German minister, on US trip, urges dialogue with Russia

In this file photo taken on Dec 23, 2021, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock holds a press conference during a statement on Afghanistan at the foreign office in Berlin, Germany. (MICHAEL SOHN / POOL / AFP) BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who is travelling to Washington to meet...

‘Improve Covid testing for cross-border travellers’

Mainland authorities have been urged to improve Covid-19 testing arrangements for Hongkongers crossing the border, after one crossing point recently became congested with people travelling north for Chinese New Year in February. The mandatory 21-day quarantine on the mainland means that people who want to meet relatives there for the...

Border reopening is in sight: Tam Yiu-chung

Hong Kong's member of the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), Tam Yiu-chung, on Sunday urged the government to quickly implement suggestions made by a team of mainland experts on epidemics, to facilitate the reopening of the border. He was commenting on the visit of a mainland delegation which arrived...

‘Tight Covid policy won’t harm finance centre status’

Former Secretary for Financial Services, Chan Ka-keung, has expressed confidence that Hong Kong's status as an international financial centre will not be harmed by the city's tight Covid-19 policies. The international business community has been asking the government to relax quarantine restrictions for international arrivals, saying some are questioning if...

Border reopening could be limited at first: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says Hong Kong will have to reopen its border with the mainland in stages, with cities in Guangdong expected to be the first to resume quarantine-free travel with the SAR. In an interview with Hong Kong Economic Times published on Monday, Lam said authorities have yet...

CE eyes February for fuller border reopening

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Friday said she is hopeful of a "larger scale" reopening of the border in February next year. She told a forum this would allow the SAR government to organise some big events, including a seminar to mark the third anniversary of Beijing's outline development plan...

‘HK’s Covid policies going the wrong direction’

The International Chamber of Commerce on Thursday said the government is going the wrong direction if it aligns Hong Kong's Covid restrictions with that on the mainland to reopen the border. The chamber’s vice chairman George Cautherley was commenting after the government announced tighter restrictions, such as scrapping quarantine exemptions,...

Make health code an option for HKers: Regina Ip

Executive Councillor Regina Ip says she doesn’t think the border to the mainland would be reopened within this year, as the vaccination rate here hasn’t reached the herd immunity barrier and many of Hong Kong's anti-epidemic measures are not in line with the mainland. “Some said it’s because we don’t...

Libya’s Haftar closes border with Algeria

This file image grab taken from a video published by the War Information Division of military strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) on April 28, 2020 shows Haftar giving a speech, saying he had "a popular mandate" to govern the country, declaring a key 2015 political deal over...

Michael Tien: antibody tests can help reopen border

Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien has called on the government to step up testing at the border – including checking travellers for Covid-19 antibodies – to encourage Shenzhen authorities to drop travel restrictions. Speaking on RTHK's Backchat programme, Tien said tighter measures for people arriving in the SAR from elsewhere in...

Niger votes in historic presidential runoff

Members of Niger's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) prepare ballots boxes and election material before they are sent to polling stations on the eve of the country's election run off at the Commune 2 in Niamey on Feb 20, 2021. (ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP) NIAMEY - Niger votes on Sunday...