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 2022-06-19 01:55 

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Mainland reports 159 new Covid cases...

The mainland reported 159 new coronavirus cases for June 18, of which 36 were symptomatic and 123 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission sa......

 2022-06-18 18:56 

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Bitcoin plunges below US$20,000...

Bitcoin plunged below US$20,000 on Saturday, shedding nine percent from the previous day to fall to $18,740, its lowest level since December 13, 2020.......

 2022-06-18 14:41 

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Compulsory testing notice issued for 28 places...

The government on Saturday issued compulsory testing notices for 28 places across Hong Kong.Anyone who has visited any of these premises and stayed there for the length of time and on the dates specified must get a nucleic acid test for Covid-19.The resid...

 2022-06-18 10:15 

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Covid tally hovers above 1,000 for fourth day...

Health officials reported 1,160 new local Covid infections on Saturday - the fourth straight day the caseload has remained in four digits.The Centre for Health Protection's Albert Au said two more people linked to a police unit had contracted the viru...

 2022-06-18 09:42 

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SoCo calls for dedicated primary health care agency...

The Society for Community Organisation, or SoCo, on Saturday called on the government to set up a dedicated agency to manage primary health care. The NGO wants users, especially those on low incomes, to be more aware of what services are available and whe...

 2022-06-18 05:29 

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Woman found with pliers and lighter fuel jailed...

A woman on Saturday was sentenced to a year-and-a-half in prison after being found guilty of possessing a pair of pliers and lighter fuel during a protest in 2019.Kwok Hoi-ying, 20, had earlier been acquitted of rioting and using a facial covering on Nove...

 2022-06-18 05:15 

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At least one dies in Shanghai chemical plant fire...

At least one person was killed in a large fire at a Shanghai chemical plant that shot clouds of smoke across the city on Saturday, state media reported.The fire at a Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical plant in the district of Jinshan broke out around 4 am, bu...

 2022-06-18 04:24 

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Mainland aluminium imports drop by over 16 percent...

The mainland's aluminium imports in May fell 16.4 percent from the same month a year earlier, government data showed on Saturday, amid high overseas p......

 2022-06-18 03:01 

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Jobless rate better than I expected: Law Chi-kwong...

Labour minister Law Chi-kwong on Saturday said the latest jobless rate of 5.1 percent was better than he was expecting, adding that he was cautiously optimistic about the economy,.Speaking on an RTHK radio programme, Mr Law said he expected the rate to di...

 2022-06-17 20:28 

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US markets end mixed, overshadowed by recession fears...

US stocks closed with a modest bounce on Friday but still suffered the biggest weekly percentage decline in months as investors wrestled with the grow......

 2022-06-17 14:19 

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Compulsory testing notice issued for 40 places...

The government on Thursday issued compulsory testing notices for 40 places across Hong Kong.Anyone who has visited any of these premises and stayed there for the length of time and on the dates specified must get a nucleic acid test for Covid-19.The resid...

 2022-06-17 12:37 

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I've submitted my cabinet choice to Beijing: John Lee...

Chief Executive-designate John Lee on Friday said he has put forward his cabinet choice to Beijing for approval. He declined to give details on who they are, but said that they include incumbent principal officials, civil servants, professionals as well a...

 2022-06-17 10:34 

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Longer gap recommended between BioNTech jabs...

Experts who advise the government on Covid-19 jabs recommended on Friday that the gap between a first and second dose of the BioNTech vaccine be extended to lower the risk of myocarditis, or heart inflammation.They said the dosing interval should be incre...

 2022-06-17 10:31 

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Daily Covid figure tops 1,000 for third day straight...

Hong Kong's daily Covid caseload has remained above the 1,000 mark for the third straight day, with a police unit among several emerging clusters in the city. Health authorities said on Friday there were a total of 1,145 new coronavirus infections 1,0...

 2022-06-17 09:08 

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HK's jobless rate falls to 5.1 percent...

Hong Kong's latest jobless rate fell to 5.1 percent, with the employment situation improving for most industries.The government said around 191,400 people were jobless during the March to May period, 0.3 percentage points lower than the February to Ap...

 2022-06-17 08:44 

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No alarm bells over Covid, tests to be ramped up: CE...

Hong Kong's rebound in Covid cases is not sounding alarm bells yet, but nevertheless some testing requirements are being updated, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Friday.Lam said although the number of daily cases has now risen to over 1,000 again, ...

 2022-06-17 08:24 

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Hong Kong shares close higher...

