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PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 December, 2011, 12:00am
 

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

Alleged WikiLeaks informant has day in court

A year and a half after his arrest, Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of turning hundreds of thousands of classified US documents over to WikiLeaks in November 2009 and May 2010, gets his first day in court. Manning (pictured), who turns 24 tomorrow, is scheduled to appear at a preliminary military hearing at Fort Meade, the headquarters of the top secret National Security Agency, near Baltimore, Maryland. His appearance today is the first step towards a court martial that could see him sentenced to prison for the rest of his life.

Social gamer Zynga to debut on Nasdaq

Zynga, the wildly popular maker of mobile and social games like Mafia Wars and FarmVille, makes its debut as a public company when it begins trading on the Nasdaq. It is aiming to raise US$$925 million, which would value it at US$9 billion. The company has reportedly booked US$732 million in sales for the 12 months ended March 31, and has generated more than US$1.5 billion in bookings since its inception in July 2007.

Terror attack verdict due for 'Carlos the Jackal'

A court in Paris is due to issue its verdict in the trial of Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, alias 'Carlos the Jackal', for four terror attacks in France in 1982 and 1983, which killed 11 people. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence. Sanchez, who was born in Venezuela, was arrested in Sudan in 1994 and has since been held in French jails. In 1997, he was convicted of the 1975 murder of a civilian and two policemen, and jailed for life.

Celebration for China's milestone in space

The central government will hold a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People to celebrate the successful redocking on November 14 of the Shenzhou-8 unmanned spacecraft with Tiangong-1, a module of the country's planned space laboratory. The spacecraft will conduct two more docking missions next year, and the country plans to establish a space laboratory by 2016 and a manned space station around four years later.

Consulate to explain HK-French tax accord

More than a year after France and Hong Kong signed an agreement to avoid double taxation, the French consulate in the city will hold a briefing to explain its implications. The agreement is expected to boost Hongkongers' investments in France, especially in real estate.

ANC's armed wing turns 50 years old

Umkhonto weSizwe, the armed wing of South Africa's ruling African National Congress, marks its 50th anniversary tomorrow. It began operations with a series of bomb attacks on December 16, 1961 targeting major cities. Nelson Mandela (pictured), its first commander-in-chief, suspended operations in February 1990, and 20,000 formerly exiled cadres later merged with the armed forces.

China Southern puts second superjumbo in skies

China Southern Airlines will get its second Airbus A380 superjumbo tomorrow, and will start taking commercial passengers on Monday. Industry observers say the airline's purchase of the huge jets is fuelled by its ambition to attract premium passengers to its international routes.

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