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Explosion at gas factory in central China kills at least 10

Jul. 19, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The death toll has risen to 10 in a gas plant explosion in central China, authorities said Saturday. Another 19 people were seriously injured and five others are missing, the Sanmenxia city publicity department said in a social media post. The Friday evening explosion in Yima city in Henan...

Hong Kong protesters use signals, Post-its to hone skills

Jul. 19, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's youth are no rookies when it comes to protests. The city's young activists have fine-tuned their strategies since Occupy Central in 2014, a months-long pro-democracy demonstration that ended without tangible victories. Using a range of new tactics, they have helped rally...

Large group of supporters greets Taiwan president in Denver

Jul. 19, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Taiwan's president was greeted by a large group of supporters and a handful of pro-China protesters as she entered a downtown Denver hotel before dinner. President Tsai Ing-wen plans to be in Colorado for two days on her way back home after visiting Caribbean countries with which Taiwan has...

The Latest: Central Command says US intensifying air patrols

Jul. 19, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local): 2:10 a.m. U.S. Central Command says the U.S. has intensified air patrols over the Strait of Hormuz in response to the Iranian seizure of a British tanker. A Central Command spokesman, Lt. Col....

Slim chance of ever finding Chinese scholar's body

Jul. 19, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Illinois have suggested that the remains of a slain 26-year-old scholar from China may never be found despite a vow from prosecutors after her killer was sentenced to life in prison this week that the search will continue. Brendt Christensen, a former doctoral student in...

Swim star Sun Yang wants CAS public hearing over WADA appeal

Jul. 19, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — China's star swimmer Sun Yang wants a public trial at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September to defend himself against alleged doping rule violations that risk a ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a statement provided to The Associated Press on Friday, lawyers for Sun said he will...

Editorials from around New England

Jul. 19, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: ___ CONNECTICUT No disguising ugliness of Trump comments Connecticut Post July 17 Even at this late date, four years after he launched his presidential campaign in a spasm of xenophobia, there's a desire on the part of many Americans to believe that racism from the president of...

Cambodian women face surrogacy charges after Vietnam births

Jul. 19, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Three Cambodian women have been charged with violating surrogacy and human trafficking laws after they gave birth to babies they delivered to Chinese nationals in Vietnam, a court official said Friday. Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Ei Rin said the women, aged 31 and 32,...

Taiwan says it will treat Hong Kong asylum seekers humanely

Jul. 19, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said she would follow "humanitarian principles" in dealing with asylum seekers from Hong Kong. Tsai made the comments after Radio Free Asia reported that more than a dozen protesters from Hong Kong have fled to Taiwan. In response, China's foreign...

Australia 'deeply disappointed' China criminally detains man

Jul. 19, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister said on Friday her government was "deeply disappointed" that a Chinese Australian writer was placed in criminal detention in Beijing, prompting China to urge against "irresponsible" interference. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said that China notified...