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

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 September, 2012, 1:28am

Court delivers Wang Lijun verdict

The verdict in the case of former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun is due to be announced today in Chengdu Intermediate People's Court, Sichuan province. Wang, 52, whose flight to the US consulate in Chengdu in February triggered a political crisis, is accused of covering up the murder of a British businessman by Gu Kailai, wife of Chongqing's fallen party boss Bo Xilai ; and taking HK$3.6 million in bribes.


'Long Hair' back in the dock

Lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung is due to appear in Kwun Tong Court to face charges of unlawful assembly today. He was accused after blocking a road in Central with 16 other activists during the July 1 protest last year. Leung has denied the charges, claiming it is not unlawful to gather peacefully in the fight for universal suffrage.


The smiling Chinese artist hits Hong Kong

Chinese artist Yue Minjun launches his first ever Hong Kong exhibition, The Tao of Laughter, featuring five new 3.5-metre high sculptures. Yue is best known for depicting himself frozen in laughter, and his painting Execution became the most expensive work ever by a Chinese contemporary artist when it sold in 2007 for HK$36 million at London's Sotheby's. The show at Harbour City's Ocean Terminal Forecourt runs until October 14.


Terry faces secret FA trial

Chelsea captain John Terry is due to appear before the Football Association's three-man Independent Regulatory Commission at a secret location to face accusations of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, a Queens Park Rangers defender, during a match last October. Terry, who denies racism, has already been tried in the criminal courts over the incident and was acquitted in July.


Swimmer who halted Boat Race goes on trial

The privately educated self-proclaimed guerilla against elitism who brought the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race to a halt for the first time in 11 years is due to stand trial in London. Trenton Oldfield, 35, denies causing a public nuisance after swimming next to the university rowers on April 7. He said in a blog: "My swim … is a result of key guerrilla tactics; local knowledge, ambush, surprise, mobility and speed, detailed information and decisiveness."


Fortune in Van Gogh art on the move

Security is expected to be tight as dozens of masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh are driven 5 kilometres across Amsterdam to a new temporary home while the Van Gogh Museum closes for renovations. Their destination is the Hermitage Amsterdam which will have 75 paintings by the Dutch post-Impressionist artist on view until building work is complete next April. Although van Gogh supposedly sold only one painting in his lifetime, his works are now among the most expensive paintings ever sold.