Talking Points

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

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 2:15am

Final verdict in Citizens' Radio case

The city's top court delivers its final verdict in the case of five prominent pan-democrats fined for speaking on pirate radio station Citizens' Radio in 2008. The Court of Final Appeal earlier reserved judgment in the appeal by Emily Lau Wai-hing, Wong Yuk-man, Albert Chan Wai-yip, Lee Cheuk-yan and Lee Wing-tat against HK$1,000 fines for staging a radio broadcast on a Mong Kok street.

Hindus celebrate festival of light

Hindus in Hong Kong and around the world celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. The India Association is one of many organisations in Hong Kong that arrange Diwali balls, while more down-to-earth fun will be had at the city's many Indian restaurants - and at that hub of South Asian culture, Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Zhuhai boasts air show biggest and best

Zhuhai's biennial air show takes off, with organisers promising that this year's event will be the biggest and best yet. The China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition is an opportunity for domestic and international companies to make their mark in the nation, expected to be one of the most vibrant aviation markets in the world in the coming decades. The show runs until Sunday.

Christie's offers historic sparkler

A historic 76-carat diamond is expected to raise US$20 million or more when it goes under the hammer - not literally - in Geneva. Christie's is selling the "Archduke Joseph" diamond, which once belonged to the 19th-century Austrian leader of the same name. The diamond was sold to an anonymous buyer in the 1930s and hidden in a safe during the second world war, before re-emerging at auction in London in 1961.

New talks over EU budget

Crunch talks resume in Brussels over the budget for the European Union after collapsing in acrimony on Friday. The bloc's request for an extra €9 billion (HK$88.6 billion) to fill a funding gap has not gone down well with the governments of its 27 member states, many of which are being forced to submit to harsh austerity measures at home amid the euro-zone debt crisis. A failure to reach such an agreement by the midnight deadline will result in the EU basing its budget for the coming year on the 2012 programme.

Tymoshenko back in court

Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yuliya Tymoshenko faces more legal troubles, as her trial on abuse-of-power charges resumes in Kiev. The former prime minister is already serving a seven-year prison sentence on similar charges, but she, her supporters and many international human rights organisations claim the prosecutions are an attempt by President Viktor Yanukovych to stifle dissent in the former Soviet republic.