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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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Xi meets Macron in France  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping says China and France should jointly oppose attempts to turn business relations into political, ideological or security issues. He was speaking during a two-day visit to France, where he met his French counterpart and the EU commission chief. Jacqueline Guico reports:
FSD reveals potential data leak  Listenfacebook
The Fire Services Department says the personal information of nearly 6,000 people may have been leaked. Those potentially affected include staff, and people who filed tree-collapse reports when Typhoon Saola hit Hong Kong last year. It comes after data breaches at the Companies Registry and the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department that resulted in the leak of personal data belonging to about 127,000 people. DAB lawmaker Elizabeth Quat says the heads of government departments involved in recent data leaks should face appropriate punishment. Anne Chan reports:
Rain may have boosted Golden Week shopping  Listenfacebook
Officials say about 760,000 mainland tourists travelled to the city over the Golden Week holiday, which the government said was in line with expectations. It added that inbound arrivals during the five-day break helped boost the city's economy by over HK$2 billion. The Travel Industry Council said visitor numbers were unaffected by the rainy weather and that tourists may have spent even more money in shopping malls as a result. Vanessa Cheng reports:
'Creative ideas' needed to boost tourist spending  Listenfacebook
A hospitality expert says the tourism, catering and retail sectors need to get creative in order to encourage visitors to spend more while they are here. Dennis Wong from the Vocational Training Council, told Damon Pang that it was an international trend that travellers now pay money for experiences rather than products, and this was affecting Hong Kong:
China sees travel boom during Golden Week  Listenfacebook
The mainland has seen a 35 percent jump in the number of arrivals and departures during its May Day holiday, compared to a year ago. Natale Ching reports:
Jury set to deliberate over death of liver patient  Listenfacebook
Jurors looking into the death of a liver disease patient have been told to consider ruling that she died of misadventure, natural causes, or give an open verdict. The jury begins deliberating today. Violet Wong reports:
Elderly parents left behind amid migration  Listenfacebook
A social worker says the number of elderly left behind in Hong Kong as a result of a migration wave is 'stunning'. Mark Tsui, a manager at the Methodist Centre, says its survey of about 200 people aged 65 or above showed almost 74 percent of respondents had at least one child who had left in the past three years. Tsui also said a third of those with children who had left were over the age of 75. He told Samantha Butler that the problem of elderly caring for the elderly was only going to get worse:
Exchange Fund posts HK$54b first quarter gain  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority says its Exchange Fund posted an investment gain of over HK$54 billion in the first quarter of the year, despite the underwhelming performance of local stock markets. But its chief executive, Eddie Yue, says the outlook for US interest rates was playing a key role in investment decisions, which could affect the fund's performance going forward. Anne Chan reports:
Confusion over latest Gaza truce proposal  Listenfacebook
There is confusion over whether the latest ceasefire proposal for Gaza has been accepted. Hamas says it has accepted the terms put forward by mediators from Egypt and Qatar. But Israel says it will continue to negotiate as the conditions in the truce are far from its requirements. It comes after 100,000 Palestinians were told to leave eastern Rafah, for an imminent military offensive by Israel. Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK, told AnneMarie Evans that the Israeli prime minister is determined to proceed with his assault on Rafah:
'Running for those who can’t'  Listenfacebook
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have taken part in a run for those who cannot. Runners, walkers and wheelchair users participated to raise money for spinal cord research. Azam Khan reports:
Japan hopes eelgrass can help curb climate change  Listenfacebook
A local Japanese project to restore the natural ecosystem along the coast of Yokohama has taken on national importance in the fight against climate change. Japan hopes such efforts can help it achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 but scientists say it is unlikely to be enough. Vanessa Cheng reports:
US teacher arrested over deepfake audio  Listenfacebook
A teacher in the US was recently arrested for using AI to falsely portray his school's principal as a racist. He allegedly created a deepfake recording that made it appear as if the principal had made some hateful remarks. Are we seeing a dangerous trend of AI being used as a weapon against people? Why did it take the police months to identify the fake audio? Find out in this week's Tech Tuesday, where we also discuss a study that claims ChatGPT has a higher moral standard than humans: