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FILE - In this June 30, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. Trump is defending his North Korea policy at campaign rallies even though he’s joined a list of U.S. presidents unable to eliminate the nuclear threat from Kim Jong Un.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Growing NKorean nuclear threat awaits US election winner

Oct. 21, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Where’s the war?” That’s how President Donald Trump defends his North Korea policy at campaign rallies even though he’s joined the list of U.S. presidents unable to stop the ever-growing nuclear threat from Kim Jong Un. That threat will transcend the...

In this Oct. 9, 2020 photo, former lawmaker and pro-democracy activist Leung Kwok-hung, known as

Pandemic, politics lead to closure of storied Hong Kong bar

Oct. 18, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Nearly 15 years ago, Grace Ma decided to name her bar Club 71, in commemoration of a July 1, 2003, rally where hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers protested a proposed national security law for the semi-autonomous Chinese city. “I took the name Club 71, because somehow it is more...

Trucks transport shipping containers at a dockyard in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province on Sept. 25, 2020. China has passed a new law restricting sensitive exports to protect national security, allowing Beijing to reciprocate against the U.S. as tensions mount between the sides over trade and technology. (Chinatopix Via AP)

China passes new law restricting sensitive exports

Oct. 18, 2020 7:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has passed a new law restricting sensitive exports to protect national security, allowing Beijing to reciprocate against the U.S. as tensions mount between the sides over trade and technology. The law, which will apply to all companies in China, was passed Saturday by the National...

French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, second left, speaks in front of a high school Friday Oct.16, 2020 in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, after a history teacher who opened a discussion with high school students on caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad was beheaded. French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an

Suspect in teacher's beheading in France was Chechen teen

Oct. 17, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A suspect shot dead by police after the beheading of a history teacher near Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown to intelligence services who posted a grisly claim of responsibility on social media minutes after the attack, officials said Saturday. France’s anti-terrorism...

The White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien makes remarks at a national security summit Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Salt Lake City. O'Brien said the United States will not tolerate any election interference from foreign countries. O'Brien said he told his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, to

Adviser: Trump tweet about Afghanistan withdrawal was a wish

Oct. 16, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser on Friday doubled down on his assertion that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will shrink to 2,500 early next year, while suggesting that Trump's tweet that all forces should be home by Christmas was more a wish than a reality....

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting via video conference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

White House rejects Putin response to US arms control offer

Oct. 16, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Russia on Friday rejected each other's proposals for potentially salvaging the last remaining legal constraint on their strategic nuclear forces. President Vladimir Putin called for an unconditional extension of the soon-to-expire New START treaty, and the White House called...

FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, a bloodied demonstrator is arrested by federal police during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. The cities of Oakland and Portland, Oregon sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, alleging that the agencies are overstepping constitutional limits in their use of federal law enforcement officers to tamp down on protests. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Oakland, Portland sue over use of federal agents at protests

Oct. 15, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

The cities of Oakland and Portland, Oregon have sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, alleging that the agencies are overstepping constitutional limits in their use of federal law enforcement officers to tamp down on protests. The lawsuit, filed late Wednesday in U.S. District...

China envoy warns Canada against granting protesters asylum

Oct. 15, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Chinese ambassador to Canada warned the Trudeau government on Thursday not to grant asylum to Hong Kong residents fleeing a widely criticized national security law imposed by Beijing. Ambassador Cong Peiwu branded pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong as violent criminals and...

Pro-democracy activists Jimmy Lai, left, and Leung Kwok-hung, right, arrive at a court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Lai on Thursday, according to Lai's aide. The raid comes ahead of Lai’s scheduled court appearance Thursday on charges of joining an unauthorized assembly on June 4. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong police raids outspoken media tycoon's office

Oct. 15, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai on Thursday, according to Lai’s aide. Lai’s aide Mark Simon wrote in a post on Twitter that 14 police officers visited Lai's office and confiscated documents. Lai, 71, is an...

FILE - In this April 2, 2020, photo taken through a tinted car window, a technician takes a nasal swab for a new coronavirus detection test at a drive-thru testing facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. U.S. diplomats and security officials privately warned the state of Nevada not to use Chinese-made coronavirus test kits donated by the United Arab Emirates over concerns about patient privacy, test accuracy and Chinese government involvement, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

US warned Nevada not to use Chinese COVID tests from UAE

Oct. 15, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. diplomats and security officials privately warned the state of Nevada not to use Chinese-made coronavirus test kits donated by the United Arab Emirates over concerns about patient privacy, test accuracy and Chinese government involvement, documents obtained by The...