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Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Samantha Butler and Ben Tse


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Xi and Biden expected to meet at Apec summit  Listenfacebook
The Foreign Ministry says Beijing and Washington have agreed to work together to hold a leaders' meeting in San Francisco. The White House had earlier announced that President Xi Jinping would meet his US counterpart Joe Biden at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the American city later this month. It comes just days after Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited the US capital. Kelly Yu reports:
Sino-US summit may focus on climate  Listenfacebook
A professor of politics and international relations at East China Normal University in Shanghai says he expects Presidents Xi and Biden to discuss climate issues. Professor Josef Gregory Mahoney also told Kelly Yu that it was uncertain whether the talks would lead to significant changes in the global economy:
China signs joint declaration at AI safety summit  Listenfacebook
China has joined countries including the United States and Britain in signing a declaration promising to safeguard against the risks of artificial intelligence. The 'Bletchley Declaration' was announced at the start of a major summit on AI in Britain. China's representative told the conference that Beijing was willing to talk to all sides regarding AI regulation and help to formulate a global governance framework. Engineer and lawmaker, William Wong, says such a summit should have been held long ago. He spoke to Samantha Butler:
Bird or swine flu could fuel next pandemic  Listenfacebook
Covid-19 will most likely not be the last global outbreak. That is the warning from three leading medical experts here, who say the next pandemic will likely be caused by avian or swine flu viruses. Azam Khan reports:
Doctors call for vigilance ahead of winter flu season  Listenfacebook
An infectious disease specialist says the public needs to stay vigilant this winter when Hong Kong is expected to see a surge in respiratory infections, including the flu and Covid. Dr Ada Lin, president of the Hong Kong Society for Infectious Diseases advised the public to get their shots ahead of the flu season, which will last from around February to April. Dr Lin also told Hailey Yip that a global survey conducted by market research firm, Ipsos, showed 70 percent of people were unaware that they were high-risk individuals for Covid, while more than 40 percent would only take prescription drugs when they were very ill:
Black code removal makes for smoother crossing  Listenfacebook
Travellers crossing the border between Hong Kong and the mainland have welcomed the cancellation of the Covid declaration requirement. People no longer have to fill in an online form to get a so-called "black code" before heading up north or coming to the SAR. Violet Wong reports:
No plans to change nomination process for candidates  Listenfacebook
The government has rejected the idea of arranging briefing sessions to enable people hoping to stand in elections to meet those who have the power to nominate them. Officials say would-be candidates can get in touch with committee members via the administration. Violet Wong reports:
Gay Games faces calls for closure  Listenfacebook
The Gay Games Hong Kong Organising Committee says Friday's games will focus only on sports, arts and culture, after a community group accused it of using the event to advocate LGBTQ+ rights. The organising committee has said the event will promote inclusivity and unity through sports and culture and will not be a platform for political statements or activities. Hong Kong's hosting of the event will mark the first time in its 40-year history that the Gay Games will be in an Asian city. But lawmaker Junius Ho told Vanessa Cheng that the government should prevent the Gay Games from going ahead:
Retail sales grow 13 percent year-on-year in Sept  Listenfacebook
The pace of growth for retail sales here has slowed for the third quarter. Jacqueline Guico reports:
Hundreds of evacuees from Gaza arrive in Egypt  Listenfacebook
World leaders have welcomed the partial reopening of the Rafah crossing for foreign nationals trapped in Gaza. More than 400 people, including dozens of injured Palestinians, have been allowed to leave the besieged territory for the first time since the latest war between Hamas and Israel began last month. The Hamas-run health ministry says over 8,500 people - more than 40 percent of them children - have been killed since the start of Israel's bombardment. The UN secretary general, Antonio Guteress, says he's appalled by the escalating violence in Gaza, including the killing of women and children in the densely-populated Jabaliya refugee camp. RTHK's Jerusalem correspondent Robert Berger told Annemarie Evans that the air strike reportedly struck a Hamas military commander: