Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 3:25am


Tributes and protests at Thatcher funeral

Britain says goodbye to its longest-serving prime minister of the 20th century. The funeral of Margaret Thatcher takes place at St Paul's Cathedral in London, with Queen Elizabeth among the world leaders in attendance. The funeral and the procession to the cathedral are expected to be subject to protests, however, with some anti-Thatcher campaigners pledging to turn their backs on the cortege as it passes.


ATV case reaches Court of Appeal

ATV's takes its fight with the Communications Authority to the Court of Appeal in a case over a highly critical report by the authority into the operation of the station. Last year ATV won a judicial review to prevent the release of the final report, which in draft form included criticism of the role of investor Wong Ching in the station's management. The authority is appealing against the decision.


Right-wing terror suspect's trial opens

The murder trial opens in Munich of Beate Zschaepe, who is accused of belonging to a far-right cell that claimed to have gunned down 10 victims in a reign of terror between 2000 and 2007. Since turning herself in in 2011, she has refused to divulge any secrets on the previous 14 years during which, according to the authorities, she spent underground and on the run. Four co-accused also go on trial.


Industry fights working hours rules

A coalition of Hong Kong business associations steps up its fight against the introduction of standard working hours. More than 50 associations support the placement of adverts in three Chinese-language newspapers spelling out their objections to legislation that will limit the number of hours in the working week. They argue that such rules will have "a huge impact on society and business".


IAEA team inspects crippled plant

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency visit Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to check on decommissioning efforts in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The IAEA team will inspect the plant and hold talks with operator Tokyo Electric Power and government officials during its week-long visit, then compile an independent assessment and give advice.


Le French May festival begins

Hong Kong's annual Le French May cultural festival begins, under the theme of the Roaring Twenties. The festival is organised by the French consulate in Hong Kong and Macau, and offers everything from cabaret and gypsy jazz to the works of Jean Cocteau in a series of events until June 23. Opening events include an artistic collaboration between Frenchman Regis Gonzalez and Hong Kong's Tsang Chui Mei in Kwun Tong.