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Pro-Beijing committee to elect some Hong Kong legislators

Pro-Beijing committee to elect some Hong Kong legislators

BEIJING — A largely pro-Beijing committee that elects Hong Kong’s leader will also choose a large part of the legislature, a top Chinese official announced Friday as part of a major revamp that will increase central government control over Hong Kong
China sets growth target 'over 6%,' tightening HK control

China sets growth target 'over 6%,' tightening HK control

BEIJING — China’s No. 2 leader set a healthy economic growth target Friday and vowed to make the nation self-reliant in technology amid tension with the U.S. and Europe over trade and human rights.
Dallas police officer charged with arranging two killings

Dallas police officer charged with arranging two killings

DALLAS — A Dallas police officer was arrested Thursday on two counts of capital murder, more than a year and a half after a man told investigators that he kidnapped and killed two people at the officer's instruction in 2017, authorities said.
YouTube cancels Myanmar military-run channels, pulls videos

YouTube cancels Myanmar military-run channels, pulls videos

BANGKOK — YouTube has removed five channels run by Myanmar’s military for violating its community guidelines and terms of service.
China boosts defence spending by 6.8% amid debt, pandemic

China boosts defence spending by 6.8% amid debt, pandemic

BEIJING — China is increasing its defence spending by 6.8% in 2021 as it works to maintain a robust upgrading of the armed forces despite high government debt and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
California to give 40% of vaccine to Latino, high-risk areas

California to give 40% of vaccine to Latino, high-risk areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will begin sending 40% of all vaccine doses to the most vulnerable neighbourhoods in the state to try to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus and get the state’s economy open more quickly, Gov.
Little damage from huge Pacific quake; tsunami threat passes

Little damage from huge Pacific quake; tsunami threat passes

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the South Pacific in modern history triggered tsunami warnings across the ocean and forced thousands of people in New Zealand to evacuate coastal areas Friday.
California Legislature OKs plan aimed at in-person learning

California Legislature OKs plan aimed at in-person learning

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Thursday approved a $6.6 billion plan aimed at pressuring school districts to return students to the classroom before the end of the school year.

Agency cancels Hawaii tsunami watch after huge Pacific quake

HONOLULU — The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center cancelled a tsunami watch Thursday for Hawaii that was issued after a huge earthquake occurred in a remote area between New Zealand and Tonga.
Capitol Police chief appeals for National Guard to stay

Capitol Police chief appeals for National Guard to stay

WASHINGTON — Worried about continuing threats, the acting chief of the U.S.