The director of Ueno zoo in Tokyo was moved to tears when announcing that its week-old panda cub had died of pneumonia. Regular programming was interrupted by news flashes reporting the death of the cub, whose birth had cheered a nation still recovering from last year's tsunami disaster. The baby was born to Shin Shin and her mate Ri Ri, who were leased from China last year at an annual cost of about US$1 million (HK$7.7 million).
The leading Macau horse trainer was fined HK$500,000 after his horse Francis tested positive for the drug atenolol when he finished second in the Listed Lisboa Challenge in April. Moore, seven times champion Hong Kong jockey and a multiple championship-winning trainer, was allowed to retain his licence. He described the offence as 'a contamination case'.
The 76-year-old elder brother and mentor of South Korea's president was charged with taking 600 million won (HK$4 million) in bribes from the chairmen of two banks to help stop a regulatory crackdown. The bankers themselves have been charged with embezzlement and bribery, and the banks' operations have been suspended, leaving many customers unable to withdraw money.