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Alif Baqytali plays on a tricycle at his home in Shonzhy, Kazakhstan on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Baqytali's mother, Gulnar Omirzakh, a Chinese-born ethnic Kazakh, says she was forced to get an intrauterine contraceptive device, and that authorities threatened to detain her if she didn't pay a large fine for giving birth to Alif, her third child. (AP Photo/Mukhit Toktassyn)

China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilization

Jun. 29, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about...

Wisconsin man who triggered protest charged with extortion

Jun. 26, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Friday charged a Black man whose arrest triggered a violent protest in Wisconsin's capital city with extorting local businesses. Police arrested 28-year-old Devonere Johnson in Madison on Tuesday after he walked into Cooper's Tavern near the state Capitol...

Kenya: 3 people killed in clash with police over face masks

Jun. 26, 2020 6:47 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A witness says three people were killed in a small town in Kenya's Rift Valley during a confrontation between police and residents over the wearing of face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Police confirmed the deaths but gave a different account. Human rights activists...

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2 brothers change minds, will cooperate in Smollett case

Jun. 25, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who admitted helping actor Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago last year are again willing to help in the case after initially saying they were done cooperating with prosecutors, their attorney said Thursday. In yet another strange twist in a story...

Indictment: Threat to kill Mississippi's only Black US Rep.

Jun. 24, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal indictment accuses a Mississippi man of threatening to kill the state's only Black U.S. representative and his staffers. The indictment against 52-year-old Newton Wade Townsend identifies the target of his alleged threats by the initials B.T. The only member of...

Commuters wearing protective face masks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus line up to board a bus at a bus terminal in Beijing, Monday, June 22, 2020. A Beijing government spokesperson said the city has contained the momentum of a recent coronavirus outbreak that has infected a few hundreds of people, after the number of daily new cases fell to single digits. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China reports 22 newly confirmed cases of virus

Jun. 22, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

BEIJING — China has reported 22 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 13 in Beijing, a day after a city government spokesperson said containment measures had slowed the momentum of an outbreak in the capital that has infected more than 200 people. Another nine cases were brought by Chinese...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 file photo, Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik arrives at Greece's supreme court in Athens. New Zealand police said Monday, June 22, 2020, they have seized $90 million from Vinnik, a Russian bitcoin fraud suspect who is in French custody but is also wanted in the United States. New Zealand Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said it had worked closely with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in the case. He said the money likely reflected illicit profits from thousands of victims. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

New Zealand seizes $90M from Russian bitcoin fraud suspect

Jun. 22, 2020 3:58 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police said Monday they have seized $90 million from Alexander Vinnik, a Russian bitcoin fraud suspect who is in French custody but is also wanted in the United States. New Zealand Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said it had worked closely with the U.S. Internal...

Park police and neighboring residents survey the damage in Golden Gate Park, Saturday, June 20, 2020, after statues of Junipero Serra, U.S. Grant and Francis Scott Key were toppled and graffiti was spray painted over many walls and pedestals. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Religious leader criticizes toppling of statue

Jun. 21, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — San Francisco religious leader criticizes toppling of statue in Golden Gate Park. — Trump tries to tie destruction of statues to Democrats, including Biden. — Trump stages comeback rally in less-than-fun arena amid pandemic. — Memorial to Black Wall Street in Tulsa...

People walk at the waterfront of the Victoria Harbor of Hong Kong, Saturday, June 20, 2020. China's top legislative body has taken up a draft national security law for Hong Kong that has been strongly criticized as undermining the semi-autonomous territory's legal and political institutions. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China to establish national security bureau in Hong Kong

Jun. 20, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China plans to establish a special bureau in Hong Kong to investigate and prosecute crimes considered threatening to national security, according to details of a controversial new national security law Beijing is imposing on the semi-autonomous territory. In addition, bodies in all Hong Kong...

California man convicted of making 10,000 harassing calls

Jun. 19, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man who was convicted of making some 10,000 harassing and threatening telephone calls to government offices, including those of several congressional members, has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison, authorities said. Robert Eric Stahlnecker, 48, of...