Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...
HKEx chief sets out plans
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing chief executive Charles Li Xiaojia meets the media for an annual luncheon to set out business strategy for what promises to be a significant year in the life of the bourse. HKEx last week revealed its new management structure after it completed its move into the commodities market with the HK$17.25 billion purchase of the London Metal Exchange.
Ruling in Taipei gay marriage case
A court in Taipei rules on whether to send the case of a gay couple seeking to have their marriage legally recognised to the island's top judicial authority. Counsel for Nelson Chen, also known as Chen Ching-hsueh, and Kao Chih-wei argue that Taiwan's civil code does not clearly state that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Taipei High Administrative Court indicated last month that it would move the case to the top legal body, the Grand Justices.
Lawmakers vote on Sandy relief
US lawmakers vote on plans for a US$50 billion package of relief measures in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy - a vote controversially postponed last month in the rush to avoid the "fiscal cliff". Congressmen and media in the storm-hit northeast have condemned Republican lawmakers who opposed an earlier US$9.7 billion relief package in the House of Representatives.
Iranians in court on bomb charges
Two Iranians appear in a Bangkok court over a bomb plot allegedly aimed at Israeli diplomats. One, 28-year-old former soldier Saeed Moradi, lost his legs when he tried to throw two bombs he claims to have found in his rented home in the Thai capital into a canal. The other, Mohammad Harzaei, 42, was arrested trying to board a flight to Iran after the explosion on Valentine's Day last year. A third suspect was detained in Malaysia and is fighting extradition.
Clues emerge of fugitive's escapades
More details may emerge about the mystery of how one of the mainland's most-wanted men was able to remain at large for eight years before being gunned down by Chongqing police. Zhou Kehua was wanted for killing 10 people in a series of robberies when he was shot dead in August. His girlfriend, Zhang Guiying, goes on trial today, although no details have been made public about the charges she faces.
Appeal hearing in shipping case
A Ukrainian captain and a local marine pilot involved in a 2008 shipping accident that left 18 sailors dead launch the final round of the legal battle to clear their names in the Court of Final Appeal. In January 2010, Yuriy Kulemesin, captain of the oil rig supply ship Neftegaz-67, was jailed for three years and two months and Tang Dock-wah, pilot of the cargo ship Yao Hai, for three years. The seamen died when the Neftegaz-67 sank after colliding with the Yao Hai.