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Grant undocumented children amnesty: NGO Listen
A non-governmental organisation – Pathfinders – has called on the government to grant an amnesty to undocumented children in Hong Kong for one year so that they can be registered with the authorities without their parents being prosecuted. Its Chief Executive Officer, Kay McArdle, says the registration system should also be free of charge so that parents who cannot afford the fees could get their children registered. Her call came after an Eastern Court magistrate imposed an eight-month prison term, suspended for two years, on a British insurance executive who failed to register the birth of his two daughters. The girls’ mother was jailed for one year for overstaying her visa. The case came to the authorities' attention after one of the girls fell to her death from their flat in Repulse Bay in April. McArdle tells Annemarie Evans that she believes there are at least several hundred undocumented children in Hong Kong.
Studies suggest one-third of young men in China will die from smoking Listen
The mainland’s government collects billions of yuan in tobacco taxes each year and anti-smoking campaigners believe it would be difficult for it to encourage people to give up smoking. Recent studies suggest that one in three young men will be killed by tobacco use unless a substantial number of them quit smoking. The studies were conducted by researchers from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the Chinese Center for Disease Control. RTHK’s Beijing correspondent, Paul James, tells Annemarie Evans that health campaigns are still very sporadic on the mainland and when they are launched, people may just ignore them.
Nobel Peace Prize for Tunisian democracy group Listen
This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to a group working to bring peace and democracy to the north African nation of Tunisia. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet has been trying to build civil society there after the so-called "Jasmine Revolution" in 2011 forced a change in government. But RTHK’s London correspondent, Peter Anderson, tells Annemarie Evans that the award has taken many people by surprise.
Rugby quarterfinal match-ups to be decided this weekend Listen
The quarterfinal match-ups of the Rugby World Cup will be decided after this weekend's final round of group games. South Africa are the only side to have clinched their pool. New Zealand are expected to do the same by winning against Tonga later today. RTHK’s World Cup correspondent, Justin Sampson, tells Annemarie Evans about the stakes involved this weekend.