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


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Islamic State claims responsibility for Paris shooting  Listenfacebook
A French policeman has been killed in Paris and two others seriously wounded, after a gunman opened fire on a police bus on the Champs Elysees on Thursday evening. The man got out of a car and started firing an automatic weapon. He was shot dead by police. Media reports say the gunman was known to the intelligence services. The Islamic State group says it carried out the shooting, naming the attacker as Belgian Abu Yusuf. The incident comes just days before the first round of presidential elections on Sunday. Ian Pooler asked London-based correspondent Peter Anderson for more details of the attack:
White knight rescues i-Cable  Listenfacebook
A consortium led by property tycoon David Chiu - the son of the founder of ATV - has come to the rescue of troubled pay-television provider, i-Cable Communications. Forever Top announced last night that it had agreed on a deal with Cable TV's parent, Wharf Holdings, for an equity injection of HK$1 billion to strengthen the ailing broadcaster. Janice Wong has the details:
Mother gets second liver transplant   Listenfacebook
A critically ill 43-year-old mother has undergone a second liver transplant, after she failed to show much improvement following the first operation last week. The first donor came forward after the woman's plight became headline news when her 17-year-old daughter was denied the right to become a live liver donor. Damon Pang reports:
Streamlining of MPF system “would help cut costs”   Listenfacebook
The Investment Funds Association says it's time for the government to streamline Hong Kong’s Mandatory Provident Fund system. This comes after reforms requiring MPF providers to offer a low-management-fee default investment fund for customers. But the association says more needs to be done. Mike Weeks asked the group's chairman Arthur Bacci what it’s proposing:
Mouse model helps decide drug dose  Listenfacebook
Patients with high cholesterol levels caused by a genetic disorder will now be able to identify their best treatment using a new mouse model. This will prevent them from suffering possible adverse effects from traditional treatments and trying different types and doses of other drugs. The chimeric mouse liver model, created by the University of Hong Kong, uses human urine as a cell source to help patients find their right type and dose of drugs. Tse Hung-fat is a professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the university. Ian Pooler asked him how this model is different from similar models in the past:
Jakarta poll result a win for sectarian politics  Listenfacebook
A Muslim former government minister will take over as the new mayor of Jakarta in October. That's after the Indonesian capital's first Christian mayor conceded defeat this week in a run-off vote seen as a test of the country's secular identity. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama congratulated his rival after exit polls showed Anies Rasyid Baswedan clearly ahead. Purnama's hardline Muslim opponents had accused him of blasphemy, heightening racial and religious tensions. Keith Loveard is a senior analyst at Concord Consulting in Jakarta. Mike Weeks asked him if the election was a win for sectarian politics: