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China cleared to take part in men’s hockey at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing after concerns about competitiveness

Dec. 07, 2021 11:02 AM EST
ZURICH (AP) — China cleared to take part in men’s hockey at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing after concerns about competitiveness.

Cambodian mass trial against government opponents reopens

Dec. 07, 2021 10:06 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A mass trial of critics and opponents of Cambodia’s government charged with treason for their nonviolent political activities resumed Tuesday, amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent. Only six of 44 defendants summoned by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court...

Stocks build on their gains and open higher on Wall Street

Dec. 07, 2021 09:47 AM EST

Stocks are off to a solid start on Wall Street Tuesday as investors continue to wager that the new variant of the COVID-19 virus won’t pose a big threat to the economy. The S&P 500 rose 1.4% in the first few minutes of trading, adding to its gains from a day earlier. The tech-heavy Nasdaq...

Airbnb's nonprofit makes resettling refugees a core mission

Dec. 07, 2021 09:20 AM EST

Mousa and Rasha Alkhafaji were already anxious when they emigrated from Iraq to the United States in 2017. Even though Mousa Alkhafaji had finally received a Special Immigrant Visa for his work with the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq, his family’s original flight had been canceled when...

Whistleblower: As Afghanistan fell, UK abandoned supporters

Dec. 07, 2021 08:49 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Foreign Office abandoned many of the nation’s allies in Afghanistan and left them to the mercy of the Taliban during the fall of the capital, Kabul, because of a dysfunctional and arbitrary evacuation effort, a whistleblower alleged Tuesday. In...

Indonesian leader visits eruption survivors, vows to rebuild

Dec. 07, 2021 08:13 AM EST

LUMAJANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president on Tuesday visited areas devastated by a powerful volcanic eruption that killed at least 34 people and left thousands homeless, and vowed that communities would be quickly rebuilt. Clouds of hot ash shot high into the sky and an...

Rohingya sue Facebook for $150B, alleging role in violence

Dec. 07, 2021 08:00 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Rohingya refugees sued Facebook parent Meta Platforms for more than $150 billion over what they say was the company's failure to stop hateful posts that incited violence against the Muslim ethnic group by Myanmar's military rulers and their supporters. Lawyers filed a...

WHO Europe: Kids in 5-14 age group show highest COVID rates

Dec. 07, 2021 07:56 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's office for Europe said Tuesday that children in the 5 to 14 age group now account for the highest rates of reported COVID-19 infection in the region. WHO Europe regional director Dr. Hans Kluge also argued that vaccine mandates should...

Japan holds drills in north as it faces Russia, China threat

Dec. 07, 2021 07:42 AM EST

ENIWA, Japan (AP) — The earth shook and explosions boomed in the crisp winter air of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Tuesday, as dozens of tanks and soldiers carried out drills at a Japanese army post that has long served to keep an eye on neighboring Russia, while showcasing Japanese...

China says US diplomatic boycott violates Olympic spirit

Dec. 07, 2021 07:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China accused the United States of violating the Olympic spirit on Tuesday after the Biden administration announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games over human rights concerns. Rights groups have pushed for a full-blown boycott of the Games, accusing...