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Man is first to stand trial under Hong Kong's security law

Jun. 23, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The first person to stand trial under Hong Kong's national security law pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of terrorism and inciting secession by driving a motorcycle into police officers while carrying a protest flag. Tong Ying-kit was arrested...

Xi congratulates Chinese astronauts aboard space station

Jun. 23, 2021 00:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with three astronauts who are making the country's space station their home for the next three months, and called their mission an important milestone in China’s space industry. The crew consisting of former air force...

Asia stocks rise after Fed chair says US inflation temporary

Jun. 22, 2021 23:36 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve chairman said higher U.S. inflation probably is temporary, helping to calm fears central bankers might feel pressure to roll back economic stimulus. Market benchmarks...

The Latest: Guam launching COVID-19 vaccine tourism program

Jun. 22, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam — Guam is launching a vaccine tourism program to encourage citizens of neighboring countries and Americans living in East Asia to come get inoculated against COVID-19. The Pacific Daily News reports the first group of three travelers was arriving on a...

Guam launches vaccine tourism program to jump-start industry

Jun. 22, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam has launched a vaccine tourism program to encourage citizens of neighboring countries and Americans living in East Asia to come get inoculated against COVID-19. The first group of three travelers was due to arrive Wednesday on a charter flight...

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang banned again, misses Tokyo Olympics

Jun. 22, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — China's most famous swimmer got a second chance to avoid a doping ban and compete at the Tokyo Olympics, and lost. This time, however, Sun Yang's ban is less likely to end the three-time Olympic champion's career. A new panel of judges...

Hong Kong police arrest man for sedition over protest flag

Jun. 22, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of using seditious words after a flag with a banned protest slogan was seen hanging outside his apartment. Police received a report on Monday from a passerby who spotted the flag bearing the...

China, Canada spar at UN body over human rights failings

Jun. 22, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Canada and 40 other countries on Tuesday urged China to allow “immediate, meaningful and unfettered access” so independent observers can visit its western Xinjiang region, while a Chinese envoy demanded that Canadian authorities “stop violations of human rights” at...

UK pushes Pacific trade talks amid broader new focus on Asia

Jun. 22, 2021 06:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.K. launched negotiations Tuesday to join a trans-Pacific trade bloc as it looks to explore new opportunities following its departure from the European Union and strengthen its strategic interests in Asia. The start of talks to join the Comprehensive...

Hong Kong leader says US 'beautifying' security offenses

Jun. 22, 2021 06:34 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Foreign governments are “beautifying” acts that endanger national security in Hong Kong when they criticize the recent crackdown on a pro-democracy newspaper, the leader of the semiautonomous Chinese territory said Tuesday. Hong Kong leader Carrie...