Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 1:41am


Ex-HK consulate official in Dutch spy case

A former official of the Dutch consulate in Hong Kong faces a court in The Hague on charges of passing secrets to a couple in Germany who were working as Russian spies. Raymond Poeteray is said to have passed secrets to Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag for a number of years beginning in 2005, when he was working at the Hong Kong mission. Poeteray denied spying and money-laundering charges at a hearing last year.


Mesopotamian wonders at Museum of History

The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia come to the Hong Kong Museum of History in Tsim Sha Tsui, with the launch of an exhibition featuring some 170 artefacts from the collection of the British Museum. Mesopotamia, literally "Land Between the Rivers", includes modern Iraq as well as parts of Syria and Turkey. The exhibition covers significant episodes of Mesopotamian history from 3,500BC to 529BC, including the rise of the city of Babylon. The exhibition runs until May 13.


WTO interviews potential leaders

The World Trade Organisation begins interviewing nine candidates bidding to replace Pascal Lamy as the trade body's director general. The nominees include three from Latin America and two from Africa, while Indonesia is rallying support for former trade minister Mari Elka Pangestu and South Korea has put forward Dr Bark Tae-ho.


Cross-strait regulators meet

The top securities regulators from Taiwan and the mainland hold unprecedented talks in Taipei. Beijing's Guo Shuqing will discuss opening the cross-strait securities market and allowing mainland companies to list on the Taipei bourse when he meets his Taiwanese counterpart, Chen Yuh-chang. The talks build on an agreement last week between the People's Bank of China and Bank of China's Taipei branch which paved the way for yuan transactions in Taiwan.


Loh sells government's green message

Christine Loh Kung-wai continues her efforts to promote the government's plans to clean up the city's foul air with a presentation to members of the international business community. The undersecretary for the environment gives a speech entitled Hong Kong Air Quality - What Next? at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel in Wan Chai. Loh has also met representatives of the transport and shipping industries to promote the clean-air message.


Cairo court rules on Mubarak freedom bid

A Cairo court rules on a bid by former strongman Hosni Mubarak for release on health grounds. Mubarak, being held at a military hospital, won his appeal earlier this month for a retrial in a graft case for which he received a life sentence, although his detention was continued because he is under investigation for other charges. The latest case is expected to further inflame tensions in Egypt.