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Carrie Lam has Beijing’s full backing: Joseph Cheng  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has played down suggestions that President Xi Jinping was hinting that Hong Kong needs to move forward on introducing national security laws, when he praised her for being fearless in taking on difficult challenges. During Mrs Lam's duty visit to Beijing, Xi also endorsed her work, and added that she's staunchly safeguarded the Basic Law. Asked about the president's comments, Lam would only say that national security is of “critical importance”. Political commentator Joseph Cheng told Annemarie Evans that it's not clear how much pressure she's under from Beijing on national security legislation:
Consumer Council calls for urgent ban on e-cigarettes  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has called on the government to urgently push ahead with a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes, warning that even though no such products containing nicotine are registered in the city, the devices are widely available on the market. The watchdog says it's particularly worried about young people getting hooked on e-cigarettes, and some shops even offer trial smoking sessions before people make purchases. The council's Chief Executive, Gilly Wong, told Jim Gould it's alarmingly easy for young people to get their hands on e-cigarettes:
Saudi Arabia slams US Senate vote as 'interference'  Listenfacebook
Saudi Arabia has slammed as "interference" US Senate resolutions over its war in Yemen and critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder, warning that the move could have repercussions on its strategic ties with Washington. The Republican-controlled Senate had voted to end American military support for a Riyadh-led war in Yemen, and separately held Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for Khashoggi's killing. The largely symbolic vote dealt a fresh warning to President Donald Trump, who has staunchly backed the Saudi regime in the face of intense global outrage. Glenn Shive, executive director of the Hong Kong America Center, gave Annemarie Evans more details about the Senate vote: