Talking points

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 March, 2012, 12:00am


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

Nominations deadline for World Bank's top job

Nominations for World Bank president close, with South Africa and Brazil expected to nominate Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo in a challenge to the United States' grip on the institution's top job. With the bank's largest voting share and the expected support of most developed nations, the US is likely to ensure another American succeeds Robert Zoellick (left), whose term is up at the end of June. The Obama administration is expected to put forward its nominee today. The US has held the presidency since the bank was founded after the second world war, while a European has always led its sister organisation, the International Monetary Fund.

Pro-Beijing party picks its chief executive candidate

The central committee of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong decides tonight for which chief executive candidate its 147 members on the 1,193-member Election Committee will vote on Sunday. Fifty-two Election Committee members from the city's main Beijing-friendly party have already nominated Leung Chun-ying.

EU to act against Syrian president's wife

The European Union is set to ban Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife, Asma (left, with her husband), from travelling to and shopping in the EU, in a bid to increase pressure on the Assad regime to end its bloody crackdown. A British-born former investment banker who once projected an image of a woman inspired by Western values, Asma al-Assad has become a hate figure for many Syrians. She has stood by her husband during the year-long crackdown, which the UN says has cost at least 8,000 lives. In recent weeks, she became the focus of media attention when a trove of leaked e-mails between her and her husband showed them discussing shopping for pop music and luxury items amid the bloodshed.

Beijing launches national campaign against TB

China launches a nationwide education campaign to mark World Tuberculosis Day tomorrow. There are almost five million TB patients in China, which has the world's second-highest incidence. Beijing has said insufficient knowledge about the disease has contributed to its prevalence.

China hosts world diving championships

Most of the world's best divers are in Beijing to compete in the latest stop of the Fina Diving World Series, which starts today at the National Aquatics Centre, the 2008 Olympics venue also known as the 'water cube'. China will be seeking to repeat its sweep of all eight gold medals at the two-day Dubai stop last weekend.

First public hearing for lost Mozart work

A lost piano work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (left) will be played at Salzburg's Tanzmeistersaal, its first public performance since the 18th century, according to Austrian media. A music copyist and researcher in Tyrol identified the work as Mozart's after it was found in an 18th-century music book that listed Mozart in the notes. The Mozart Foundation confirmed this month it 'is clearly written by the young Wolfgang Mozart'.