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Hong Kong democracy leaders given jail terms amid crackdown

Apr. 16, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced five leading pro-democracy advocates, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, to up to 18 months in prison for organizing and participating in a massive march during 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from...

Public comment period extended for border surveillance plan

Apr. 16, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

DERBY LINE, Vt. (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to reopen the public comment period on plans to build a number of high-powered surveillance towers along Vermont's border with the Canadian province of Quebec, Vermont's congressional delegation said Friday. ...

Synagogue firebombers lose bid to reverse convictions

Apr. 15, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Two men convicted of carrying out attacks on Jewish communities in New Jersey that included the firebombing of two synagogues and throwing a Molotov cocktail into a rabbi's home lost their bids to have their convictions thrown out Thursday. A...

Beijing official in Hong Kong warns against foreign meddling

Apr. 15, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong on Thursday warned foreign forces not to interfere with the “bottom line” of national security in the city, threatening retaliation amid tensions between China and Western powers. The U.S., Britain and their...

US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

Apr. 13, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, several U.S. officials said Tuesday. The decision defies a May 1 deadline...

Lawsuit notice filed in fatal shooting of New Mexico officer

Apr. 13, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The wife of a New Mexico State Police officer fatally shot in the line of duty in February has filed a tort claim notice with the state seeking damages, one of the first steps in filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Gabriella Jarrott alleged that...

Biden names 2 ex-NSA officials for senior cyber positions

Apr. 12, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has selected two former senior National Security Agency officials for key cyber jobs in his administration, the White House said Monday in moving to fill out a team whose role has grown more urgent after two major hacks that have consumed the...

Biden picks 2 Trump critics for border, immigration roles

Apr. 12, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday nominated two critics of Trump-era immigration policies for key roles at the Department of Homeland Security. The nominations come as the Biden administration faces a rising number of people attempting to enter the...

Pakistani police say wanted militant killed in shootout

Apr. 11, 2021 03:28 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Counterterrorism police killed one of Pakistan's most wanted militants in a shootout in the garrison city of Rawalpindi overnight, a police official said Sunday. Officer Kashif Hussain said three of the militant's accomplices escaped during the...

Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

Apr. 10, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal budget, asking for substantial gains for Democratic priorities including education, health care, housing and environmental protection. The request by the White House budget...