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

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 January, 2013, 4:49am


Verdict in whistling assault case

Eastern Court delivers its verdict in the case of a 50-year-old man charged with assaulting five police officers by whistling loudly at them during last year's July 1 protest march. Construction worker Ki Chun-kei denies the charges and claims he was not even taking part in the march but became caught up with the protestors as he attempted to cross the road. One of the police officers claimed the whistling caused a ringing in his ear and left him unable to hear for two or three seconds.


Likud slips as Israelis head to polls

Israelis go to the polls in a snap election expected to return Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud party to power, despite opinion polls showing him losing support. Figures published on Friday in the last opinion polls before the election show the joint electoral list of Likud and the hardline nationalist Yisrael Beitenu winning 32 to 35 seats in the 120-member parliament, down from 42 in the outgoing Knesset.


Clues to consumer sentiment revealed

Academics from four universities, including City University, offer some clues as to the feelings of Chinese shoppers, with the release of the latest Chinese consumer confidence index in Beijing. Researchers from CityU's department of management sciences collect figures on sentiment in Hong Kong every quarter, which are then compared with figures from Macau, Taiwan and the mainland.


Labour lawmakers have breakfast with CY

Lawmakers from the Labour Party get a chance to put their concerns to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at a breakfast meeting. The party is allied with the Confederation of Trade Unions and the lawmakers are expected to raise a series of social issues including the possibility of legislation for standard working hours and outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation.


British grandmother faces Bali trial over cocaine

A British grandmother goes on trial in Bali on drug smuggling charges that could lead to a death sentence. Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was carrying almost 5kg of cocaine when she arrived on the island from Bangkok, Indonesian authorities say. Sandiford is expected to argue that she agreed to carry the drugs only after her son was threatened. Indonesia's strict smuggling laws stipulate the death penalty, although few executions are carried out.


Liberian warlord fights 50-year sentence

Former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor appeals against his 50-year prison term for fuelling the civil war in Sierra Leone - while prosecutors argue for a longer sentence for what they call "some of the most heinous crimes in human history". Judges ruled in April that Taylor, 64, aided and abetted rebel forces fighting against Freetown during Sierra Leone's 10-year civil war, known for its mutilations, drugged child soldiers and sex slaves.