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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 October, 2011, 12:00am

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

Court decision on Catholic school governance

The Court of Final Appeal will hand down a judgment on the Catholic Church's fight to retain tight control of schools it runs. An earlier ruling by the Court of Appeal, if allowed to stand, would force Catholic schools to accept more parents, teachers and community representatives onto their boards as members. The church argues that this would destroy the atmosphere and management culture of the schools.

'Prince Charming of Himalayas' to wed in Bhutan

Bhutan's king, an Oxford graduate known as 'Prince Charming of the Himalayas', is set to marry today in what promises to be an emotional moment for the 700,000 adoring subjects in his isolated nation. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 31, a mountain-biking fanatic and Elvis fan who was crowned in 2008, will wed a photogenic student 10 years his junior named Jetsun Pema, the daughter of an airline pilot. The announcement of the nuptials in May broke the hearts of the king's many admirers - he was once mobbed on a trip to Thailand by weeping teenagers.

Australian court to rule on Apple v Samsung

An Australian court will hand down its judgment today on Apple's request to ban the sale of Samsung Electronic's latest tablet computer in Australia - although some parts of the judgment might be given confidentially to the two parties and only released a day later, the court said. Apple is seeking a temporary ban on sales of Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablets, citing infringement of its touch-screen technology patent, pending a full determination of the patent dispute. Apple has launched an international legal battle claiming Samsung's Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets 'slavishly' copied its iPhone and iPad. Samsung, whose Galaxy gadgets are seen as a major threat to Apple's devices, rejects the claims.

US and China data to reveal trade chasm

Trade data for China and the United States will shine the spotlight on commerce between the world's two biggest economies. The US figures for August are expected to show a US$45 billion deficit, while China's trade surplus in September is expected to narrow slightly to US$16.3 billion. In Beijing, meanwhile, Lu Peijun, China's deputy customs commissioner general, will discuss the country's external trade today. HSBC has predicted that China will achieve an annualised growth of 7 per cent in global trade until 2025, despite the worldwide economic slowdown.

Aviation convention cleared for take-off in Xian

The five-day China International General Aviation Convention opens today in Xian, Shaanxi province. Last year, state authorities issued a document on easing control of the country's airspace below 1,000 metres, widely seen as a long-awaited step to open China's general aviation sector.

JPMorgan earnings likely to show decline

JPMorgan Chase starts the investment bank earning season later today. Its third-quarter earnings are expected to be dented, reflecting a fall in trading and investment banking income caused by the market turmoil in recent months. Its figures will be seen as a barometer for the rest of the industry.

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