Hong Kong stocks finished Friday on a positive note thanks to bargain-buying after the previous day's steep losses, with a surge in tech firms helping......

 2022-06-17 07:20 

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Public consultation planned on tunnel charging idea...

Transport minister Frank Chan on Friday said the administration plans to consult the public in the last quarter of this year on a proposal for congestion charging at the three harbour crossings.The government wants to charge private vehicle drivers varyin...

 2022-06-17 07:10 

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'Uncertainty on resuming wetland hurts fish farming'...

An environmental group on Friday urged the government to provide a timetable for taking back private wetlands and fish ponds under its Northern Metropolis development plan, warning that uncertainty over the process has far-reaching implications on the fis...

 2022-06-17 05:44 

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Paulo Pong named new Ocean Park chairman...

The government on Friday appointed Paulo Pong as the new chairman of the Ocean Park Corporation's board, to replace Lau Ming-wai. Pong, currently a deputy chair, will begin his two-year term next month. Board member Stephen Wong will become deputy cha...

 2022-06-17 05:30 

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Xi to host summit for Brics emerging economies...

President Xi Jinping will host a virtual summit with top leaders from Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa next week, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.The influential club of Brics emerging economies, formed in 2009, is home to more than 40 percent...

 2022-06-17 04:59 

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China launches third aircraft carrier: state media...

China on Friday launched its third aircraft carrier, Fujian, a warship entirely designed and built domestically, state media reported, in another step towards the modernisation of the Chinese military.The aircraft carrier features a full-length flight dec...

 2022-06-17 04:25 

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Legco cancels farewell meal with Carrie Lam...

The legislature has cancelled its farewell banquet with outgoing Chief Executive Carrie Lam because of Covid-19 concerns. The Legco Secretariat on Friday said there has been a rebound in the number of infections in Hong Kong, and hosting a big banquet wou...

 2022-06-17 02:05 

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Hong Kong stocks drop at open...

Hong Kong shares opened with fresh losses on Friday morning following another sell-off on Wall Street as a series of hikes by central banks to fight i......

 2022-06-17 01:47 

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New measures to cut waiting times for specialist care...

The Hospital Authority has pledged to reduce waiting times for patients to receive specialist care, saying it's not ideal that some new patients need to wait around two years for their appointments. Lau Ka-hin, a chief manager with the authority, said...

 2022-06-17 01:40 

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Test requirement 'devastates' bar customer numbers...

The chairman of the SoHo Association says a new measure that requires bar and nightclub patrons to show a negative Covid-19 test result to gain entry has had a devastating impact on customer numbers. Richard Feldman was commenting a day after the measure ...

 2022-06-17 00:34 

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HA vows to reduce waiting times for specialist care...

The Hospital Authority (HA) has pledged to shorten the waiting times for patients to receive specialist care, saying it's not ideal that some new patients need to wait around two years for their appointments.According to HA figures in March, new patie...

 2022-06-16 18:36 

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Global stock markets tank as central banks hike rates...

Stock markets sank Thursday as more central banks raised interest rates to tame runaway inflation, actions that raised fears they could spark recessio......

 2022-06-16 14:04 

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Testing notices issued for 33 places...

The government on Thursday issued compulsory testing notices for 33 places across Hong Kong.Anyone who has visited any of these premises and stayed there for the length of time and on the dates specified must get a nucleic acid test for Covid-19.The resid...

 2022-06-16 10:24 

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Rising daily Covid figures expected: CHP...

Health officials said on Thursday that the increasing Covid tally is expected, as they reported 1,179 more infections. 1,085 of the cases were locally transmitted. 423 of them were identified in laboratories while 622 were self-test results confirmed by a...

 2022-06-16 09:14 

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China urges World Cup organisers to fix fan labelling...

Beijing on Thursday urged World Cup organisers in Qatar to respect the "one-China" principle, after a reference to China for visitors from Taiwan applying for an identification card to the event was removed.All World Cup ticketholders must apply f...

 2022-06-16 08:21 

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Hong Kong stocks finish with losses...

Hong Kong stocks tumbled on Thursday, with property firms and Chinese tech giants among the worst hit as the Federal Reserve's sharp interest rate hik......

 2022-06-16 06:38 

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Otto Poon firm accused of price-fixing, bid-rigging...

The Competition Commission has initiated legal proceedings against a company set up by the husband of Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng, accusing it of price-fixing, market-sharing and bid-rigging in relation to air-conditioning works worth around HK$2 billi...

