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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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Kowloon hit by arson, destruction, water cannon and tear gas   Listenfacebook
The streets of Kowloon again resembled a warzone on Sunday, after another unauthorised mass rally turned violent. Protesters attacked MTR stations, China-owned and pro-Beijing businesses and police stations with petrol bombs, bricks and, in one case, containers of faeces. Along with the usual tear gas and non-lethal rounds, police deployed their water cannon truck up and down Nathan Road. Even their bomb disposal robot was deployed at one point, as Joanne Wong reports:
HK’s biggest mosque hit by jets of police dye   Listenfacebook
When the police brought out their water cannon truck in Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday afternoon, one of the first targets hit was Kowloon Mosque, on Nathan Road, Hong Kong's largest Islamic centre. The force later said it was a “mistake”, that they had been targeting a group of rioters outside. They even sent senior representatives to visit the mosque on Sunday night armed with buckets and cloths to help clean up the blue dye left behind. The chief imam says he believes the mosque was not intentionally targeted, but as Timmy Sung reports, not everyone is convinced:
Chan Tong-kai’s surrender rejected by Taiwan   Listenfacebook
Taiwan says it won't allow wanted murder suspect Chan Tong-kai to enter the island to turn himself in, unless authorities in Hong Kong pass over more evidence through a formal channel. Chan was at the centre of the government’s bid to change the extradition law – which sparked protests that continue to grip the SAR – when he fled back to Hong Kong after murdering his girlfriend in Taipei in February 2018. The administration said it's happy to help in any way that's legally feasible his return to face justice in Taiwan, but reiterated that there's no law allowing the city to formally assist the island in its criminal justice process. Cecil Wong has the details:
Carrie Lam hints at softer line with protesters   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, hinted on Sunday that her government is open to looking at other ways to respond to demands for an investigation into the policing of recent protests. But she said that would only happen if the public still clearly did not trust the current mechanism for handling police complaints, and if the government really wanted to get at the truth. That came a day after Lam hinted she was open to reshuffling her cabinet after the current political crisis dies down. Mike Weeks asked regular RTHK contributor and legal academic Danny Gittings why she didn’t do that months ago:
CE defends Patrick Nip’s flat purchases   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has defended her Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary, Patrick Nip, confirming that he didn't know about moves to relax mortgage restrictions when his family members bought two flats in pre-sales last month. Jimmy Choi reports:
IMF-World Bank meetings highlight concerns over US policy   Listenfacebook
Central bank governors and finance ministers have been trading grim tales of suffering economies at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Washington. Some also noted how far US policy had shifted from the 1940s, when Washington co-founded the IMF. As the IMF’s gathering of 189 member-nations drew to a close, its managing director Kristalina Georgieva said the unintended negative impacts of the current trade wars were becoming clear: “everybody loses.” The message from the US in founding the IMF more than 50 years ago was that there are no limits to prosperity and that broadly-shared prosperity benefits everyone. So do people who attended this year’s fall meetings feel that has changed? Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood: