Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 April, 2013, 3:21am


Stars compete for film awards

The brightest stars in Hong Kong cinema come out for the Hong Kong Film Awards. Crime thriller Cold War and mystery drama The Bullet Vanishes top the nominations with 12 apiece, though underground racing thriller Motorway has emerged as a contender for the best film award. Cold War star Tony Leung Ka-fai takes on his near-namesake Tony Leung Chiu-wai in the best actor category. The awards are presented at the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui tonight.


Mubarak retrial begins in Cairo

Former Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak's retrial begins in Cairo today with a procedural session. An Egyptian appeal court overturned in January Mubarak's life sentence, citing shoddy procedures and ordering a retrial for the 84-year old over his alleged complicity in the killing of hundreds of demonstrators during the protests that ultimately forced him out of office in February 2011.


Former Nepali PM visits Beijing

Nepal's former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal tomorrow leaves for Beijing, where he will meet state leaders including President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang . Pushpa, also known as Prachanda, leads the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and was a key figure in the 10-year insurgency that overthrew the country's monarchy and established a republic.


Venezuela elects Chavez successor

Voters in Venezuela go to the polls tomorrow to replace late president Hugo Chavez, who died last month. Most opinion polls give his protégé, acting president Nicolas Maduro, a strong lead over opposition challenger Henrique Capriles thanks to Chavez's previous endorsement and the surge of grief and sympathy over his death from cancer.


Athletes skip for record attempt

More than 50 local athletes will be quick on their feet tomorrow when they attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people skipping "Double-Dutch" style - with two ropes. The event at the Big Buddha on Lantau is aimed at promoting jump rope as exercise. A team from the local Rope Skipping Academy will also help 100 teens raise funds for Make-A-Wish Hong Kong, which helps grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.


Amsterdam's top museum reopens

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands reopens Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum after a 10-year renovation that has been dogged by problems, including objections to the removal of a cycle path running between the museum's two wings. The museum is home to thousands of masterpieces including Rembrandt's greatest, The Night Watch. Today's opening will be one of the queen's last public engagements before she steps down at the end of the month.