Leung Chun Ying

Talking points

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 October, 2011, 12:00am


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Leung Chun-ying takes his leave from Exco

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Finance ministers battle to activate aid for Greece

Euro zone finance ministers seek agreement on unlocking vital loan aid for Greece, amid pressure to go much further and leverage their rescue funding into a war chest worth trillions. The 17 countries that share the debt-challenged euro currency are meeting in Luxembourg, with their priority to reach an understanding about whether Greece should get an Euro8 billion (KH$83.3 billion) loan, blocked by the International Monetary Fund.

Tsai Ing-wen starts three-day trip to Japan

Taiwanese opposition presidential candidate Dr Tsai Ing-wen sets off on a three-day visit to Japan during which she will meet politicians, legislators and Taiwanese immigrants.

US Senate votes on action over yuan

The US Senate takes a procedural vote to decide whether to punish China for its alleged currency manipulation, a measure that has divided the Republican presidential field and put the White House in a bind.

Medicine prize opens the Nobel season

This year's Nobel season opens with the medicine prize, with the prestigious awards for peace and literature both tipped to be coloured by the 'Arab spring'. The names of the nominees are kept secret by the various committees but, as in every year, speculation is rife about who will win in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, economics, literature and peace. The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the peace prize, has confirmed a record 241 nominations for this year, after honouring jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo last year and marking his absence from the awards ceremony with an empty chair.

Purchasing index a window on medium-term future

Key US purchasing managers' figures due out should offer insights into the medium-term outlook for the world's biggest economy. The ISM Manufacturing PMI for September is expected to show a slight easing to 50.5, from 50.6 a month earlier. Any figure under 50 denotes contraction.

Verdict due in Amanda Knox appeal

American Amanda Knox and the media pack (left) hear the verdict in her appeal against murder and sexual assault convictions for the killing of her British housemate in Perugia, Italy. The jury could overturn the verdict, uphold it and maintain the 26-year jail sentence, increase the sentence to life or cut it to a minimum of 16 years.