Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 November, 2012, 2:20am

Greece runs out of cash

More Greek debt comes due, even though Athens is still waiting on the next tranche of rescue money. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras warned ahead of a meeting on Monday that Greece would go broke by today if the meeting failed to produce an aid payment, but the troubled southern European economy will have to wait until at least Tuesday, when euro-zone finance ministers again meet to discuss the next round of payments to Greece.


Northern Irish leaders visit HK

A high-level delegation of Northern Irish politicians, including a former member of the Irish Republican Army, arrives in Hong Kong for the first leg of a trade-promotion visit to China. The province's deputy first minister, Martin McGuinness, will be accompanied by First Minister Peter Robinson and leading businesspeople. McGuinness, who admits being an IRA member during The Troubles, has since played a leading role in Ulster's peace process.


Noda dissolves parliament ahead of election

Japan's election season gets under way in earnest, when embattled Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda formally dissolves the lower house of parliament. The prime minister's popularity has plummeted over his management of an economy burdened by stagnant growth, deflation and the world's largest debt. He faces a potential rebellion from some ruling party lawmakers who want to put off an election, which would otherwise take place a month from today.


Spain defend Davis Cup without injured Nadal

Spain seeks to defend its Davis Cup tennis title on the first day of the final against the Czech Republic - but it must do so without its most famous player. Rafael Nadal misses the tie in Prague due to injury as the Czechs attempt to win their first Davis Cup since their nation split from Slovakia. Victory would give the Czech Republic a rare double, after its ladies' team won the women's version, the Federation Cup, earlier this month.


New report on Iranian nuclear progress

The International Atomic Energy Agency submits its latest report on Iran's nuclear programme, which Western nations fear is being used to build an atomic bomb. Intelligence reports last month suggested Tehran was racing ahead with the construction of its underground enrichment facility despite international pressure and heavy economic sanctions.


Olympic choreographer premieres new work

The city's New Vision Arts Festival reaches its conclusion at the Cultural Centre with two works by Shen Wei, lead choreographer of the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony. A performance of his Limited States will be followed by the world premiere of a new work, Illuminate, commissioned for the festival and designed for the venue. The performances will be repeated tomorrow.