UN rights chief visiting Sri Lanka
UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is expected to visit Sri Lanka today, with his council due to review the country's progress in implementing a September resolution on accountability for the alleged human rights violations during its civil war. The new government has pledged to set up special war crimes courts to investigate allegations that troops killed at least 40,000 Tamil civilians in the final months of the war that ended in 2009.
Four nations to hold talks on Taleban
Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China are scheduled to hold a third round of talks today to lay the groundwork for the renewal of direct talks between Kabul and the Taleban. The Taleban's top leadership is widely believed to be based in Pakistan, and Islamabad is seen as having a key role in bringing them to the table, The National newspaper in the United Arab Emirates reported.
Pedestrian Night in Orchard Road
Head down to Orchard Road this evening and catch a short film under the stars, during this month's Pedestrian Night. Other activities planned for tonight include performances by a magician, a balloon sculptor and a juggler. Participating malls will also run promotions and discounts. Tonight's event will be the final edition of a six-month extension of a pilot programme where a stretch of Orchard Road is closed monthly for various activities.