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Hong Kong crisis escalates after mob attack on protesters

Jul. 22, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — An overnight attack by white-clad assailants apparently targeting pro-democracy protesters raised tensions to new levels in Hong Kong on Monday as China harshly criticized the weekend demonstration, saying "central authority cannot be challenged." The Chinese rebuke came after its Hong...

The Latest: Iran's FM says UK ship was traveling unsafely

Jul. 22, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Iran's foreign minister says his country seized a British-flagged oil tanker last week because it was violating "international law on safe passage" in the Strait of Hormuz. Speaking Monday during a...

The Latest: Trump: China's leader acting 'very responsibly'

Jul. 22, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 2:40 a.m. President Donald Trump says he thinks China's Xi Jinping has acted "very responsibly" in allowing extended protests to play out in Hong Kong. Trump was asked Monday about China's handling of the protests and said that "China...

US slaps Chinese firm for importing Iranian oil

Jul. 22, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is penalizing a Chinese company and its top executive for violating U.S. restrictions on dealing with Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. is imposing sanctions on Zhuhai Zhenrong (ZHOO-hi ZHEN-wrong) Limited and its chief executive for violating...

Duterte: No way to stop China from fishing in exclusive zone

Jul. 22, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday there was no way to stop Chinese nationals from fishing in his country's exclusive economic zone claimed by China and added that he would not risk losing Filipino forces in a clash with the Asian superpower in the disputed South...

Analysis: Hong Kong protests could push China to intervene

Jul. 22, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — While China doesn't want to intervene in the summer-long protests that have shaken Hong Kong, that doesn't mean it won't. The movement, now in its seventh week, has veered into more dangerous territory on two fronts. Protesters, who had previously besieged the city's legislature and police...

Peaty, Hosszu extend dominance at world swim championships

Jul. 22, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Adam Peaty became the first man to win a third 100-meter breaststroke title at the world swimming championships on Monday night. Katinka Hosszu of Hungary also added more gold to her collection. Peaty claimed the title in 57.14 seconds, a night after he became the first man to...

Cambodian leader denies allowing China naval base

Jul. 22, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday strongly denied that he was allowing China to set up a military outpost in the Southeast Asian nation, after a news report alleged that the two nations signed a secret pact allowing Beijing exclusive use of a naval base on the Gulf of...

Horton applauded by fellow swimmers for stand against Sun

Jul. 22, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Mack Horton walked into the dining room at the athletes' village and the applause began. It swelled into a standing ovation for the Australian swimmer after his personal protest against China's Sun Yang at the world championships. Horton refused to step onto the podium or shake...

Stocks subdued as oil rises again on Mideast tensions

Jul. 22, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were subdued Monday while the price of oil climbed as tensions in the Persian Gulf escalated after Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker on Friday. The price of oil rose 1.3% as the British government is due to chair an emergency meeting to discuss possible responses to...