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


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Schools closed, flights cancelled as Typhoon Koinu hits HK  Listenfacebook
Hongkongers woke up to a morning of weather-related disruption on Monday, as Typhoon Koinu swept past the city. With a Number Eight Typhoon Signal in place until 11:40 am, schools were closed for the day and transport was disrupted. A Black rainstorm warning was also issued at 4 am. As Kelly Yu reports, Storm Koinu - the Japanese word for "puppy" - brought plenty of challenges:
Israel at war with Hamas after surprise attack  Listenfacebook
An estimated 700 people have been killed in Israel since Palestinian Hamas militants launched a surprise offensive from Gaza early on Saturday. An official statement puts the number of Israelis taken hostage at more than 100. Meanwhile, in Gaza, there are reports of around 400 people killed in retaliatory air strikes from Israel. The Israeli Consul General in Hong Kong, Amir Lati, called Hamas "terrorists". He said cities, such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, were hit by around 3,000 rockets. He told Violet Wong about the latest developments:
Govt issues travel alert for Israel  Listenfacebook
The government has issued a red outbound travel alert for Israel, indicating that people should not make non-essential journeys to the country, and Hongkongers who are already there should take extra precautions. Kelly Yu reports:
US House chaos could impact aid to Israel  Listenfacebook
The United States has announced more support for Israel. The Pentagon said it would provide additional equipment and munitions. The US navy is also moving several ships - including an aircraft carrier - into the eastern Mediterranean. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler that the chaos among House Republicans could hamper the US response. He first spoke about Biden's comments:
CE cites HK's potential as higher education hub  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says his recent visit to the University of Science and Technology has deepened his belief that Hong Kong is well positioned to become an international higher education hub. Elvis Yu reports:
FS warns US inflation may hinder city's growth  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan says Hong Kong's economy has been recovering well since the border reopened. But he warned that external factors, such as high inflation in the US, might undermine longer-term growth. Violet Wong reports:
HK's second round of green bonds attracts $30 billion  Listenfacebook
More than 320,000 retail investors will each be allocated not more than nine lots of the latest government green bonds, after they poured in a combined HK$30 billion in the latest sale. The proceeds were more than double the original target. Now with the keen market interest, the final sale size has been raised to HK$20 billion. The green bonds will be issued on Tuesday and listed on the stock exchange the following day. But what really is the difference between green bonds and ordinary bonds? Jacqueline Guico explains:
HK clinches record 53 Asian Games' medals  Listenfacebook
Local athletes are hoping that Hong Kong can build on its unprecedented success at the just-concluded Asian Games. The SAR clinched a record-breaking 53 medals in the Games, having sent 660 athletes to compete in 40 events. Sean Moore, managing director of Elite Sport Asia, says people are now waking up to the idea that sports is a viable career path. But he told Ben Tse that he was still hoping to see more support for grassroots-level sports, to get more people involved: