China Tests Mars Lander in International Cooperation Push

HUAILAI, China (AP) — China invited international observers to a Thursday test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. The demonstration of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about…

The Latest: Kent testifies on Burisma and Biden’s son

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A top State Department official says he never saw any effort by U.S. officials to shield from scrutiny a Ukrainian natural gas company where Hunter Biden sat on the board. George Kent is testifying Wednesday in the House…

Israeli Airstrike kills Islamic Jihad Commander in Gaza Home

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A pair of Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and in Syria early on Tuesday, escalating Israel’s confrontation with Iran across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants. In eastern Gaza, the Israeli strike killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta…

Hong Kong Protesters Blame Police After Student Dies in Fall

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong university student who fell off a parking garage after police fired tear gas during clashes with anti-government protesters died Friday in a rare fatality after five months of unrest, fueling more outrage in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The Hospital Authority said the 22-year-old died Friday morning, but didn’t…

Xi Meets Lam in ‘Vote of Confidence’ Over Hong Kong Protests

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s surprise meeting with Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was a “vote of confidence” in her government’s ability to tackle five months of anti-government protests that have rocked the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, a senior official said Tuesday. Xi met Lam on the sidelines of a trade event in…

McDonald’s CEO Pushed Out After Relationship With Employee

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s chief executive officer has been pushed out of the company after violating company policy by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee, the corporation said Sunday. The fast food giant said former president and CEO Steve Easterbrook demonstrated poor judgment, and that McDonald’s forbids managers from having romantic relationships…