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U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, who was once banned in the Philippines by former President Rodrigo Duterte, has met a long-detained Filipino opposition leader, whom he says was wrongfully imprisoned under Duterte and should be freed. Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and a group of U.S. legislators met former Sen. Leila de Lima for more than an hour Friday in her high-security detention cell in the main police camp in Metropolitan Manila. Duterte had banned Markey and two other American legislators from traveling to the Philippines after they called for de Lima’s release and raised alarm over human rights violations under his presidency. Duterte was succeeded by Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who met Markey and his group in Manila on Thursday.

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The rush to build wind farms to combat climate change is colliding with preservation of one of the U.S. West’s most spectacular predators, the golden eagle. Scientists say the species is teetering on the edge of decline and worry that proliferating wind turbines could push them over the brink. Golden eagle wingspans can reach seven feet — ideal for floating on thermal drafts as they search for their prey. But it also puts them in competition for the wind resources energy companies want. U.S. wildlife officials are encouraging companies to enroll in a program that allows them to kill some eagles in exchange for reducing eagle deaths elsewhere.

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An elected Florida prosecutor who was removed from office by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis because of his positions on abortion and transgender rights is suing to get his job back. The lawsuit filed Wednesday says DeSantis violated Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren's First Amendment rights and retaliated against him for his views on several issues. DeSantis suspended Warren because he signed a pledge not to prosecute women and doctors under the Florida's new 15-week abortion ban and to support treatments for transgender minors. Warren was twice elected by Tampa voters. He says the governor is trying to throw out free and fair elections.

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A former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee board member and three people from a clothing company that was a surprise sponsor of the 2020 Games have been arrested on bribery suspicions. Prosecutors say Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at advertising company Dentsu, is suspected of receiving bribes from the former head of Aoki Holdings Inc. and two company employees. Aoki produces affordable “recruit suits” that youngsters fresh out of school wear for job interviews and their first jobs. It was a surprise pick to dress the Japanese Olympic team. The alleged bribery is believed to be linked to sponsorship of the Tokyo Games and products related to the Olympics. Japan is pursuing the 2030 Winter Olympics for Sapporo.

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Syria has denied it is holding U.S. journalist Austin Tice or other Americans, a week after President Joe Biden accused the Syrian government of holding him. The Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday that Damascus “denies it had kidnapped or is holding any American citizen" in its territories. Biden’s comments last week came in a statement released by the White House to mark the 10th anniversary of Tice’s abduction, which took place when he was in Syria covering its conflict. The remarks were the clearest indication so far that the U.S. is certain Tice is being held by the government of President Bashar Assad.

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Haruyuki Takahashi, a former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee board member, rides on the back seats of a car as he leaves his home in Tokyo Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. Takahashi and three people from a clothing company that was a surprise sponsor of the 2020 Games were arrested on bribery suspicions Wednesday. (Kyodo News via AP)

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This photo shows the headquarters of Aoki Holdings Inc., a clothing company, in Yokohama, near Tokyo Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. A former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee board member and three people from the clothing company that was a surprise sponsor of the 2020 Games were arrested on bribery suspicions Wednesday. (Kyodo News via AP)

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FILE - Haruyuki Takahashi, executive board member of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games arrives at Tokyo 2020 Executive Board Meeting in Tokyo on March 30, 2020. Japanese prosecutors arrested Takahashi and three employees of a clothing company on bribery charges Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP, File)