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SAR govt and Taipei both politicising murder case: analyst Listen
Chan Tong-kai, the murder suspect wanted by Taiwan whose case sparked the ongoing political crisis, has been released from prison and he's promised to turn himself in to Taiwan authorities. The 20-year-old walked out of Pik Uk prison on Wednesday morning after serving an 18-month sentence for money laundering. He has allegedly confessed to killing his pregnant girlfriend Poon Hiu-wing in Taipei last year. He fled back to Hong Kong, which has no extradition agreement with Taiwan, but was jailed in April for stealing her money and valuables. Speaking to a crowd of journalists outside the prison, he repeatedly apologised to her family. Annemarie Evans asked China analyst Mark O'Neill if the situation was as complicated as the SAR government and Taipei are making out.
‘Subsidy to travel agencies not perfect but a good start’ Listen
Local travel agencies are to get up to HK$60,000 each from the government as they struggle with a drop in customers due to the protests and slowing economy. The number of tourists visiting the SAR has been falling since the anti-government protests erupted in June and there are also fewer Hongkongers going overseas for holidays. The government has set aside HK$100mn for the scheme, which will run from next month until the end of March. Jim Gould asked Professor Brian King from the Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management how much of a boost he thought this will give the industry.
Deal means Kurds survive to possibly fight another day: expert Listen
Turkey and Russia have agreed what they say is a "historic" deal aimed at keeping Kurdish forces away from Syria's border with Turkey. It comes during a pause in Turkey's offensive to drive Kurdish forces out, creating a "safe zone" in the area. Under the deal, Syrian and Russian forces will immediately oversee a withdrawal of Kurdish forces. There is no word from the Kurdish fighters, whom Turkey regards as terrorists. The deal sets out plans for joint Turkish-Russian patrols along the border from next week. RTHK's Moscow correspondent Fred Weir told Annemarie Evans what he thought this means for the Kurds.