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


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China supports Russia in the wake of Wagner mutiny  Listenfacebook
The Foreign Ministry in Beijing says it supports its strategic partner, Russia, in maintaining national stability. But it stressed that disputes between Moscow and the Wagner Group were an internal affair for the country. Steve Dunthorne reports:
CE marks a year in office with a pledge to win trust  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive, John Lee, has expressed his confidence in the city's future and pledged to continue earning the people's trust. He posted a video on his Facebook page to mark his first year in office. Violet Wong reports:
No plans to import civil servants  Listenfacebook
Secretary for the Civil Service, Ingrid Yeung, says the government has no plans to import civil servants from outside the city. She noted there had been an increase in the number of applications for government positions. Ada Au reports:
New AI module should include more practicals  Listenfacebook
An educator says more practical tasks should be included in the new AI module that will be introduced in secondary schools in September. The module recommends that schools incorporate 10 to 14 hours of lessons on artificial intelligence into the three-year curriculum. But Chu Ka-tim, the chairman of the Hong Kong Association for Computer Education and Vice-Principal of Hong Kong True Light College, says it may not be enough time to learn the coursework. He told Janice Wong that more practical tasks should be included so students can understand how to apply AI in their daily lives:
Warning over ecological tipping points   Listenfacebook
Scientists have discovered that natural systems on Earth, such as the Amazon rainforest, could collapse much earlier than expected. A new study published in Nature Sustainability cautioned that more than one-fifth of the world's ecosystems might break down within a human lifetime. Lawrence Iu, executive director of the think tank Civic Exchange, told Samantha Butler what people in Hong Kong could do to help restore local ecosystems:
Wheelchair access lacking in SAR  Listenfacebook
Many wheelchair users in Hong Kong say they feel excluded from shops due to a lack of barrier-free facilities and negative staff attitudes, according to a recent survey conducted by the Junior Chamber International Queensway. The survey involved interviews with 200 wheelchair users and visits to over 600 shops in Kwun Tong. The Chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Ricky Chu, who helped the group analyse the survey results, said it was crucial for businesses to be aware of the needs of wheelchair users and take steps towards ensuring their facilities were accessible to all. He spoke to Elvis Yu:
SoCo calls for greater grassroots' political participation  Listenfacebook
The Society for Community Organisation is calling for greater participation of underprivileged youth in policy-making processes to ensure their needs are addressed. The group's deputy director, Sze Lai-Shan, highlighted government data showing young adults here faced relatively high levels of poverty. A recent SoCo survey also showed that many young people were not aware of the government's blueprint for youth development. Sze told Elvis Yu that involving more young people in the grassroots sector in policy-making could lead to more comprehensive solutions for the challenges they face:
FS highlights external economic headwinds  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan has warned that external factors will have a significant impact on the city's economic growth. The city's exports have been declining for five consecutive months. Ada Au reports:
'BRI' tour visit world's largest bus manufacturer  Listenfacebook
A delegation led by the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong, Liu Guangyuan, has visited a bus factory and a flight training centre as they continued their inspection trip to Henan and Shaanxi. Kelly Yu reports from Zhengzhou.
Local team take bronze in dragon boat mixed final  Listenfacebook
Paddlers and viewers say they were happy to see large-scale dragon boat races back on Victoria Harbour for the first time since 2019. The two-day Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races drew to a close on Sunday, after featuring over 70 events in which over 4,000 athletes took part. A team from Fuzhou bagged the International Open Grand Championship title while a local team took bronze in the mixed event, as Violet Wong reports:
'Emotional' abortion debate continues, one year on  Listenfacebook
A year ago on Saturday, the US Supreme Court delivered an historic ruling that ended the nationwide right to abortion. America's top court, with its conservative majority, turned over the power to ban abortions to individual states. Over the weekend, abortion rights supporters and opponents held duelling rallies around the country. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler that the abortion debate was still a highly emotive issue, one year since the ruling: