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Hong Kong independence activist Leung released from prison

Jan. 18, 2022 19:36 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong activist Edward Leung, who coined the now-banned slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our Times,” was released from prison Wednesday after spending four years behind bars for a 2016 protest. Leung was a prominent independence activist and the...

The AP Interview: Exiled artist Ai Weiwei on Beijing Games

Jan. 18, 2022 16:57 PM EST

When he was tapped to help design Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the artist Ai Weiwei hoped the Games and the arena's instantly recognizable weave of curving steel beams would symbolize China’s new openness. He was disappointed. The Chinese dissident...

Warriors minority owner under fire for comments on Uyghurs

Jan. 18, 2022 15:31 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Golden State Warriors minority owner who said “nobody cares" about the Uyghurs in China is under fire and the team is distancing itself from him. On the latest edition of his All-In Podcast, billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya dismissed the situation in...

Report: Mandatory Olympic app has serious security flaws

Jan. 18, 2022 14:28 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A smartphone app that athletes and others attending next month’s Winter Games in Beijing must install has glaring security problems that could expose sensitive data to interception, according to a report published Tuesday. Citizen Lab, an internet watchdog...

Olympic athletes urged by activists not to criticize China

Jan. 18, 2022 11:59 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Athletes at the Beijing Olympics were urged by human rights activists Tuesday to avoid criticizing China because they could be prosecuted. The International Olympic Committee has said athletes will have freedom of speech at next month's Winter Games when speaking to...

Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19

Jan. 18, 2022 11:55 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will kill about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a pet store where an employee was also infected. The city will also stop the sale of hamsters and the import...

China cites coronavirus on packaging, despite doubts abroad

Jan. 18, 2022 10:33 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say parcels mailed from overseas may have spread the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Beijing and elsewhere, despite doubts among overseas health experts that the virus can be transmitted via packaging. The State Post Bureau said it has...

Spanish police break up Chinese prostitution ring after tip

Jan. 18, 2022 08:24 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have broken up a human trafficking ring that forced Chinese women into prostitution in Spain. The gang approached the women in China and promised them well-paying jobs in Europe, Police Commissioner Carlos Rio-Miranda Iglesias said Tuesday. ...

Recipe: Crispy chicken tingles with Sichuan pepper

Jan. 18, 2022 07:51 AM EST

In restaurants across Chengdu, China, there is a singular dish the evokes a tingling response — crispy stir-fried chicken on a plate piled high with thin red chilis. It’s called la zi ji, and as intimidating as it looks, it’s not nearly as spicy as its appearance intimates....

JD, Shopify to help US merchants sell in China

Jan. 18, 2022 07:41 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — JD.com Inc., China’s biggest online retailer, and Canadian e-commerce service Shopify announced a strategic cooperation Tuesday to give independent U.S. merchants access to JD.com’s 550 million customers. The companies said the tie-up would allow U.S. brands to...