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 2023-01-29 09:25 

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HK logs 3,283 Covid cases...

Health officials on Sunday reported 3,283 new Covid cases, of which 111 were imported. Another 20 patients with the virus have died....

 2023-01-29 07:46 

RTHK News

Govt urged to hand out cash to the underprivileged...

The Society for Community Organisation (SoCO) on Sunday said most people on low incomes would prefer a HK$10,000 cash budget handout to consumption vouchers. Ninety percent of the approximately one thousand people, who took part in a SoCO survey, supporte...

 2023-01-29 04:49 

RTHK News

FS warns of scaling back of one-off relief measures...

Financial Secretary Paul Chan on Sunday again flagged a shift in fiscal policy ahead of his budget next month, due to the huge government deficit. The finance chief has already cautioned that a fiscal deficit of more than HK$100 billion is expected this t...

 2023-01-29 03:54 

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More inbound tourists without isolation: Regina Ip...

Executive Council convenor Regina Ip on Sunday said she expected the scrapping of mandatory isolation for people with Covid-19 to significantly boost inbound tourism. From Monday, the government will no longer issue isolation orders to confirmed patients ...

 2023-01-28 18:50 

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Italy's Eni signs US$8 bn gas deal in Libya...

Italian energy giant Eni signed a US$8 billion gas deal with Libya's state-run National Oil Corporation on Saturday as Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni v......

 2023-01-28 12:37 

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Choi Hung Road fire fuelled by electronic parts...

Firefighters said on Saturday that a fire that broke out at Choi Hung Road in the early hours of the morning started in a warehouse storing electronic parts, and that these fueled the fire and made rescue efforts difficult.The fire department received the...

 2023-01-28 09:39 

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Kwun Tong recycling station to be penalised...

Secretary for Environment and Ecology Tse Chin-wan said on Saturday that a public recycling station in Kwun Tong is to be penalised, after it failed to ensure waste it collected was delivered to a recycling firm. Between April and December last year, the ...

 2023-01-28 09:24 

RTHK News

Hong Kong adds another 3,480 Covid cases...

Health officials on Saturday reported 3,480 new Covid cases, of which 118 were imported. Another 33 patients with Covid have died....

 2023-01-28 07:27 

RTHK News

Paul Chan hints fiscal policy change ahead of budget...

Financial Secretary Paul Chan on Saturday said the administration may have to adjust its fiscal policies, after officials had put in place counter-cyclical measures at a time when the Covid situation was severe in Hong Kong. The top official made the comm...

 2023-01-28 07:13 

RTHK News

British airline Flybe ceases trading...

Regional British airline Flybe has ceased trading and cancelled all scheduled flights, the company said on Saturday. Flybe posted on Twitter that it h......

 2023-01-28 05:26 

RTHK News

Unnecessary to fixate on Singapore: CY Leung...

Hong Kong's Covid quarantine policies have led to talent and corporations temporarily moving away from the SAR to Singapore, former Chief Executive CY Leung said on Saturday, adding that people should not fixate on the Lion City. The territory has sou...

 2023-01-28 02:38 

RTHK News

Pandemic advisor prefers Covid probe to inquiry...

Government pandemic advisor Wallace Lau on Saturday expressed reservations about the need to launch an independent inquiry into the administration's handling of the Covid outbreak. But Lau, who is also dean of medicine at the University of Hong Kong (...

 2023-01-28 02:09 

RTHK News

Twitter to allow suspension appeals...

Twitter users will be able to appeal account suspensions and be evaluated under the social media platform's new criteria for reinstatement, starting F......

 2023-01-28 01:47 

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Fire breaks out at Choi Hung industrial building...

The Fire Services Department on Saturday said the wind was carrying smoke and an unusual smell from a fire at a Choi Hung industrial building and any members of the public affected should remain calm, and close their doors and windows. In a statement, the...

 2023-01-27 21:35 

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US markets close slightly higher...

Wall Street adds more to its big January after strong week A strong week for Wall Street closed out with modest gains on Friday, sending the stock mar......

 2023-01-27 19:39 

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US to appeal after panel criticises steel tariffs...

Washington has appealed four World Trade Organization panel rulings that faulted it for the punitive tariffs former president Donald Trump's administr......

 2023-01-27 12:57 

RTHK News

Public reminded about upcoming easing of Covid rules...

The government has reminded members of the public that they won't be required to report their coronavirus infections from January 30, when the mandatory five-day isolation is scrapped. In a statement issued on Friday, authorities say isolation orders ...

 2023-01-27 09:29 

RTHK News

Cross-border kids to return from 2nd week of February...

The Education Bureau announced on Friday that cross-border secondary school students will be allowed to attend face-to-face classes in Hong Kong from the second week of February, while primary and kindergarten pupils can return towards the end of the mont...

 2023-01-27 09:09 

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Companies prosecuted over MIRROR concert accident...

The Labour Department on Friday said it has initiated 15 prosecutions against three companies over the MIRROR concert incident last July, during which a giant LED screen fell from height.The incident at the Hong Kong Coliseum on July 28 last year left two...

 2023-01-27 08:36 

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Hong Kong stocks close week on positive note...

Hong Kong stocks ended a holiday-shortened week with another advance on Friday, in line with a rally across Asia following forecast-beating US economi......

 2023-01-27 08:26 

RTHK News

Use public money to top up salaries: lawmakers...

Unionist lawmakers on Friday put forward a series of requests ahead of the financial secretary's next budget address, including another round of spending vouchers and subsidies to entice people into sectors facing worker shortages.The Federation of Ho...

 2023-01-27 08:26 

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Shares in India's Adani drop 15pc after fraud claims...

Trading in the business empire of Asia's richest man Gautam Adani was halted on Friday following a 15 percent plunge in its share price, days after a......

 2023-01-27 08:22 

RTHK News

Hong Kong logs 2,335 Covid cases...

Health authorities reported 2,335 new Covid infections on Friday, including 45 imported cases. Another 22 patients with Covid have died....

 2023-01-27 06:54 

RTHK News

HK Customs to crack down on CBD products...

Customs officials on Friday reminded Hongkongers travelling abroad to avoid bringing CBD products back into the SAR, even though they might be legal in other countries. CBD is a chemical derived from cannabis plants, and can be found in the form of food, ...

 2023-01-27 05:46 

RTHK News

US' extension of deportation protection 'sinister'...

Beijing's Washington embassy has described as "sinister" a move by the US to extend a programme designed to offer protection to Hong Kong residents in the country from deportation.Liu Pengyu, spokesman for the embassy in Washington, said in a ...

 2023-01-27 05:06 

RTHK News

S Korea extends restrictions on travellers from China...

South Korea says it will continue to restrict the entry of short-term travellers from China through the end of February over concerns that the spread of Covid-19 in the mainland may worsen following the Lunar New Year holiday.South Korea in early January ...

 2023-01-27 03:52 

RTHK News

Govt urged to relax mask rules in phases...

A medical expert advising the government on its Covid strategy on Friday said the mask-wearing mandate can be removed in phases starting next month. On an RTHK programme, Lau Yu-lung said authorities can begin by relaxing the mask requirement at places wi...

 2023-01-27 03:29 

RTHK News

HK home prices suffer biggest drop since 1998...

Government data shows Hong Kong home prices fell by 15.6 percent in the past year, the steepest decline since 1998 when prices plunged by almost a third. Figures from the Rating and Valuation Department reveal the first annual drop since the global financ...

 2023-01-27 02:49 

RTHK News

5 Chinese killed in California shooting: consulate...

Five Chinese citizens were among the victims in a shooting in the California town of Half Moon Bay, Beijing's Consulate General in San Francisco said.The Half Moon Bay shooting on Monday, in which seven people died, was the second of two gun rampages ...

 2023-01-27 01:48 

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Hong Kong stocks start with more gains...

Hong Kong stocks built on the previous day's rally at Friday's open, as investors cheered forecast-beating US data indicating that the world's top eco......

 2023-01-27 01:47 

RTHK News

Jockey Club slams call to raise football betting tax...

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has criticised a proposal by the New People's Party (NPP) to increase football betting duty, warning that it could lead to the club being unable to compete with illegal or offshore betting competitors.On Thursday, the NPP out...

 2023-01-27 01:30 

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Two people sent to hospital after Tsuen Wan fire...

Firefighters put out a blaze on Friday morning in a village in Tsuen Wan.The fire broke out in Wang Lung Tsuen just after 4 am. It was upgraded to a third alarm half an hour later.Around 100 people were evacuated from their homes as firefighters fought th...

 2023-01-26 21:42 

RTHK News

No. 3 alarm fire in Wang Lung Tsuen...

Firefighters said on Thursday that they're battling a fire which broke out at Wang Lung Tsuen in Tsuen Wan just after 4am.They said the fire started at 4.11am, and was upgraded to a No. 3 alarm at 4.39am. They said they're using two jets and two b...

 2023-01-26 21:32 

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US markets close higher on GDP figures...

