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Li Peng, Chinese premier during Tiananmen crackdown, dies

Jul. 23, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Li Peng, a former hard-line Chinese premier best known for announcing martial law during the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, has died. He was 90. The official Xinhua News Agency said Li died Monday of an unspecified illness. Li, a cautious, uninspiring figure, was a keen...

Hong Kong arrests men with gang links over mob attack

Jul. 23, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police say they've arrested six men, some with links to triad gangs, following a violent attack on pro-democracy protesters at a subway station over the weekend that saw dozens injured. Senior police official Chan Tin-chu said the men, aged 24-54, were held for "unlawful...

Chinese state media say former Premier Li Peng, who announced martial law during Tiananmen protests, has died

Jul. 23, 2019 7:04 AM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say former Premier Li Peng, who announced martial law during Tiananmen protests, has died.

Many killed in Nigerian protests for release of Shia leader

Jul. 23, 2019 5:46 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Security was high in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, Tuesday, a day after several people were killed in clashes between police and the country's main Shia group. A police officer and a reporter for the Channels television network were among those killed in the clashes in the capital, Abuja,...

Protests spread as activists fight telescope in Hawaii

Jul. 23, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place. In Nevada, a few hundred Native Hawaiians and former Hawaii residents...

Puerto Ricans worry about future if embattled governor stays

Jul. 23, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The political crisis in Puerto Rico has escalated to a point where many wonder how Gov. Ricardo Rosselló will be able to govern the U.S. territory in the coming days and possibly weeks amid the massive protests to oust him. Rosselló dug his heels in late Monday after...

Protester voices: What Puerto Rico demonstrators are saying

Jul. 23, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — José Troche, a 64-year-old doctor from Yauco, sat under the shade in a beach chair as he waited for the march to begin. "This right now is a dream," he said as he gestured toward the massive crowd in Puerto Rico's capital. "The people are united." Troche believes Puerto...

The Latest: Hawaii Lt. Gov. says protesters aren't leaving

Jul. 22, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on protests against a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green says there will have to be a compromise in order for the Thirty Meter Telescope project to go forward but doesn't know if that's possible. Green says Native...

Duterte: Can't stop China in disputed seas, won't risk clash

Jul. 22, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday there was no way to stop Chinese from fishing in his country's exclusive economic zone and he would not risk losing Filipino forces in a clash in the disputed South China Sea. "When Xi says 'I will fish,' who can prevent him?"...

Analysis: Hong Kong protests could push China to intervene

Jul. 22, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — While China doesn't want to intervene in the summer-long protests that have shaken Hong Kong, that doesn't mean it won't. The movement, now in its seventh week, has veered into more dangerous territory on two fronts. Protesters, who had previously besieged the city's legislature and police...