Nuclear watchdog in Tehran for talks
As the world reacts to North Korea's latest nuclear test, talks resume in Tehran aimed at averting a nuclear-armed Iran. Iran is being pressured by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's atomic watchdog, to grant broader access to its facilities, scientists and documents to resolve outstanding concerns over its past atomic activities. Iran insists its nuclear programme is peaceful, but many in the West fear otherwise.
Airline groups close in on US$11 billion merger
US Airways Group and AMR are expected to formally announce an US$11 billion merger that would create the world's largest airline, although reports yesterday indicated that the talks could be delayed. The merger with US Airways would create the world's top airline by passenger traffic and help the two carriers better compete with rivals like United Continental Holdings and Delta Air Lines.
Bucharest court hears case of Singapore crash
A hearing opens in Bucharest on the hit-and-run case of a Romanian diplomat alleged to have crashed his diplomatic car into three pedestrians in Singapore, killing one of them. Silviu Ionescu, who is said to have gone on a drinking binge before the crash, fled the city state after the incident in 2009. Romania decided to try Ionescu after heavy pressure from Singapore, but rejected the option of sending him back to Southeast Asia for trial.
Pop star makes Hong Kong debut
Taiwanese-American pop sensation Alex Zhang Hung-tai, better known as Dirty Beaches, makes his Hong Kong debut. Zhang brings his unique musical oeuvre - which The Guardian says "veers between doo-wop balladry and garage rumble, with the occasional interfering guitar drone, like an incursion into this forgotten past from a future Sonic Youth" - to Backstage Live in Wellington Street, Central.
Big Indian firms report earnings
Reports from two of India's biggest companies give an indication of the health of the commodities sector. Tata Steel, the world's seventh largest steel producer, and Coal India, the world's largest miner, both issue quarterly earnings reports. Tata Steel announced last year that 900 jobs would go in its British operation as it restructures.
Dragons and lions celebrate the new year
Beware of the dragons if you venture to Tsim Sha Tsui. The Year of the Dragon may have made way for the Year of the Snake, but the Harbour City shopping mall is marking the festive season with a performance of dragon and lion dancing and a host of other events. Malls often go the extra mile to attract holiday dollars - the Tai Po Mega Mall even put on a display of exotic snakes last month.