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Protesters attend a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong. Photo: Dale De La Rey/AFP/Getty Images

The State Department said Monday that Hong Kong's special status with the U.S. is at risk over proposed changes to a law that would allow the extradition of individuals facing charges to mainland China.

Details: A State Department spokesperson told a news briefing that the U.S. "expresses its grave concern" at the changes, backed by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and due to go to the full legislature on Wednesday despite mass protests. "The continued erosion of the ‘one country, two systems’ framework puts at risk Hong Kong’s long-established special status in international affairs," she said, referring to the 1992 U.S.-Hong Kong Policy Act.

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President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies, AP reports.

The state of play: Biden also planned to raise arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said the call took place while she was delivering a press briefing. Psaki added that a full readout will be provided later Tuesday.

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.