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Nerve agents, poison and window falls. Kremlin foes have been attacked or killed over the years

Feb. 16, 2024 15:52 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The attacks range from the exotic — poisoned by drinking polonium-laced tea or touching a deadly nerve agent — to the more mundane of getting shot at close range. Some take a fatal plunge from an open window. Over the years, Kremlin political critics,...

Two Thai journalists arrested for covering anti-monarchist vandalism of temple wall freed on bail

Feb. 13, 2024 09:24 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Thai journalists arrested for reporting on the vandalism of Bangkok temple wall with graffiti criticizing a pro-monarchy law were released on bail Tuesday, a lawyer’s group said. The arrests, carried out separately on Monday, nearly a year after the incident,...

Minneapolis settles lawsuit alleging journalists were harassed, hurt covering Floyd protests

Feb. 08, 2024 17:23 PM EST

The city of Minneapolis agreed Thursday to pay $950,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that journalists were subjected to police harassment and even hurt while covering protests over the police killings of George Floyd. The suit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of...

Rights groups denounce acquittal of former Serbian security officers accused of killing a journalist

Feb. 03, 2024 06:47 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Media rights groups and opposition campaigners on Saturday condemned a Serbian appeals court ruling that acquitted four former intelligence officers who were jailed for the killing of a prominent journalist and newspaper publisher who was fiercely critical of the...

Liberal blogger granted press credentials in Iowa House days after filing lawsuit

Jan. 24, 2024 15:22 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A liberal journalist who blogs about Iowa politics was granted press credentials for the Iowa House of Representatives Wednesday, days after she filed a lawsuit alleging the Republican-controlled House was denying her her First Amendment rights. The result...

Floridians wait to see which version of Ron DeSantis returns from the presidential campaign trail

Jan. 22, 2024 20:21 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis first took office in 2019, he surprised many with actions indicating he'd be a much more moderate leader than anticipated: He corrected a decades-old racial injustice, took the side of medical marijuana supporters over GOP leaders and hired...

Judge dismisses Notre Dame professor's defamation lawsuit against student newspaper

Jan. 08, 2024 18:25 PM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A judge Monday dismissed a University of Notre Dame's professor's defamation lawsuit against a student-run publication over news coverage of her abortion-rights advocacy. St. Joseph County Superior Court Senior Judge Steven David found that sociology...

Hong Kong prosecutors allege democracy publisher Jimmy Lai urged protests, sanctions against China

Jan. 03, 2024 08:37 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday alleged that Hong Kong activist and publisher Jimmy Lai had encouraged the city's residents to protest and urged the U.S. to take action against the Chinese authorities in Beijing. The 76-year-old media tycoon, who founded the now-defunct...

Hong Kong activist publisher Jimmy Lai pleads not guilty to sedition and collusion charges

Jan. 02, 2024 09:54 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Prominent activist and publisher Jimmy Lai on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to three charges of sedition and collusion with foreign countries in a landmark national security trial in Hong Kong. Lai was arrested during a crackdown on dissidents following huge...

Hong Kong court rejects activist publisher Jimmy Lai's bid to throw out sedition charge

Dec. 21, 2023 23:05 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court on Friday rejected a bid by prominent activist publisher Jimmy Lai to throw out a sedition charge against him, delivering the ruling on the third day of his landmark national security trial. Lai, 76, was arrested during the city's crackdown on...