EU instructors join Mali mission Efforts to combat Islamic extremism in Mali escalate as European Union instructors arrive in the strife-torn African state to work with local troops. A total of 23 EU nations are taking part in the 550-strong EU mission, including 200 trainers and a protection force of 150, plus medical, logistical and administrative support. France, meanwhile, is beginning to withdraw some of its 4,000-strong combat force. Details emerge of regional expo Vice-Minister of Commerce Chen Jian and Jilin deputy governor Chen Weigen brief the press on this year's Northeast Asia Expo. The event, taking place in Changchun in September, brings together exhibitors from six countries in the region. China, South Korea and Japan recently wrapped up their first talks on a free trade deal among the three, despite tensions, rivalries and suspicions clouding their relationships. Tokyo's famous kabuki venue reopens Japan hopes to draw a new audience to an ancient dramatic art form as Tokyo's most famous kabuki theatre reopens. The fifth-incarnation of the Kabukiza, will open its doors in the Japanese capital's glitzy Ginza shopping and entertainment district. The theatre, which first opened in 1889, has been refurbished and now offers patrons more legroom and better disabled access, as well as promising improved resistance to earthquakes. Trial in farm landmine case The trial begins in Haiphong, Vietnam, of four brothers who used landmines and homemade shotguns in an attempt to fend off an attempt to evict them from government-owned land. Farmers Doan Van Vuon, 50, Doan Van Quy, 47, Doan Van Sinh, 46, and Doan Van Ve, 39, face attempted murder charges over their bid in January last year to keep the land. The case has been widely reported in state media and has focused attention on land seizures in the country. Engineers reveal landslide figures The Civil Engineering and Development Department releases figures for last year's landslides and details of how the department is shoring up the city's slopes. While the risk of slippage from manmade slopes has been reduced after 30 years of investment, since 2010 the department has been looking more at dangerous natural slopes. Its Geotechnical Engineering Office spent HK$15.5 billion on landslide prevention and mitigation over the years. Stars remember Leslie Cheung Events to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing's death continue, with a concert, featuring those who worked with the singer and actor, at the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. The "Love Journey Leslie Cheung 10th Anniversary Commemorative Concert" features China 21 Bureau, Red Mission and the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Orchestra.