National Newswatch

Germany wants to kick extremists out of military faster

Jun 3 2020 — AP — BERLIN — The German government has agreed on a bill that would speed up the dismissal of soldiers involved in extremism or serious crimes. Current military rules mean that soldiers who have served for more than four years can only be kicked out after they have been convicted of a crime or removed as part […]

Hong Kong leader accuses foreign critics of double standards

Jun 3 2020 — AP — BEIJING — 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 the door to almost 3 million Hong Kong citizens if China enacts a […]

New report finds anti-Semitism on the rise in Czech Republic

Jun 3 2020 — AP — PRAGUE, Czech Republic — The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the Czech Republic doubled last year, the Jewish community said Wednesday. In its annual report, the Federation of the Jewish Communities said there were 694 anti-Semitic attacks in 2019 compared with 347 in the previous year. A majority of the attacks — 95% — were […]

Turkey: officers disperse anti-police brutality protest

Jun 3 2020 — AP — ISTANBUL — Police in Istanbul have dispersed a small group of demonstrators who gathered in the Turkish city to denounce police violence and to stand in solidarity with protesters in the United States. At least 29 demonstrators were detained, Turkey's state-run agency reported. Anadolu Agency said riot police broke up the demonstration in Istanbul’s Kadikoy […]

China delayed releasing coronavirus info, frustrating WHO

Jun 3 2020 — AP — Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately,” and said its work and commitment to transparency were “very impressive, and beyond words.” But behind the scenes, it was […]

The Latest: Ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame loses N.M. race

Jun 3 2020 — AP — The Latest on Tuesday's primary elections (all times EDT): 1:05 a.m. Former CIA operative Valerie Plame has lost her race in the Democratic primary for an open seat representing New Mexico in Congress. Attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez overcame six competitors to win her party’s nomination to succeed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján as he runs […]

The Latest: UN body calls for action on debt amid pandemic

Jun 2 2020 — AP — The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ UNITED NATIONS — The president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council is calling for urgent action to help the […]

UK: Hong Kong law a ‘clear violation’ of China’s obligations

Jun 2 2020 — AP — LONDON — China’s proposed national security law for Hong Kong is a “clear violation” of Beijing’s international obligations, Britain's foreign secretary said Tuesday. In a statement to the House of Commons, Dominic Raab said “we strongly oppose such an authoritarian law being imposed by China in breach of international law.” Hong Kong is a former […]

Alaska area with 5% census response restarts outreach effort

Jun 2 2020 — AP — UNALASKA, Alaska — U.S. Census workers restarted distribution of census taking material in an Alaska region in the Aleutian Islands after a two-month pause resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Census Bureau delayed operations and stopped sending out census takers in Unalaska and the surrounding area to prioritize safety, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Sunday. […]

2 Las Vegas shootings, 1 officer shot amid Floyd protests

Jun 2 2020 — AP — LAS VEGAS — An officer has been shot in Las Vegas and authorities are responding to another shooting as people protest the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, authorities said. The officer was shot in the area of the Las Vegas Strip and an officer was involved in a shooting in the downtown area, the […]

Turkey seeks to arrest 118 military personnel over coup

Jun 2 2020 — AP — ANKARA, Turkey — Prosecutors in Istanbul issued warrants on Tuesday for the detention of 118 military personnel over their suspected links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric as authorities pressed ahead with a crackdown on a network Turkey blames for a failed coup attempt in 2016. The state-run Anadolu Agency said 72 of the suspects were […]

The Latest: US Marines arrive in Australia despite pandemic

Jun 1 2020 — AP — The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US Marines arrive in Australia despite pandemic border closures — Singapore has reopened 75% of economy […]

Belarus opposition leader jailed after joining protest

Jun 1 2020 — AP — MINSK, Belarus — A leading Belarus opposition politician was jailed Monday amid a crackdown on protesters who rallied against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko's re-election bid, rights activists said. Lukashenko, who has relentlessly suppressed opposition and independent news media during more than a quarter-century in power, is seeking a new term in an election scheduled for […]

Spain reports no virus deaths for first time since March

Jun 1 2020 — AP — MADRID — Spain on Monday reported no official deaths from the new coronavirus in a 24-hour period for the first time since March. The development is “very, very encouraging,” emergency health response chief Fernando Simón said. Also, Spain recorded only 71 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, he told a news conference. “We […]

Hawaii short-term rentals remain on hold for virus recovery

Jun 1 2020 — AP — KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Hawaii County has processed nearly all of its short-term vacation rental applications, but it could be months before the units are allowed to operate as a result of the coronavirus. The Hawaii County Planning Department completed its review of applications for about 4,000 units received after implementation of a mandatory registration system […]