China morning round-up: Gu Kailai murder trial
As Gu Kailai's trial begins in eastern Hefei city, mainland Chinese media remains quiet on the case.
The lawyer wife of disgraced top politician Bo Xilai is facing charges of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood.
No mainland papers were observed to carry reports on the trial.
Hong Kong's South China Morning Post says the world's media has descended upon Hefei. The Hefei Intermediate People's Court was guarded by dozens of plain-clothes police, it said.
Macau Daily Times reports local residents had no idea that the trial was taking place in their city.
Ming Pao Daily News says some Bo Xilai supporters came to Hefei hoping to secure a seat in the courtroom, but they were told that it was full.
Sing Tao Daily says press officers at the court also refused journalists' applications to attend the trial.
Local media in Hefei, such as Jianghuai Morning News, focus on the impact of Typhoon Haikui as it heads for the city after making landfall in Zhejiang on Wednesday.
Shanghai's China Business News says Typhoon Haikui had caused at least 10bn yuan ($1.57bn, £1bn) of economic loses in Zhejiang province alone.
Shanghai Morning Post says China's financial capital has survived the major rainstorm brought by Haikui, amid recent worries that the coastal city might not be able to withstand a flood as severe as the Beijing flooding in July.
"Amid the flood of comforting words were loud sceptical voices from both the public and media, accusing Liu of copying his act from four years ago under pressure," said the report.
Beijing Times suggests Liu's injuries might have been caused during his pre-Olympics training in Germany. It also reports State Councillor Liu Yandong called Liu Xiang personally on Wednesday ''to express sympathy and concern'' on behalf of the cabinet.
People's Daily publishes a front-page commentary in its domestic edition praising Liu for his defiant spirit.
While's Liu's failure led to further debate on China's gold-oriented sporting system - known as the Nationwide System - a People's Daily feature says the system must be maintained.
Guangzhou's Southern Metropolis Daily urges immediate repair for the sake of passenger safety.