New storm clouds over Greece
Greece's main public and private sector labour unions hold their latest 24-hour strike to protest against new austerity measures sought by the near-bankrupt country's international lenders. The nation's labour minister and international lenders briefly suspended talks on austerity cuts yesterday to confer with their leaders on the thorny issue of labour reforms, which have prompted objections from government coalition partners. Athens is seeking a further €130 billion (HK$1.3 trillion) to keep it afloat.
Figures reveal Hong Kong's jobless
Hong Kong's unemployment figures for the July to September quarter are released, likely reigniting the debate over the city's minimum wage. Unions say low unemployment shows the city's economy can tolerate a higher minimum wage, while employers say the economic picture is fragile. A government commission said last month that the wage base should rise by HK$2 to HK$30.
Clinton speaks to youthful audience
Former US president Bill Clinton and other top personalities from the world of politics, entertainment and technology speak at the One Young World Summit in the US city of Pittsburgh. The four-day summit provides a platform for 1,500 young delegates from 190 countries around the world to meet world leaders and exchange ideas. Other speakers include Arianna Huffington, Bob Geldof, Fatima Bhutto, Imran Khan, Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Wales.
More clues on slowing economy
The Bureau of Statistics releases the key economic indicators for the first three quarters of this year in Beijing, shedding new light on the slowing economy. China suffered sluggish exports for months until a recent rebound, and many analysts are keen to see how Beijing balanced economic growth with the pressure of inflation.
Turkish pianist goes on trial for atheism
Internationally renowned Turkish pianist Fazil Zay stands trial on charges of infringing religious values, after he declared his atheism and opposition to the nation's conservative government. Turkey has a proud tradition of secular democracy, but the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to loosen laws restricting the practice of Islam, worrying critics who believe he could be fostering Sunni Muslim bigotry.
Li wraps up Pakistan visit
Politburo Standing Committee member Li Changchun expects to wrap up his two-day official visit to Pakistan. During the trip, he was scheduled to meet Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and "exchange views on the regional situation". Li will visit the Maldives and Bangladesh after the Pakistan leg.