Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 2:56am


Boston bombing accused in court

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev makes his first appearance at a court in Massachusetts. Tsarnaev is accused of detonating two explosives close to the finishing line of the Boston Marathon along with his brother Tamerlan, who died in a shoot-out with police. Three people, including a Chinese student, died in the April 10 bombing. Tsarnaev is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, an offence that carries the death penalty.


Retail sales figures released

Hong Kong's retail sales figures for April are released, shedding light on the performance of the city's shops after lower-than-expected sales growth in March. The value of retail sales rose 9.8 per cent in March from the previous year, the Census and Statistics Department reported last month. Buoyant inbound tourism, especially from the mainland, has helped to push up sales figures in recent years.


French president sells off wine

Austerity and the financial crisis in Europe hits close to home for French President Francois Hollande as the Paris government begins auctioning off the contents of the Elysee Palace's wine cellar. Hollande has vowed to restock the cellar, famous the world over for showcasing the best in French wine, with a more modest selection, and return the surplus to the state budget.


Couple sentenced over car crash

A couple are sentenced on charges of perverting the course of justice, after the wife tried to take the rap for her husband's role in a fatal car accident. Wong Cheuk-yee, 27, and her husband, Yeung Shiu-lung, 29, admitted one charge each of perverting justice in an earlier hearing in the District Court. Yeung also admitted five driving-related offences after the crash in Lam Tin that claimed the life of Chan Sau-kam, 79.


First 3-D print show open to public

Chinese and British manufacturers' associations jointly host the world's first 3-D Printing Technology Industry Conference in Beijing. Launched yesterday, the event is open to the public today and tomorrow. Chinese scientists and aviation engineers said they had mastered the technique for "printing" aircraft components using the rapidly developing technology, which is becoming increasingly affordable.


Guan Tianlang back on the course

Teenage golf sensation Guan Tianlang is back in action after accepting a personal invitation from Jack Nicklaus to take part in the Memorial Tournament. Aged just 14, Guan last month became the youngest player ever to make the cut at a major, finishing 58th at the Masters. This week's tournament takes place at the Muirfield Village course in Dublin, in the US state of Ohio, designed by golfing legend Nicklaus himself.