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Man is first to stand trial under Hong Kong's security law

Jun. 23, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The first person to stand trial under Hong Kong's national security law pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of terrorism and inciting secession by driving a motorcycle into police officers while carrying a protest flag. Tong Ying-kit was arrested...

Rights group: Facebook amplified Myanmar military propaganda

Jun. 23, 2021 00:42 AM EDT

Facebook's recommendation algorithm amplifies military propaganda and other material that breaches the company's own policies in Myanmar following a military takeover in February, a new report by the rights group Global Witness says. A month after the military seized...

Asian Americans lobby to name Navy ship for Filipino sailor

Jun. 23, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Asians Americans, veterans and civilians in the U.S. and the Philippines are campaigning to name a Navy warship for a Filipino sailor who bravely rescued two crew members when their ship caught fire more than a century ago, earning him a prestigious and rare Medal of...

Olympic trials pique viewer interest in Tokyo Summer Games

Jun. 23, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid all the back-and-forth about the feasibility of holding the Tokyo Olympics during the pandemic, there are early indications of viewer interest in the summer games. U.S. Olympic team trials in swimming and track and field that aired Sunday on NBC...

Tokyo shapes up to be No-Fun Olympics with many rules, tests

Jun. 23, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics, already delayed by the pandemic, are not looking like much fun: Not for athletes. Not for fans. And not for the Japanese public. They are caught between concerns about the coronavirus at a time when few are vaccinated on one side and politicians who hope to...

Xi congratulates Chinese astronauts aboard space station

Jun. 23, 2021 00:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with three astronauts who are making the country's space station their home for the next three months, and called their mission an important milestone in China’s space industry. The crew consisting of former air force...

Asia stocks rise after Fed chair says US inflation temporary

Jun. 22, 2021 23:36 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve chairman said higher U.S. inflation probably is temporary, helping to calm fears central bankers might feel pressure to roll back economic stimulus. Market benchmarks...

Tokyo governor takes time off due to fatigue before Olympics

Jun. 22, 2021 22:56 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's governor will take time off to recover from severe fatigue, the metropolitan government said Wednesday, one month before the Olympics begin. As the host city's leader, Gov. Yuriko Koike has been deeply involved with preparations for the Olympics and...

The Latest: Guam launching COVID-19 vaccine tourism program

Jun. 22, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam — Guam is launching a vaccine tourism program to encourage citizens of neighboring countries and Americans living in East Asia to come get inoculated against COVID-19. The Pacific Daily News reports the first group of three travelers was arriving on a...

Guam launches vaccine tourism program to jump-start industry

Jun. 22, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam has launched a vaccine tourism program to encourage citizens of neighboring countries and Americans living in East Asia to come get inoculated against COVID-19. The first group of three travelers was due to arrive Wednesday on a charter flight...