UN: Severe drought displaces over 1m Somalis

Ali Abdullahi Mohamed, a severely malnourished 27-month-old boy, is examined by a nurse for treatment in Banadir Maternity and Children Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia on June 1, 2022. Four consecutive seasons of poor rains have left millions of drought-stricken people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia facing starvation. (ED RAM /...

BNO scheme expansion a damp squib: Foreign Ministry

The Foreign Ministry’s office in Hong Kong on Friday strongly condemned and firmly rejected the UK government’s decision to expand the so-called “lifeboat scheme” that provides a route to British citizenship for younger Hongkongers. The scheme, which opened a year ago, is currently only available to British National (Overseas) passport...

Home Affairs Secretary Caspar Tsui resigns

Caspar Tsui resigned as home affairs secretary on Monday, saying he had behaved inappropriately by attending a party earlier this month as Hong Kong was bracing for a new wave of Covid infections. Tsui was one of a number of officials and lawmakers who ended up in quarantine after another...

Carrie Lam floats ideas for new government bureaus

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Wednesday set out her ideas on how the government could be restructured in order to complement policy focuses and "meet social expectations". One of the key suggestions made in her policy address was setting up a culture, sports and tourism bureau. "[This is] to consolidate...

HK govt welcomes ‘ironclad evidence’ of US meddling

The SAR government on Friday said Beijing's move to expose what it describes as Washington's years of interference in Hong Kong will help HongKongers avoid "falling prey to the malicious attempts of the US". In a statement, the SAR authorities say they fully support the Foreign Ministry's document, titled: ‘Fact...

Political assistant Kenneth Ng quits govt

Kenneth Ng, political assistant to the constitutional and mainland affairs minister, has resigned and will leave the administration on August 30, the government announced on Thursday. Ng, a former TVB journalist, will join the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority as general manager of communications and public affairs. Constitutional Affairs Secretary...

Pro-Beijing heavyweights appointed to vetting body

Three pro-Beijing heavyweights were on Tuesday appointed as non-official members of a powerful new panel that will decide who gets to sit on the Election Committee, or take part in Legco and chief executive races. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said former justice secretary Elsie Leung, former Legco president Rita Fan,...

District councillors a headache for the govt: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that the government will take appropriate action to monitor the behaviour of the current crop of district councillors, saying they have been a major headache for the government because of their “unprecedented actions”. Meeting reporters ahead of her weekly Executive Council meeting on...

Councillors slam govt over barge fire reporting delay

A group of pro-democracy district councillors on Sunday criticised government departments for lacking coordination when heavy smoke caused by a burning barge engulfed West Kowloon last week. The fire broke out on the vessel near Stonecutters Island on Wednesday evening and was finally put out about 15 hours later. Residents...

New chief appointed for Foreign Ministry office in HK

Beijing on Wednesday announced a new chief for its Foreign Ministry office in Hong Kong. Liu Guangyuan, a veteran diplomat, is taking over as commissioner of the ministry of foreign affairs in the SAR, replacing Xie Feng. Liu was China’s ambassador to Poland from 2018 until last month. Prior to...

Ex-official Patrick Ho has doctor’s licence suspended

Former home affairs chief Patrick Ho has had his doctor's licence suspended for a year by the Medical Council in light of his bribery convictions in the US in 2018. Following a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, which Ho and his lawyers did not attend, the medical watchdog ruled that the...