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Hong Kong's plan for a new national security law deepens fears over eroding civil liberties

Feb. 28, 2024 22:47 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — As Hong Kong moves toward enacting a new national security law, four years after Beijing imposed a similar law that all but wiped out dissent and vocal pro-democracy media in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, concerns are spreading among the city's international business and...

Today in History: February 28, Pope Benedict XVI becomes first pope in six centuries to resign

Feb. 28, 2024 00:17 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2024. There are 307 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 28, 2013, Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign, ending an eight-year pontificate....

Japan had the fewest babies it has ever recorded last year. Marriages dropped steeply, too

Feb. 27, 2024 21:11 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The number of babies born in Japan last year fell for an eighth straight year to a new low, government data showed Tuesday, and a top official said it was critical for the country to reverse the trend in the coming half-dozen years. The 758,631 babies born in Japan in...

Biden backed off a pledge to abolish the federal death penalty. That's left an opening for Trump

Feb. 27, 2024 10:18 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As he prepared to take office three years ago, Joe Biden's incoming administration considered a host of possible options to fulfill a campaign pledge to end the federal death penalty. One idea was an executive order, according to people familiar with the matter....

China's embattled former foreign minister steps down as member of the legislature

Feb. 27, 2024 06:47 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China’s former foreign minister, Qin Gang, who has been missing from public view since last June, has resigned from the national legislature, state media reported Tuesday. Qin was dismissed as foreign minister in July, in one of China’s biggest political...

Feleti Teo is named Tuvalu's new prime minister after elections that ousted Taiwan supporter

Feb. 26, 2024 03:27 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tuvalu’s former Attorney General Feleti Teo was named prime minister of the tiny South Pacific nation Monday after elections a month ago ousted the last government leader. Teo was the only candidate nominated by his 15 lawmaker colleagues and Governor...

Small, nonthreatening balloon intercepted over Utah by NORAD

Feb. 23, 2024 20:53 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A small, nonthreatening balloon spotted flying high over the mountainous Western United States was intercepted by a fighter jet over Utah on Friday, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORAD fighter pilots sent in the morning to...

An online dump of Chinese hacking documents offers a rare window into pervasive state surveillance

Feb. 21, 2024 23:49 PM EST

Chinese police are investigating an unauthorized and highly unusual online dump of documents from a private security contractor linked to the nation's top policing agency and other parts of its government — a trove that catalogs apparent hacking activity and tools to spy on both Chinese and...

Congress' top China critics arrive in Taiwan for a visit that's sure to draw scrutiny from Beijing

Feb. 21, 2024 20:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of Congress' staunchest critics of China are visiting Taiwan in a show of support that is certain to draw scrutiny from Beijing, which views such interactions as a challenge to its claim of sovereignty over the island. The delegation is led by Rep. Mike...

Biden is boosting cybersecurity at US ports, where online attacks can be more ravaging than storms

Feb. 21, 2024 11:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order and created a federal rule aimed at better securing the nation's ports from potential cyberattacks. The administration is outlining a set of cybersecurity regulations that port operators must comply with...