Han Zheng urges HK to ensure patriots elected

The Vice-Premier, Han Zheng, told the Chief Executive to uphold the principle of "patriots administering Hong Kong" and organise well the coming three "major" elections in accordance with the law. The state leader was speaking on Saturday as he met Carrie Lam in Shenzhen one day ahead of the Election...

Booster jabs should come when HK reopens: expert

Infectious diseases expert Ben Cowling said on Friday that he believes booster vaccines against Covid will only be needed in Hong Kong when international travel gets going again. The University of Hong Kong professor's comment came as some fully vaccinated executive councillors announced they had received booster doses as part...

All our activities have been legal: hospital union

A hospital union on Friday denied it had engaged in activities that were not in line with the Trade Unions Ordinance, including holding a strike last year and calling on the government to seal the border with the mainland. The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance also dismissed allegations from the Registry...

Jimmy Lai loses High Court fight over voting rights

The High Court on Friday rejected a request by jailed media tycoon and national security suspect Jimmy Lai to restore his voting rights as the major shareholder of Next Digital. In May, the authorities froze Lai's personal assets and his 71 percent stake in Next Digital, also banning him from...

Children dying of COVID-19 in South Africa often also have HIV

Children play on a dusty field outside their homes in the Diepsloot Township north of Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug 26, 2021. (DENIS FARRELL / AP) WASHINGTON / LONDON / MADRID / BRUSSELS / NAIROBI / RABAT / TRIPOLI / ROME / OTTAWA / BRASILIA / AMSTERDAM / VIENNA / ADDIS ABABA / SARAJEVO - South Africa should consider vaccinating...

Red Cross: Coronavirus compounds climate disasters

In this Aug 18, 2021 photo, people injured in a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that happened on Aug 14 and their relatives crowd in an emergency room at the Saint Antoine hospital in Jeremie, Haiti. (MATIAS DELACROIX/AP) SINGAPORE - The coronavirus has made it harder for authorities to respond to disasters caused...