Activist lodges appeal against jail term
Political activist Koo Sze-yiu, who sailed to the disputed Diaoyu Islands last year, is expected to file an appeal at the High Court against a nine-month jail sentence imposed by Eastern Court for desecration of the Hong Kong and national flags. Koo burned and defiled national the flags on June 10 last year and January 1 this year.
Netanyahu in Beijing for talks
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in China on a rare visit Israeli officials hope will increase exports to the Asian economic giant. Netanyahu will also discuss with the Chinese leadership peace talks with the Palestinians and his concerns over Iran's nuclear programme. Xinhua said Beijing would be willing to arrange a meeting between Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, who is also visiting China until tomorrow. However, the two leaders will not be in the capital at the same time.
Jean Cocteau exhibition opens
An exhibition of some 230 works by the graphic French poet and artist Jean Cocteau opens at City Hall at 6pm. Organised by Le French May, it also includes works by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. The theme is the 1920s, a period when France was at the centre of the art world. The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow.
Germany tries woman for multiple murders
The murder trial starts for Beate Zschaepe, accused of belonging to a far-right terror cell that claimed to have gunned down 10 victims, most of them shopkeepers of Turkish origin, between 2000 and 2007. Zschaepe, 38, is charged with complicity in the murder of eight Turks, a Greek and a policewoman. She is also accused of involvement in at least two bombings and 15 bank robberies carried out by her accomplices, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boenhardt, who died in an apparent murder-suicide two years ago. Zschaepe, who surrendered to police four days after they were killed, denies the charges.
Kerry sets out on tricky diplomatic mission
US Secretary of State John Kerry begins one of his most delicate missions, seeking to restore frayed ties with Moscow at a moment of global turmoil. From Syria to the Boston bombings, missile defence, Iran and North Korea and rows over a ban on American adoptions of Russian children and the shuttering of US aid agencies, the litany of troubles awaiting resolution is huge. US-Russian ties - reset with an embarrassing photo-op under Kerry's predecessor Hillary Rodham Clinton when she and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pushed a mock red button - have plunged to new lows since Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency in May last year.