Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 2:52am


Thai 'red shirts' face trial

Leaders of Thailand's "red shirt" protest movement are expected to go on trial on charges of terrorism, in connection with deadly street protests in 2010. The "red shirts" - most of them supporters of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra - brought chaos to Bangkok in days of rallies in which civilians and police were killed. The trial may spark off more unrest, especially as it comes days after royalist "yellow shirts" protested to demand the removal of Thaksin's sister, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.


October retail sales figures due

Hong Kong's retail sales figures for October are released, shedding light on the city's performance in the crucial "golden week" national holiday at the start of that month. Retail sales rose more strongly than expected in September. But there were signs of a slowdown in some segments, with the luxury sector particularly hard-hit.


British media ethics inquiry reports

Britain's biggest media ethics inquiry releases its findings - a report that could lead to fundamental changes in the way the country's newspapers are regulated. Lord Justice Brian Leveson has heard from 474 witnesses since the inquiry began a year ago. It was set up in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal that led to the demise of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid.


Appeal verdict in Air France crash case

A court in Versaille delivers its verdict on an appeal by the parties found guilty of manslaughter in the crash of an Air France Concorde jet. Continental Airlines and one of its mechanics were convicted of manslaughter in 2010 after debris from one of the former airline's planes caused the crash in 2000 of Flight 4590, killing 113 people. The previous trial ruled that titanium debris dropped by a Continental DC-10 on to the runway at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris was to blame.


UN to vote on Palestinian statehood

The UN General Assembly is set to vote on recognising the Palestinian Authority as a state - a proposal likely to pass despite the fierce opposition of the United States and Israel. France has indicated it will support the proposal to make Palestine a non-member observer state at the United Nations, and other European nations are also considering backing it. Unlike the Security Council, there is no veto for larger states in the assembly.


Zheng hopes for 'player of the year' title

The Asian Football Confederation names the continent's player of the year at an awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. Guangzhou Evergrande's Zheng Zhi is one of three names on the shortlist after he helped his side retain their Chinese Super League title. The former Celtic and Charlton Athletic star faces competition from Iran's Ali Karimi and Lee Keun-ho of South Korea.