Working for the rat race
The weekend is normally time for a rest from the rat race - but this weekend is an exception, as teams line up for one of the year's biggest charity events. Tomorrow's Central Rat Race puts participants from 60 teams through a series of fast-paced challenges. Organisers will be hoping to beat last year's total of HK$2.62 million, raised for the mental health charity Mindset.
US troops join Philippine exercise
Troops from the United States join colleagues from the Philippines for five days of amphibious landing exercises and humanitarian assistance projects. It's a further sign of the US military's "pivot" towards Asia as it bids to counter China's growing military might. Manila hinted last week that the former Subic Bay naval base, facing the South China Sea, could be revived as a key hub for the US fleet.
Marking 50 years since Cuban missile crisis
The United States and Cuba mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the Cuban missile crisis. A U-2 spy plane piloted by Major Richard Heyser took 928 photos over Cuba on October 14, 1962, providing proof that Soviet missiles had arrived and a launch site was being constructed. Weeks of frantic negotiation and military posturing followed, taking the world to the brink of nuclear war.
Disneyland hosts international triathlon
Hong Kong Disneyland plays host to an event that could never be described as Mickey Mouse - the Hong Kong ITU Triathlon Asian Cup. Over two days, competitors will swim, cycle and run to glory in an elite international race, men's and women's age-group races and, for the first time, a mixed team relay race.
Electronics fair switches on
The world's biggest electronics fair gets under way at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (autumn edition), the largest event of its kind in the world, and electronicAsia, a trade fair, run concurrently until Tuesday. Some 3,900 local and international exhibitors, operating more than 5,200 booths, are taking part.
Gubernatorial polls test Putin's support
Russia's first gubernatorial elections in eight years offer the biggest test yet of President Vladimir Putin's efforts to reassert control after the largest protests in more than a decade. Ruling-party candidates lead by double-digit margins in all five races before tomorrow's vote, says a Civil Society Development Fund report. The unrest is pushing Putin's allies into a balancing act where a heavy-handed show of strength risks sparking new protests and rallying the opposition. Putin abolished direct election of governors in 2004 and agreed to restore them last year after tens of thousands took to the streets.