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FILE - Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo.  The Commerce Department said President Trump’s proposed ban of the apps WeChat and TikTok will go into effect Sunday, Sept. 20,  to “safeguard the national security of the United States.” The government said its order, previously announced by Trump in August, will “combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data.”  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns

Sep. 18, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services in the U.S. — a move that could effectively wreck the operation of both Chinese services for U.S. users. TikTok won't face the...

Homeland Security whistleblower not yet ready to testify

Sep. 18, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A whistleblower from the Department of Homeland Security who says he was pressured to suppress facts in intelligence reports says he won’t be able to testify before a House panel until the department gives him more access to “relevant information,” according to his...

Vice President Mike Pence, right, accompanied by Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, center, answers a reporters question about his former homeland security advisor Olivia Troye, who criticized President Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, during a meeting on safety and quality for nursing homes in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ex-Pence adviser says Trump bungled virus; she's for Biden

Sep. 17, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence who served on the White House coronavirus task force says President Donald Trump once suggested that COVID-19 might be a good thing because it would stop him from having to shake hands with “disgusting people." Olivia Troye is the...

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray testifies before a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on 'worldwide threats to the homeland', Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 on Capitol Hill Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)

FBI director says antifa is an ideology, not an organization

Sep. 17, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray told lawmakers Thursday that antifa is an ideology, not an organization, delivering testimony that puts him at odds with President Donald Trump, who has said he would designate it a terror group. Hours after the hearing, Trump took to Twitter to chastise his FBI...

German think tank closes Hong Kong office over new law

Sep. 16, 2020 7:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German think tank said Wednesday it is closing its Hong Kong office following China's imposition of a sweeping new national security law on the territory. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, which is linked to Germany's opposition Free Democratic Party, said it could no longer...

Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. Wooten says authorities denied COVID-19 tests to immigrants, performed questionable hysterectomies and shredded records in a complaint filed to the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Democrats to investigate forced surgery claims in Georgia

Sep. 15, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Leading congressional Democrats reacted furiously Tuesday to lightly substantiated claims that immigrants held at a detention center in Georgia are undergoing questionable hysterectomies. In a complaint filed Monday, a nurse alleges that the Irwin County Detention Center performed...

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Lawyer: Bolton will cooperate with any probe into his book

Sep. 15, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump administration national security adviser John Bolton will cooperate with any investigation related to the recent publication of his tell-all book, which the Justice Department has said contains classified information, his lawyer said Tuesday. The statement from Bolton's...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Lam said Tuesday that the government had not received any information from Taiwan authorities regarding media reports that they are holding five Hong Kong citizens who reportedly were fleeing to Taiwan on a boat.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong: No information on reported detentions in Taiwan

Sep. 15, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that Taiwan has not disclosed information about the reported detentions of five Hong Kongers who may have attempted to flee there by boat to escape possible prosecution at home under a tough new national security law. The Hong Kong government...

President Donald Trump listens in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington. Bahrain has become the latest Arab nation to agree to normalize ties with Israel as part of a broader diplomatic push by Trump and his administration to fully integrate the Jewish state into the Middle East. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump highlights foreign policy wins as he woos voters

Sep. 15, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the past two weeks, President Donald Trump has notched a string of diplomatic wins he’s highlighting with voters in the run-up to the election, but his report card on the most serious threats to U.S. national security shows an “incomplete.” The Trump administration...

Nurse questions medical care at immigration jail in Georgia

Sep. 14, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

OCILLA, Ga. (AP) — An immigration detention center in Georgia performed questionable hysterectomies, refused to test detainees for COVID-19 and shredded medical records, according to a nurse quoted in a complaint filed Monday. The complaint to the Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog relies on...