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Rounding up the biggest stories from Monday to Friday.
Here is your May 26 news briefing
To start off, we’re looking into:
Texas school attack leaves 21 dead
US President Joe Biden addressed the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, which left 19 children and two teachers dead. The 18-year-old gunman, who reportedly bought his weapons legally just after his 18th birthday, was killed by responding officers. The gunman also posted private messages warning of his plans on Facebook before the attack.
This is the worst shooting of the kind since 2012, when a gunman killed 26 people (mostly first graders) at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The event also comes just 10 days after another mass shooting which claimed the lives of 10 shoppers at a Buffalo, New York grocery store.
Millions worth of illegal smoking products seized
Since Hong Kong’s ban on alternative smoking products, customs has seized around HK$10 million worth of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. This comes from 10 cases detected within two weeks after the ban took effect on April 30.
Hong Kong has banned the commercial use of heated tobacco products, herbal cigarettes and other related devices and accessories. Violation of the policy may result in a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a HK$50,000 fine.
Despite this, the products have been confiscated at three of the city’s control points through different means – parcels airmailed from different countries (like Japan and the UAE), a truck coming from mainland China and travelers who voluntarily declared the items at customs.