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Crowd angered by lockdowns calls for China's Xi to step down

Nov. 27, 2022 13:04 PM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — Protesters angered by strict anti-virus measures called for China’s powerful leader to resign, an unprecedented rebuke as authorities in at least eight cities struggled to suppress demonstrations Sunday that represent a rare direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party. ...

Myanmar military arrests 2 journalists from friendly media

Nov. 23, 2022 11:03 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military government, which has cracked down on independent media since seizing power last year, has arrested two journalists working for outlets sympathetic to it, a reporter familiar with their situation and a news report said Wednesday. The two...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Nov. 23, 2022 07:12 AM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. November 22, 2022. Editorial: On migrant flights, what is DeSantis hiding? You can see why Gov. DeSantis wants to prevent Floridians from learning more about the flights that took migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. ...

Top US diplomat criticizes FIFA armband threat at World Cup

Nov. 22, 2022 08:20 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — America's top diplomat on Tuesday criticized a decision by FIFA to threaten players at the World Cup with yellow cards if they wear armbands supporting inclusion and diversity. Speaking alongside his Qatari counterpart at a news conference, U.S. Secretary of...

6 Apple Daily staff plead guilty to collusion in Hong Kong

Nov. 22, 2022 07:58 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Six former executives of a now-defunct Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper on Tuesday pleaded guilty to a collusion charge under the National Security Law that has silenced and jailed most opposition voices in the southern Chinese territory. The staff members of...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Nov. 22, 2022 07:18 AM EST

Indianapolis Business Journal. November 18, 2022. Editorial: Actionable workforce proposals are step to a better Indiana Call us jaded. We’ve seen dozens of recommendations over the years for boosting the state’s workforce readiness and preparing Indiana for the...

Judge turns away Psaki's effort to quash subpoena

Nov. 18, 2022 13:13 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge refused Friday to quash a subpoena issued to former White House press secretary Jen Psaki that seeks her deposition in a lawsuit filed by Missouri and Louisiana, alleging that the Biden administration conspired to silence conservative voices on social media. ...

Culture clash? Conservative Qatar preps for World Cup party

Nov. 17, 2022 02:27 AM EST

On the Instagram accounts of fashion models and superstars last month, the sheikhdom of Qatar looked like one glittering party. High-heeled designers descended on exhibition openings and fashion shows in downtown Doha. Celebrities, including a prominent gay rights campaigner, snapped...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Nov. 16, 2022 15:12 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Nov. 13 The Washington Post on the Catholic Church scandal: On his plane back to Rome from a Middle East trip recently, Pope Francis acknowledged that the Vatican faces pushback in its...

Officer acquitted of assaulting woman at abortion rally

Nov. 16, 2022 14:43 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer charged with punching a political rival at an abortion rights rally was acquitted Wednesday of a misdemeanor simple assault charge by a judge who determined that his actions were justified because he was trying to maintain public order. ...