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Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 October, 2012, 1:53am

Exhibition marks 50 years of Bond movies

An exhibition of more than 100 items of James Bond memorabilia opens at the World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1962 release of the first film based on Ian Fleming's spy novels, Dr. No.

 

Briefing on high-risk medical procedures

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists holds a briefing to explain the importance of high-risk medical procedures and their supervision following the death of a woman after a blood transfusion at a DR beauty centre in Causeway Bay. Three other women who had the same procedure are still in hospital, one in critical condition. Health minister Dr Ko Wing-man has announced a review by a 20-member committee, which he will chair, of the operations of health clinics, including beauty salons. And the beauty industry has said it will draft guidelines for salons in an attempt to regain the trust of consumers.

 

Think tank analyses Asian defence spending

The Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a leading think tank based in Washington, releases a report analysing the defence spending between 2000 and 2011 of China, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, the five biggest spenders in Asia. The report is said to present several key findings and areas for further research. China's military growth has been rapid for the past decade and has raised regional concern, but the military spending made public by Beijing has never been complete.

 

Leaders meet on Scottish vote for independence

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond are set to approve plans for a referendum on Scottish independence, triggering two years of campaigning over the future of the 300-year-old United Kingdom. Cameron, who opposes the breaking up of the union, meets the Scottish National Party leader in Edinburgh after ministers said they had reached agreement on terms for the vote. London is expected to give Scotland's administration the power to conduct the plebiscite in the autumn of 2014, offering Scots a straight yes-no question on leaving the UK. The devolved Scottish government has powers over some policy areas such as health and education, as well as a separate legal system, but defence, energy and foreign affairs remain with the British government.

 

September 11 accused back before military judge

Pretrial hearings for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other alleged top al-Qaeda operatives reopen, with a military commission judge expected to rule on key disputes in the murder case for those accused of planning and financing the September 11, 2001, attacks. The hearings at Guantanamo Bay over the next five days will centre on whether a top CIA official who oversaw Mohammed's waterboarding should be compelled to testify about the harsh technique and whether public comments by President George W. Bush and other officials so prejudiced the defendants' rights to a fair trial that the case should be thrown out.

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