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Pink Alliance welcomes court’s judgment Listen
The Pink Alliance has welcomed a landmark judgment by the High Court that a civil servant was "unlawfully discriminated" against by the government when it decided not to grant his same-sex spouse the same benefits granted to other married civil servants. The case was brought by Senior Immigration Officer, Leung Chun-kwong, who married his partner in New Zealand in 2014. That year, he also attempted to see whether his husband would be entitled to benefits such as medical and dental services that other married couples enjoy under Civil Service Regulations. Billy Leung from the alliance tells Annemarie Evans that he expects more similar legal challenges will be brought against the government.
Property prices expected to continue rising Listen
The chairman of Professional Property Services, Nicholas Brooke, says he expects property prices to continue rising. He says it is easy for people to borrow money to buy flats and there’s a lot of liquidity in the market. Brooke says the situation might turn around when people are truly convinced that the supply of flats is going to increase in the future.
Major conflict with North Korea possible: Trump Listen
US President Donald Trump says a major conflict with North Korea is possible, amid a tense standoff over its nuclear and missile programs. During a 42-minute exclusive interview with Reuters News Agency ahead of his one-hundredth day in office, Trump said North Korea was his biggest global challenge. He also lavished praise on President Xi Jinping for Chinese assistance in trying to rein in Pyongyang. The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, says Washington could negotiate with North Korea. His comments, in an interview with US National Public Radio, could mark a softening of US policy on Pyongyang. Political analyst Professor Willy Lam from the Chinese University speaks to Annemarie Evans about the latest developments.