Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...
City's third Apple Store opens
Apple fanatics rejoice! The US technology giant opens its third and biggest store in the city, at the new Hysan Place mall in Causeway Bay. The 20,000 sq ft store is its 10th in China, the second-biggest market for the firm's gadgets, including the iPhone and iPad. Its existing Hong Kong stores are found in Kowloon Tong and Central. The previous openings saw fans camp out overnight to pick up free goodies.
Russian opposition takes to streets
Opposition activists take to the streets of Moscow, one year after the first rallies rocked the Russian capital following last December's parliamentary polls. Organisers hope for a massive turnout, but recent rallies have faced dwindling interest even as the Kremlin struggles to address public discontent against the rule of President Vladimir Putin.
Egypt votes on new constitution
Egyptians go to the polls to vote in a referendum on a new constitution condemned by liberals as a hijacking of the Arab spring uprising that ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak. President Mohammed Mursi says the new constitution is needed to establish stability after three decades of autocratic rule. Voting begins in Cairo, Alexandria and eight other provinces today, with the other half of the country voting next week.
Festival fun in West Kowloon
It's festival time in Hong Kong as the first Freespace Fest gets under way at the West Kowloon Cultural District site. The multidisciplinary festival features artists, performance artists, street performers and musicians - and even lets talented members of the public take centre stage. The festival highlights include Osadia, a street theatre company from Barcelona; The Dream Engine, an aerial dance troupe from Britain; and the dub reggae band Sensi Lion.
Parties set to pick new chiefs
Two of the city's political parties are expected to be under new leadership by the end of the weekend. Nominations close today for the chairmanship of the Liberal Party, with current deputy Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee tipped to be returned as the sole nominee. The results of a ballot for the leadership of the Democratic Party are due tomorrow, with acting chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing, deputy chairman Sin Chung-kai and Southern District councillor Au Nok-hin all in contention.
Brands expo welcomes the crowds
All manner of goods go on sale at the annual Brands and Products Expo in Victoria Park - with organisers bidding to beat last year's sales haul of HK$600 million. Some 880 booths sell everything from ginseng to abalone across an area of 28,000 square metres on the park's soccer pitches. The event runs until January 7.