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


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Bumpy start to new Express Rail Link  Listenfacebook
The MTR Corporation has admitted that the first day of its express rail passenger services on Sunday were marred by technical problems and delays. However, it said around 75,000 people passed through its West Kowloon checkpoint and more than 300,000 tickets were sold here and on the mainland. Janice Wong reports:
Pessimism continues over future cost of Express Rail  Listenfacebook
Civic Party legislator Tanya Chan, has been closely monitoring the Express Rail project over the years and has been a vocal critic of it. She told Ian Pooler that the MTR Corporation should have anticipated the many teething problems, and questioned how long it would take the rail firm to overcome them:
Controversy over co-located border made fade away   Listenfacebook
RTHK's regular contributor and legal academic, Danny Gittings, says the controversial co-located immigration arrangements at the West Kowloon terminus presented a photo opportunity to many who stood on the line separating the Hong Kong and Mainland Port Areas. He told Ian Pooler that he expected the debate over the controversial border arrangements to fade away:
XRL feature: a race between old and new   Listenfacebook
With the opening of the much heralded - and contentious - high speed rail to the mainland, RTHK’s Maggie Ho and Timmy Sung went to find out if the old through-train - that has taken millions of people to Guangzhou over the years - can still compete. They raced to a Guangzhou landmark, Canton Tower, to see who came out on top:
Tributes pour in for father of fibre optics  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong is mourning the passing of physicist Charles Kao, the Nobel laureate whose work in fibre optics paved the way for high-speed internet communications. The former Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University, who was 84, suffered from Alzheimer's towards the end of his life and campaigned to raise awareness of the disease. Janice Wong looks back at his life:
Call for release of mainland dissidents ahead of festival  Listenfacebook
Pro-democracy activists marched on Beijing’s Liaison Office in Western on Sunday, demanding the release of jailed dissidents on the mainland. Some 50 protesters called for their freedom so they could be with their families for the Mid-Autumn Festival on Monday. The demonstration was led by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China. Its chairman, Albert Ho, told Phoebe Ng there were countless dissidents suffering in mainland prisons.
Corbyn moots second Brexit referendum  Listenfacebook
Britain's Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn says he'll back a second Brexit referendum if his Labour Party votes to pursue the move. It puts pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May, whose plans for a divorce deal with the European Union have hit an impasse. Her "Chequers" plan was resoundingly rebuffed in Salzburg, Austria last week, leaving negotiations more uncertain than ever. RTHK's international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, was in London last week to see the fallout from those Brexit talks. He spoke to Samantha Butler: