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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2012, 12:00am

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

'Despicable' Jerome Lau faces jail sentence

Businessman Jerome Lau Ting-sing, 62, who was convicted in the District Court last month of indecently assaulting a male model during a photography session and two counts of criminal intimidation, is to be sentenced. The judge, who described Lau (left) as 'morally despicable', indicated that a jail term was likely because of the serious nature of the offences. The sentencing will take into account a psychologist's report.

Church asks High Court to evict Central Hospital

The Sheng Kung Hui Foundation, which manages properties owned by the Anglican church, asks the High Court to order Hong Kong Central Hospital to move out of premises on Lower Albert Road, Central. The church gave the hospital three months' notice to leave in March 2010, but it failed to. The church announced plans in October 2009 to convert four historic buildings occupied by the hospital into a museum and gallery, opening up the site to the public. The HK$800 million redevelopment was to be completed by 2014.

Pakistan, India meet to discuss glacier battlefield

The defence ministers of Pakistan and India hold talks in Islamabad on their dispute over the Siachen glacier, dubbed 'the world highest battlefield'. Pakistan's army chief, General Ashfaq Kiyani (left), has called for the demilitarisation of the site in the Karakoram mountain range, which is uninhabited except for the troops facing each other there since 1984. Kiyani made his call in April after visiting the site of an avalanche that killed 140 people, including 129 Pakistani soldiers.

Beijing appeals for more blood donations

The Ministry of Health holds a briefing in Beijing on voluntary blood donations. China needs about 4,000 tonnes of blood every year, according to the Caixin news magazine, but the nation is facing tight supply. Local media say the ministry expects the country to face another shortage this summer and will extend the age limit for blood donors from 55 to 60 in July.

Director of Taiwan office hosts briefing

The director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong, James Chu Shi, hosts a briefing at Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre in Wan Chai, Taiwan's de facto consulate. Chu arrived in the city in January after the office changed its name from Chung Hwa Travel. In a sign of warmer ties between the two territories in recent months, Hong Kong has agreed to offer free visas online for Taiwanese visitors from September.

IMF envoy gives briefing in Tokyo after Beijing visit

The International Monetary Fund's first deputy managing director, David Lipton, holds a briefing in Tokyo, where he arrived yesterday after talks in Beijing with senior government officials, including Vice-premier Wang Qishan and central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan . Lipton (pictured, left, with Wang) was in Beijing for the IMF's annual policy dialogue with China, at which he said the yuan had to appreciate and that China's economic growth faced risks stemming from weakening European demand.

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