democracy movement

democracy movement

ATV World News (2014/07/22)

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News Summary 1. Media tycoon Jimmy Lai (黎智英) and leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement have denied any wrongdoing after details of millions he donated to them were leaked to the press. One of the recipients, former Chief Secretary Anson Chan, called it a "smear campaign" while veteran democrat Martin Lee complained that potential donors were being intimidated. Lai himself brushed off accusations that he is paying people to "make trouble", and urged more businessmen to help the pan-democrats. 2. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has urged pro-democracy lawmakers to make use of the coming few weeks and discuss their concerns about political reform with Beijing officials. He promised to help arrange talks, as long as lawmakers are willing to make an effort and meet him half way. 3. There has been rush-hour chaos on the MTR's West Rail Line after it was hit by a signalling failure this afternoon. Commuters had to wait up to 12 minutes to catch trains as the MTRC urged them to take buses instead. 4. Mainland authorities have expanded their investigations into the Shanghai rotten meat scandal to factories in five provinces run by the US-based OSI group. In Hong Kong, the Centre for Food Safety is unable to say whether those factories supply meat to fast-food chains here. 5. Hong Kong was hit by severe pollution today, making it unsafe for children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems to venture out in most parts of the city. 6. A train carrying the remains of many of the victims of a Malaysian plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine last week has arrived in the city of Kharkiv which is outside rebel-held territory. Pro-Russian rebels in the area where the aircraft went down handed over two black boxes to Malaysian officials as Australia accused the separatists of tampering with evidence on an "industrial scale". 7. A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his younger brother in a dispute over money in Kwun Tong. Their elderly mother alerted the police early this morning when she was unable to stop them fighting in their public housing flat. 8. The police in South Korea say a body found in an orchard was that of a fugitive tycoon wanted in connection with one of the country's worst sea disasters. 9. Talks are underway in Egypt to arrange a ceasefire in Gaza where nearly 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 27 Israeli soldiers have been killed. The peace efforts came as Israel was denounced for attacking a Palestinian hospital and causing heavy casualties.