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


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20 said to still be in Poly U as police set to move in   Listenfacebook
A protester still holed up inside the Polytechnic University said late Wednesday night that he and about 20 others remained on the campus. The masked man also said they were extremely angry with the police plan to enter the university on Thursday morning to end the 11-day siege. Altis Wong has the details:
Row over university funding requests grows   Listenfacebook
The government has come under fire for pulling funding requests to build new facilities at three universities. Some suspect the Chinese University, University of Hong Kong and Polytechnic University are being punished because their students have been involved in violent anti-government protests. Ip Kin-yuen represents the education industry in the Legislative Council. Janice Wong asked him if it was unusual for the government to pull such funding requests at the last minute:
Hundreds of children said to be suffering from tear gas exposure   Listenfacebook
A group of parents has called on the police to stop their rampant use of tear gas because of the harm they say it's causing to their children. The Hong Kong Mothers group also demanded the government reveal the composition of the chemical weapons being used by the force. It says it heard from 1,200 parents in just three days in an online survey it launched this week. More than half of them complained that their children, some as young as two-months-old, had been suffering from coughs, dry throats and itchy skin following the firing of tear in their areas. Susanne Choi from the Mothers Group spoke to Jim Gould:
Civil servants ‘don’t need’ to be told they’re not trusted   Listenfacebook
The government is being warned against requiring civil servants to take an oath of loyalty to the Basic Law and the SAR. The government is looking at the idea, which was pushed in a Legco motion last month by New People's Party chief Regina Ip. Some pro-government lawmakers claim the loyalty of government employees is questionable because of the involvement of some in unauthorised protests over the past few months. Former deputy secretary for economic services Elizabeth Bosher told Annemarie Evans that there’s no need for public servants to take an oath at this stage:
Li Ka-shing unfazed by attacks from pro-Beijing forces   Listenfacebook
Tycoon Li Ka-shing says he is getting used to “the unfounded verbal and text punches” thrown at him in recent years. The 91-year-old billionaire has come under fire from mainland media and pro-Beijing forces after he called for leniency for protesters amid the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong. Altis Wong has the details:
Probe launched into man’s death at Nethersole Hospital   Listenfacebook
An investigation is underway into a medical blunder that killed a man at a public hospital in Tai Po. It's been revealed that the man died after a feeding tube was accidentally inserted into one of his lungs. Robert Kemp reports:
Trump signs HK bill into law   Listenfacebook
US President Donald Trump has signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law in a move likely to anger Beijing just as Washington hopes to ease its trade war with China. In a statement, Trump spoke of his "respect" for President Xi Jinping and said he hoped the "leaders and representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences." Growing tensions between the US and China is one of the key themes identified in The Economist’s 'The World in 2020' report on what it expects to shape the globe next year. Ian Pooler asked the UK magazine's executive and diplomatic editor, Daniel Franklin, whether the ongoing political turmoil in Hong Kong also made its list: