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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Ian Pooler and Janice Wong


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Saudi sisters claiming asylum intercepted in Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
A month after a Saudi teen captured global attention by live-tweeting her escape from the Kingdom to try and claim asylum in Australia, a similar case has come to light in Hong Kong. Police are following up on allegations that two Saudi sisters have been intercepted by Saudi consular staff at Hong Kong International Airport, while trying to flee to Australia. The two fled to Hong Kong six months ago from a family holiday in Sri Lanka, allegedly after suffering abuse and renouncing Islam – a capital offence under Saudi law. Robert Kemp reports.
HK tourists unharmed in deadly Peru armed robbery  Listenfacebook
The head of a travel agency says some Hong Kong tourists, who were caught up in a deadly armed robbery at a hotel in Peru, hid in a kitchen as gunshots rang out. None of the 40 or so tourists were injured in the incident which left a local tour guide dead. Two of the tourists were robbed of their belongings. Wendy Wong reports.
Private club's contribution to society needs to be relevant  Listenfacebook
Designing Hong Kong's Paul Zimmerman says a recent public consultation on whether private sports clubs should pay more for the land they rent should have focused on how relevant these clubs are for Hong Kong. He says it is fantastic to have membership clubs because they build and maintain sporting facilities and take the sport into the communities by training youngsters. But he said some clubs, such as The Hong Kong Country Club, merely provide wining and dining facilities to a select few. He spoke to Ian Pooler.
CE denies Hong Kong will be assimilated into the mainland  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says Hong Kong will not be assimilated into the mainland despite its participation in the Greater Bay Area development project. She also says by joining the plan, it is time for the SAR to become an active participant in the area's development, rather than simply being a doorway for the mainland to the rest of the world. Damon Pang reports.
Expert says HK is ready to become IT hub  Listenfacebook
An IT professor says Hong Kong is well-connected to become part of a global IT hub, under the Greater Bay Area plan. Wong Kam-fai, the director of the Chinese University's Innovation and Technology Centre, told Janice Wong that one of the greatest advantages of the area will be the free movement of talent.
Govt criticised for not listening to public views over ‘smart’ district  Listenfacebook
IT-sector lawmaker Charles Mok says the government does not appear to be interested in listening to the public's views on how to develop Kowloon East into a smart district, despite holding a public consultation that is due to end in a fortnight. He says the consultation seems to be more focused on collecting views from representatives of the industries and government departments, as Timmy Sung reports.
HKMA chief to retire in September  Listenfacebook
After 10 years at the helm of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Norman Chan has decided not to stay on as chief executive when his current term of office ends in September. Altis Wong reports.
HKBN told to create clear data policies  Listenfacebook
One of the SAR's leading internet and telecom providers, Hong Kong Broadband Network, has been rapped by the Privacy Commissioner in a report that looked into the hacking of one of the company's old databases last April. The incident resulted in the personal data of 380,000 customers being leaked. The commissioner has now served an enforcement notice on HKBN, telling it to improve. Robert Kemp reports.
No Legco investigation into Central-to-Shatin rail link for now  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have voted down a motion to invoke special powers for the Legislative Council to investigate the scandal involving missing inspection documents and unauthorised construction changes at the MTR Corporation's Hung Hom station. But that has not deterred pan-democrats from continuing to pursue the matter. Timmy Sung reports.
Exco rejects appeal against banning of National Party  Listenfacebook
The Executive Council has dismissed an appeal against the government's move to outlaw the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party. As Frances Sit reports, authorities believe the party could resort to violence to pursue separatism.