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FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, talks during his speech at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. The U.N. human rights office called on the Philippines government in a new report Thursday, June 4, to end all violence targeting suspected drug offenders and to disband private and state-backed paramilitary groups which have caused serious human rights violations in the country.(Ace Morandante/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP, File)

UN rights official: Philippine anti-terror bill worrying

Jun. 4, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — New anti-terrorism legislation passed by the Philippine Congress that allows the detention of suspects for up to 24 days without warrants and relaxes human rights safeguards is “very worrying,” a U.N. rights official said Thursday. The House of Representatives...

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Hong Kong marks Tiananmen anniversary, defying a police ban

Jun. 4, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied a police ban Thursday evening, breaking through barricades to hold a candlelight vigil on the 31st anniversary of China's crushing of a democracy movement centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. With democracy snuffed out in the mainland, the...

Pan-democratic legislator Chan Chi-chuen holding a placard reading

On Tiananmen anniversary, Hong Kong bans insults to anthem

Jun. 4, 2020 7:01 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious bill Thursday that makes it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem. The legislation was approved after pro-democracy opposition lawmakers tried to disrupt the vote. It passed with 41 lawmakers voting for it and just one voting...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jun. 3, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ June 3 The Charlotte Observer on President Donald Trump moving the Republican National Convention because North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper won’t commit to relaxing strict social distancing regulations: For those who’ve long wanted...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference after meeting Chinese leadership in Beijing on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom stands ready to open the door to almost 3 million Hong Kong citizens, as the city's leader arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for meetings on a planned national security law that has many worried about their future. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Hong Kong leader accuses foreign critics of double standards

Jun. 3, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam accused foreign critics on Wednesday of displaying “blatant double standards” over moves by Beijing to strengthen control over the semi-autonomous territory. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier that his country is ready to open...

A military Humvee blocks an intersection along K Street in downtown Washington as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Presidents have leeway to use military for domestic purposes

Jun. 2, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's warning that he would deploy the United States military to any state that refuses to take aggressive action against rioting rests on a longstanding presidential power that gives wide latitude to the White House, legal experts said. But a decision to do so would be...

Protesters hold a British National (Overseas) passport and Hong Kong colonial flag in a shopping mall during a protest against China's national security legislation for the city, in Hong Kong, Friday, May 29, 2020. The British government says t it will grant hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong residents greater visa rights if China doesn't scrap a planned new security law for the semi-autonomous territory. U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said about 300,000 people in Hong Kong who hold British National (Overseas) passports will be able to stay in Britain for 12 months rather than the current six. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

UK: Hong Kong law a 'clear violation' of China's obligations

Jun. 2, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — China’s proposed national security law for Hong Kong is a “clear violation” of Beijing’s international obligations, Britain's foreign secretary said Tuesday. In a statement to the House of Commons, Dominic Raab said “we strongly oppose such an authoritarian...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader shake hands after signing a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar. An Afghan official said Thursday, May 14, 2020, that a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan targeted a military compound but was detonated before it reached the compound killing several civilians and wounding tens of others. The Taliban took responsibility for the bombing calling it retaliation for statements Tuesday by President Ashraf Ghani blaming Taliban for a brutal attack on a maternity hospital that killed tens of people, an attack that the Taliban were quick to condemn. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed, File)

UN report: Afghan Taliban still maintain ties with al-Qaida

Jun. 2, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban in Afghanistan still maintain close ties with the al-Qaida terror network, despite signing a peace deal with the United States in which they committed to fight militant groups, a U.N. report released on Tuesday said. The insurgents promptly slammed the report as...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Lam hit out at the

Hong Kong leader criticizes 'double standards' over protests

Jun. 2, 2020 6:50 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader on Tuesday criticized the “double standards” of foreign governments regarding national security, pointing to the current unrest in the United States as an example of how attitudes differ when protests hit home. “We have recently seen these kind of...

President Donald Trump walks in Lafayette Park to visit outside St. John's Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Amid protests, Trump talks of war — and reelection

Jun. 1, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing the language of confrontation and war, President Donald Trump on Monday declared himself the “president of law and order” and signaled he would stake his reelection on convincing voters his forceful approach, including deploying U.S. troops to U.S. cities, was...