Aung San Suu Kyi

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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 June, 2013, 1:26am

Lawmakers debate Snowden's future

Hong Kong lawmakers debate the future of whistle-blower Edward Snowden and his revelations about US hacking in Hong Kong. Legislator Ma Fung-kwok will call on the government to explain how it is reacting to the hacking claims and whether it has made any assessment of threats to Snowden's personal safety. Secretary for security Lai Tung-kwok is due to respond on behalf of the government.


Suu Kyi celebrates 68th birthday

Aung San Suu Kyi celebrates her 68th birthday at the Yangon headquarters of her National League for Democracy party. The veteran pro-democracy icon spent 15 of the 21 years up to 2010 under house arrest, but has since emerged as a major player in the country's attempts at reform. She announced earlier this month that she hoped to run for president of the country.


English soccer fixtures revealed

Fans of English soccer can start planning their late nights in front of the television as the Premier League fixtures for the coming season are revealed. Fans will be watching closely to see who Manchester United come up against in their first game under David Moyes, while the opening fixtures for Premier League newcomers Cardiff will also be of interest. Hong Kong fans will be watching on a different channel this season, after iCable lost broadcast rights to Now TV.


Vietnamese president in Beijing for talks

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang arrives in Beijing for a three-day visit intended to improve the often fractious ties between the communist neighbours. China and Vietnam fought a brief but bloody border war in 1979 after Hanoi overthrew Beijing's Khmer Rouge allies in Cambodia, and the two navies have clashed over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.


Tokyo releases May trade figures

Trade figures for last month released in Tokyo will shed fresh light on the effect of "Abenomics" - the huge monetary easing programme directed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The yen has tumbled from late last year in anticipation of more aggressive monetary easing, prompting some countries to worry about competitive currency devaluations.


Assange marks one year in embassy

The founder of WikiLeaks marks his first full year holder up in Ecuador's embassy in London. Julian Assange fled to the embassy to evade Swedish attempts to extradite him on sex charges. Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague met on Monday to discuss Assange's plight for the first time. Patino said the two nations would establish a legal commission to try to find a "definitive solution" for Assange.