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Policemen from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit search for dangerous materials at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. Police safety teams Thursday began clearing a university that was a flashpoint for clashes with protesters, and an officer said any holdouts still hiding inside would not be immediately arrested. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
November 28, 2019 - 4:37 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Chanting “Stand with Hong Kong,” pro-democracy activists on Thursday urged the world to follow U.S. footsteps by passing laws backing human rights in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, as police teams began a cleanup of a Hong Kong university earlier occupied by demonstrators...
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Office workers and pro-democracy protesters hold up their hands to represent their five demands wanted from the government as protests continue in Central district of Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. A major tunnel in Hong Kong reopened Wednesday as a weeklong police siege of a nearby university campus appeared to be winding down, closing one of the more violent chapters in the long-running anti-government protests in the Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
November 27, 2019 - 9:59 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China reacted furiously to President Donald Trump’s signing of two bills on Hong Kong human rights and said the U.S. will bear the unspecified consequences. A foreign ministry statement Thursday repeated heated condemnations of the laws and said China will counteract. It said all the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, a man smokes a cigarette on Main Street in Westminster, Mass. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to sign a law on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, banning sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola), File
November 27, 2019 - 3:32 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts became the first state to ban flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law on Wednesday a bill that’s meant to reduce the appeal of the products to young people amid a rash of illnesses...
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An anti-government demonstrator, her face painted with the colors of the Colombian national flag, takes part in a protest, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Thousands of people have protested in Colombia over the past week, voicing discontent with the government of President Ivan Duque. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
November 27, 2019 - 3:08 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians unhappy with President Iván Duque’s response to nearly a week of boisterous protests over everything from job losses to shark hunting took to the streets again Wednesday in a continuing tide of unrest. The daily protests jolting the South American country proclaim...
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Polish law professor of international renown, Wojciech Sadurski,right, in courtroom with his attorneys at the opening of a trial in which the ruling party Law and Justice is suing him for defamation over a 2018 tweet in which he called the party an "organized criminal group," at the Provincial Court in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Sadurski said he acted in public interest when he expressed his private view that the party's policies break Poland's legal order. The court's verdict is expected Dec. 16. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
November 27, 2019 - 9:10 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s ruling party is suing a law professor of international renown for defamation over comments he made on Twitter. The case against Wojciech Sadurski, a constitutional law professor who is a vocal critic of Poland’s right-wing government, opened Wednesday in Warsaw’s...
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November 26, 2019 - 10:02 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s government has withdrawn the Danish passports of two men who joined the Islamic State group — the first such cases since a new law was passed last month. Denmark's immigration minister, Mattias Tesfaye, said Tuesday his ministry is looking into a total of four...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to local residents, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
November 25, 2019 - 10:51 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada is endorsing Joe Biden, becoming the first sitting member of Congress from an early voting state to endorse a presidential candidate. Titus says in a statement Monday that she feels Biden is the candidate best prepared to defeat President Donald Trump...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye delivers her State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California's Supreme Court rejected a state law that would have required President Donald Trump to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate in the state's primary election next spring. The justices on Thursday said the law that would have required tax returns for all presidential and gubernatorial candidates to appear on the primary ballot was unconstitutional. A federal judge had temporarily blocked the state law in response to a different lawsuit. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
November 21, 2019 - 5:28 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Trump, violates the state...
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November 21, 2019 - 4:08 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California state senator wants to make it a crime to send unwanted nude photos to people online or in text messages. Exposing yourself on the street is a crime, but the law is less clear when it happens online. Earlier this year, Texas criminalized the digital act of...
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November 19, 2019 - 4:40 am
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota says it hopes to prevent further cases after authorities ruled that one of its engineers killed himself after being repeatedly ridiculed by his boss. A regional labor bureau ruled in September that the 2017 suicide entitled the victim’s family to compensation under a law...
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