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A woman wearing a mask against the spread of the coronavirus walks past graffiti depicting late Bishop Amfilohije in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. After the two most senior Serbian Orthodox Church leaders died within a month after testing positive with the coronavirus, health experts and even hardcore believers are starting to worry. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

The Latest: Mask mandate spurs Idaho official to push back

Nov. 26, 2020 12:45 PM EST

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A county commissioner in northern Idaho has proposed defunding the local health district after the district instituted a mask mandate to slow the spread of the coronavirus as it surges in the area. The Bonner County Dailey reports that Bonner County Commissioner Steven Bradshaw...

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, sweeps with a broom near Christmas decoration in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asia Today: SKorea cases jump over 500 amid reimposed rules

Nov. 26, 2020 7:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has recorded more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the first time in about eight months. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Thursday the 583 additional cases in the past 24 hours took the national tally to 32,318 including 515 deaths. South Korea...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference after delivering her policy address in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Lam lauded the city's new national security law on Wednesday as

Hong Kong leader lauds new security law despite criticism

Nov. 25, 2020 3:38 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam lauded the city’s new national security law on Wednesday as “remarkably effective in restoring stability,” despite criticism that it is severely narrowing the space for free speech and political opposition in the semi-autonomous Chinese...

FILE - In this May 8, 2020, file photo, then pan-democratic legislator Ray Chan is taken away by security guards during a Legislative Council's House Committee meeting in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police arrested three former opposition lawmakers, Chan, Ted Hui and Eddie Chu, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 for disrupting legislative meetings several months ago, as concerns grow over a crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy camp. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Former Hong Kong lawmakers who disrupted session arrested

Nov. 18, 2020 5:54 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested three former opposition lawmakers on Wednesday for disrupting legislative meetings several months ago, adding to concerns about a crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy camp. Posts on the Facebook accounts of Ted Hui, Eddie Chu and Raymond Chan said they had...

Flowers are placed at a fire site, top center with broken windows, in Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. City authorities said a fire in a crowded residential district in Hong Kong has

Hong Kong orders building inspections after deadly fire

Nov. 16, 2020 10:53 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities will inspect 2,500 older residential buildings after a deadly fire killed seven people in what an elected official said may have been an unlicensed restaurant operating in an apartment. The fire and building departments will aim to complete the review by year-end, a...

A police cordon line is set at a fire site, top center with broken windows, in Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. City authorities said a fire in a crowded residential district in Hong Kong has

Fire in Hong Kong apartment building kills 7, injures 11

Nov. 16, 2020 8:47 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Authorities in Hong Kong said at least seven people were killed and 11 injured in a fire at an apartment building that may have started at a gathering of people from the city's Nepalese community. The blaze broke out Sunday night in Yau Ma Tei, a usually bustling area in Kowloon packed...

Pro-democracy legislators, from right, Wong Pik Wan, Wu Chi Wai, Lam Cheuk-ting, Yoon Siu Kin wave after handing their letters at Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Thursday day, Nov. 12, 2020. Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers have handed in their resignations following a move by the city's government to disqualify four pro-democracy legislators. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators hand in resignations

Nov. 12, 2020 8:08 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong began resigning Thursday to protest the expulsion of four other lawmakers, heightening a conflict with Beijing over the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s future. Pro-democracy activists say China’s ruling Communist Party, which has...

Hong Kong's pro-democracy legislators pose for a photo before a press conference at Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers announced that they are resigning en masse following a move by the city's government to disqualify four pro-democracy legislators. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers to resign en masse

Nov. 11, 2020 8:07 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers announced Wednesday they would resign en masse after four of them were ousted from the semiautonomous Chinese territory's Legislature in a move one legislator said could sound the “death knell” for democracy there. The resignation of...

Hong Kong's pro-democracy legislators pose a picture before a press conference at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. The lawmakers said Monday that they would resign en masse if Beijing disqualifies any of them. The announcement came amid unconfirmed reports that Beijing would oust four legislators for filibustering meetings and violating their oath. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

China denounces US sanctions over Hong Kong crackdown

Nov. 10, 2020 4:06 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday denounced new U.S. sanctions against four Chinese officials over a crackdown on political rights in Hong Kong, saying such moves “grossly interfere in China’s internal affairs.” The U.S. State Department said Monday the four would be banned from...

Hong Kong journalist Choy Yuk-ling, bottom, speaks before entering a local court in Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 10, 2020. Hong Kong police charged journalist Choy Yuk-ling on charges of knowingly making a false statement about why she was obtaining license plate information from a vehicle database. Her arrest comes after she helped produce an investigative documentary into Hong Kong police behavior during protests last year. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong journalist charged as press freedom fears grow

Nov. 10, 2020 2:59 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong journalist appeared in court Tuesday on charges of making false statements while obtaining information from a vehicle database, amid growing concerns that press freedom is at risk in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Choy Yuk-ling, a freelance producer affiliated with public...