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India's 'patriotism pop' songs urge Hindus to claim Kashmir

Aug. 22, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The music videos began appearing on social media within hours of the announcement by India's Hindu-led nationalist government that it was stripping statehood from the disputed region of Kashmir that had been in place for decades. The songs delivered a message to India's 250 million YouTube...

Thailand to set up center to combat 'fake news'

Aug. 21, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Wednesday announced a plan to set up a center to combat unverified news on social media platforms, rejecting concerns that it might be used to suppress free speech. The planned center's goal would be to fight all kinds of fake news, with a focus on misinformation...

Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

Aug. 20, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it is...

Man who allegedly threatened abortion clinic held

Aug. 20, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man accused of posting messages on social media that threatened a deadly attack on an abortion clinic has been ordered held in custody. A federal judge on Tuesday said the conflicting personas of Farhan Sheikh suggest he might be unstable. A complaint unsealed Monday said Sheikh...

The Latest: LSU gives all-clear after armed intruder report

Aug. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on reports of an intruder at Louisiana State University (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Louisiana State University officials have given the all-clear after a report of an armed intruder on campus. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard says a shelter-in-place order is over and...

Trump attacks on Google recycle baseless claims

Aug. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump has been on a tear about Google that traces back to a series of unfounded claims about the technology giant circulating among conservatives. Among those claims: that Google interferes with U.S. elections, is biased against conservatives and prefers working with...

Cambodian PM sues opposition leader in French court

Aug. 20, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has filed a defamation lawsuit in French court against his longtime political enemy Sam Rainsy, a lawyer for the Southeast Asian leader said Tuesday. Paris-based Luc Brossollet confirmed to The Associated Press by phone a report by the Cambodia's...

Twitter shuts Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

Aug. 20, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter said it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were part of a Chinese government influence campaign targeting the protest movement in Hong Kong. The company also said Monday it will ban ads from state-backed media companies, expanding a prohibition it first...

Hong Kong's leader vows to narrow rifts, but no specifics

Aug. 20, 2019 4:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Facing pressure to end months of antigovernment protests, Hong Kong's leader pledged Tuesday to open up dialogue with city residents in an effort to narrow differences. However, Chief Executive Carrie Lam offered no concessions to the protest movement and a key organizer of the mass...

Man, 20, pleads not guilty in Jewish center video threat

Aug. 19, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

STRUTHERS, Ohio (AP) — A 20-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to threatening a Jewish community center in a video that authorities say showed him shooting a semi-automatic rifle. A judge near Youngstown set bond at $250,000 for James Reardon, ordered a mental health evaluation and told him to stay...