Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 August, 2013, 3:01am


Verdict in KL model case

An appeals court in Kuala Lumpur delivers its judgment in the case of two former policemen convicted in 2009 of murdering a Mongolian model in a scandal that has taken on a political dimension. Altantuya Shaariibuu was the mistress of a close adviser to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, though the adviser was acquitted of ordering her murder. No motive has ever been established for the 2006 killing.


Talks over Korean reunions

Red Cross officials meet in the North Korean resort of Mount Kumgang to discuss arrangements for the first large-scale reunions between families from the North and South since 2008. The resort hosted thousands of South Korean visitors between 1998 and 2008, but tours were suspended after a South Korean woman was shot by soldiers after straying into a restricted area.


Jackson show makes HK debut

Hong Kong fans get a taste of the Michael Jackson-inspired show that has been making waves on the mainland. French-Canadian acrobatic theatre company Cirque du Soleil brings its Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour extravaganza to AsiaWorld Expo in Lantau for three nights. It caused controversy in Beijing for briefly showing the famous "tank man" image from Tiananmen Square in 1989.


Polish PM faces leadership vote

Results are announced in the leadership ballot for Poland's ruling liberal Civic Platform party, which has been losing support rapidly after a string of unpopular decisions, half way through its second term. The party's leader, Prime Minister Donald Tusk, is facing strong competition from dissident former justice minister Jaroslaw Gowin. A win for Gowin might spell the end of Tusk's government leadership and make the party's position in the 2015 elections even more precarious.


Young scientists show off work

Young scientists from across the city come together for Hong Kong's 46th annual Joint School Science Exhibition. The exhibition, on the theme of "nature inspiration, science exploration" involves 21 teams of science students showing off their work. Guests at the opening ceremony include Education Minister Eddie Ng Hak-kim. The show is open to the public at the Central Library in Causeway Bay throughout the weekend.


Shanghai prepares for new heatwave

Shanghai citizens may have to bear more hot temperatures again following a few days of relative cool brought by rainfall from Typhoon Trami. The city's weather forecasters expect temperatures today and tomorrow to edge back up to 35 degrees Celsius. The city has just experienced its hottest July since weather records were first kept some 140 years ago.