Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Dec 12, 2016

This file photo was taken on Nov 21, 2008. IMF chief Christine Lagarde will go on trial in France on Dec 12 over a massive state payout to a flamboyant tycoon when she was finance minister in a case that risks tarnishing her stellar career.
This file photo was taken on Nov 21, 2008. IMF chief Christine Lagarde will go on trial in France on Dec 12 over a massive state payout to a flamboyant tycoon when she was finance minister in a case that risks tarnishing her stellar career. PHOTO: AFP

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday (Dec 12) and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Former French Finance Minister to stand trial for negligence

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde will head to court on Dec 12 for her role in a massive state payout made to businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008 when she was French finance minister. 

Lagarde will stand trial on charges of negligence before a tribunal that hears cases against ministers accused of wrongdoing in discharging their duties. The case has threatened to cast a shadow on the career of the IMF Managing Director, who was French finance minister from 2007 to 2011. 

She could face up to a year in jail and a fine of 15,000 euros (S$22,660) if convicted. 

Party caucus to pick New Zealand PM 


New Zealand Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English speaks to members of the media in Wellington, New Zealand, Dec 5, 2016, to announce he is considering running for the leadership of the ruling National Party after the surprise resignation of Prime Minister John Key. PHOTO: REUTERS

New Zealand's National Party caucus is set to meet today to officially pick Mr Bill English as the country's next prime minister following the shock resignation of Mr John Key last week. 

Mr English, who was deputy prime minister and finance minister in Mr Key's administration overcame two other challenges for the top job after securing the majority support he needed from his conservative party colleagues. 

SPH party for beneficiaries of charities


Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) will host a party for more than 100 beneficiaries from several charities today (Dec 12). PHOTO: ST

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) will host a party for more than 100 beneficiaries from several charities, including Beyond Social Services, at its News Centre today (Dec 12). 

The initiative falls under the Boys' Brigade Share-a-Gift project. It will be the 11th consecutive year that SPH has taken part in the project.