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

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2013, 1:53am


Girl shot by Taliban releases autobiography

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, 16, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year for championing girls' education, releases her autobiography today, a day before the anniversary of the assassination attempt. Malala was 15 when she was targeted by a masked gunman on a bus on her way home from school. She was flown for specialist treatment to Britain, where she and her family now live. She is also among the favourites to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize later this week.


Shareholders demand directors be sued

The Hong Kong High Court will hear a petition today by six minority shareholders of China Resources Power Holdings (CRP) demanding the firm sue its directors for compensation over alleged breach of fiduciary duties in an ill-fated acquisition of coal production-related assets in Shanxi province. They have accused 20 existing and former CRP directors of failing to cancel the deal.


Doctor who helped hunt Bin Laden in court

The retrial of doctor Shakeel Afridi, who helped the CIA track down former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in May 2011, is due to start in Peshawar, Pakistan. Officials overturned the 33-year sentence handed to Afridi after ruling the previous judge in the case exceeded his authority. He had been charged with treason and tried under the tribal justice system for running a fake vaccination programme to gather information. Bin Laden was killed by US forces in his compound in Abbottabad.


Arts vote to reveal new council members

The result of two days of polling to find 10 new members for the Arts Development Council will be revealed today. Front runner Ko Tin-lung, Chung Ying Theatre Company artistic director and incumbent head of the council's drama constituency, will face stiff competition from three other challengers including award-winning film star Anthony Wong Chau-sang.


Libel trial of Madeleine detective resumes

The case resumes today in which the parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann, Gerry and Kate, are suing former police chief Goncalo Amaral for accusing them of covering up her death. Gerry McCann has said he hopes to take the stand in court in Lisbon. In his book The Truth of the Lie, Amaral argues Madeleine was killed accidentally in 2007 and implicates the couple in her death. The McCanns, who are suing him for €1.2 million (HK$12.5 million), believe she was kidnapped and is still alive.


Europeans vote on tobacco restrictions

The European Parliament is expected to vote today on a package of measures - including mandatory health warnings covering 75 per cent of the front and back of cigarette packs as well as a ban on the sale of specially flavoured cigarettes such as menthol - as officials hit out at lobbying by cigarette manufacturers.