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Talking points

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2012, 12:00am


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UN pushes for easier access to aid Syrians

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos (left) is expected to arrive in Damascus for a two-day visit after the Syrian authorities repeatedly ignored her earlier requests. Amos aims to urge all sides to allow unhindered access for humanitarian relief workers so they can evacuate the wounded and deliver essential supplies. Concerns have been growing about a humanitarian crisis in Syria, where the United Nations estimates more than 7,500 people have been killed over 11 months in the government's crackdown on civilian protesters.

Health check for disgraced Taiwanese president

Taiwan's jailed former president, Chen Shui-bian, who is serving a 171/2-year term on two bribery convictions, visits hospital for further medical checks. Chen's family says he has developed digestive disorders and other symptoms related to his heart and liver and that with a family history of liver cancer, he should be treated at a regular hospital rather than in prison.

North Korean food talks back on table

US Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Robert King (left) is scheduled to meet North Korean officials in Beijing to discuss the distribution of 240,000 tonnes of food aid. Last week the United States and North Korea said the US agreed to provide aid in exchange for a freeze on North Korea's nuclear activities. Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi called for all sides to work together to push for the resumption of the nuclear disarmament-for-aid talks, involving the two Koreas, the US, China, Russia and Japan, suspended in 2009.

Apple reveals ingredients of latest tablet

Apple is expected to unveil the latest version of its wildly popular iPad in its first major media event since the death of Steve Jobs. With few hints as to what it will reveal in San Francisco, rumours are rampant in the online technology world that the 'iPad 3' will feature a higher resolution display closer to the quality of Apple's iPhone 4S, a faster processor and perhaps an improved camera. Rumours have also been circulating that Apple might make its Siri artificial intelligence assistant software available on the iPad.

New system for counting black-faced spoonbills

The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society announces its International Black-faced Spoonbill Census and introduces a new system to record black-faced spoonbill figures. The species is classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, but a growing number have been seen in the city in recent years. Black-faced spoonbills generally winter in Hong Kong, mostly staying at the Mai Po Nature Reserve. In the winter of 2010-11 some 462 birds were sighted, or one-fifth of the world population of black-faced spoonbills.

Crunch time for aspiring HK Derby entrants

The Jockey Club selects the 14 runners for the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby. Owners spend millions of dollars on horse flesh around the world trying to win one of Hong Hong's most prestigious races. And trainers have been talking up their horses - those that don't qualify automatically under the ratings system - hoping they can get a start in the 2,000-metre blue-riband event at Sha Tin on March 18.