Govt urged to stop ‘segregating’ domestic helpers

A migrant workers' group on Sunday criticised the administration's decision to limit new foreign domestic workers to serving their quarantine at a single hotel or a government facility, saying the measures amount to "segregation". Officials opened the way for fully-vaccinated helpers to travel from Indonesia and the Philippines last Monday,...

Russia criticizes US report on COVID-19 origins

This file photo taken on May 5, 2016 shows the Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow. (JOEL SAGET / AFP) MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has blasted a so-called investigation report on COVID-19 origins recently released by the US intelligence community. "I would like to note with...

Number of helpers arriving must be controlled: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday said Hong Kong cannot allow thousands of foreign domestic workers to arrive in the city each week and their numbers will have to be controlled. The CE said officials are expected to give more details this week on a plan to start allowing helpers...

Maduro taps new foreign minister in cabinet shakeup

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference with international media correspondents at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, on Aug 16, 2021. (FEDERICO PARRA / AFP) CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday named the country's envoy to China as the new foreign minister in a cabinet...

Duo plead guilty in national security case

Two men on Thursday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to collude with foreign forces, in a national security case linked to jailed media tycoon Jimmy Lai. At the High Court, Andy Li, 31, and Chan Tsz-wah, 30, admitted to colluding with Lai, 73, and others to ask foreign forces to impose...

‘Anti-sanctions law won’t drive away businesses’

Liberal Party leader Felix Chung on Thursday dismissed suggestions that foreign businesses will leave Hong Kong when the SAR adopts the mainland's anti-sanctions law. On a radio programme, Chung called the anti-sanctions law a “weapon” that will strengthen Hong Kong's bargaining power, adding that foreign governments will also think twice...

Teresa Cheng plays down impact of anti-sanctions law

Justice minister Teresa Cheng has sought to play down concern about reports that Beijing plans to introduce anti-sanctions law to Hong Kong and the impact it could have on financial institutions here. The law was introduced on the mainland in June to allow for counter measures against foreign governments' sanctions...

Madagascar police arrest 6 over plot to kill president

In this June 26, 2021 photo, Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina inspects troops during Independence Day celebrations at The Barea Stadium in Antananarivo. (RIJASOLO / AFP) ANTANANARIVO - Madagascan police this week arrested six people, including a foreign national, on suspicion of plotting to kill the president, after months of investigation,...

Beijing denies foreign firms at risk in Hong Kong

Beijing said on Tuesday that it opposed the United States interfering in its internal affairs, in response to a report that Washington will warn US companies of the risks of operating in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's Basic Law and relevant laws clearly protect the interests of foreign investors, Foreign Ministry...

Russia expels Estonian diplomat for spying

A man walks along a bridge in front of a Kremlin tower and the Russian Foreign Ministry building on the background in downtown Moscow on Jan 12, 2021. (ALEXANDER NEMENOV / AFP) MOSCOW - Russia's foreign ministry said on Wednesday it had expelled an Estonian diplomat who was detained for...

G20 foreign ministers meet face-to-face after pandemic

Italian Foreign minister Luigi di Maio greets officials upon the arrival of a special train carrying participants of a G20 foreign and development ministers meeting at Matera railway station on June 29, 2021. (PHOTO / AFP) MATERA - Foreign ministers from the Group of 20 major economies met face-to-face on...

US calls for release of Apple Daily executives

The United States on Thursday strongly condemned the arrest of five executives of pro-democracy Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily and its parent company and suggested the action was politically motivated. Police carried out the raid on Thursday morning in an operation involving some 500 officers. Officers said the investigation centred...

US consul hits out over ‘foreign forces’ crackdown

The top US diplomat in Hong Kong said the imposition of the national security law had created an "atmosphere of coercion" that threatens both the SAR's freedoms and its standing as an international business hub. In unusually strident remarks this week, US Consul-General Hanscom Smith called it "appalling" that Beijing's...

Carrie Lam backs China’s ‘tit for tat’ on sanctions

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday welcomed Beijing's plan to introduce a law countering foreign sanctions, saying China is only engaging in "tit for tat". At her media briefing before this week's Executive Council meeting, Lam was asked about remarks on sanctions made by Sing Tao Daily boss Charles Ho....

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...

Lavrov, Blinken agree to meet in Iceland next week

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday agreed to meet in Reykjavik, Iceland, on May 20 on the sidelines of an Arctic Council meeting. The announcement-after the top diplomats spoke by phone-came amid the biggest crisis in ties between Russia and the United...