MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Leaders from 21 countries and self-governing territories are in Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The meeting's official agenda is focused on trade, business and economic issues but terrorism, South China Sea disputes and climate change are also set to be in focus. (All times are local.)
A 24-year-old black man has died after being shot in the head by a Minneapolis police officer during the weekend, officials said on Tuesday, in an incident deemed a homicide by the medical examiner that has sparked protests and dozens of arrests. Community activists say that Jamar Clark was unarmed and handcuffed when he was shot shortly after midnight on Sunday. The deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of police in the United States over the past year have fueled protests nationwide and rekindled a national civil rights movement called Black Lives Matter.
Obama administration officials held a conference call on Tuesday with 34 U.S. governors to discuss the country's refugee program, the White House said, after more than a dozen governors said they would refuse to accept Syrian refugees. The administration officials assured the governors that the refugees would undergo the most rigorous screening and security vetting of any category of traveler to the United States, the White House said in a statement. Some of the governors encouraged further communication by the White House to ensure that they are able to better respond to questions from the public about the refugee screening and resettlement process, the White House said.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an ordinance into law on Tuesday he says will add 6,000 living units for low-income residents over the next decade to be paid for by fees on private developers. The new ordinance, part a set of proposals that could add 20,000 units of affordable housing over 10 years, will provide 6,000 units paid for by private residential and commercial developers, the mayor said. A separate resolution, passed by the City Council, requires that up to 8 percent of multifamily dwellings be set aside for residents earning no more than 60 percent of the area's median income - $37,680 for an individual or $53,760 for a family of four.
President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he saw "hysteria and exaggeration of risk" in some of the opposition by politicians at home to U.S. acceptance of more refugees from Syria. Speaking on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, he said calls to halt the flow of refugees to the United States were aimed at scoring political points. "It needs to stop because the world is watching," Obama said.