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Hong Kong lawmakers raise complaints over police brutality

Jun. 19, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong lawmakers grilled the city's security secretary Wednesday over allegations of police brutality during protests over an extradition bill that eventually was suspended. The agenda for the meeting showed that pro-democracy members were planning to file a motion of no-confidence for...

Xi supports North Korea's direction on issues ahead of visit

Jun. 19, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping praised North Korea for moving in the "right direction" by politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula in an essay published in both countries' official media Wednesday on the eve of Xi's visit to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong...

As Hong Kong protests quiet down, what's next?

Jun. 18, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — All but a handful of protesters in Hong Kong have gone home, but the crisis that brought hundreds of thousands into the streets to oppose an extradition bill is far from over. The way forward for both Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her opponents is uncertain because of the limits...

China, North Korea look to strengthen ties amid US disputes

Jun. 18, 2019 9:27 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un this week looking to strengthen their sometimes shaky bond at a time when both are locked in dispute with the United States — Xi over trade and Kim over nuclear weapons. Here's a look at what...

Trump says he'll talk trade with Xi next week in Japan

Jun. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he'll hold trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week at a summit of nations in Japan. And U.S. and Chinese negotiators will resume talks before the leaders meet. Financial markets greeted the news with relief Tuesday. The Dow Jones Industrial...

Hong Kong opposition movement largely without leaders

Jun. 18, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The largely youth-driven movement of black-clad protesters challenging Hong Kong's government over an unpopular extradition bill is a coalition operating without a clear leadership structure. And that adds to its appeal for supporters disaffected from the moneyed elites who run the former...

Hong Kong protesters slam leader's apology, demand she quit

Jun. 18, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers and activists rejected a new apology Tuesday by the city's leader over a highly unpopular extradition bill, demanding that she quit and that the legislation be scrapped completely. Lam's plea for "another chance" drew a chorus of criticism, though members...

China suspends imports from Canadian pork company

Jun. 18, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China will halt imports from a Canadian company after food safety issues were detected in one batch of pork, the Xinhua state news agency reported Tuesday, a move likely to fuel speculation that China is retaliating against Canada for arresting a Chinese tech executive. After Canada arrested...

Analysis: China blinks, but divide from Hong Kong remains

Jun. 17, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The leader of China, it turns out, may not be all-powerful. Faced with huge and disruptive protests in Hong Kong, China blinked. The decision to shelve the legislation that sparked the demonstrations shows that limits still exist to how hard China can, or is willing, to push. It also exposed...

China's Xi to visit North Korea as US nuke diplomacy stalls

Jun. 17, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to North Korea this week, state media announced Monday, as U.S. talks with North Korea on its nuclear program are at an apparent standstill. Xi will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the visit on Thursday and Friday, Chinese...