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Judge approves changes to police surveillance in Memphis

Sep. 22, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the police department in Memphis, Tennessee, cannot cooperate with another agency to avoid restrictions from a decades-old order barring the city from engaging in surveillance of protesters and activists. The Commercial Appeal reported Monday's ruling by U.S....

Seattle police drop effort to get protest images from media

Sep. 21, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Police Department will withdraw a subpoena requiring five Seattle news organizations to give them unpublished news videos and photos taken during racial injustice demonstrations May 30 that investigators argued would help them solve arson and theft cases. In a motion filed with...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rings the bell as he gives the annual independence shout from the balcony of the National Palace to kick off subdued Independence Day celebrations amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Instead of the throngs of supporters who pack the Zocalo in a typical year, this Independence Day the president faced an empty plaza as he gave the traditional

Mexican intellectuals claim freedom of expression threatened

Sep. 18, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied Friday that his administration has hurt freedom of expression in Mexico, as claimed this week in an open letter signed by hundreds of people, including dozens of well-known intellectuals. The group objected to López...

President Donald Trump speaks to the White House conference on American History at the National Archives museum, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump downplays legacy of slavery in appeal to white voters

Sep. 17, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intensified efforts to appeal to his core base of white voters on Thursday by downplaying the historical legacy of slavery in the United States and blasting efforts to address systemic racism as divisive. The president’s comments marking the 233rd anniversary...

Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange take part in a protest outside the Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey, in London, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The London court hearing on Assange's extradition from Britain to the United States resumed Monday after a COVID-19 test on one of the participating lawyers came back negative, WikiLeaks said Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Lawyer says Assange charged under broad, contentious US law

Sep. 17, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An American constitutional law expert said Thursday that the United States indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under an “extraordinarily broad” spying law that has been used in the past for politically motivated prosecutions. Speaking during Assange's extradition hearing...

A woman walks past the Chinese consulate in Sydney, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. A Chinese-born adviser to an Australian lawmaker has launched a constitutional challenge in Australia's highest court against the nation's laws that ban covert foreign interference on domestic politics. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australian lawmaker's adviser challenges interference law

Sep. 16, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese-born adviser to an Australian lawmaker has launched a constitutional challenge in Australia’s highest court against laws banning covert foreign interference in domestic politics, citing a burden on free speech. John Shi Sheng Zhang is also challenging the...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019 file photo, University of Missouri system president Mun Choi speaks during a news conference in Columbia, Mo. University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism School faculty members are criticizing the university system's president for comments and actions that they say could discourage dissent. Fifteen faculty members signed a letter Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, to Choi, who is also chancellor at system's flagship Columbia campus, the Columbia Missourian reported. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson File)

Mizzou journalism school faculty criticize system president

Sep. 15, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism School faculty members are criticizing the university system's president for comments and actions that they say could discourage dissent. Fifteen faculty members signed a letter Monday to Mun Choi, who is also chancellor at the system's...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020 file photo, Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni flashes the V sign as he leaves the courthouse in Algiers. An Algerian court sentenced on Tuesday journalist Khaled Drareni to two years in prison on appeal, in a trial that rights group have denounced as violating press freedom. Drareni, editor of the Casbah Tribune news site and Algeria correspondent of RSF and the French TV channel TV5 Monde, played a prominent role in covering the country's pro-democracy movement last year.(AP Photo/Str, File)

Algerian journalist sentenced to 2 years in prison

Sep. 15, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court on Tuesday sentenced journalist Khaled Drareni to two years in prison on appeal, reducing his original sentence, in a trial that rights group have denounced as violating press freedom. Drareni, editor of the Casbah Tribune news site and Algeria correspondent of...

Pakistan arrests journalist for sharing anti-army content

Sep. 11, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani journalist was arrested on Friday in the port city of Karachi on charges of spreading hateful content against the country's military on social media, the police and the journalist's family said. Bilal Farooqi, who worked for the English-language daily The Express...

GOP: Trump still plans Nevada visit despite COVID-19 rules

Sep. 10, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Republicans planned a protest Thursday night in support of their First Amendment rights as President Donald Trump moves forward with plans to campaign in Nevada this weekend despite the state’s 50-person cap on public gatherings. Rallies originally planned at airport hangars in...