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Hong Kong won't mandate vaccine for foreign domestic workers

May. 11, 2021 02:46 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong officials dropped a plan to mandate foreign domestic workers be vaccinated against the coronavirus, after hearing international criticism the move would be discriminatory. Most of Hong Kong’s approximately 370,000 domestic workers come from...

2 plead guilty in case highlighting China's online control

May. 11, 2021 02:36 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Two amateur computer coders pleaded guilty Tuesday to “stirring up trouble and picking quarrels" in a case that highlighted a growing Chinese government crackdown on online activity. Chen Mei, 28, and Cai Wei, 27, created an online archive that stored...

WHO official denies lying to Italy prosecutors over report

May. 11, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A top World Health Organization official has strongly denied making false statements to Italian prosecutors about a spiked U.N. report into Italy’s coronavirus response, doubling down on his assertions in court documents obtained by The Associated Press. ...

Japan prosecutors say Ghosn said Nissan pay plan was not set

May. 11, 2021 01:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn told prosecutors during questioning on financial misconduct charges before he fled Japan that his compensation was never decided upon, according to records presented in Tokyo District Court on Tuesday. Ghosn said the plans were...

1.4B but no more? China's population growth closer to zero

May. 11, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s weak population growth is falling closer to zero as fewer couples have children, government data showed Tuesday, adding to strains on an aging society with a shrinking workforce. The population rose by 72 million people over the past 10 years to...

Army of fake fans online boosts China’s global messaging

May. 11, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has opened a new front in its long, ambitious war to shape global public opinion: Western social media. Liu Xiaoming, who recently stepped down as China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, is one of the party’s most...

Army of fake fans boosts China’s messaging on Twitter

May. 11, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has opened a new front in its long, ambitious war to shape global public opinion: Western social media. Liu Xiaoming, who recently stepped down as China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, is one of the party’s most...

Asian shares slide after tech sell-off on Wall Street

May. 10, 2021 23:55 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares dropped Tuesday in Asia after selling of several Big Tech companies pulled U.S. benchmarks lower. Japan’s Nikkei 225 sank 2.8% and Hong Kong lost 2.4% early Tuesday. Despite reassurances from the Federal Reserve and a much...

Chinese safari park concealed leopards' escape for 2 weeks

May. 10, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in eastern China used drones and hunting dogs to search for the last of three leopards that escaped from a safari park, which faced strong public criticism for concealing the breakout for more than two weeks. The leopards escaped from Hangzhou...

2 on trial as China enforces online control amid pandemic

May. 10, 2021 22:40 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Two amateur computer coders taken by police from their Beijing homes last year were standing trial Tuesday in a case that illustrates the Chinese government's growing online censorship and heightened sensitivity to any deviation from the official narrative on its...