Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 July, 2013, 3:44am

Bollywood stars descend on Macau

The cream of Bollywood comes to Macau as the Venetian plays host to the International Indian Film Academy Awards. The three-day gala, always staged outside India, is being held in Macau for the second time after the success of the 2009 event, also at the Venetian. India's film industry, noted for its colourful dance sequences, has emerged as the biggest in Asia and has a growing international appeal.

Indian defence minister makes Beijing stop

Indian Defence Minister A. K. Antony arrives in Beijing, the latest senior figure from New Delhi to hold talks with Chinese counterparts as the world's two most populous countries build ties. Antony is expected to meet State Council member and Minister of National Defence Chang Wanquan during his four-day visit, with Sino-Indian border disputes, bilateral military ties and regional and global security on the agenda.

Statue of Liberty welcomes the public

The Statue of Liberty reopens to mark America's Independence Day holiday. But visitors to the statue, a symbol of American freedom and liberty, will first have to undergo more increased security checks, including walking through metal detectors. The statue has been closed to the public since superstorm Sandy last year, which flooded Liberty Island, damaging its infrastructure.

Lego exhibition of world wonders

Hongkongers get a chance to see some of the most spectacular sites in the world in miniature form. More than 500,000 Lego bricks have been used to recreate 40 world heritage sites. The exhibition, which runs at Cityplaza in Taikoo Shing until the end of this month, is presented by the local and Japanese branches of the UN cultural organisation Unesco. The exhibition debuted in Japan in 2003, but Hong Kong is its first international stop.

America's Cup opens in San Francisco

Organisers of the America's Cup stage an opening ceremony in San Francisco, as yachting's most famous and controversial competition prepares to get under way. However, an exact date for the start of racing has not yet been set amid mediation over changes to the rules intended to improve safety after the death of British sailor Andrew Simpson in May.

Election campaigning begins in Japan

Campaigning officially begins for Japan's upper-house election, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks for a mandate from the public to continue his economic reforms. Half of the seats in the 242-member House of Councillors are up for grabs in the July 21 poll, with Abe's Liberal Democratic Party looking to oust the opposition Democratic Party of Japan as the largest party in the legislature.