Aung San Suu Kyi

Talking points

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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 May, 2013, 3:20am

Suu Kyi supporters arrive in Beijing

Members of Myanmar's main opposition party arrive in Beijing for their first official visit. A 12-strong delegation from the National League for Democracy arrive in the capital, although details of who they will meet or what they will discuss have yet to be revealed. However, one high-profile figure missing from the delegation will be the league's leader, democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (left), as Beijing has set an age limit of 60 for the visitors.


HK man faces Sydney drugs charge

A Hong Kong man faces a Sydney court after being charged over the biggest seizure of the drug Ice in Australia's history. Cheung Tuen, 51, was charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of drugs after more than 585kg of methamphetamine was seized in a container ship that arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen. Cheung and his Singaporean and Australian co-accused face a maximum penalty of life in prison.


European interest rates drop to lowest ever

Euro-zone interest rates hit their lowest level ever as efforts are stepped up to wake the currency bloc from its economic malaise. The European Central Bank's governing council last month agreed to reduce its benchmark interest rate to 0.5 per cent from 0.75 per cent. The move has been described as mostly symbolic, intended to avoid the impression that the bank was doing nothing as the euro-zone recession threatens countries that have previously been spared.


Ex-banker sentenced for sex with under-age girl

A court in Singapore delivers its sentence in the case of a former Swiss banker found guilty of having sex with an under-age prostitute. The case of Juerg Buergin, 41, has become a major talking point in the city state because a host of other prominent individuals have also been charged with having sex with the same girl. Buergin booked encounters with the girl through an escort agency using a false name, although the phone he used was traced to his former employer, UBS.


Protesters rally as filibuster continues

Pro-government group Voice of Loving Hong Kong protests outside the Legislative Council headquarters in Admiralty as an attempt by radical lawmakers to filibuster the budget bill continues. Officials say failure to pass the bill will leave the government unable to fund vital public services, while those taking part in the filibuster say they want the government to bring forward plans for universal pensions.


State Council member visits Mongolia

State Council member Yang Jiechi arrives in Mongolia for the start of a two-day visit. Mongolian parliamentary speaker Zandaakhuu Enkhbold said in Beijing last month that he expected the two countries would expand co-operation in the trade, energy and mineral sectors, agriculture and cross-border transport. China accounted for about 70 per cent of Mongolia's exports last year.