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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Vicky Wong


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Opposition party takes lead in Thai elections  Listenfacebook
A major upset is shaping up in Thailand's parliamentary elections. With most of the votes counted, the United Thai Nation party of Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha is in third place, behind opposition parties Pheu Thai, and the recently-formed Move Forward Party – which has gained the most number of seats in the new parliament. Hong Kong's Thai community have been keeping a close eye on the elections in their home country. Ada Au spoke to some people about what they're hoping for:
Turkey elections poised on a knife edge  Listenfacebook
Millions of people in Turkey headed to the polls on Sunday for landmark elections, but it's looking more and more likely that they'll have to return to cast another ballot again a few weeks later as neither President Recep Tayyip Erdogan nor his challenger appears to have secured a majority. Opinion polls before the election had pointed to a very tight race but gave opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu a slight lead. With most of the votes counted, both sides claimed to be ahead. Janice Wong spoke to RTHK’s Europe correspondent Gavin Grey about the ongoing vote-count:
Soco calls for free childcare at schools  Listenfacebook
A community group says women from grass-roots families have a Mother's Day wish for the government – and that's to introduce after-hours childcare at all schools. The Society for Community Organisation says after-school care is needed to help mothers get back into the workforce and help lift their families out of poverty. It interviewed about two hundred mothers from grassroots families this month, of whom ninety percent were unable to take on jobs because of the need to look after the children at home. The group's deputy director Sze Lai-shan told Vanessa Cheng that a plan to introduce on-site after-school care at fifty schools is not enough:
Restaurants bloom but florists wilt during Mother's Day  Listenfacebook
Restaurants saw a boom in business on Sunday as families gathered to celebrate Mother's Day. However, some vendors at the Mong Kok Flower Market reported a 60-percent drop in sales compared to last year. They blamed the rainy weather, and some say people have been generally more cautious with their spending. Our reporter Vanessa Cheng spoke to some of those buying flowers at the market, and asked them how they spent the day:
Major developments needed to address housing crisis: FS  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan says Hong Kong must press ahead with both its Northern Metropolis plan and a huge reclamation project off Lantau to tackle its housing crisis. He added that the government will also consider other options to boost its land reserve. Priscilla Ng reports:
HKMAO lashes out at US call for sanctions on judges  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office – and the central government's liaison office here – have both issued strongly-worded statements condemning a recent US report calling for sanctions on judges in the SAR. Robert Kemp has more:
Police make biggest cocaine bust of the year  Listenfacebook
Police say they have pulled off their biggest cocaine seizure of the year after raids in Tuen Mun and Sha Tin. Here's Kelly Yu with the details:
HK reseachers help launch space bacteria experiment  Listenfacebook
Researchers from the Chinese University say they are excited by the potential for a breakthrough in agricultural technology – after specimens of soy bacteria they prepared reached the nation's space station. A team from the university's State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology worked with institutes on the mainland to set up the project, which will allow them to study the effects of space conditions on the Rhizobia bacteria. The sample blasted off onboard the Tianzhou-6 cargo rocket on Wednesday, bound for the Tiangong space station. It will be returned to the researchers in six to eight months. It is the first time a Hong Kong agricultural project has been launched into space. The lab's director, Professor Lam Hon-ming, spoke to Natale Ching:
US border crossings down by half since rule change  Listenfacebook
The secretary for US Homeland security says crossings at the US border with Mexico have dropped 50 percent after a pandemic-era restriction ended on Thursday, and the Biden administration implemented an arguably tougher immigration policy. Alejandro Mayorkas' comments come days after the pandemic-era Title 42 expired. The US authorities will now be returning to a decades-old section of US code known as Title 8, which Mayorkas has warned would carry “more severe” consequences for migrants found to be entering the country without a legal basis. Vicky Wong asked our Washington correspondent Barry Wood for more details about Title 42: