Aung San Suu Kyi

Talking points

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 June, 2012, 12:00am

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Landmarks in sky and at the bottom of the sea

Two grand experiments grab public attention - one in space, the other deep beneath the sea. The Shenzhou-IX spacecraft completes automated docking with the Tiangong-1 laboratory module, the first of a crewed Chinese spacecraft with another vehicle. After docking, the astronauts will enter the space lab to carry out experiments over the next few days. Also today, the manned Jiaolong submersible attempts to dive to 7,000 metres, a new record for the country. The craft reached 6,000 metres in the Mariana Trench on Friday. Diver Ye Cong, pictured, emerges after the dive.

G20 leaders focus on 'firewall' to contain contagion

Group of 20 leaders assemble in Mexico for two days of talks expected to focus on strengthening the so-called 'firewall' to protect the euro zone from further contagion. Germany is expected to reject any attempts to weaken its opposition to debt-fuelled growth measures, Bloomberg News reports.

Report puts figure on Spanish banks' capital needs

A report on Spanish banks by Roland Berger and Oliver Wyman is expected, three days earlier than the original deadline, Reuters reports. It said the report would put the industry's capital needs at Euro60 billion (HK$583 billion) to Euro70 billion. Earlier this month, Spain sought help and was promised a bailout package to recapitalise its banks of Euro100 billion, with the final amount to be set after publication of the report.

Renewal authority gives briefing on its projects

The Urban Renewal Authority discusses past and future projects. The Graham Street Market (left), Central Market and Operation Building Bright are some of its most prominent projects. The URA's work has often been controversial, with the organisation accused of being too commercial and failing to consult the public.

Oracle returns to court to get bigger payout from SAP

Oracle and SAP meet in court again, with Oracle alleging that a unit of SAP breached copyright. A US jury last year ruled that Oracle should be paid US$1.3 billion as SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow wrongfully downloaded millions of Oracle files, but a US District Court judge subsequently found Oracle had only proven damages of US$272 million. The judge said Oracle could accept a US$272 million award, or opt for a new trial against SAP.

Bono welcomes Suu Kyi on next leg of European trip

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi makes the next stop on her European tour in Dublin, receiving a rock star's welcome from Irish singer and global rights campaigner Bono. Amnesty International will host a concert in Suu Kyi's honour at a 2,000-seat theatre in the Irish capital, where Bono is to present her with the charity's Ambassador of Conscience Award. The Irish musician and longstanding human rights campaigner, who will also sing at the event, first named Suu Kyi for the accolade during his band U2's 2009 concert at Dublin's Croke Park stadium. Suu Kyi has already visited Switzerland and Norway - where on Saturday she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to her in 1991, watched by son Kim Aris (left) - and is scheduled to travel on to London and Paris. It is Suu Kyi's first time in Europe for 24 years, having spent most of the past two decades under house arrest.