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Police surround last holdouts at Hong Kong campus protest

Nov. 19, 2019 12:55 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A small band of anti-government protesters, their numbers diminished by surrenders and failed escape attempts, remained holed up at a Hong Kong university early Wednesday as they braced for the endgame in a police siege of the campus. Police were waiting them out after 10 days of some of...

The Latest: UN rights office urges Hong Kong de-escalation

Nov. 19, 2019 12:48 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 7 p.m. The U.N. human rights office is calling on authorities in Hong Kong to do all they can to de-escalate a standoff between security forces and anti-government protesters holed up in a university. The spokesman for the United Nations...

Taiwan president alleges Chinese electoral interference

Nov. 19, 2019 7:59 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese attempts to interfere in Taiwan’s presidential election campaign are happening “every day,” the island’s leader, Tsai Ing-wen, said Tuesday. Tsai gave no details, but she said China was using “every means they can” to influence the...

China seen flexing legal muscles on Hong Kong

Nov. 19, 2019 7:37 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Criticism from China’s rubber-stamp parliament of a Hong Kong court decision is raising concerns that Beijing may move to flex its legal muscles and overrule the verdict. That’s laying bare the limits of the “one country, two systems” framework under which Hong...

Esper urges ‘very public posture’ on Chinese sea claims

Nov. 19, 2019 7:35 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. defense chief on Tuesday urged governments affected by China’s sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea “to take a very public posture” and assert their sovereign rights, adding that acting collectively is the best way to send a message...

Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters

Nov. 18, 2019 7:31 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. In yet another escalation for the movement, protests raged...

US again extends limited reprieve on tech sales to Huawei

Nov. 18, 2019 3:19 PM EST

The Trump administration has extended for 90 more days a limited reprieve on U.S. technology sales to Huawei. The U.S. government blacklisted the Chinese tech company in May, deeming it a national security risk. That means U.S. firms aren't allowed to sell technology to Huawei without government approval. The...

China urges US to “stop flexing muscles” in South China Sea

Nov. 18, 2019 5:10 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — China on Monday urged the U.S. military to “stop flexing muscles” in the disputed South China Sea, a point of persistent friction in a relationship both sides said was generally improving. A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense, Col. Wu Qian, told reporters in Bangkok...

China lashes out at NY Times report on Xinjiang documents

Nov. 18, 2019 3:29 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s foreign ministry lashed out at The New York Times on Monday over its release of leaked documents portraying the inner workings of Beijing’s campaign to detain more than a million Muslims in reeducation camps. Spokesman Geng Shuang accused the newspaper of ignoring the...

China diagnoses 3rd case of bubonic plague

Nov. 18, 2019 1:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China says a 55-year-old man has been diagnosed with bubonic plague after killing and eating a wild rabbit, adding to two plague cases already discovered in the capital Beijing. A statement from the health authority in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region north of Beijing said that as of...