Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 April, 2013, 4:01am


Leaders gather for Boao Forum

Business and political leaders from China, the region and the world gather in Hainan for the Boao Forum for Asia, which starts today. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying leads the Hong Kong delegation to the three-day session of debate and discussion. Other attendees include legendary financier George Soros, Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.


All aboard for French naval visit

The French frigate Vendemiaire makes a visit to the city and Hongkongers have a rare chance to come aboard. The naval vessel will be open to the public from 3pm to 6pm tomorrow at Merchants Wharf in Kennedy Town. Admission is free, though limited to people aged eight and above. The ship is designed to carry out surveillance missions and was commissioned in 1993. Its usual base is the French Pacific protectorate of New Caledonia.


Kerry talks Syria crisis in Turkey

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Istanbul at the beginning of a lengthy international trip that will also include visits to Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo. He is expected to meet Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and discuss issues including the civil war in neighbouring Syria. The former presidential candidate will also participate in a G8 foreign ministers' meeting in London.


Egyptian court hears satire case

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court considers a lawsuit demanding that Bassem Youssef's popular comedy show Al-Bernameg be banned. Youssef has earned a reputation as Egypt's answer to US satirist Jon Stewart, and his arrest led to a diplomatic row between the US and Egypt. Lawyer Mahmoud Hassan Abu al-Enin is demanding that broadcaster CBC's licence be suspended for broadcasting the show.


Puerto Rican hero returns after 200 years

The body of one of Puerto Rico's most beloved leaders who fought for the island's independence from Spain is finally returning home after a decades-long quest to identify his remains. Ramon Power y Giralt died in Spain in 1813 and was buried in a mass grave, with his remains only recently identified. A Spanish naval vessel, accompanied by the US Coast Guard, arrives today with the remains.


Vigorous airing for pillows in Chater Garden

International Pillow Fight Day returns to Hong Kong, with Chater Garden in Central hosting the friendly, frivolous fun. Hundreds of pyjama-clad Hongkongers are expected to start their cushiony warfare at 4pm. There's no reason behind the event, just a good old-fashioned pillow fight, en masse and in public. Organiser Tom Grundy describes it as a "non-commercial, nonsensical community event". Participants should use featherless pillows so the clean-up is easier.