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

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 1:29am

World gets in the mood for love

Romantics around the world prepare to take their loved ones somewhere extra special for the day of the year most associated with love. But Hong Kong florists are blaming the clash with the Lunar New Year holiday period for a sharp decline in flower sales. The Christian feast of Saint Valentine has been associated with romance since at least the Middle Ages.


Singapore police corruption verdict due

A court in Singapore is expected to deliver its verdict in the sex and corruption case of a former head of the city-state's police narcotics bureau. Ng Boon Gay, 46, denies violating corruption laws by demanding oral sex on four occasions from information technology executive Cecilia Sue, 36, in exchange for helping her win supply contracts from his agency.


Bahrain's opposition ready to protest

Bahrain's opposition takes to the streets to mark the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising crushed by security forces loyal to the island's Sunni rulers. The February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition, a clandestine cyber group and Al-Wefaq, the main Shiite opposition, have called separate protests, which the authorities say are attempts to put pressure on a renewed national dialogue called by the island country's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.


Students campaign against sexual offence

An international campaign against sexual violence comes to Hong Kong for the first time. V-Day, part of the global women's campaign One Billion Rising, will see a full day of events at the University of Hong Kong. The events, organised by Professor Puja Kapai and a group of 17 students, will begin with remarks by lawmakers Emily Lau Wai-hing and Charles Mok, and end with a dance-a-thon at Statue Square in Central.


Chainrai's Portsmouth case back in court

A case involving Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai and Britain's Portsmouth soccer club reaches London's High Court - again. Chainrai's company Portpin is locked in a bitter battle over the club's Fratton Park Stadium, which it owns. Two previous court hearings have been postponed. The club's administrator wants to force through the sale of the stadium to allow a takeover by a fans' group.


Zuma delivers address to nation

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma issues his annual state of the nation address after a year in which he faced personal and political scandal. Zuma won re-election as head of the ruling ANC in December despite an outcry over 206 million rand (HK$178.6 million) of public money being spent on security upgrades for his rural home and the horror of Marikana, where police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers in South Africa's darkest hour since apartheid.