Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 June, 2013, 2:11am


Singapore bloggers to protest online curbs

Bloggers are set to stage a rally to protest against controversial new rules they say will muzzle freedom of speech. A coalition of 34 prominent bloggers named "Free My Internet" are taking the action a week after surprise regulations came into force on June 1 requiring news websites to obtain licences from the city-state's official media regulator. The bloggers will also replace their homepages with black screens featuring the words "#Freemyinternet" for 24 hours on Thursday.


'Fired' US tax chief quits post

Steven Miller, the acting commissioner of the US Internal Revenue Service, leaves his post after he was forced to resign on May 15. The US Secretary of Treasury asked for and accepted Miller's resignation after it emerged his personnel targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny in a move that harmed the agency's reputation for political independence. Miller's decision to step down was widely interpreted as an act of contrition on behalf of Barack Obama's administration, despite it becoming apparent later that the 25-year career IRS employee was reaching the end of his term and would have had to leave his post anyway.


Mubarak retrial due to resume

The retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak over his role in the death of protesters during the country's uprising is scheduled to resume in an Egyptian court. Mubarak, his interior minister Habib al-Adly, and six security chiefs are facing court again over their role in the murder and attempted murder of hundreds of demonstrators between January 25 and January 31, 2011. The former president appealed against the life sentence he received after he was found guilty.


Brazil and UK co-host hunger summit

A high-level meeting on global hunger and growth is being co-hosted by the Brazilian and British governments. World leaders have been invited to discuss the subject of nutrition and food security ahead of the main G8 meeting in Ireland on June 17. The summit, entitled "Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science" will be attended by business leaders, scientists, government officials and civil society figures.


Swedish princess to marry US banker

Sweden's Princess Madeleine marries a US banker, Christopher O'Neill, after the New Yorker proposed to her in October last year after having known her for two years. Madeleine, 30 - the youngest child of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia - is fourth in line to the Swedish throne. The couple met in New York, where the Princess works for the World Childhood Foundation, a non-profit organisation that was founded by her mother. O'Neill, 38, works as head of research at Noster Capital, an international hedge fund. Madeleine broke off her previous engagement after the media reported her fiancé had cheated on her.