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


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CE pledges faster action on fire hazards  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says his administration wants to be faster when it comes to fixing fire-safety hazards in private buildings. His comments come after five people died in a blaze at the decades-old New Lucky House in Jordan last week. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Food waste bins get clean bill of health  Listenfacebook
The Environmental Protection Department says most of its smart food waste recycling bins are functioning normally. It follows recent news reports of overflowing or malfunctioning bins in some public housing estates. Elvis Yu reports:
March tourist arrivals top three million  Listenfacebook
Tourist figures have continued their post-pandemic upward trend. Last month, arrivals topped three million in March, as Elvis Yu reports:
Taiwan-bound escapee jailed for 46 months  Listenfacebook
A man who was among 12 suspects caught during an attempt to travel to Taiwan by speedboat in 2020 has been jailed for three years and 10 months by the District Court. 34-year-old Tang Kai-yin had earlier admitted perverting the course of justice through the escape bid, as well as possessing articles with intent to destroy or damage property during the 2019 protests. Damon Pang reports:
DSE students sit first-ever citizenship exam  Listenfacebook
Some students who took the first DSE exam for the citizenship and social development subject say it was not too difficult. They also say a simple pass-or-fail grade made it easier for them to study for other subjects. Elvis Yu reports:
CE urges unity following Xia Baolong visit  Listenfacebook
Following a visit from Beijing's top official on Hong Kong, the government here says it will focus on high-quality development. Chief Executive John Lee urged the community to unite as the city embarked on a new phase of economic development. Frank Yung reports:
Law Society begins four-day trip to Beijing  Listenfacebook
A delegation from the Law Society has embarked on a Beijing trip. They say they will continue to explore opportunities for the legal sector on the mainland, as Kelly Yu reports:
Visiting German leader meets Xi Jinping  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has told visiting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that China and Germany should be vigilant against rising protectionism and look at the issue of production capacity objectively. The German leader is on a three-day visit to China to boost bilateral ties, as Kelly Yu reports:
China's economy outperforms forecasts  Listenfacebook
China's first-quarter GDP performance has comfortably beat analysts' expectations. The economy grew 5.3 percent year-on-year in the quarter, with officials saying the nation made solid progress. Chloe Feng reports:
China's policies key to 'shocking' Q1 growth  Listenfacebook
An economist says over-performance in broad manufacturing helped boost China's first-quarter growth, although this was not expected to continue. Louise Loo, China economist at Oxford Economics, also told Chloe Feng that the new growth drivers should be able to offset slowdowns from the traditional sectors in the next three to five years:
Seamless power transfer expected in Singapore  Listenfacebook
A political analyst says he does not think the changing of the guard in Singapore will bring major changes to the Lion City. Singapore's next leader, Lawrence Wong, has announced that incumbent prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, will stay on as a senior minister after he steps down next month. Lee has been in the top job for 20 years. An associate professor of political science at the National University of Singapore, Chong Ja-ian, told Kelly Yu that Lee staying on as a senior minister might suggest a lack of confidence in the handover of authority:
Britain seeks to ban smoking for those born after 2009  Listenfacebook
Legislation in Britain that would introduce some of the strictest anti-smoking measures in the world has passed its first parliamentary vote. The law would ban anyone who turns 15 this year from ever buying cigarettes and restrict the flavours of vapes to make them less appealing to children. But as RTHK's UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Samantha Butler, dozens of lawmakers from the governing Conservative Party voted against the legislation:
Israel 'keen' to retaliate to Iran strike  Listenfacebook
Benjamin Netanyahu's war cabinet is still considering how to respond to Iran's unprecedented missile and drone attack on Israel over the weekend. That attack came two weeks after an Israeli air strike had killed several senior Iranian commanders in the Iranian embassy complex in Damascus. Several nations around the world have urged restraint. But Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK, told AnneMarie Evans why Israel would be keen to retaliate and what form this might take:
India's LGBTQ community 'watchful' over latest election  Listenfacebook
India is approaching a general election but there has been little debate on the rights of LGBTQ communities and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party remains conservative on these issues. But two major political parties from India’s opposition coalition have declared their support for same-sex civil unions in their election manifestos. RTHK's Delhi correspondent Murali Krishnan told Annemarie Evans that India's queer community was heavily-invested in this election:
Experts urge Germany to legalise abortion at up to 12 weeks  Listenfacebook
An expert commission in Germany has recommended abortion be legalised. Terminating a pregnancy is technically banned by a law that is more than 150-years-old - except if a mother's life is in danger or she is a victim of rape. But advocates of the law say it enjoys broad acceptance and offers necessary protection to the unborn. Tony Sabine reports: