Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 September, 2012, 1:41am

Wait for new iPhone is almost over

Geeks are licking their lips as Apple prepares to lift the lid on its latest iPhone. The latest edition of the best-selling smartphone is shrouded in mystery, but it is expected to have a larger, longer screen, thinner design, smaller SIM card, bigger battery and a new connector. But Apple's announcements normally include the revelation of at least one key feature that comes out of the blue.


Netherlands votes amid euro uncertainty

The Netherlands goes to the polls for the second time in two years after a tight race dominated by economic uncertainty, thanks to Europe's seemingly endless debt crisis. A resurgent Labour, led by Diederik Samsom, has drawn level with Prime Minister Mark Rutte's Liberal party in the polls. Rutte, who, in 2010, became the first Liberal Dutch prime minister since the first world war, has gone on the offensive, calling Labour "dangerous for the Netherlands".


Olympian takes on soft-drink giant

A bizarre court case pits a former Olympic judo champion against a soft-drink company. Zhuang Xiaoya, who won gold at the 1992 Barcelona Games, is suing a Jianlibao Group on the grounds that a souvenir beverage can awarded to her, which was supposedly made of gold was actually made of silver. A court in Foshan, Guangdong, is to hear the case.


MTR steps up war on crime

The MTR Corporation launches its annual crime prevention campaign at Hung Hom Station. Crime on the city's transport network declined in the first six months of the year, although pickpocketing cases increased by 7 per cent. There are also concerns about sex pests operating on the railway, with cases reported of men installing cameras in their shoes to take photos up women's skirts.


German court rules on bailout fund

Markets are nervously awaiting a German court decision that could determine whether the European Central Bank's new euro-zone rescue plan is constitutional and can proceed. The court is to decide whether Germany can contribute to a new European bailout fund that is crucial to an ECB plan to buy the bonds of euro-zone governments that request aid as a way to reduce borrowing costs.


Hillsborough disaster papers finally released

Relatives of those who died in the 1989 Hillsborough soccer tragedy will finally be able to read government papers on the disaster when they are released to the public. Some 96 Liverpool fans died in a crush at Sheffield's Hillsborough stadium during an FA Cup semi-final game. An independent report blamed the antiquated stadium and failings by emergency services, but no individual or organisation has been called to account.