18th Party Congress

Talking Points

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

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 2:06am

Merkel meets Cameron over EU budget

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in London for a working dinner with British Prime Minister David Cameron - one that will no doubt touch on the hard-to-digest topic of the European Union's budget. British lawmakers voted against the budget last week, dealing Cameron an embarrassing defeat, and demanded that the prime minister fight for a spending cut in real terms instead of the 5 per cent rise proposed by the European Commission

Manga take centre stage at Japanese summit

Colourful wigs and bizarre costumes get an airing at the opening of the International Manga Summit in the Japanese city of Yonago in Tottori prefecture. Yonago, the 13th city to host the summit, is the home of many top manga artists, including Gosho Aoyama, of Detective Conan fame. In celebration, Tottori has declared the year 2012 to be the founding year of Manga Kingdom Tottori. Visitors can expect to see lots of cosplay.

Supermodels unzipped

A line-up of supermodels takes to the runway in New York for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The lingerie brand's "angels" include Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes. With lavish sets and a star-studded audience, the show has become a prime-time annual TV extravaganza in America. The fashion show, which will be aired in December, has been labelled pornographic by some critics and outright commercialism by others.

Chunk of Arctic resources up for sale

Rights to about 1.82 million hectares of the Arctic go to auction as the United States Interior Department sells 400 land leases for oil and gas production in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The 9.3-million-hectare site was set up in 1923 as a source of fuel for the US military but has never seen any commercial production. Last year, rights to 1.2 million hectares in the reserve sold for US$3.6 million.

Mona Lisa's keepers in town

The Louvre lands in Hong Kong - well, its ambassadors. They are on tour to promote the reopening of the museum's 18th-century decorative arts galleries after five years of restoration. Henri Loyrette, chief executive of the Louvre - which houses among other treasures Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa - and his entourage will give a glimpse into what is in store when the doors open in autumn next year.

18th national congress: the preview

The spokesman for the Communist Party's 18th national congress meets the press ahead of the opening of the five-yearly conference tomorrow. Meanwhile, more than 2,200 party delegates are expected to attend a preparatory meeting and agree on the composition of the congress presidium and the agenda.