study and growth during a visit to the Beijing Children's Palace.


Lions play Barbarians in world tour opener

The British and Irish Lions kick off their world tour today in Hong Kong, playing the Barbarians at Hong Kong Stadium. High temperatures and humidity have been a worry for the team, with British media reporting Lions' staff being concerned about how dehydration may affect the players. The Lions are due in Australia on Monday for a trip marking 125 years since a rugby team representing the UK and Ireland first toured the southern hemisphere.


Chinese artists in Venice art expo

The 55th international art exhibition Venice Biennale opens to the public in the northeastern Italian city this weekend, with Chinese artists making a strong showing. Lin Xue , Kan Xuan and Guo Fengyi - plus 150 others from 38 nations - are taking part in the main international exhibition, which runs until November 24.


Europe set for anti-austerity protests

International protests against austerity measures imposed by the troika of international creditors - the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Community - are scheduled across Europe. Activists in countries including Portugal, Spain, Greece, Italy, France, Britain, Germany and Slovenia have called for marches today under the banner People United Against the Troika. All citizens, political organisations, civic movements, unions and informal groups have been asked to join in.


Queen Elizabeth celebrates coronation

Britain's Queen Elizabeth marks the 60th anniversary of her coronation tomorrow, launching a series of events including a return to Westminster Abbey, where she was crowned at the age of 27. The monarch took the throne on February 6, 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI. She was crowned 16 months later after a period of national mourning. A service celebrating the anniversary is being held on Tuesday in the London abbey where, on a rainy summer's day in 1953, she was annointed and the imperial state crown placed upon her head.