Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Sept 27, 2016

Government officials and tech start-ups will discuss how governments can adopt "cutting-edge initiatives and technology" in a conference on Sept 27, 2016.
Government officials and tech start-ups will discuss how governments can adopt "cutting-edge initiatives and technology" in a conference on Sept 27, 2016.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Tuesday, Sept 27, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Conference on governments' use of tech

Government officials and tech start-ups will be sharing the room in a conference on Tuesday (Sept 27) to discuss how governments can adopt "cutting-edge initiatives and technology".

The event, organised by the GovInsider publication, will feature speakers from various countries, including Singapore, South Korea and Estonia. Subjects include: "Cutting-edge apps and what's next".

ICC to hear historic judgment in cultural destruction case 


Militants destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu on July 1, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will on Tuesday (Sept 27) hear a historic judgment against a Malian terrorist who admitted to “intentionally directing” attacks on Timbuktu’s  revered ancient shrines in the first case focusing on cultural destruction as a war crime.

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi in August pleaded guilty before the Hague-based ICC to organising attacks on nine of Timbuktu’s mausoleums and the doors of the Sidi Yahia mosque.

Mahdi is the first Islamic extremist to ever be charged by the tribunal. He said during the trial that he had ordered their destruction as he considered the act of worshipping at the shrines as idolatrous. 

Markit to issue data on US economy


Consumers hold shopping bags as they walk along Michigan Avenue on July 29, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Markit services will give estimates for service and composite flash purchasing managers' index for the United States for the month of September on Tuesday (Sept 27).

The data, collected from a representative panel of over 400 private sector e-companies, will reflect the strength of the economy as the quarter winds down.