US stock markets rallied and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after data showed a strong US economy that is decelerating with slowing inflation, gi......

 2023-01-26 14:06 

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US growth slows to 2.1pc in 2022...

The US economy grew at a slower pace in 2022, the Commerce Department said on Thursday, as activity eased in the final months of the year and recessio......

 2023-01-26 10:28 

RTHK News

'Finance mega infrastructure projects with caution'...

The New People's Party on Thursday called on the government to spend carefully on major infrastructure projects over the next two decades, saying officials must ensure Hong Kong's economy is capable of funding impending developments. The caution c...

 2023-01-26 09:11 

RTHK News

HK logs just over 2,400 Covid cases...

Health authorities reported 2,401 new Covid infections on Thursday, including 64 imported cases. Another 28 patients with Covid have died....

 2023-01-26 08:46 

RTHK News

Japan blizzard spoils holiday plans for Hongkongers...

Some Hongkongers on holiday in Japan have had their itineraries changed because of a blizzard raging across much of the country. The chairman of WWPKG Holdings, Yuen Chun-ning, on Thursday said the travel agency has around 1,300 people on tours in Japan a...

 2023-01-26 08:18 

RTHK News

Hong Kong stocks extend rally to 11-month high...

Hong Kong stocks surged more than two percent on Thursday to an 11-month high as traders returned from the long holiday break to extend the year's ral......

 2023-01-26 08:08 

RTHK News

8 dead after HK-flagged ship sinks near Japan...

Eight people are dead, including six Chinese nationals, after a ship sank in waters off the coast of Japan, a diplomat told state media on Thursday.The Jin Tian, a Hong Kong-registered cargo ship, sent a distress signal on Tuesday evening from a position ...

 2023-01-26 05:21 

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US comments on security law interpretation slammed...

The Foreign Ministry Commissioner's Office in Hong Kong has condemned remarks by the US consul general on the recent interpretation of the national security law by the National People's Congress Standing Committee.At an online forum, Gregory May s...

 2023-01-26 04:38 

RTHK News

Macau sees surge in tourists over Lunar New Year...

A Macau tourism expert said on Thursday that the gaming hub has seen a big jump in tourist numbers since Covid restrictions were eased. During the first four days of the Lunar New Year, the former Portugese enclave received around 250,000 visitors from Ho...

 2023-01-26 03:50 

RTHK News

Inquiry needed into HK's handling of pandemic: expert...

University of Hong Kong microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung on Thursday called for an independent inquiry into the government's response to Covid-19, so the city can make better preparations for when the next pandemic comes. On a Commercial Radio programme,...

 2023-01-26 03:33 

RTHK News

Earthquake hits Sichuan province...

An earthquake measuring 5.6-magnitude hit Sichuan province in the small hours of Thursday.According to Xinhua News Agency, no casualties have been reported.The quake occurred at 3.49am, with its epicentre at the Luding County of the Garze Tibetan Autonomo...

 2023-01-26 01:46 

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Hong Kong stocks reopen with a bang...

Hong Kong stocks opened sharply higher on Thursday morning as traders returned from an extended Lunar New Year break to play catch up with gains in th......

 2023-01-25 21:55 

RTHK News

US markets tepid on earnings concerns...

Wall Street stocks mostly slipped on Wednesday, pulling back on concerns over lacklustre company earnings and ahead of key economic data to be release......

 2023-01-25 19:49 

RTHK News

Mask entrepreneurs prepare for a post-Covid world...

Eddie Yu's friends thought he was crazy when he sold his successful face mask start-up to launch a new business in 2021.He'd founded Maskology in the early days of the pandemic as people scrambled to buy masks amid a shortage and fear of the emerg...

 2023-01-25 15:49 

RTHK News

US stocks retreat as mixed earnings add to angst...

Wall Street stocks fell early on Wednesday as another round of lacklustre quarterly earnings added to investor caution after a strong start to 2023. A......

 2023-01-25 08:53 

RTHK News

Hong Kong logs almost 2,300 new Covid cases...

Health officials on Wednesday reported 2,295 new Covid infections, including 30 imported cases. The latest figure rose from the 1,987 recorded the day before, which was the lowest daily tally in six months. Another 27 patients with Covid have died....

 2023-01-25 07:31 

RTHK News

Peng Chau shooting officer "felt life was threatened"...

Police on Wednesday defended an officer's decision to open fire at a man on Peng Chau on Tuesday night, saying he felt his life was under threat.The man who was shot was in critical condition in hospital on Wednesday.The force said two officers went t...

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