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PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 January, 2014, 3:21am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 January, 2014, 3:21am

Holocaust remembered around the world

Daniil Granin, a survivor of the Nazis' siege of Leningrad during the second world war, will address the German parliament in Berlin today on international Holocaust remembrance day. In Oswiecim, Poland, members of the Israeli Knesset and camp survivors will mark 69 years since the liberation of the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz. Elsewhere, Shin Dong-hyuk, who escaped from North Korea's Camp 14 prison, gives a speech in Tokyo to raise awareness of the plight of the prisoners today subjected to starvation, torture and slave labour in the country's four concentration camps.

 

Brunei diamond theft trial commences

The trial of a woman bodyguard accused of stealing diamonds worth £8.7 million (HK$111 million) from the Sultan of Brunei's ex-wife is due to begin in London today. Singaporean Waheeda Abdullah denies taking one blue diamond and one yellow diamond - both gifts from the sultan - from Mariam Aziz in 2009.

 

China and France mark 50 years of diplomacy

New visa rules that fast-track Chinese visitors' travel requests to France come into force today to mark the 50th anniversary of Beijing establishing full diplomatic ties with Paris. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said earlier this month that visas would be processed within 48 hours, as he unveiled a year of events feting the January 27, 1964 date on which France opened ties with the then-government of Mao Zedong.

 

Westgate massacre trial resumes in Kenya

The trial of four men charged in connection with Kenya's Westgate mall massacre resumes in Nairobi today. Adan Mohamed Abidkadir Adan, Mohamed Ahmed Abdi, Liban Abdullah Omar and Hussein Hassan Mustafah are accused of helping to plan the September attack - claimed by Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab insurgents - in which at least 67 people were killed. All four have pleaded not guilty to charges of supporting a terrorist group.

 

Anti-corruption committees present findings

The four advisory committees which oversee the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will review the work of the anti-graft body today. The number of corruption complaints to the ICAC plunged by a third last year, the biggest decrease since the agency's inception in 1974. ICAC commissioner Simon Peh Yun-lu admitted last week that "individual incidents" during the previous year had damaged the agency's reputation but said that corruption showed no sign of worsening.

 

Li's biggest companies report earnings

The eyes of the city's investors will turn to conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa and property group Cheung Kong Holdings today, as the two biggest companies chaired by Asia's richest man, billionaire Li Ka-shing, report their earnings for last year.

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