China’s former Interpol chief pleads guilty to bribery

BEIJING, (AFP) - Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei pleaded guilty at a trial in China on Thursday to accepting $2.1 million in bribes -- a remarkable fall from grace for the former vice minister of public security. The Tianjin No.1 Intermediate Court said Meng "showed repentance" during the..

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Xi heads to North Korea to meet Kim ahead of Trump talks Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP): Chinese President Xi Jinping makes a historic trip to Pyongyang on Thursday, rebooting a troubled alliance as he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un face their own challenges with US President Donald Trump. Xi will be the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years..

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Xi pens friendship letter to North Korea before rare visit

BEIJING, (AFP): Xi Jinping will burnish China's fragile alliance with North Korea by making his first trip to Pyongyang as president this week -- and on Wednesday he sealed their friendship in ink, offering a "grand plan" for regional stability. Xi, who will be the first Chinese president to visit..

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Xi supports North Korea’s direction on issues ahead of visit Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

SEOUL, South Korea (AP): Chinese President Xi Jinping said North Korea is taking the “right direction” by politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula in a rare op-ed published by a North Korean state newspaper Wednesday, a day before Xi visits Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim..

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China earthquake kills 12, injures 134 Monday, June 17th, 2019

SICHUAN, CHINA, (AFP): The toll from a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China rose to 12 dead and 134 injured on Tuesday as rescuers pulled bodies and survivors from wrecked buildings. More than 4,000 people were relocated as dozens of structures were damaged or collapsed following..

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State media say Chinese President Xi to visit North Korea

By YANAN WANG, BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to North Korea this week, state media announced Monday, as U.S. talks with North Korea on its nuclear program are at an apparent standstill. Xi will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the visit on..

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Hong Kong police begin to clear streets of protesters

By RAF WOBER and BORG WONG, HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police and protesters faced off Monday as authorities began trying to clear the streets of a few hundred who remained near the city government headquarters after massive demonstrations that stretched deep into the night before. The police..

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Massive protests draw apology from Hong Kong leadership

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and ELAINE KURTENBACH, HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong citizens marched for hours Sunday in a massive protest that drew a late-in-the-day apology from the city’s top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former..

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Pressure mounts on Hong Kong leader over extradition plan Friday, June 14th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Hong Kong's embattled leader faced mounting pressure on Friday to abandon a deeply unpopular plan to allow extraditions to China, with protest organisers getting police go-ahead to hold a new rally at the weekend. The international finance hub was rocked by the worst political..

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Hong Kong in limbo as extradition protests crisis deepens Thursday, June 13th, 2019

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s legislature suspended meetings Thursday as leaders considered their next steps following violent clashes between police and protesters opposed to a bill that would allow suspects to be tried in mainland Chinese courts. Critics say the..

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Telegram hit by cyber-attack, CEO points to HK protests, China Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

HONGKONG, (AFP): Encrypted messaging service Telegram suffered a major cyber-attack that appeared to originate from China, the company's CEO said Thursday, linking it to the ongoing political unrest in Hong Kong. Many protesters in the city have used Telegram to evade electronic surveillance and..

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Hong Kong protesters vow to keep fighting extradition law

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, HONG KONG (AP) — Following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes with police, Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed Wednesday to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion..

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100s of protesters surround Hong Kong HQ before bill debate Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of protesters surrounded government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday as the administration prepared to open debate on a highly controversial extradition law that would allow accused people to be sent to China for trial. The overwhelmingly..

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Massive extradition bill protest fills Hong Kong streets Sunday, June 9th, 2019

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to voice their opposition to government-sponsored legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges. The massive demonstration took place three..

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