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Several government disciplinary forces held public engagement activities in the run-up to the National Security Education Day, which will take place on Monday. The Civil Aid Service (CAS), for example, said more than a thousand people attended its open day at its Yau Ma Tei headquarters on Sunday morning. Visitors were able to see exhibitions and l…
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Moving the Songkran Festival's water-splashing element from a traditional site to nearby basketball courts in Kowloon City is part of a bid to expand of the scale of the Thai New Year celebrations, home and youth affairs minister Alice Mak said on Saturday. Celebrations marking the Thai New Year are taking place from Friday to Sunday in Hong Kong's…
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Iran launched a swarm of explosive drones and fired missiles at Israel late on Saturday in its first ever direct attack on Israeli territory, risking a major escalation as the United States pledged "ironclad" backing for Israel. Sirens wailed and journalists in Israel said they heard distant heavy thuds and bangs from what local media called aerial…
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Hong Kong now has a strong defensive wall to safeguard national security following the enactment of legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law, the SAR's liaison office chief said on Saturday. At a police open day marking the 180th anniversary of the force, director of the Liaison Office Zheng Yanxiong said the city could focus on the economy. "…
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The glitches in an app, designed to check the attendance records of students sitting the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exams, have not affected the candidates, education minister Christine Choi said on Saturday. Her comments came a day after exam officials decided to drop the "i-Invigilation" app after it failed to work properly on Thursday …
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Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs Alice Mak on Saturday said laws covering guest houses could be changed, even though strict rules are already in place for the issuance of licenses. Her comment came after five people died in a fire on Wednesday at New Lucky House in Jordan. The building is home to hundreds of residents as well as 35 registered g…
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Education Secretary Christine Choi on Saturday said good governance is crucial to academic institutions, after the governing council of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) found misconduct allegations against its president unsubstantiated. Zhang Xiang, the HKU president and vice-chancellor, was recently embroiled in a controversy, leading to a five-m…
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Officials from the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) on Friday said efforts were underway to help restaurants and tourists adapt to an upcoming ban on the city’s plastic tableware. Under the first phase starting on April 22, restaurants will be banned from selling and using disposable polystyrene tableware, plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery…
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Financial Secretary Paul Chan on Friday said the government's Digital Economy Development Committee, which he chairs, has come up with 12 recommendations. They cover five key areas, namely strengthening digital policy, IT infrastructure, cross-border data flow, getting businesses to adopt new technology and attracting qualified people, Chan said. T…
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OJ Simpson, the American football star whose 1995 acquittal in the so-called "trial of the century" for the murder of his ex-wife and a male friend gripped the world, has died at the age of 76. Once a beloved national figure, his fame turned to infamy after the savage killing of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in a suburb of Los Angeles. The t…
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The fire-stricken New Lucky House remained sealed on Thursday - a day after a deadly blaze erupted there - with people living in the building gathering outside it waiting to return to their flats. Five people died in the fire. Eight people - including a baby girl - were critically injured and another person seriously. They were being treated in fiv…
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Firefighters say some of the fire doors at a Jordan building where a blaze killed five people on Wednesday were faulty, and this may have led to heavy smoke in one of the staircases. Speaking on an RTHK programme, a divisional commander from the Fire Services Department, Lam Kin-kwan, said nothing was amiss when they last inspected New Lucky House …
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A fire that broke out at a construction site on Hung Nga Road in Tin Shui Wai on Tuesday has been largely extinguished, but firefighters are still at the scene as a precaution, officials said on Thursday. "Although the fire has been largely put out, some firefighters still need to stay on site to prevent it from starting again," deputy chief fire o…
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President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida unveiled the biggest ever upgrade in US-Japan defence ties on Wednesday during a lavish White House state visit. Biden was rolling out the red carpet for Kishida with a luxurious dinner, plus music by legendary US singer Paul Simon, as he sought to underscore the importance of Japan as a crucial …
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