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Beijing ‘intervention’ will delegitimise CE election: analyst  Listenfacebook
The head of the National People’s Congress has reportedly told local delegates to China’s parliament that Beijing is entitled to ‘have a hand’ in the Chief Executive election in Hong Kong. Zhang Dejiang was quoted as making the statement during a closed door meeting in the capital on Monday. He’s also said to have declared that a higher standard must be applied in choosing a Chief Executive compared to a minister. Political analyst Joseph Cheng told RTHK’s Annemarie Evans that Zhang’s comments will only bring the legitimacy of the coming election into question:
Birds flock to Lok Ma Chau wetlands  Listenfacebook
A conservation project at Lok Ma Chau has been hailed a success, with the number of bird species spotted there jumping more than eight-fold over the past ten years. The MTR Corporation set up 37-hectares of artificial wetlands next to Lok Ma Chau station a decade ago – as part of mitigation measures for the construction of the spur line. Then, the area was home to around 40 bird species. That's now increased to 260. Woo Ming-chuan, a conservation officer with the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society explained to Jim Gould why there're now so many more birds there:
North Korea ups ante with missile tests  Listenfacebook
Nuclear-armed North Korea launched four ballistic missiles that flew around 1,000 kilometres on average on Monday, with three landing provocatively close to Japan. The test-launches appeared to be a reaction to huge US-South Korean military drills that those countries consider routine but that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal. Annemarie Evans asked our Seoul correspondent Frank Smith if this launch is an escalation from Pyongyang: