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Month: November 2023

Philippines opens a coast guard surveillance base in the South China Sea to watch Chinese vessels

By JIM GOMEZ, AARON FAVILA and JOEAL CALUPITAN Associated Press THITU ISLAND, South China Sea (AP) — The Philippine coast guard inaugurated a new monitoring base Friday on a remote island occupied by Filipino forces in the disputed South China Sea as Manila ramps up efforts to counter China’s increasingly aggressive actions in the strategic

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More executives go missing in China — this time linked to troubled shadow bank Zhongzhi

By Laura He, CNN Hong Kong (CNN) — Two Chinese business executives at companies controlled by the embattled financial conglomerate Zhongzhi have gone missing, according to statements by their respective firms. The development comes just days after Chinese authorities launched a criminal investigation into the troubled shadow bank, one of China’s largest. Last week, Zhongzhi told

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Rep. George Santos is facing a vote on his expulsion from Congress as lawmakers weigh accusations

By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. George Santos of New York is facing a critical vote to expel him from the House on Friday as lawmakers weigh whether his actions, fabrications and alleged lawbreaking warrant the chamber’s most severe punishment. The first-term Republican congressman is at grave risk of becoming just the

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Report: Belief death penalty is applied unfairly shows capital punishment’s growing isolation in US

By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — More Americans now believe the death penalty, which is undergoing a yearslong decline of use and support, is being administered unfairly, a finding that is adding to its growing isolation in the U.S., according to an annual report on capital punishment. But whether the public’s waning

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