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Hong Kong leader says security law not a threat to freedoms

Hong Kong’s leader said Tuesday that national security legislation proposed by China’s legislature will not threaten the semi-autonomous territory’s civil rights, despite widespread criticism of the move as an encroachment on freedom of speech and assembly.
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Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man

UPDATED: Tue., May 26, 2020

Four Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday after a bystander’s video showed the man pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck.
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Russia says US leaving overflight treaty will hurt security

Russia said Tuesday that the U.S. decision to withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities would erode global security by making it more difficult for governments to interpret the intentions of other nations.
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Judge strikes down US energy leasing rules in bird habitat

A U.S. judge has dealt another blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to increase domestic oil and gas output from public lands, saying officials failed to protect habitat for a declining bird species when it issued energy leases on hundreds of square miles.
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A black birdwatcher asked a white woman to leash her dog in Central Park. She called the police instead.

UPDATED: Tue., May 26, 2020

Christian Cooper was birdwatching deep in the woods of Manhattan's Central Park when he noticed a rogue cocker spaniel digging up the shrubbery around him. Many of the birds he spots come for the dense plants, so he approached the dog's owner early on Monday with a request: Could she leash up the canine, as the park rules required? Amy Cooper said she would be calling the police instead.
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Georgia gov offers state as alternative GOP convention host

UPDATED: Tue., May 26, 2020

Georgia’s governor is offering his state and its “world-class facilities” as host of the Republican National Convention – a day after President Donald Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if that state’s Democratic governor didn’t assure Trump that the August gathering can go forward despite coronavirus fears.
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Transgender bathroom ban heard by federal appeals court

UPDATED: Tue., May 26, 2020

A Virginia school board defended its transgender bathroom ban before a federal appeals court Tuesday, as a transgender man who was barred as a student from using the boys’ bathrooms at his high school argued that the policy discriminated against him and violated his constitutional rights.