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In this photo taken from video is Abdelmalek Droukdel. The French military and allied forces in Mali killed the longtime leader of al-Qaida's North African arm, who commanded jihadists in his native Algeria and then spread their movement across Africa's Sahel region, France's defense minister said Friday, June 5, 2020. Abdelmalek Droukdel, known as the emir of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, was killed in an operation Wednesday, June 3, in northern Mali along with several people in his entourage, Defense Minister Florence Parly tweeted. (Militant video via AP)

French forces kill al-Qaida's North African commander

Jun. 5, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French forces have killed Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of al-Qaida’s North Africa affiliate, the France’s defense minister announced late Friday, in what would be a major victory for France after years of battling jihadists in the Sahel. There was no immediate...

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...

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...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, talks during his speech at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. The U.N. human rights office called on the Philippines government in a new report Thursday, June 4, to end all violence targeting suspected drug offenders and to disband private and state-backed paramilitary groups which have caused serious human rights violations in the country.(Ace Morandante/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP, File)

UN rights official: Philippine anti-terror bill worrying

Jun. 4, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — New anti-terrorism legislation passed by the Philippine Congress that allows the detention of suspects for up to 24 days without warrants and relaxes human rights safeguards is “very worrying,” a U.N. rights official said Thursday. The House of Representatives...

Military arriving in Hawaii subject to separate restrictions

Jun. 4, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Members of the U.S. military arriving in Hawaii will not be subjected to the state's quarantine rule resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, but service members will follow a separate order restricting their movements. The Department of Homeland Security exempted military members from the...

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...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jun. 3, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ June 3 The Charlotte Observer on President Donald Trump moving the Republican National Convention because North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper won’t commit to relaxing strict social distancing regulations: For those who’ve long wanted...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference after meeting Chinese leadership in Beijing on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom stands ready to open the door to almost 3 million Hong Kong citizens, as the city's leader arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for meetings on a planned national security law that has many worried about their future. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Hong Kong leader accuses foreign critics of double standards

Jun. 3, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam accused foreign critics on Wednesday of displaying “blatant double standards” over moves by Beijing to strengthen control over the semi-autonomous territory. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier that his country is ready to open...

A military Humvee blocks an intersection along K Street in downtown Washington as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Presidents have leeway to use military for domestic purposes

Jun. 2, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's warning that he would deploy the United States military to any state that refuses to take aggressive action against rioting rests on a longstanding presidential power that gives wide latitude to the White House, legal experts said. But a decision to do so would be...