Talking points

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 October, 2011, 12:00am


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

Launch of Shenzhou-8 docking module imminent

China is expected to launch as early as tomorrow its first spacecraft capable of docking with a space module it put into orbit last month, in what will be a crucial test of its growing space programme. The unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft will blast off atop a Long March-2F rocket at the remote Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert and will later attempt to dock with the Tiangong-1, or Heavenly Palace-1, space laboratory module. Officials with the space programme have said the docking tests will provide experience necessary for the building of a permanent manned space station around 2020.

Case of jailed mentally disabled man returns to court

A court in Henan province will tomorrow rehear the case of a mentally disabled man imprisoned for nearly three years after being charged with robbery. Lu Tianxi, 34, was jailed three years ago for stealing 55 yuan (HK$67) from a 91-year-old man in the city of Luoyang. Lu's family was not told of his imprisonment until July this year because Lu had given interrogators a wrong name and family address. Lu was released in August. The case gained attention after media reported Lu's condition dated back to childhood.

Nato declares end of mission in Libya

Nato is expected to end its mission in Libya, declaring its mandate to protect civilians fulfilled. Alliance warplanes will wind up the mission after flying more than 26,000 sorties and bombing almost 6,000 targets in a seven-month operation that helped a ragtag rebel force oust Muammar Gaddafi. The conflict ended in controversial fashion when Gaddafi was shot dead on October 20, a killing criticised even by Western allies of the interim National Transitional Council regime. Facing global criticism over Gaddafi's death, the NTC has vowed to bring his killers to justice.

Party founders discuss development of HK, Taiwan

Three political heavyweights join hands to talk about the political and democratic development of Hong Kong and Taiwan. The founding chairmen of the Democratic, Liberal and Civic parties, Martin Lee Chu-ming, Allen Lee Peng-fei and Dr Kuan Hsin-chi, will attend the Tri-Millennia Symposium organised by the Asia Pacific Taiwan Federation of Industry and Commerce. They are expected to discuss next year's elections for Hong Kong chief executive and Taiwan's president.

Lula begins chemotherapy for cancer of larynx

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, president of Brazil from 2002 until last year, starts chemotherapy for cancer of the larynx. A tumour was detected on Saturday during an examination at Sao Paulo's Sirio-Libanes Hospital. Oncologist Arthur Katz said the former president was in 'very good condition'. Under Da Silva's leadership, Brazil experienced solid growth. Da Silva, known as Lula, helped the nation win the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, the first to be held in South America.

Honda leads Japanese carmarkers' interim reports

Honda Motor reports interim earnings, the first of Japan's major carmakers to post results since the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Toyota, Mazda, Nissan and Fuji Heavy all report over the following nine days.