 2022-06-16 06:15 

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'New findings on mites may help tackle allergies'...

Researchers at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on Thursday said they have discovered the DNA evolution of mites, and findings on why they are so adaptive to Hong Kong's environment may help further studies in tackling mite allergies. The resear...

 2022-06-16 04:07 

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John Lee, Carrie Lam confident in HK's future...

Chief Executive-designate John Lee says his term of government will place considerable emphasis on promoting Hong Kong's legal system. Speaking at a forum on One Country, Two Systems on Thursday, Lee said the city's commitment to the rule of law a...

 2022-06-16 03:46 

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Ex-TVB staff jailed over criminal damage appeal...

A former TVB employee was on Thursday meted a one-year jail sentence for calling on protesters to damage the broadcaster's signal transmission station during the 2019 protests. Technician Cheung Kin-wa was earlier found guilty of three counts of incit...

 2022-06-16 03:24 

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Hong Kong dollar will remain weak: HKMA...

The Chief Executive of Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Eddie Yue, on Thursday said he expects the local currency to remain weak as the interest rate gap between the Hong Kong dollar and the greenback widens further.He was commenting on the US central bank&#...

 2022-06-16 02:02 

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Hong Kong stocks enjoy strong start...

Hong Kong shares rallied at the start of business on Thursday as traders cheered a sharp interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve that analysts said......

 2022-06-16 01:46 

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'Limit work hours for domestic helpers': rights group...

The Asian Migrants Coordinating Body has urged the government to come up with measures to limit the working hours of live-in domestic helpers, so they won't be overworked and exploited. The group's spokesperson, Eman Villanueva, was commenting aft...

 2022-06-15 20:32 

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Wall Street rises on reassuring Fed signals...

The S&P 500 rallied on Wednesday to snap a five-session losing skid after a policy announcement by the Federal Reserve that raised interest rates to m......

 2022-06-15 18:41 

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Fed hikes rates by most since 1994; HKMA acts...

The Federal Reserve raised its target interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point on Wednesday to stem a disruptive surge in inflation, and......

 2022-06-15 15:51 

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Markets rally as ECB announces debt package...

Relief swept over battered euro zone bond markets on Wednesday as the European Central Bank said it would skew reinvestments of maturing debt to help......

 2022-06-15 15:26 

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Compulsory testing notices issued for 35 places...

The government on Wednesday issued compulsory testing notices for 35 places across Hong Kong.Anyone who has visited any of these premises and stayed there for the length of time and on the dates specified must get a nucleic acid test for Covid-19.The resi...

 2022-06-15 12:13 

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All sides should work to resolve Ukraine crisis: Xi...

President Xi Jinping told Russian President Vladimir Putin during a phone call on Wednesday that all parties should work towards resolving the crisis in Ukraine "in a responsible manner", broadcaster CCTV reported.In their call, Xi reiterated Chin...

 2022-06-15 10:50 

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Jury rules domestic worker died of natural causes...

A four-person jury at the Coroners' Court on Wednesday ruled that a 46-year-old Filipino domestic worker found unconscious in her employer's home in 2017 died of natural causes, following a week-long inquest. The jurors returned the verdict on the...

 2022-06-15 10:37 

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Legco approves government restructuring plan...

The Legislative Council on Wednesday passed a government restructuring package that will add new deputies to the chief secretary, financial secretary and justice minister, as proposed by incoming Chief Executive John Lee. The proposal was supported by 77 ...

 2022-06-15 10:16 

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HK's daily Covid figure exceeds 1,000...

Health officials on Wednesday said Hong Kong added 971 local coronavirus infections.There were also 76 imported cases, bringing the daily caseload to 1,047 the highest in around two months. 477 of the new local cases were identified in laboratories, while...

 2022-06-15 09:09 

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HK shares make gains ahead of Fed meeting...

Shares ended higher in Hong Kong on Wednesday as bargain-buyers moved in following a painful sell-off at the start of the week, with attention on the......

 2022-06-15 08:47 

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Beware of sodium level in prepackaged bread: watchdog...

The Consumer Council on Wednesday advised people to pay attention to sodium levels in some prepackaged breads, saying eating two slices of bread from one brand would already account for around one-fifth of the recommended daily intake limit.The watchdog s...

 2022-06-15 08:31 

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Six dead in China after heavy rainfall...

Heavy rain in China has claimed six lives this week and forced the evacuation of some 200,000 people.Five people died in southeastern China, according to state media reports: A house collapse took three lives in Fujian province on Tuesday, and two died on...

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