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Chief Operations Officer Chow Tat Kuen (front 2nd R) is escorted by police from the Apple Daily newspaper offices before being put into a waiting vehicle in Hong Kong on Thursday. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong's Apple Daily said 500 police officers searched the pro-democracy newspaper's offices and arrested five senior executives on Thursday.

Why it matters: The arrests of the paper's chief editor, Ryan Law, along with its chief operating officer, two other editors and the CEO of Next Digital, which operates Apple Daily, were made under China's national security law — which gives the government broad power to limit people's political freedom.

  • It's the second time Hong Kong police force have targeted Apple Daily under the law, after police arrested and detained the paper's founder, Jimmy Lai, and other executives last year.
  • But this is the first time police have "cited media articles as potentially violating the national security law," Reuters notes.

Details: The executives were arrested for "collusion with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security," per the newspaper and other Hong Kong outlets, including the South China Morning Post.

  • Police said Apple Daily published a series of reports dating back to 2019 that "incited foreign countries to impose sanctions," Reuters reports.

Flashback: Jimmy Lai among Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders sentenced to prison

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details of the raid and a new photo.

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5 police shootings in 30 days prompt concern in Denver

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Five people in 30 days died after being shot by a Denver police officer, with the latest fatal shooting on Sunday.

  • In all the incidents, police said the person carried a weapon and they fired after the person refused to follow their commands to surrender.

Why it matters: The rapid succession of deadly shootings in one city appears without precedent in 2021 or 2020, according to a list of police shootings compiled by Colorado Public Radio.

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CDC: Vaccinated people in COVID hotspots should resume wearing masks

CDC director Rochelle Walensky and top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci at a Senate HELP committee hearing. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance on Tuesday recommending that vaccinated people wear masks in indoor, public settings if they are in parts of the U.S. with substantial to high transmission, among other circumstances.

Why it matters: The guidance, a reversal from recommendations made two months ago, comes as the Delta variant continues to drive up case rates across the country. Millions of people in the U.S. — either by choice or who are ineligible — remain unvaccinated and at risk of serious infection.

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