FIREMEN from the Public Security Bureau in Beijing are to be seconded to the Hong Kong fire service in a move to improve co-operation and boost the confidence of local businesses expanding to the mainland. The team will begin working with the Fire Services Department in November and will be taught local techniques and regulations. Chinese dissident Yang Zhou left Shanghai with his wife to seek medical treatment in the United States. Mr Yang, a co-founder of the Shanghai-based Chinese Human Rights Association, was released from a labour camp earlier this month following a lengthy bout of illness. Governor Chris Patten was greeted by a frustrated crowd of over 1,000 residents and demonstrators when he visited the three temporary housing areas after the announcement that nine additional areas would be kept on. A 73-year-old man fainted and nine policemen were injured during the scuffle as the residents accused the Governor of having made a fake promise of closing down the shabby temporary housing areas. Australian-Chinese businessman James Peng Jiandong was sentenced to 18 years of imprisonment after he was found guilty of corruption and embezzlement by the Shenzhen People's Intermediate Court. The Australian Senate has passed a resolution urging China to deport the convicted 35-year-old Australian citizen. The US military force stationed in Okinawa, Japan, finally handed over its three navy servicemen due to severe accusation of their alleged rape of a 12-year-old schoolgirl. The incident strained the relationship between the two countries after the US military refused to hand over the three immediately after the rape was reported. Anger was aroused among the Japanese as they believed the US was insensitive and arrogant in dealing with the incident. If convicted, the three face life imprisonment. At the celebration of China's National Day, several dozens April 5 pro-democracy activists gathered outside the Convention and Exhibition Centre and stormed police cordons and chained themselves to lamp posts. Leung Kwok-hung, leader of April 5, and several members were detained while Governor Patten and New China News Agency director Zhou Nan celebrated inside the centre the improved Sino-British ties. A blind 57-year-old Egyptian clerk, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and nine other people were found guilty by a US jury of a terrorist conspiracy to blow up the United Nations and kill Egypt's President. The clerk will face life imprisonment. AIDS patients in Hong Kong have developed a type of tuberculosis for which doctors fear there may be no cure. The spread of the tuberculosis could have been fuelled by mainland immigration and overcrowding. Malaysian tycoon Datuk Tiong Hiew King and his family have agreed to up their stake in troubled Ming Pao Enterprise by buying a further 35.9 per cent shares of the publishing company in a $493 million deal from former chairman Yu Pun-hoi. Changes in the way land is granted for building international schools are to be discussed by the Executive Council. The proposals are part of an overall review of international schools conducted by a task force of officials. China and Britain agreed to a package of measures on links between the Beijing and Hong Kong governments in the run-up to the 1997 handover. Nearly three hours of talk between Foreign Minister Qian Qichen and Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind produced an agreement on four main points, including the setting up of a liaison office. American football legend O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife and her friend in a suspense-filled climax to the courtroom saga that obsessed America. Simpson's defence was reported to have cost US$8 million (HK$62 million).