Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories...
Taiwan's jailed ex-president back to hospital
Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian will be transferred to the Taipei Veterans General Hospital a medical check-up. Local media, quoting a physician, reported that Chen is suffering from brain damage and could develop dementia within six months if he is not treated properly. Chen, Taiwan's president for eight years until May 2008, has been serving a term for corruption since September 2009.
Activists face verdict over June 4 rally
Eight activists who joined last year's protest march on the North Point police station will hear their verdicts in Eastern Court, where they have been charged with unlawful assembly. The activists say the government has made prosecutions selectively because only eight of some 300 protesters were charged six months after the march marking the anniversary of the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen crackdown.
Troubled DBC goes on air officially
After an 18-month trial period, the Digital Broadcasting Corporation officially goes on air from today. Last month DBC co-founder Albert Cheng King-hon assured the government that the station would continue broadcasting despite most of its staff being dismissed and those remaining obliged to take a 50 per cent pay cut. Cheng has slammed mainstream media for portraying DBC's difficulties as financial.
Party colleagues challenge Japanese PM
Three former government ministers will challenge Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda for the leadership of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan. Noda is expected to win the vote, according to reports. In Japan's next general election, Noda's DPJ government will face a serious challenge from the opposition Liberal Democratic Party and a new party led by the popular Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto.
Hong Kong marks Alzheimer's Day
Among events in Hong Kong marking World Alzheimer's Day, Gwen Kao, wife of Nobel prize winner Charles Kao, will give a speech at the Academy for Performing Arts. Charles Kao, a former Chinese University professor of electronics, won the Nobel for physics in 2009, in recognition of his work on fibre optics. The award's announcement led to the disclosure that Kao, who now lives in the United States, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, a degenerative and incurable disease, in 2004.
US closes missions in Indonesia
All US diplomatic missions in Indonesia will be closed amid the threat of "significant demonstrations" today, the week's Muslim holy day, over an anti-Islam film published on the internet. On Monday, protesters hurled petrol bombs at the US embassy in Jakarta. Australia has also issued a safety warning to its citizens in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country.