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Radio host accuses Hong Kong government of censorship

An axed radio host on Thursday accused the Hong Kong government of suppressing free speech and orchestrating her sacking. Li Wei-ling, who is known for her biting comments against the Hong Kong government as well as Beijing, was fired from her role as commentator at Commercial Radio on Wednesday evening. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday she accused the city's Beijing-backed leader Leung Chun-ying of using his political influence to facilitate her sacking.

H.K. leader unveils plans to fight poverty, boost social welfare

Poverty, social welfare and housing were the focal points in Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying's policy address delivered to the Legislative Council on Wednesday. "The current-term government is determined to tackle the poverty problem," Leung said in his two-hour policy address, the second since he took office in July 2012. "Despite the protection offered by the statutory minimum wage, many grassroots workers, as the sole breadwinners of families, still bear a heavy financial burden," he said.

Hong Kong leader vows to tackle rising poverty

Hong Kong's leader Wednesday announced plans to tackle rising poverty in a policy speech that largely skirted the burning issue of universal suffrage for the Chinese territory amid growing public discontent with his administration. There is considerable anger in Hong Kong about rising inequality, a lack of action on granting citizens full voting rights and resentment over Beijing's perceived influence in the city. In his second policy address Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced a raft of welfare policies including a scheme to help the working poor.

Hong Kong leader vows to tackle poverty

Hong Kong's leader on Wednesday announced plans to tackle rising poverty in a policy speech delivered amid growing public discontent with his administration. In his second policy address, chief executive Leung Chun-ying unveiled a HK$3 billion ($390 million) scheme to help the working poor, among other social policies. Some 700,000 people will benefit from the scheme, which will provide extra subsidies for low-income working families. "The current-term government is determined to tackle the poverty problem," Leung said.

Stuffed toy wolf becomes anti-government symbol in Hong Kong

A stuffed toy wolf has sold out at Hong Kong's IKEA stores, the Swedish furniture giant said Tuesday, after it became an unlikely symbol of opposition to the city's unpopular government. Hundreds of the stuffed toys, called Lufsig, flew off the shelves within hours on Monday and again on Tuesday, days after an anti-government protester threw it at the city's leader Leung Chun-ying during a weekend public meeting. "Lufsig has been sold out at all IKEA stores this morning," a spokeswoman said, adding that there were queues before the store opened.

Former aide to H.K. leader charged with perverting course of justice

Hong Kong's graft buster on Tuesday charged a former close aide to Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying with perverting the course of justice. Lew Mon-hung, 64, former deputy chairman and executive director of Pearl Oriental Oil Ltd., will appear in court on Wednesday. He faces "one count of doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice," according to a statement by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

H.K. graft buster demands handover of interview transcripts, audio

Hong Kong's graft buster on Wednesday demanded the handover of transcripts and audio from a commercial radio station and a magazine to investigate a former Beijing political adviser, a move deemed inappropriate and damaging to press freedom by the Journalists Association.

Tens of thousands march in H.K., call for democracy on handover anniv.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets Monday on Hong Kong's 16th handover anniversary to call for real democracy and to air grievances over a range of public issues. The protesters also demanded the resignation of the territory's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, in office since July 1 last year. "Leung Chun-ying, step down!" the protesters chanted as they braved rain to take part in the march. "People autonomy, universal suffrage now!"

Snowden lawyer says Beijing could be behind his escape from H.K.

Beijing may have been involved in barring Hong Kong from handing U.S. whistle-blower Edward Snowden over to the United States, his Hong Kong lawyer said Monday. The 30-year-old Snowden, who arrived in Hong Kong last month after revealing U.S. Internet and phone surveillance, left Sunday for Moscow after the U.S. government asked for Hong Kong's assistance in arresting him. In New Delhi, visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said it would be "very disappointing" if Russia does not hand Snowden over to the United States.

Hong Kong's Tang to auction rare wine collection

A former Hong Kong politician Tuesday said he will sell part of his multi-million dollar wine collection, after the discovery of an illegal cellar was partly blamed for his loss in last year's leadership race. The southern Chinese city's former number two Henry Tang was set for the chief executive spot in 2012 until a series of gaffes, including the discovery of the unauthorised basement containing a wine cellar at his luxury home, made him deeply unpopular.
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