Talking points

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 July, 2012, 12:00am


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

Trial of Ratko Mladic resumes in The Hague

The trial of former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic resumes. It was suspended on Thursday when he fell ill and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, though his lawyer, Branko Lukic, said he soon felt better. The trial had only resumed last Monday after being suspended on May 17 at the request of the defence. Mladic, 70, is being tried for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in Bosnia's 1992-95 war, which claimed 100,000 lives and displaced 2.2 million people. He is accused of creating a plan to rid multi-ethnic Bosnia of Croats and Muslims and of having a hand in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in which nearly 8,000 Muslim men and youths were slaughtered.

C.Y. Leung faces first grilling by Legco

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying faces a baptism of fire when he attends his first question-and-answer session in the Legislative Council, the last before the Legco term ends. He is expected to face tough questions concerning illegal structures at his home on The Peak and the resignation and arrest of his development secretary, Mak Chai-kwong, who was in office for just 12 days, for abuse of the civil service housing allowance in the 1980s.

Ukrainian foreign minister visits Beijing

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Konstantin Gryshchenko pays an official visit to China from tomorrow until July 22 at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi. Bilateral relations have been on a fast track since President Hu Jintao signed a joint statement with President Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine last year upgrading the relationship to a strategic partnership.

High Court hears HSBC suit to evict Occupy camp

The High Court hears an application by HSBC for an order to evict the Occupy Central protesters who have been camped in the open space under the bank's Hong Kong headquarters building since October. The bank filed the lawsuit, naming the occupiers of the site and three other individuals as defendants, after the demonstrators refused its request to pack up their tents and leave the premises.

Citigroup delivers quarterly results

Citigroup reports quarterly results, the third major US bank after JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, which kicked off the earnings season for the financial sector on Friday. JPMorgan said a US$4.4 billion trading loss in its chief investment office pushed second-quarter profit down 9 per cent, but Wells Fargo reported a 17 per cent increase in second-quarter net profit.

Pretrial hearing for leaks accused Bradley Manning

US soldier Bradley Manning appears before a military tribunal in a pretrial hearing before his court martial. He is charged with aiding al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula by sending a huge trove of confidential documents to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2009 and 2010. The 24-year-old faces life in jail if convicted of aiding the enemy, the most serious of the 22 charges against him. His trial is set to begin on September 21 but is likely to be postponed to November or January. The leak triggered a diplomatic firestorm that left US officials red-faced over criticism of allies and foes.