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Hong Kong tycoon, two others convicted over Tiananmen vigil

Dec. 09, 2021 02:21 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong tycoon and prominent pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai and two others were convicted Thursday for their roles in last year’s banned Tiananmen candlelight vigil, amid a crackdown on dissent in the city and Beijing’s tightening political control. Lai,...

Pence navigates Trump's shadow during New Hampshire visit

Dec. 09, 2021 00:33 AM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — It had all the traditional trappings of a day on the presidential campaign trail. There was a fundraiser, time spent schmoozing with local activists, two holiday parties, a speech and a visit to a local bakery, where Mike Pence posed for pictures and bought a slice of cake...

US orders arms embargo on Cambodia, cites Chinese influence

Dec. 09, 2021 00:11 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.S. has ordered an arms embargo on Cambodia, citing deepening Chinese military influence, corruption and human rights abuses by the government and armed forces in the Southeast Asian country. The added restrictions on defense-related goods and services, issued...

Egyptian activist walks free after nearly 2 years in jail

Dec. 08, 2021 10:11 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities released a rights activist Wednesday after he spent nearly two years in jail in a case that has drawn significant international attention, a rights group said. Patrick George Zaki walked free from a police station in the Nile Delta city of...

Nigerian migrant found dead in Polish forest near Belarus

Dec. 08, 2021 09:53 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The body of a migrant believed to be from Nigeria was found in a forest near Poland's border with Belarus, Polish police said Wednesday, the latest death resulting in a standoff at the European Union's eastern border. The death was reported a day after a...

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...

Egypt court orders release of rights activist pending trial

Dec. 07, 2021 08:07 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court Tuesday ordered the release pending trial of a rights activist who has been imprisoned for nearly two years in a case that has drawn significant international attention, a rights group said. The court in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura postponed the...

US plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Dec. 06, 2021 22:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing t o protest Chinese human rights abuses, the White House confirmed Monday, a move that China has vowed to greet with “firm countermeasures.” White House press secretary Jen...

Fearing misuse, Israel tightens supervision of cyber exports

Dec. 06, 2021 12:21 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Defense Ministry on Monday announced that it was tightening supervision over cyber exports — a move that follows a series of scandals involving Israeli spyware company NSO Group. The ministry said the countries purchasing Israeli cyber technology would...

French investigate violence that erupted at far-right rally

Dec. 06, 2021 11:36 AM EST

LE PECQ, France (AP) — French prosecutors opened an investigation Monday into violence that erupted at the first official campaign rally of a far-right candidate who has shaken up France's presidential race. The prosecutors' office said police detained around 60 people after fists...