Paul Chan

Talking Points

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

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 3:16am

Clinton, Panetta in Australia for talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta are in Perth for talks with their Australian counterparts. While much of the attention is likely to be on the scandal back in the United States that has seen CIA chief David Petraeus forced to quit, the discussions themselves may offer new pointers on the US military and diplomatic pivot to the Pacific intended to counter China's rising influence.

Two ministers face Legco censure

Lawmakers take aim at education chief Eddie Ng Hak-kim and Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po when they debate a motion of no confidence in them. Ng has come under fire for his handling of the furore over the introduction of national education, while Chan has faced criticism over subdivided flats owned by a company linked to his family. The motion, proposed by People Power lawmaker Wong Yuk-man, is thought unlikely to succeed.

Workers strike across Europe against austerity

Workers across Europe down tools in a continent-wide protest against austerity measures, called by the European Trade Union Confederation. In cash-strapped Greece, the private sector union GSEE will strike, while Portugal's biggest umbrella union, the CGTP, plans a general strike in protest against new government tax increases. French and Spanish unions also plan industrial action.

New Goldman Sachs partners cash in

Some lucky Goldman Sachs executives are in the money as the international investment banking group names its new partners. The ritual is a legacy of when the group was a private partnership. Nowadays, partners get a bigger chunk of the bonus pool than their colleagues, but not as much as in the pre-listing era - although the lucky few worldwide will see their basic pay hit at least US$900,000.

Koran-burning case returns to Pakistani court

A court in Islamabad resumes hearings in the case of Christian teenager Rimsha Masih, who is accused of blasphemy for allegedly burning pages that contained Koranic verses. Masih's case has focused international attention on Pakistan's religious laws. The cleric who made the accusations against Rimsha has been charged with falsifying evidence.

Suu Kyi delivers memorial lecture in India

Myanmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes her first visit to India, the country where her mother served as ambassador, in a quarter of a century to deliver the Jawaharlal Nehru memorial lecture. Suu Kyi, who was released from house arrest two years ago this week, is following in the footsteps of a string of well-known academics in delivering the lecture in memory of India's first prime minister in Delhi.