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Government promises to address illegal use of public land  Listenfacebook
The Lands Department has promised to do more to clamp down on the illegal use of government land. It says it'll focus on more serious cases of abuse, and set specific target dates to deal with them. The promise comes after the Ombudsman criticised the department for dragging its feet for almost 20 years on one case in particular – where a village house was built illegally on government land. Land Justice League legislator Chu Hoi-dick told Ben Tse that the watchdog's finding comes as no surprise:
Row over pro-independence banners rages on  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has dismissed suggestions that her government is trying to suppress freedom of expression at local universities. The recent appearance of banners at university campuses advocating Hong Kong independence; and one mocking the Education Undersecretary over the death of her son, had prompted Lam to issue a high-profile statement condemning both. But the CE says this is not just about freedom of speech – it’s about upholding One Country, Two Systems, and general decency in the community. Jim Gould asked political commentator Joseph Cheng what he thought of the way the government's handling the row:
North Korea rejects new UN sanctions  Listenfacebook
North Korea has "categorically" rejected a UN Security Council resolution imposing new sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs. Ambassador Han Tae Song lashed out at the United States during a plenary session of the UN's Conference on Disarmament, saying North Korea denounces Washington's "evil intention" and would "make sure the US pays a due price. The sanctions ban textile exports from the country, and restricts shipments of oil products to North Korea. Jim Gould asked our correspondent in Seoul, Frank Smith, how effective the measures are likely to be: