Macron hit by probe into foreign consultants

French President Emmanuel Macron and centrist candidate for reelection delivers his speech during a meeting in Paris, April 2, 2022. (FRANCOIS MORI / AP) French financial prosecutors are investigating possible money laundering and tax fraud by global management consultancy companies that have been used by the government. President Emmanuel Macron's...

Secretaries of two ministers infected with Covid

The secretaries of health minister Sophia Chan and civil service chief Patrick Nip tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. The two infected staff members provide secretarial support to the ministers and do not have contact with the public. Nip’s secretary last went to work on Monday, and Chan’s secretary last...

Businessman Wu Sai-chuen announces CE bid

Businessman Wu Sai-chuen on Wednesday threw his hat into the ring for the Chief Executive race, becoming the second person to declare his intention to run for the top post. It’s the former DAB member’s third attempt to run, but in the past two elections he failed to secure enough...

Police record sharp rise in romance scams

The police have reported a sharp rise in romance investment scams, with victims losing HK$360 million between them last year. The force had 642 such cases in 2021, a more than two-fold increase compared with the year before. Detectives said people aged between 21 and 50, and women in particular,...

Wrangle over interim Libyan government intensifies

Aguila Saleh Issa (R), speaker of the Tobruk-based Libyan House of Representatives, meets with officials in eastern Benghazi on Dec 6, 2020.(ABDULLAH DOMA / AFP) BENGHAZI, Libya - The speaker of Libya's eastern-based parliament said on Monday the chamber would choose a new interim prime minister next week, but the...

HK economy snaps two years of negative growth

The government said on Friday the Hong Kong economy grew by 6.4 percent in 2021, ending two years of contraction. A government spokesman noted double-digit growth in exports and stronger private consumption helped fuel the rebound last year, while the still-frozen inbound tourism continued to pose a drag. According to...

Fifth Moon Palace diner tests preliminary positive

Health authorities on Sunday reported a preliminary positive Covid-19 case involving a woman who had dined with her husband at the Moon Palace restaurant in Festival Walk, the centre of an Omicron outbreak. If the 38-year-old woman is confirmed with the virus, she would be the fifth case linked to...