Talking points

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 August, 2013, 3:11am


Envoy seeks release of Christian missionary

The United States is sending its North Korean human rights envoy to Pyongyang today to seek the release of an imprisoned US Christian missionary. Robert King, special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, will travel to Pyongyang at the invitation of the government on a "humanitarian mission focused on securing the release of Kenneth Bae", the State Department said.


Mursi supporters plan more protests

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood demanding the reinstatement of ousted president Mohammed Mursi have promised fresh protests in the streets and squares of all of Egypt's 27 provinces today and said it would "activate a plan of peaceful civil disobedience". The newspaper run by the Brotherhood's FJP ran an advertisement under the banner "Boycott the murderers", urging citizens not to watch TV channels of the "old regime"; not to pay taxes; and not to buy products from companies accused of supporting the interim government.


Election after San Diego mayor steps down

San Diego city council has set November 19 for a special election to replace outgoing mayor Bob Filner, who was required to step down, effective today, following a sexual harassment lawsuit and a string of allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women. He is also under investigation for alleged misuse of city-issued credit cards and shakedowns of developers.


Official stands trial on corruption charges

An official who sparked an outcry after images showing him smiling at the scene of a fatal bus crash that killed 36 people, will stand trial in a court in Shaanxi today for corruption charges. After the image appeared online, users found many photos of Yang Dacai, former chief of the provincial production safety watchdog, wearing luxury watches on different occasions. The mounting public pressure later prompted the graft watchdog to look into his wealth. Yang was nicknamed "smiling bureau chief" because of his notorious smile. Yang was charged with receiving bribes.


Miranda document injunction ends

An injunction allowing the British government to view confidential information seized from David Miranda, the partner of Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, ends today. Lawyers originally sought to prevent the government from "inspecting, copying or sharing" the data, but the ruling allowed them to examine the data on "national security" grounds.


Young painters to set new record

The world's longest collective painting will be created today at the waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui by a group of young painters during the first International Children Painting Competition held in Hong Kong. The painting will be 1,100 metres long upon completion, 100 metres longer than the previous record.