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British expatriates have lambasted as ridiculous and infuriating a new visa regime that has forced some families to cancel their summer holidays back home and led to black marks in the passports of their domestic helpers.

Entrepreneur Ricky Wong Wai-kay was left shocked and more than 300 of his employees were left jobless after his Hong Kong Television Network was denied a free-to-air television licence.

Eleanor Catton became the Man Booker Prize's youngest winner for The Luminaries, a novel set in her homeland in the 19th century that explores identity, greed and human frailty.

The annual Nobel Prize season closes with the awarding of the economics prize in Stockholm, Sweden. As usual, American economists dominate the list of favourites, just as they have over the past 10 years, with 17 out of the 20 recipients during that period from the US.

The first Legislative Council meeting after the summer recess will see Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki move a motion to invoke Legco special powers to set up a select committee to look into alleged conflicts of interest in deals by development chief Paul Chan Mo-po.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin today on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit in Bali, where he is also set to give a speech on his strategy for revitalising Japan's economy.

US President Barack Obama will use today's fifth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers to turn his attention from foreign policy to a looming budget battle with Congress.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel is on a Southeast Asian tour meant to stress Washington's so-called "pivot" back towards the Asia-Pacific. After a stop in Malaysia, Hagel heads to Indonesia and then Brunei for a gathering of defence ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.