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National Party ban report request is a political statement: academic  Listenfacebook
Political commentator Chung Kim-wah says he believes Beijing's order to Carrie Lam to submit a report on the government's ban on the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party is not really about how officials handled the case, but a political statement endorsing the decision. The group was banned under the Societies Ordinance last September on the grounds that its advocacy of independence poses a threat to national security, and the Executive Council rejected an appeal against the ban last week. Now, Beijing has made clear in a public letter to Carrie Lam that it supports the move, and asked her to provide more details of the decision in a report. Chung says this demand appears to be unprecedented:
‘Public awareness helping to lower HIV infections’  Listenfacebook
The NGO Aids Concern has welcomed new government figures showing that the number of new HIV infections continued to drop last year. The Centre for Health Protection says 624 new infections were reported in 2018 – 57 fewer than the year before. Mandy Cheung from the concern group told Jim Gould the fall can be attributed to more public awareness of the disease:
Vatican has 'utmost respect' for justice after Pell conviction  Listenfacebook
The Vatican has said it has the "utmost respect" for the justice system following the "painful news" of the conviction of Australian Cardinal George Pell for child sex crimes. The cleric was convicted in December, but the trial was subject to reporting restrictions which have only now been lifted. Pell was charged with sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne cathedral in the 1990s. Annemarie Evans asked journalist Luke Hunt in Melbourne how significant the case is: