Government and politics

This photo provided by Wilson Li shows Simon Cheng Man-kit, second from left, a resident of Hong Kong. China said Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, Cheng, a staffer at the British consulate in Hong Kong, has been given 15 days of administrative detention in the neighboring mainland city of Shenzhen for violating regulations on public order. The case is stoking fears that Beijing is extending its judicial reach to semi-autonomous Hong Kong. (Wilson Li via AP)
August 22, 2019 - 9:24 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — The Canadian Consulate in Hong Kong says it has suspended local staff from travelling outside the city including to mainland China. The move comes after the Chinese government said a British Consulate employee has been detained after he went to the neighboring mainland city of...
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In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, image from video, New Zealand House Speaker Trevor Mallard bottle-feeds lawmaker Tamati Coffey's baby, Tutanekai Smith-Coffey, while presiding over a debate in parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. Mallard said Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, he’s been trying to make parliament a more baby-friendly place since taking on the role nearly two years by adding baby chairs, family rooms and soon, a slide. He’s also increased the flexibility around family leave for lawmakers. (Parliament TV via AP)
August 22, 2019 - 9:21 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The man who presides over New Zealand's parliament has been called a baby whisperer. He was in action again this week, gently rocking, bottle feeding and burping a colleague's infant as a lawmaker ranted about gas prices. Speaker Trevor Mallard held baby Tutanekai for...
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Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, center, speaks to reporters following South Korea's announcement that it will terminate an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan, at Foreign Ministry in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. South Korea terminated an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan amid a bitter trade dispute, a surprise decision that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important allies in Asia. Kono called the decision "extremely regrettable" and summoned the South Korean ambassador to protest the linking of trade and security issues. (Naoya Osato/Kyodo News via AP)
August 22, 2019 - 8:22 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says South Korea's decision to scrap a deal to share military intelligence is damaging mutual trust. Abe was speaking to reporters on Friday, a day after Seoul announced the decision. He says, "We will continue to closely coordinate with the U.S. to...
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Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, center, speaks to reporters following South Korea's announcement that it will terminate an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan, at Foreign Ministry in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. South Korea terminated an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan amid a bitter trade dispute, a surprise decision that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important allies in Asia. Kono called the decision "extremely regrettable" and summoned the South Korean ambassador to protest the linking of trade and security issues. (Naoya Osato/Kyodo News via AP)
August 22, 2019 - 8:20 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says South Korea's decision to scrap a deal to share military intelligence is damaging mutual trust. Abe was speaking to reporters on Friday, a day after Seoul announced the decision. He says, "We will continue to closely coordinate with the U.S. to...
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FILE - In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, third from left, arrives with other members of the Taliban delegation for talks in Moscow, Russia. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban have resumed negotiations on ending America’s longest war. A Taliban member said Khalilzad also had a one-on-one meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, with Baradar, the Taliban’s lead negotiator, in Qatar, where the insurgent group has a political office. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
August 22, 2019 - 7:43 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A United States envoy and the Taliban resumed negotiations Thursday on ending America's longest war after earlier signaling they were close to a deal. A Taliban member familiar with, but not part of, the talks that resumed in Qatar said U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad also met...
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Randy Estrada holds up his chicken sandwiches at a Popeyes, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Kyle, Texas. After Popeyes added a crispy chicken sandwich to their fast-fast menu, the hierarchy of chicken sandwiches in America was rattled, and the supremacy of Chick-fil-A and others was threatened. It’s been a trending topic on social media, fans have weighed in with YouTube analyses and memes, and some have reported long lines just to get a taste of the new sandwich. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
August 22, 2019 - 6:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A nation already polarized finds itself divided once again, but this time politics isn't at the heart of it: The blame lies squarely on a fried piece of poultry. People are choosing sides and beefing over chicken, thanks to Popeyes' release of its crispy chicken sandwich and the...
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August 22, 2019 - 5:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball says its players will be banned from participating in the Venezuelan Winter League because of recent U.S. economic sanctions against Venezuela. MLB said Thursday in a statement that it has been "in contact with the relevant government agencies" about how to...
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August 22, 2019 - 4:54 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and the United States blamed each other Thursday for abandoning a landmark arms control agreement on missiles, with Moscow warning of a new arms race and the Trump administration demanding details of a recent mysterious explosion that killed five Russian nuclear...
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August 22, 2019 - 4:46 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube says it disabled more than 200 videos this week that appeared to be part of a coordinated effort to spread misinformation about the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The video removals come just days after Twitter said it had suspended more than 200,000 accounts it linked...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 23, 2019 file photo, Michael Avenatti makes a statement to the press as he leaves federal court, in New York. Lawyer Michael Avenatti says charging Nike $25 million to probe corruption at the sportswear giant was a bargain rather than extortion. An attorney for Avenatti told a judge Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 that a November extortion trial should be postponed until January so he can gather more proof. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 22, 2019 - 3:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti hopes to show that charging Nike $25 million to probe corruption at the sportswear giant was a bargain rather than extortion, his lawyer told a judge Thursday. Avenatti was seated and quiet as attorney Scott Srebnick asked that a trial for his...
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