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


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Messi ending after superstars skip Inter Miami match  Listenfacebook
Football fans were left sorely disappointed on Sunday after Lionel Messi failed to play in the exhibition match between his Inter Miami team and a Hong Kong eleven. The government, which stumped up millions of dollars for the event, agrees that spectators deserved better. As Tom McAlinden reports, the organisers denied reports that it had known ahead of the match that both Messi and Luis Suarez would not play, saying that they had been deemed unfit to play by their team's medical department:
Football fans, govt demand answers after bitter disappointment  Listenfacebook
Organisers of Sunday's big football match have said they are as disappointed as any other football fan that Lionel Messi did not get onto the pitch. Fans booed and jeered as the game ended with the Argentinian superstar still sat on the bench. The government has pitched in, too, saying it wants answers from both the football club and the organiser. Jacqueline Guico has the story:
Messi, Inter Miami not the only draw at friendly  Listenfacebook
Thousands of football fans decided not to take any chances on Sunday, turning up at the Hong Kong Stadium hours ahead of the match. Lionel Messi may have been the star attraction, but it was not just the players drawing in the crowds. Anne Chan reports:
'Hong Kong needs big venue to accommodate mega events'  Listenfacebook
A co-founder of Hong Kong's biggest arts and music festival says more venues will be needed if the government wants to increase the number of mega events to boost the tourism, retail and catering sectors. Mike Hill, managing director of Clockenflap, told Vanessa Cheng that the city currently has no suitable venues to host concerts for big names like Taylor Swift or Coldplay:
Lunar New Year fairs attract local, international visitors  Listenfacebook
The annual Lunar New Year fairs kicked off on Sunday, featuring the return of dry goods at all 15 locations and fast food stalls at some of them. The city's largest fair, at Victoria Park, boasts almost 400 stalls this year, more than double the number last year. Our reporter Elvis Yu went there to see what is on offer:
Firm loses HK$200 million in AI-aided scam  Listenfacebook
A clerk at the Hong Kong branch of a multinational company has given fraudsters millions of dollars of the firm's money after being tricked into joining a fake video conference where all the other participants were AI-generated deepfakes. Police say the firm lost HK$200 million in the scam. Hailey Yip reports:
'Lunar New Year cold spell could cause flu spike'  Listenfacebook
A respiratory health expert is warning that Hong Kong could see a new spike in flu infections at any time. He is worried cold weather on the way will lead to a surge in infections. Tom McAlinden reports:
Donald Trump warns of China tariffs exceeding 60 percent  Listenfacebook
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is warning that he will impose tariffs on China again if he is elected in November. In an interview aired on Sunday with Fox News, Trump said the he may impose tariffs exceeding 60 percent, though he dismissed the notion that he would start another Sino-US trade war. Azam Khan asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, how seriously people should take Trump's tariff threat: