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A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, June 5, 2020. Asian markets are mostly lower after Wall Street rally takes a breather, as investors parse unemployment data. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Wall Street's rally zooms higher after surprise gain in jobs

Jun. 5, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

For weeks, critics said Wall Street’s big rally made no sense when the economy seemed set for only more despair. On Friday, it got a bit of validation. The S&P 500 jumped another 2.6% after a report said the U.S. job market surprisingly strengthened last month, bolstering hopes that the worst of the...

In this Sept. 19, 2017, photo, Chris Patten, Hong Kong's last British governor, listens to questions at The Foreign Correspondents' Club to promote his new book in Hong Kong. Patten, is urging protesters in Hong Kong not to “lose faith” as Beijing appears to be tightening its control of the semi-autonomous city. The former British colony was returned to China under a “one country, two systems” framework that gives it greater freedoms. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Hong Kong's last British leader: China's agenda 'Orwellian'

Jun. 5, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The last British governor of Hong Kong criticized the Chinese government on Friday over proposed national security legislation, calling it part of an “Orwellian" drive to eliminate opposition in violation of the agreement on handing the territory over to Beijing. Chris Patten...

In this image made from a Skype video interview with Chinese artist dissident Ai Weiwei comments on the recent security law planned for Hong kong from a location in Cambridge, England, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Ai Weiwei believes the newly passed national security law for Hong Kong augurs the end for the semi-autonomous city. (AP Photo/Park Juwon)

Dissident Ai Wei Wei: Hong Kong anthem law almost 'medieval'

Jun. 5, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) — Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has described as almost “medieval” a new law in Hong Kong that criminalizes disrespecting China’s national anthem. Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious bill Thursday that makes it illegal to insult the...

A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, June 5, 2020. Asian markets are mostly lower after Wall Street rally takes a breather, as investors parse unemployment data. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares higher after jobless data snaps Wall St rally

Jun. 5, 2020 12:50 AM EDT

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after U.S. unemployment data gave the S&P 500 its first loss in five days. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index gained 0.4% to 22,790.65 after opening lower. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong edged 0.1% higher, to 24,371.38. India's Sensex rose 0.8% to 34,265.86 and the Kospi in...

In this aerial view, participants start to gather for a vigil to remember the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, despite permission for it being officially denied, at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Thursday, June 4, 2020. China is tightening controls over dissidents while pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong and elsewhere try to mark the 31st anniversary of the crushing of the pro-democracy movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Worrying over future, Hong Kong defies ban to mark Tiananmen

Jun. 4, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied a police ban Thursday evening, breaking through barricades to hold a candlelight vigil on the 31st anniversary of China's crushing of a democracy movement centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. With democracy snuffed out in the mainland, the...

Former Chinese soccer player Hao allies with party critic

Jun. 4, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Retired Chinese soccer player Hao Haidong has angered the country’s leadership by allying himself with an eccentric billionaire who has called for the downfall of the Communist government. Hao appeared Thursday in a lengthy online video swearing allegiance to the “Federal State...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020 file photo, a Southern China Airlines flight from Guangzhou, China passes in front of the sun as it arrives at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the Trump administration moved to block Chinese airlines from flying to the U.S. in an escalation of trade and travel tensions between the two countries. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

China easing airline access amid conflict with Washington

Jun. 4, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators said Thursday more foreign airlines will be allowed to fly to China as anti-coronavirus controls ease, but it was unclear whether the change will defuse a fresh conflict with the Trump administration over air travel. The announcement came after Washington said Wednesday...

Pan-democratic legislator Chan Chi-chuen holding a placard reading

On Tiananmen anniversary, Hong Kong bans insults to anthem

Jun. 4, 2020 7:01 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious bill Thursday that makes it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem. The legislation was approved after pro-democracy opposition lawmakers tried to disrupt the vote. It passed with 41 lawmakers voting for it and just one voting...

Demonstrators take part in a protest, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in downtown Los Angeles, sparked by the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after he was restrained by Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

5 Things to Know for Today

Jun. 4, 2020 6:22 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PROTESTS FOR GEORGE FLOYD CALMER Demonstrations across America remain large but notably more subdued while prosecutors charged three more Minneapolis police officers and filed a new, tougher charge against...

Hong Kong outlaws insulting China’s national anthem, adding to fears of Beijing tightening controls over city's affairs

Jun. 4, 2020 5:02 AM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong outlaws insulting China’s national anthem, adding to fears of Beijing tightening controls over city's affairs.