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Amnesty International to close Hong Kong offices this year

Oct. 25, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The human rights group Amnesty International said Monday it will close its two offices in Hong Kong this year, becoming the latest non-governmental organization to cease operations amid a crackdown on political dissent in the city. The group said its...

The Latest: Sudan group says security forces kill 2, 80 hurt

Oct. 25, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

The Sudan Doctors’ Committee says two protesters were killed after security forces fired on crowds that flooded in the streets in the wake of a coup Monday. It says 80 people were wounded. Sudan’s military seized power Monday, dissolving the transitional government...

Facebook's language gaps weaken screening of hate, terrorism

Oct. 25, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As the Gaza war raged and tensions surged across the Middle East last May, Instagram briefly banned the hashtag #AlAqsa, a reference to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City, a flash point in the conflict. ...

Unusual small pro-military rallies held in Myanmar

Oct. 25, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Rare demonstrations in support of Myanmar's military-installed government were held Monday in several of the country's towns and cities, as militants opposed to the army’s February seizure of power continued their resistance. The relatively small...

ASEAN leaders hold summit with Myanmar’s general shut out

Oct. 25, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders are holding their annual meeting this week without Myanmar’s top general, who seized power in February and shattered hopes for one of Asia’s most dramatic democratic transitions, and was excluded for refusing to take steps to end the...

China to start vaccinating children to age 3 as cases spread

Oct. 25, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Children as young as 3 will start receiving COVID-19 vaccines in China, where 76% of the population has been fully vaccinated and authorities are maintaining a zero-tolerance policy toward outbreaks. China becomes one of the very few countries in...

Apple once threatened Facebook ban over Mideast maid abuse

Oct. 25, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two years ago, Apple threatened to pull Facebook and Instagram from its app store over concerns about the platform being used as a tool to trade and sell maids in the Mideast. After publicly promising to crack down, Facebook...

Uzbekistan's incumbent leader wins 2nd term in office

Oct. 25, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Uzbekistan's incumbent leader has won a second five-year term in the tightly controlled Central Asian nation, preliminary results showed Monday. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev received 80.1% of Sunday's vote, the country's Central Election...

Tokyo concerned over China-Russia naval drills near Japan

Oct. 25, 2021 07:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan expressed concern Monday after China and Russia held a joint naval exercise in which 10 of their warships passed through international waterways between its northern and southern islands. The Chinese and Russian vessels were first spotted last Monday...

Chinese, Taliban representatives to meet in Qatar

Oct. 25, 2021 07:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet with Taliban representatives during a trip this week to the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar, an official said Monday. The talks during Wang’s visit, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, are the latest high-level...