Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...
Chief justice opens the legal year
City Hall hosts the ceremonial opening of the legal year, with Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li inspecting a ceremonial guard mounted by the police force at Edinburgh Place. He will address the gathering, followed by Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, Bar Association chairman Kumar Ramanathan and others.
Safety crackdown for Lunar New Year
Beijing begins conducting spot safety checks on large department stores and supermarkets in the lead-up to the Lunar New Year shopping spree. Every day two teams will draw lots to decide on four venues to check. Inspections will focus on fire hazards.
Seminar focuses on economic outlook for year
The China Centre for International Economic Exchanges holds its monthly seminar on economic development. Two researchers from the centre, Chen Wenling and Zhuang Yunjun, will speak on this month's theme, the economic outlook for 2013.
Forum examines changing global landscape
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivers a speech at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai to open the two-day Asian Financial Forum, whose theme is "Asia: Shaping the Next Global Landscape". Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah addresses a cocktail reception this evening. Organised by the government and Trade Development Council, the forum will discuss such topics as Asia's role in global economic development, regulatory reform and the need for new financial infrastructure, the latest trends in capital flows globally and in Asia, and China opportunities.
Colombian peace talks resume in Cuba
Colombia's government and leftist Farc rebels resume peace talks in Cuba after a three-week break, under pressure to show results in the coming months to end their half-century conflict. The longtime rivals launched the talks in October, their fourth attempt in three decades to close a battle that has left 600,000 people dead, 15,000 missing and 4 million displaced since 1964. President Juan Manuel Santos has said the talks must conclude by November.
Dancer gives evidence at Berlusconi trial
The nightclub dancer who is the main witness in the sex trial of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi testifies in Milan. Karima El Mahroug, known as "Ruby the Heart Stealer", was due to give evidence in December, but failed to show up, telling her lawyer she was on holiday in Mexico. Berlusconi, 76, who is seeking a fifth term in government at next month's elections, is accused of paying El Mahroug for sex when she was under 18, the minimum legal age for prostitution in Italy. The media mogul denies the charges and El Mahroug, a Moroccan who is now 20, has said she never had sex with him.