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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  presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. Duterte on Friday, July 3,2020, has signed a widely opposed anti-terror law which critics fear could be used against human rights defenders. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act after weighing the concerns of different groups, his spokesman said. (Ace Morandante/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP, File)

Philippine president signs widely opposed anti-terror law

Jul. 3, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president on Friday signed a widely opposed anti-terror law which critics fear could be used against human rights defenders and to muzzle dissent. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act after weighing the concerns of different groups, demonstrating...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018, file photo, pro-democracy activist Nathan Law, along with Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong, attends a press conference in Hong Kong. Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law has left the city for an undisclosed location, he revealed on his Facebook page shortly after testifying at a U.S. congressional hearing about the tough national security law China had imposed on the semi-autonomous territory.  In his post late Thursday, July 2, 2020, he said that he decided to take on the responsibility for advocating for Hong Kong internationally and had since left the city. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Activist leaves Hong Kong after new law to advocate abroad

Jul. 3, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law has left the city for an undisclosed location after testifying in a U.S. congressional hearing about a tough new security law imposed by mainland China on the semi-autonomous territory. Law, who declined to disclose his whereabouts for...

90 years later, Prohibition officially ending in Mississippi

Jul. 2, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi is officially ending Prohibition, almost 90 years after alcohol was legalized in the United States. A new law allowing the possession of alcohol in every county in Mississippi was signed into law by Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday. It will go into effect on Jan....

File-This June 18, 2020, file photo shows Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updating the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse, in Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds on Monday, June 29, 2020, signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, Pool, File)

Iowa governor signs abortion law amid court challenge

Jul. 2, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court. Reynolds signed the measure into law just after lawyers representing Planned...

Police detain a protester after spraying pepper spray during a protest in Causeway Bay before the annual handover march in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, and just one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Congress passes bill rebuking China over Hong Kong crackdown

Jul. 2, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a bill rebuking China over its crackdown in Hong Kong amid protests against a strict “national security” law that outlaws so-called subversive or terrorist acts, as well as collusion with foreign forces intervening in the city’s affairs. Critics...

Stickers with messages of the pro-democracy movement are left by protesters on a street in Hong Kong, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Hong Kong police have made the first arrests under a new national security law imposed by mainland China, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against it. Police say they arrested 10 people under the law, including at least one who was carrying a Hong Kong independence flag. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China, pro-Beijing activists condemn 'meddling' in Hong Kong

Jul. 2, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China's government and pro-Beijing activists in Hong Kong condemned what they called foreign meddling in the territory's affairs on Thursday, as countries moved to offer Hong Kongers refuge and impose sanctions on China over a new security law. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao...

A Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol honor guard carefully folds the retired Mississippi state flag after it was raised over the Capitol grounds one final time in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The banner was the last state flag with the Confederate battle emblem on it. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Old times not forgotten: Mississippi furls rebel-themed flag

Jul. 2, 2020 1:25 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials held a ceremony Wednesday to retire the former state flag and send it to a history museum, a day after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law stripping official status from the last state banner in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. One...

Coleman Boyd, an anti-abortion activist calls out prayers, interspersed with a plea to hold off having an abortion, to women entering the Women's Health Organization clinic, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. The clinic is Mississippi's only state licensed abortion facility. Gov. Tate Reeves told reporters at a press conference on the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday that he considers abortion an elective and unnecessary procedure.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi bans abortion based on race, sex, genetic issues

Jul. 1, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law Wednesday that bans abortion based on the race, sex or genetic anomalies of a fetus, adding new limits in a state that already has some of the strictest abortion laws in the U.S. Supporters say the new law would prevent abortion for...

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai pauses during an interview Hong Kong Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Lai said in an interview Wednesday that Hong Kong is dead under the new national security law. Lai, who owns popular newspaper Apple Daily, is a prominent advocate for democracy in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

AP Interview: Hong Kong media tycoon says city now 'dead'

Jul. 1, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — When Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrived in Hong Kong at age 12, the city felt like heaven to him, brimming with hope and freedom. He arrived poor, but over the years embarked on a rags-to-riches path from a garment factory worker to a wealthy businessman known for founding the...

A man displays the Hong Kong colonial flag on the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, and just one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

UK extends immigration rights for 3M eligible Hong Kongers

Jul. 1, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced Wednesday that it was extending residency rights for up to 3 million Hong Kongers eligible for the British National Overseas passport, stressing that it would uphold its historic duty to the former British colony after Beijing imposed a sweeping new national security law in...