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

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 September, 2012, 2:04am

First day jitters for some undergraduates

Some universities are bracing for possible chaos when the academic year starts, with a double intake of first-year undergraduates. A few institutions will start the semester later. Concerns have arisen over whether universities have enough facilities and staff to maintain standards. Thousands of students may have to scramble for hostel places, and services at libraries and canteens.

 

Tyson the headliner at CLSA forum

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson headlines more than 40 speakers set to appear at the CLSA Investors' Forum starting today. The five-day annual forum will see 1,500 institutional investors from 33 countries and 500 senior executives from 210 listed companies.

 

UBS trader in US$2.3b fraud trial

A trader accused of a US$2.3 billion fraud at Swiss bank UBS is due to go on trial in London in a case expected to once again shine a light on the supervision of bankers. Ghanaian-born equities trader Kweku Adoboli denies two counts of fraud and two of false accounting between 2008 and September last year. The son of a Ghanaian former UN official, Adoboli worked for UBS' global synthetic equities division. The 32-year-old was arrested in London on September 15 last year on suspicion of the massive fraud. He bought and sold exchange-traded funds, which track different stocks or commodities.

 

Xi Jinping likely to meet Danish PM

All eyes will be on Vice-President Xi Jinping, who is due to meet Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt this afternoon, after meetings were called off last week. A host of online rumours swirled, from Xi being seriously ill to suggestions he might have been purged. Meetings with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong were cancelled last week. He last appeared in state media on September 1.

 

West looks to tighten limits on Iran

Western countries will seek to further tighten the screws on Iran at a meeting of the UN atomic agency, after the watchdog's latest damning report on Tehran's nuclear programme. But it was unclear whether Russia and China would support a tough-talking resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency's meeting in Vienna. An IAEA report last week added to suspicions that Iran is not telling the truth when it says its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes. The report said Iran had doubled since May the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges at its underground Fordo facility.

 

Light a candle for Suicide Prevention Day

On the 10th anniversary of World Suicide Prevention Day, the WHO's Facebook event page has seen more than 3,300 people indicate they will take part. People have been asked to light a candle near a window at 8pm to show their support for suicide prevention, remember a lost loved one and for the survivors.

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