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Police fire tear gas at Hong Kong protesters, ending lull

Dec. 15, 2019 9:24 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police fired tear gas against protesters in Hong Kong before meetings Monday between the territory's leader and Communist Party officials in Beijing, ending a lull in what have become regular clashes between riot squads and demonstrators. Police said they fired the choking gas after...

Chinese TV pulls Arsenal game coverage after Ozil criticism

Dec. 15, 2019 3:51 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Chinese television pulled coverage of Arsenal's Premier League match against Manchester City on Sunday after Mesut Ozil, a forward for the London club, criticized Beijing's brutal mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims in the country. China is the Premier League's most lucrative overseas broadcast...

Retiring Farmers Union president: Family farms still viable

Dec. 15, 2019 11:22 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As Roger Johnson prepares to step down after 11 years leading the National Farmers Union group, he’s well aware of the many challenges facing its members: a painful trade war, the effects of climate change and the march of farm consolidation. But Johnson, a North Dakota native,...

Police targets of both love and anger at Hong Kong rallies

Dec. 15, 2019 7:35 AM EST

Several thousand people, some making heart signs with their hands, turned out in Hong Kong on Sunday in an unusual display of support for the police force, even as riot officers clashed elsewhere with protesters and pepper-sprayed a crowd. Competing rallies on Hong Kong Island and wildcat protest actions,...

Tokyo's new stadium: A masterpiece by Japan's Kengo Kuma

Dec. 15, 2019 5:38 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke at Sunday's official completion of the new national stadium, the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of next year's Tokyo Olympics. It will also host track and field and some soccer. He could have spoken for anyone who has been inside the...

China delays tariffs on US autos, other goods in trade deal

Dec. 15, 2019 3:57 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government says it will postpone planned punitive tariffs on U.S.-made automobiles and other goods following an interim trade deal with Washington. Sunday’s announcement came after Washington agreed to postpone a planned tariff hike on $160 billion of Chinese goods and...

North Korea says new tests will help it counter US threats

Dec. 14, 2019 10:22 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said it successfully performed another “crucial test” at its long-range rocket launch site that will further strengthen its nuclear deterrent. The test — the second at the facility in a week, according to North Korea’s Academy of Defense...

China welcomes preliminary deal in trade war it blames on US

Dec. 14, 2019 8:44 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China expressed cautious optimism Saturday about a first-step trade agreement that dials down a trade war it blames the U.S. for starting. Chinese experts and news media joined government officials in saying the deal would reduce uncertainty for companies, at least in the short term. They...

Hong Kong police make 3 arrests in another explosives case

Dec. 14, 2019 3:55 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police said they arrested three men Saturday for testing homemade explosives that they suspect were intended for use during protests. The arrests are the latest in a rash of explosives-related cases police say they've uncovered since protests erupted in June over a proposed...

Cries of abuse in Catholic Church start to be heard in Japan

Dec. 14, 2019 2:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Japan, Harumi Suzuki stood where his motorcade passed by holding a sign that read: “I am a survivor.” Katsumi Takenaka stood at another spot, on another day, holding up his banner that read, “Catholic child sexual abuse in...