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Hong Kong official: Legislature smoother without opposition

Oct. 28, 2021 05:00 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The president of Hong Kong’s legislature said Thursday it has become more efficient with no opposition members, after all pro-democracy lawmakers resigned late last year to protest the ouster of four colleagues for not demonstrating sufficient loyalty to Beijing. ...

US limits immigration arrests at schools, 'protected' areas

Oct. 27, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities will limit arrests at schools, hospitals and other “protected” areas under guidelines issued Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security, part of a broader effort to roll back the approach to enforcement under President Donald Trump. ...

Progress on National bio-defense lab in Kansas delayed again

Oct. 27, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Construction on a national bio-defense laboratory in Manhattan has been delayed, federal officials said. Officials said earlier this year that the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility would be substantially completed by this October. ...

Washington orders Chinese phone carrier out of US market

Oct. 27, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. regulators are expelling a unit of China Telecom Ltd., one of the country's three major state-owned carriers, from the American market as a national security threat amid rising tension with Beijing. China Telecom (Americas) Corp. is required to stop...

GOP election chief who rejects fraud claims named to fed job

Oct. 26, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican secretary of state who challenged former President Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud in 2020 will lead the Biden administration's effort to protect future elections. Kim Wyman, 59, has led elections in Washington state for...

Kashmir students face terror law for cheering Pakistan win

Oct. 26, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir are investigating students and staff at two medical colleges under a harsh anti-terror law for celebrating India's loss to archrival Pakistan in a T20 World Cup cricket game, officials said Tuesday. Police said...

Hong Kong convicts second person under national security law

Oct. 26, 2021 02:07 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong has convicted a second person under its sweeping national security law for chanting pro-independence slogans, amid a political crackdown in the city. Ma Chun-man was convicted of inciting secession on Monday after he was found to have chanted...

Amnesty International to close Hong Kong offices this year

Oct. 25, 2021 23:14 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The human rights group Amnesty International said 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 local...

GOP election chief who rejects fraud claims up for fed job

Oct. 25, 2021 21:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican secretary of state who challenged former President Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud in 2020 is the front-runner for a job heading the Biden administration's effort to protect future elections, according to people familiar with the discussions. ...

Hostage families to Biden: 'Bring our fellow Americans home'

Oct. 25, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of more than two dozen American hostages and wrongful detainees held overseas told President Joe Biden in a letter on Monday that they questioned his administration's commitment to bringing their loved ones home. In the letter, obtained by...