Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 October, 2013, 3:17am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 October, 2013, 3:17am


Busy week in Beijing for Hong Kong officials

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying arrives in Beijing for the opening of the 17th Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Co-operation Symposium. Leung's delegation includes finance chief Professor Chan Ka-keung and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen. Separately, environment minister Wong Kam-sing will meet National Energy Administration officials in Beijing, while justice secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung visits Tianjin today.


Mystery of burned masterpieces may be solved

The trial resumes of suspects charged with carrying out a brazen art heist at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, last year. Officials in Romania found remnants of canvas and paint that appeared to be the remains of masterpieces by Monet and Picasso in the ashes of the stove of the chief suspect's mother, but the chief lawyer, who wants the ashes tested in the Netherlands, thinks the masterpieces are still intact.


Suu Kyi to pick up rights award 23 years later

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France where she will also collect the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought - 23 years after it was awarded to her. She won the human rights award in 1990 as the Myanmar military suppressed a bloody popular uprising after it ignored elections won by her National League for Democracy party. At the time Suu Kyi was told that if she left the country to collect the award she could not return.


Williams to defend WTA title in Istanbul

Titleholder Serena Williams faces former winner Petra Kvitova at the WTA Championships in Istanbul today. The draw for the event that brings together the world's top eight players also put Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber in Williams' red group. Second-ranked Victoria Azarenka heads the white group, which includes Li Na, Sara Errani and Jelena Jankovic. Williams aims to become the first player to defend the title since Justine Henin in 2007.


Premier to hold talks with Russian PM

Premier Li Keqiang will hold talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Beijing today, with the focus on trade, investment and large-scale energy projects. Tomorrow the premier hosts a visit by Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, which comes after Li visited New Delhi in May and is the first reciprocal visit by the two heads of government in the same year since 1954.


iPad No 5 not expected to surprise

Apple will hold a media event in San Francisco to unveil the fifth generation of the iPad, which insiders say may look similar to the iPad Mini. The company is also expected to announce the latest version of its computer operating system, called OS X Mavericks.