Legco plea for new rules on beauty treatments
The government will hear calls in the Legislative Council for more regulation of the beauty industry in the light of the death of a woman who suffered septic shock after undergoing blood transfusion "health treatments" at a private beauty centre. Lawmaker Helena Wong Pik-wan will move a motion demanding that the government order beauty centres to explain fully the risks of their treatments to patients and to ensure that only qualified professionals operate medical equipment.
UN launches drugs survey
The United Nations launches its annual survey on opium cultivation in Southeast Asia - with the results expected to provide a hint as to whether Myanmar's progress towards democratic reform is helping to eliminate its roll in the international drug trade. Opium production in Myanmar has been rising for five straight years, reaching 610 tonnes last year.
Tis now the very witching time of night
It's Halloween, the spookiest night of the year, and the city's two biggest amusement parks will stage their usual competition to scare the living daylights out of patrons. Disneyland's Haunted Halloween promotion and Ocean Park's Halloween Bash both reach their terrifying conclusion tonight, while bars and clubs across the city will also take on a spooky air.
Murdoch tightens grip on Australian TV
Consolidated Media shareholders are expected to approve a buyout by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, in a move that will strengthen Murdoch's control over the pay television market in Australia. A completed deal would give Murdoch full ownership of the Fox Sports network and half of pay-TV operator Foxtel, while freeing cash for Consolidated's 50 per cent owner James Packer to expand his gaming investments, including his Macau joint venture, Melco Crown Entertainment.
Portugal votes on austerity budget
The focus of the debate on austerity in Europe switches to Portugal, where the parliament votes on a budget containing heavy tax increases. While the budget is almost certain to be approved by parliament, it has upset many Portuguese and could face a court challenge. The extra taxes are needed to help the nation stick to the terms of its EU/IMF bailout.
France moves towards gay marriage
The French government is expected to approve legislation to legalise gay marriage in the country, kicking off a political storm in a nation that remains deeply rooted in the Catholic faith. President Francois Hollande made gay marriage a key plank of his election campaign in spring, but the idea of allowing gay people to wed remains deeply unpopular in rural areas.