Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 March, 2013, 1:41am

Early bird gets the McMuffin

Egg McMuffins will be given away free to early birds up to 11am at about 230 McDonald's restaurants as part of the chain's National Breakfast Day regional initiative. Each restaurant will give away 1,000 Egg McMuffins from as early as 6am, depending on outlets' operating hours, on a first-come-first-served basis - just one per customer. Outlets at Kowloon Bay Industrial Centre, Ocean Park, the Peak Galleria, the racecourses and the airport are not taking part.


Ma heads for warm welcome at Vatican

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou arrives at the Vatican, the only European state to recognise Taipei rather than Beijing as the legitimate representative of China, to attend the pope's inauguration. Beijing again called on the Vatican last week to "sever its so-called diplomatic relations with Taiwan". The Vatican's embassy in Taipei said Ma would be received with full pomp and ceremony.


Asian Film Awards draw star-studded crowd

Scores of prominent figures from the Asian film industry and guests from around the world hit the red carpet at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on the way into the 7th Asian Film Awards. Two Hong Kong celebrities in attendance will be actor and singer Deanie Ip Tak-han and actor and director Anthony Wong Chau-sang.


British lawmakers vote on press regulation

British MPs vote on press regulation and the setting up of a new newspaper watchdog, with Prime Minister David Cameron bringing the issue to a head after cross-party talks broke down. The Conservative Party leader on Thursday abandoned discussions with Deputy PM Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrat junior coalition partners, and opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband. Labour and the Lib Dems want statutory regulation, as recommended by the Leveson Inquiry, which Cameron commissioned after the voicemail hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World. Cameron believes underpinning the system in legislation is a risk to press freedom.


Rockefeller imposter in court over 1985 murder

A court in California starts the trial of a German immigrant who passed himself off as a member of the Rockefeller family - a trial Los Angeles prosecutors hope could solve one of the most bizarre cold cases to hit the district attorney's office in years. Christian Gerhartsreiter is charged with the February 1985 murder of his former landlord John Sohus. If found guilty, he faces 26 years to life in prison. The impostor, who used a variety of aliases, wormed his way into high society and talked his way into important jobs. He married a wealthy woman but his identity unravelled when he kidnapped their daughter during a custody dispute. When he was unmasked, he became the subject of magazine articles, true crime books and TV movies that sought to explore his bizarre story and get to the man behind the pseudonyms. Who was Clark Rockefeller?