CHOSEN. DONALD TSANG, 60, bow tie-donning top civil servant; as Hong Kong's next Chief Executive, by an 800-member Election Committee; in Hong Kong. Tsang, the son of a policeman, secured nominations from more than 700 of the delegates, precluding the need for a formal vote. He takes his oath in Beijing this week and will then complete the remaining two years of the second term of former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, who resigned in March.
PLEADED GUILTY. YOSHIAKI TSUTSUMI, 71, named by Forbes magazine as the richest man in the world in 1990; to insider trading and falsifying financial records; in Tokyo. Tsutsumi, former chairman of Japan's Seibu conglomerate, ran the railroad and real estate empire for 40 years before he stepped down last October. He faces up to eight years in prison.
RETURNED HOME. CHARLES JENKINS, 65, U.S. Army sergeant who defected to North Korea in 1965 and lived there for 39 years before being allowed to emigrate to Japan in 2004; to Weldon, North Carolina. Jenkins said he wanted to visit his ailing 91-year-old mother. Jenkins served 25 days in a U.S. military jail in Japan last year after pleading guilty to desertion and aiding the enemy.
RELEASED. FLORENCE AUBENAS, 44, French foreign correspondent for the Paris daily Libération; after being held captive in Iraq for more than five months; in Baghdad. Aubenas, who was kidnapped with her Iraqi interpreter Hussein Hanoun al-Saadi by Sunni insurgents, received euphoric media coverage and public attention upon her return to France. The French government had negotiated for her release for months, and said no ransom was paid. "My kidnappers told me that I was as famous as Lady Di in France," said Aubenas after arriving in Paris.
DIED. MAXIM MICHALIK, 2, Canadian-born schoolboy; after being shot during an eight-hour siege of an international school; in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Chea Sokhom, 23, a former driver for a South Korean restaurant owner, and three accomplices entered the school and took about 30 schoolchildren and teachers hostage. Cambodian police delivered $30,000 in ransom and a van per the four's demands, but they were overpowered by police and arrested before they could drive away. Police reported that Sokhom wanted to take revenge on his former employer, who he said had slapped him, by kidnapping the man's two children. Sokhom told police he shot Michalik to put pressure on the authorities and because the boy was crying.
60 Age of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who spent her birthday on Sunday under house arrest in Rangoon. Over the past 16 years she has been detained for a total of nine years and eight months
1,350 Number of political prisoners in Burma, according to Amnesty International
100,000 Copies of Little Black Sambo sold in Japan since its rerelease in April, making it a top-five best seller. Sambo sold more than 1 million copies in Japan before a U.S.-led antiracism campaign forced it from stores in 1988
6.4% Decline in Hollywood domestic box-office revenue for the first half of this year, compared with the same period in 2004, partly due to poor performances by such films as Kingdom of Heaven and Cinderella Man
6 Number of strokes of a cane decreed as punishment for two adult brothers in Malaysia for sharing a bottle of beer in public
Performance of the Week
Newly crowned fastest man on the planet ASAFA POWELL, 22, broke the 100-m world record in Athens last week with a 9.77-sec. race. Powell, a Jamaican, shaved one-hundredth of a second off the record, becoming only the fourth non-American since 1912 to lower the mark. Winning on the very track that dealt him a disappointing fifth-place finish in last year's Olympics makes it a doubly sweet success for Powell. Aptly, his African first name means "rising to the occasion."