Legco complex expansion to cost HK$1.2 billion

Legco president Andrew Leung has put a price tag of HK$1.17 billion on the expansion of the Legislative Council complex to accommodate an additional 20 lawmakers following Beijing’s electoral overhaul. He said the project is expected to get underway in mid-2022 and should be finished by mid-2025. Four storeys will...

Voting starts in Zambia’s tightly-contested elections

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Lusaka on August 12, 2021 as Zambians elect their next president after a tense campaign dominated by economic woes in Africa's first coronavirus-era sovereign defaulting country. (PATRICK MEINHARDT / AFP) LUSAKA - Voting in Zambia's tightly-contested general elections began on...

Ten pan-dems to plead guilty over June 4 rally

Ten pro-democracy figures, including former lawmakers Albert Ho, Chu Hoi-dick and Andrew Wan, have indicated they will plead guilty to charges related to a June 4 vigil in Victoria Park last year, while two others say they will deny the accusations against them. The 12 who appeared at the District...

Lawmakers’ Gay Games comments ‘regrettable, divisive’

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has hit out at pro-establishment lawmakers for their "divisive" comments about the Gay Games, which organisers plan to hold in Hong Kong next year. During a discussion in the Legislative Council last week, pro-Beijing councillor Junius Ho said the Gay Games would bring "dirty money" to...

Lawmakers want easier convictions for doxxing

Lawmakers said on Monday that the threshold to convict doxxers under proposed legal amendments is too high, and prosecutors shouldn't have to prove that a victim had been intimidated or suffered psychological harm. Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang told lawmakers during a panel meeting that under the...

Libya lawmakers approve first unified govt since 2014

Abdullah Bleihaq, spokesperson of the Libyan parliament, speaks to reporters outside Ouagadougou Conference Centre in the north-central city of Sirte on March 10, 2021 during a parliament session. (MAHMUD TURKIA / AFP) Libyan lawmakers approved the country’s first unified government in about seven years, overcoming a major hurdle in a...

Lawmakers approve Covid vaccine indemnity fund

Lawmakers approve Covid vaccine indemnity fund Pro-government lawmakers on Friday approved HK$1 billion for the government to set up an indemnity fund to provide financial support for people who suffer serious complications from Covid-19 jabs. Under the fund, people who suffer serious side effects could receive up to HK$3 million,...