Report: Bolsonaro should face homicide charge over virus

In this Nov 10, 2020 photo, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the launch of a program for the resumption of tourism, a sector severely affected by the new coronavirus outbreak, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. (EVARISTO SA / AFP) BRASILIA - The senator leading a congressional probe into Brazil's...

Scientist jailed for a year over 2019 protest

A scientist who told a court he tried to help a protester shot and injured by the police in 2019 has been jailed for a year. Yau Wang-tat had pleaded guilty to unlawful assembly, having initially been charged with the more serious offence of rioting. In mitigation, Yau's lawyer told...

Observatory issues Standby Signal Number 1

The Observatory issued the Standby Signal Number 1 at 4.40am on Thursday to replace the Strong Wing Signal Number 3. The weather bureau dropped signal eight at 4.40pm yesterday after Kompasu made landfall over Hainan. The higher signal had been up for nearly 24 hours and had forced schools, government...

T8 signal issued as Lionrock and monsoon combine

The Observatory unexpectedly issued the storm signal number 8 at 6.40 am on Saturday, saying it will remain in force for some time during the morning. With tropical storm Lionrock heading away from Hong Kong over Hainan Island, the number 8 signal had been something of an outside chance. But...

Housing and land expected to be policy address focus

Measures on housing and land are expected to feature prominently in the Chief Executive Carrie Lam's fifth Policy Address. Lam's blueprint later this morning could include ways to free up more land in the New Territories. Mainland officials have spoken about the need to tackle the city's housing shortage, and...

Body of missing policewoman found in sea

Police say they have found the body of an officer who had been missing at sea since a patrol boat overturned on Saturday. The body of senior inspector Lam Yuen-yee, 37, was retrieved from waters near Tai O on Monday morning. Police Commissioner Raymond Siu said Lam and three other...

France doubles vaccine pledge to 120m

In this file photo taken on Dec 28, 2020, a resident of Debrou nursing home (Ephad) in Joue-les-Tours, near Tours France, receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. (GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP) HAVANA / LIMA - French President Emmanuel Macron said France will double the number of vaccine doses...

Two walk free after unfair protest trial

The High Court on Monday overturned the convictions of two people accused of joining an unlawful assembly in 2019 saying the trial wasn't fair, but it upheld the convictions of six other defendants in the case. Siu Ho-yin, Tang Wing-hei, Chan Chun-ting, Ann Han, Liu Chi-fung, Carmen Chan, Byran Wu...

Cathay staff sacked for not getting Covid jabs

Cathay Pacific said it has sacked "a small number" of flight crew who weren't vaccinated against Covid-19 and didn't produce proof of medical exemption. But the airline did not specify the exact number. The loss-making carrier said the coronavirus pandemic has severely affected its operations, and control measures implemented around...

No Covid cases found in Lohas Park lockdown

Health authorities on Tuesday morning completed their compulsory Covid testing exercise at a residential block in Lohas Park in Tseung Kwan O. In a statement, the government said, as of 1 am, around 1,340 residents had been tested and no confirmed cases had been found. The block had been sealed...

Next Digital says all its directors have resigned

Defunct newspaper Apple Daily's parent company announced on Sunday that all of its directors had resigned. In a stock exchange filing, Next Digital said the four members of its board of directors, including chairman Ip Yut Kin, were stepping down to protect shareholders, creditors, employees and former employees. The directors...

HK reports 6 new imported Covid cases

Health officials on Saturday reported six new Covid-19 infections, all of them imported. Three of the patients had received both doses of the BioNTech vaccine and displayed no symptoms. They were a 53-year-old man who flew in from the United States, a man aged 35 who came from the United...

Algeria severs diplomatic ties with Morocco

Algeria's Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra holds a press conference in the capital Algiers, on August 24, 2021. Lamamra said that his country has severed diplomatic relations with Morocco due to its "hostile actions", a week after Algeria said it would review its relations with the neighbouring kingdom, accusing it of...