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PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 June, 2012, 12:00am
 

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Seoul mayor attends social innovation forum in HK

The mayor of Seoul is in Hong Kong this week to attend a social innovation conference at the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. Park Won-soon, 56, shook up South Korean politics in October when he won office with no formal political experience or affiliation. The former lawyer, known to be a proponent of wealth distribution and social welfare, is to visit public housing estates and learn about landslide mitigation while in the city.

C.Y. Leung makes preliminary selections

Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying makes preliminary selections for his undersecretaries and political assistants before assuming office on July 1. He has been tight-lipped about his cabinet, but Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is expected to be chief secretary, and Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah is expected to continue in his post.

Minister briefs Hong Kong media on G20 summit

Deputy Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai briefs selected Hong Kong media on the forthcoming G20 summit in Mexico, which will focus on the euro-zone debt crisis. Xinhua reported yesterday that President Hu Jintao would attend the 7th leaders' summit of the Group of 20 in Los Cabos, Mexico, from Thursday to June 19. Beijing is making plans to deal with fallout from the possible exit of Greece from the euro zone.

Sex abuse trial of US coach Jerry Sandusky starts

The sex abuse trial of former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky starts. Accused of 52 counts of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period, Sandusky has pleaded not guilty. He faces a sentence of more than 500 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Prosecutors have accused Sandusky, 68, of meeting the boys through a charity he founded, the Second Mile, and have said some of the assaults occurred at Penn State facilities. The explosive accusations in November last year forced the firing of university president Graham Spanier and Joe Paterno, US college football's most successful coach. Paterno died of lung cancer in January.

Berlin court deliberates on Canadian's extradition

A decision from a Berlin court could come as early as today on when it would act on a request to transfer a Canadian porn actor suspected of the grisly slaying and dismemberment of a Chinese student. Once the court decides, the German government will then have to sign off on the extradition of 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta, but no problems are anticipated. Magnotta, who was arrested at a Berlin internet cafe last Monday after an international manhunt, sent some of his victim's body parts to Canadian political parties and schools. Magnotta evaded police for days while he partied in Paris.

Chavez defies rumours that he is too ill for re-election

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez would go to register his candidacy for the October 7 election today, officials said, dampening rumours he might be too unwell from cancer or considering a successor. His health is seen as a key factor in his re-election bid because a serious relapse of his cancer, which he revealed last June, could limit his ability to campaign and potentially tip the balance towards challenger Henrique Capriles. News reports that Chavez has only a few months to live continue to surface.

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