US Presidential Election 2012
The United States' 57th quadrennial presidential election took place in November 2012. Incumbent President and Democrat Barack Obama won election and is running for a second term. His major challenger was former Massachusetts Governor, Republican Mitt Romney. From January to June, Americans voted in nationwide state level primaries and caucuses, which serveed the purpose of selecting party representatives of states to be sent for the party convention. The key issues in this race for the White House were social issues including the state of the economy, abortion and contraception, gay marriage, and immigration.
Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...
Vice-president hopefuls in debate battle
After Mitt Romney's victory over US President Barack Obama in last week's first presidential debate, it's the turn of the vice-presidential hopefuls to take centre stage. Vice-President Joe Biden will be hoping to avoid another of his famous verbal gaffes as he faces congressman Paul Ryan in Danville, Kentucky. As for Ryan, he is expected to face tough questions on his budget plans, which include deep cuts in spending.
Shell in court over pipeline leak
Anglo-Dutch petroleum giant Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary face off against Nigerian farmers and a Dutch environmental group in a district court in the Netherlands over pollution caused by a leaking pipeline in 2005. Friends of the Earth Netherlands claims it's the first time that a multinational is being put on trial at home to account for damage caused abroad. Shell claims that a lack of security in the African state made a clean-up impossible.
LeBron in Beijing for Heat clash
The world's most famous basketball player is in action in Beijing, as the Miami Heat take on the Los Angeles Clippers in the capital for the NBA China Games 2012. It's a ninth visit to China for megastar LeBron James, the hottest name in world basketball. The Heat, the defending NBA champions, take on the Clippers again in Shanghai on Sunday as they warm up for the new season.
Photographer assault case resumes
Former Apple Daily photographer Gary Sing Kai-chung is back in Eastern Court to face charges of assaulting a security guard while photographing ex-education minister Michael Suen Ming-yeung outside government headquarters. Media unions have condemned the prosecution and say it is part of a crackdown on press freedom. Sing entered no plea when the case first came to court last month.
Australia awaits jobless figures
While Australia, the only developed economy to have racked up more than 20 years of uninterrupted growth, dodged a bullet during the global financial crisis, jobless figures today could show that it's finally feeling the pinch. If the figures do not show a rise in employment, the Reserve Bank of Australia may cut interest rates further in a bid to ward off a more serious downturn.
Thai court hears new Thaksin case
Thailand's Supreme Court holds an initial hearing into abuse-of-power allegations against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in a case that threatens to reignite tensions between the country's pro-Thaksin "red shirts" and its royalist "yellow shirts". Thaksin, whose sister Yingluck now holds office as prime minister, remains in exile to avoid a previous jail sentence for corruption. He is among more than 20 people implicated in an affair involving loans made by state-owned Krung Thai Bank while he was in office.