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Hong Kong in limbo 25 years after British handover to China

Jun. 29, 2022 00:40 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — When the British handed its colony Hong Kong to Beijing in 1997, it was promised 50 years of self-government and freedoms of assembly, speech and press that are not allowed Chinese on the Communist-ruled mainland. As the city of 7.4 million people marks 25 years...

Aide: Trump dismissed Jan. 6 threats, wanted to join crowd

Jun. 28, 2022 21:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump rebuffed his own security’s warnings about armed protesters in the Jan. 6 rally crowd and made desperate attempts to join his supporters as they marched to the Capitol, according to dramatic new testimony Tuesday before the House committee investigating the 2021...

1/6 Takeaways: Angry Trump, dire legal warnings and ketchup

Jun. 28, 2022 20:18 PM EDT

The House Jan. 6 committee held a surprise hearing Tuesday delivering alarming new testimony about Donald Trump’s angry, defiant and vulgar actions as he ignored repeated warnings against summoning the mob to the Capitol and then refused to intervene to stop the deadly violence as rioters laid...

Higher fuel prices spark social unrest in South America

Jun. 28, 2022 20:10 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Police in Argentina blocked a major entry point to the capital’s center on Tuesday to keep a group of truckers from joining a downtown protest, adding traffic snarls in Buenos Aires to a series of disruptions caused by anger over rising prices and shortages of...

1 arrest as abortion protesters fill SC Statehouse lobby

Jun. 28, 2022 19:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 32-year-old woman was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault as abortion protesters spent about 90 minutes inside the lobby of the South Carolina Statehouse during Tuesday's special session on the state budget, authorities said. The woman was seen on...

Florida man pleads guilty to role in 2021 US Capitol riot

Jun. 28, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to three felony charges related to the insurrection and storming of the U.S. Capitol in January 2021. Mitchell Todd Gardner II, 34, of Seffner, Florida, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in the District of Columbia to civil...

Frenchman loses appeal of 8-year sentence in Iranian prison

Jun. 28, 2022 14:52 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian appeals court upheld the eight-year prison sentence of a French tourist for taking photos in a prohibited area and asking questions about Iran’s obligatory Islamic hijab for women, his lawyer said Tuesday. Benjamin Briere, 36, was arrested in May...

EXPLAINER: Why are Dutch farmers protesting over emissions?

Jun. 28, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Farmers protested around the Netherlands as lawmakers voted Tuesday on proposals to slash emissions of damaging pollutants, a plan that will likely force farmers to cut their livestock herds or stop work altogether. The government says emissions of...

UN: More than 300,000 civilians killed in Syria's conflict

Jun. 28, 2022 07:37 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The first 10 years of Syria’s conflict, which started in 2011, killed more than 300,000 civilians, the United Nations said Tuesday — the highest official estimate to date of conflict-related civilian deaths in the country. The conflict began with anti-government...

Fencing rings Arizona Capitol after days of Roe protests

Jun. 27, 2022 19:52 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Capitol was ringed with a double barrier of fencing with concertina wire strung between the barriers Monday after three straight nights of protests prompted by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling overturning women's constitutional right to abortion left some memorials...