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Customs make biggest ivory haul in three decades  Listenfacebook
Customs authorities have seized 7.2 tonnes of ivory in what they say is the biggest haul in three decades. The contraband is worth around HK$72 million, and was found hidden in a container in Kwai Hung underneath frozen fish. Authorities say the shipment came from Malaysia and they believe the ivory was destined for nearby markets. A man in charge of a trading firm in Tuen Mun has been arrested, along with two of the company's workers. Alex Hofford, campaign manager for WildAid, went to see the seized tusks and told RTHK's Annemarie Evans that they could have come from as many as 1,000 elephants:
Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo reportedly near death  Listenfacebook
Terminally-ill dissident Liu Xiaobo is said to be close to death, with reports saying he's no longer able to eat or receive treatment; while his family have been told to be on 24-hour standby to prepare for the worst. The Nobel Peace Prize winner – who had been in jail for subversion since 2009 – was freed on medical parole last month after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer. Efforts are underway to get overseas experts to help treat Liu, who's currently at a hospital in Shenyang. Annemarie Evans asked the China Researcher for Amnesty International, William Nee, what he made of the latest developments:
Quality of life highest since 2010: study  Listenfacebook
People were more satisfied with the qualify of life in Hong Kong last year than they've been since 2010... That's according to the latest study on the matter by researchers from Chinese University. Using a combination of government data and telephone survey results, they concluded that there was a significant spike in overall satisfaction in 2016. That was mostly because of positive economic factors like cheaper housing – though prices have gone up considerably since then. Lead researcher, Professor Wong Hung from the university's Department of Social Work, told Ben Tse that the latest study marks a 'turning point':