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HK to ink joint checkpoint deal with Beijing  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong and Beijing will sign an agreement on Saturday on setting up joint immigration facilities at the West Kowloon terminus of the express rail link – days after Legco gave its blessing to the controversial plan. The agreement is the first of a three-step process to allow mainland officers to carry out national laws at the rail station. The next step will be for the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to endorse it, and then for Hong Kong to come up with its own legislation. But the policy convenor of the Professional Commons, Albert Lai, told Annemarie Evans the government seems to be ignoring reservations about the project:
One in five Hong Kongers live below poverty line  Listenfacebook
The number of poor people in Hong Kong hit a record high of 1.35 million last year, meaning one in five are now living below the poverty line. The government says an increase in the number of poor elderly people is to blame. And Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung, who heads the Commission on Poverty, says the new figure might not reflect reality as they don't consider people's assets. He says if government subsidies are taken into account, the number of people living under the poverty line drops to just under one million. Jim Gould asked Social Work Professor Nelson Chow from the University of Hong Kong what he makes of the new poverty figures:
Mugabe makes first public appearance since army takeover  Listenfacebook
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the military put him under house arrest this week. The 93 year-old attended a graduation ceremony in the capital Harare, even as the military announced "significant progress" on talks for his departure and arrested some of his allies. For now, the military is taking pains to show respect for the head of state, by referring to him as the president and the commander-in-chief. Annemarie Evans spoke to Harry Davies, managing editor of Harare News about Mr Mugabe's public appearance: