Countdown under way for Shenzhou launch
China's next manned rocket is expected to be launched tomorrow night. The Shenzhou 10 rocket and spaceship, which will carry a crew of three, has already been moved to the launch pad in the remote Gobi desert, in the northern province of Gansu . The ship will link up with the Tiangong ("Heavenly Palace") 1 module.
HKU sheds light on mental health
The University of Hong Kong's Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine will announce the latest medical research findings regarding the effectiveness of a treatment for patients suffering from psychosis and suicidal behaviour. In 2010, it was estimated that about 2 per cent of the city's population experienced psychosis.
Florida 'race killing' trial starts
A volunteer night watchman goes on trial in a Florida court over the fatal shooting in February last year of an unarmed black teenager. The killing of Trayvon Martin, 17, by George Zimmerman sparked protests and claims that the killing was a case of racial profiling. Zimmerman, son of a white father and Hispanic mother, has said he acted in self defence.
S Korea nuclear reactor back on line
South Korea will restart a nuclear reactor shut for nearly eight months after microscopic cracks were found during maintenance. The restart will ease fears of power shortages over the hot Korean summer. South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy, is heavily dependent on oil, gas and coal imports, but nuclear power generation supplies a third of its power.
Foreign car makers on fast track
From today, foreign investment in vehicle manufacturing in the mainland's western region will get preferential treatment, reversing a policy that removed car-making from a list of industries qualifying for government incentives. The change, announced in a joint statement last month by the National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Commerce, is among several measures taken to encourage labour-intensive projects in the central and western regions, which attracted US$19.2 billion in overseas investment last year.
Let the Japanese-US war games begin
Japan and the US are scheduled to begin a major military exercise that will test their ability to recapture a hypothetical remote island. The announcement in April of Japan's participation in the two-week, US-led exercise, code-named Dawn Blitz, has led to diplomatic protests from Beijing, which strenuously disputes Tokyo's claims to ownership of the Senkaku/Diaoyu archipelago southwest of Okinawa.