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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler


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Carrie Lam’s extradition bill is 'dead'  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has failed to pacify her critics, despite declaring her extradition bill "dead" in her latest bid to defuse the crisis sparked by the contentious legislation. She dismissed calls for an independent inquiry into the clashes on June 12 or granting amnesty to the protesters involved. More from Timmy Sung:
Death of bill fails to pacify protesters   Listenfacebook
Anti-extradition protesters have responded to Chief Executive Carrie Lam's latest attempt to mollify them by promising yet more demonstrations against the now-shelved extradition bill. Lam said on Tuesday the legislation is now 'dead' and the government won't reintroduce it. But critics accused her of playing with words and insist they won't accept anything short of a full and formal withdrawal. The Chief Executive also said she's open to a public dialogue with student leaders - after her previous offer of closed-door talks were rejected last week. But student groups say that's still not good enough and Lam must also promise amnesty for all anti-extradition protesters. Jacky So, the president of the Chinese University's student union, told Richard Pyne that their position hasn't changed:
CE’s words ‘too little too late’   Listenfacebook
Former chief secretary Anson Chan says the Chief Executive’s latest bid to placate protesters was not enough to defuse the extradition bill crisis. She said Carrie Lam’s statement only shows that she’s standing firm on the issue. Chan also said she doesn’t understand why the government is so dead set against setting up an independent inquiry to look into the protests. She told Mike Weeks that if Lam really wanted to resolve the impasse, she would have acceded to protesters demands to formally withdraw the bill:
Fight continues for release of mainland rights lawyers   Listenfacebook
Tuesday marked the fourth anniversary of the start of Beijing's crackdown on hundreds of human rights activists and lawyers, an event that became known as the “709 incident”. Ever since, the families of those detained have been fighting for the release of their loved ones. Along the way, they've built strong bonds among themselves but also learned how to protect themselves against systematic oppression. RTHK spoke to the wives of two lawyers detained in the crackdown. Maggie Ho has the story:
Sleep disorder raises post-surgery risks   Listenfacebook
Researchers at Chinese University have found patients with sleep disorders have a much higher risk of having post-surgery complications, like heart failure. The research team studied more than 1,200 patients who were about to undergo operations and found one in nine of them suffered obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where throat muscles relax and block the patient's airway during sleep. Professor Matthew Chan led the study. Ian Pooler asked him why these patients are at a higher risk of having post-surgery complications: