Cardinals gather for papal conclave
The doors of the Sistine Chapel are locked and the world outside waits to see white smoke as the conclave to select the new pope begins. The first ballot will take place later today but with the field seen as wide open, the chances of a result on the first day are considered slim. A candidate must win the support of two-thirds of the 115 cardinals to be elected pope.
Serbia marks anniversary of PM's killing
Reformers in Serbia mark the 10th anniversary of the murder of prime minister Zoran Djindjic. The first democratically elected prime minister in post-communist Serbia was shot and killed by a single sniper in broad daylight at the doorstep of a Serbian government building. Djindjic's pivotal goal was to transform the country from a pariah state, tainted by war crimes, into a democratic and prosperous EU member.
Sentencing in whistle assault case
A construction worker found guilty of assaulting three police officers by whistling loudly at them during a protest is sentenced in Eastern Court. Ki Chun-kei was convicted in January of whistling at one officer who was standing less than 30cm away. Magistrate Ho Wai-yang sought one background, one psychological and two mental health reports on Ki before passing sentence.
New York soda ban kicks in
Soda lovers in New York come to terms with the city's ban on large-size sugary drinks. Some restaurants are ordering smaller glasses. Dunkin' Donuts shops are telling customers they'll have to sweeten their own coffee. Coca-Cola has printed posters explaining the new rules, and a bowling lounge is squeezing carrot and beet juice as a potential substitute for pitchers of soda at family parties all in preparation for the United States' first limit on the size of sugar-laden beverages.
New report on press freedom
International press freedom organisation the Committee to Protect Journalists releases its latest report on the situation on the mainland at Hong Kong's Foreign Correspondents' Club. The New York-based organisation has long criticised a lack of media rights on the mainland. The report is entitled Challenged in China: The shifting dynamics of censorship and control.
Chinese University holds Sars conference
Chinese University marks the 10th anniversary of the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak with a conference for health professionals at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin. Entitled "Sars A Decade On: A Conference for the Health Professionals", the conference will feature speakers from the mainland, Britain, Singapore and the World Health Organisation.