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An Impoverished Indians gives his finger print on a biometric machine after purchasing food ration in Prayagraj, India, Thursday, April 2, 2020. India is adding more resources to tackle its increase in coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift quarantine facilities. The steps were taken after a nationwide lockdown announced last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages, often on foot and without food and water, raising fears that the virus may have reached to the countryside, where health care facilities are limited. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Latest: India's PM looks to boost country's morale

Apr. 3, 2020 12:38 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India's PM urges citizens to light candles Sunday night to...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing a protective suit enters a hall during his visit to the hospital for coronavirus patients in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia. Russian authorities declared a war on

Fake news or the truth? Russia cracks down on virus postings

Apr. 1, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Two weeks ago, an opposition-leaning radio station in Russia interviewed political analyst Valery Solovei, who alleged the government was lying when it said no one had died in the country from the coronavirus. Solovei told radio station Echo Moskvy at least 1,600 people might have died since...

Rights, press groups condemn killing of Mexican journalist

Mar. 31, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Human rights and press freedom groups on Tuesday condemned the murder of a Mexican journalist, at least the 12th such killing since the current president took office in December 2018. The U.N. human rights commissioner's office said journalist Maria Elena Ferral had publicly denounced...

Supreme Court last chance for Trump to block Twitter critics

Mar. 23, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump will have to go to the U.S. Supreme Court if he wants to block critics from his personal Twitter account. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected by a 7-2 vote his lawyers' request for all of the court's active judges to conduct a rare hearing to...

The New York Times Beijing based correspondent Steven Lee Myers, left, chats with other foreign journalists after attending a daily briefing by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. At least 13 American journalists stand to be expelled from China in retaliation for a new limit imposed by the Trump administration on visas for Chinese state-owned media operating in the U.S. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

At least 13 US journalists facing expulsion from China

Mar. 18, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — At least 13 American journalists stand to be expelled from China in retaliation for a new visa limit imposed by the Trump administration on Chinese state-owned media operating in the U.S. The Chinese government announced Wednesday that Americans working at three major U.S. newspapers would...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, a member of an honor guard wears a face mask as he stands guard in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. On Wednesday, March 17, 2020, China announced that it will revoke the media credentials of American journalists at three major U.S. news organizations, in effect expelling them from the country, in response to new U.S. restrictions on Chinese state-controlled media. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China to expel American reporters after US curbs its media

Mar. 18, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday it will revoke the media credentials of all American journalists at three major U.S. news organizations, in effect expelling them from the country, in response to U.S. restrictions on Chinese state-controlled media. The foreign ministry said American citizens working...

In this Tuesday, March 10, 2020 photo, Shane Fitzgerald Regional Executive Editor for Gannett works at his computer in Langhorne, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Amid decline, newspapers press less for records in court

Mar. 15, 2020 3:42 AM EDT

Shane Fitzgerald has pushed for public records in court to help his reporters uncover details of a destructive school fire, the police shooting of an inmate and a public defender who wasn't doing much work. But there are many instances where his newspaper group in suburban Philadelphia has not, especially since...

How reporters or members of the public can access legal help

Mar. 15, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

Some legal resources for reporters, local news organizations and members of the public who seek access to public records and meetings: — Legal Assistance: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is placing attorneys in Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee to provide legal support...

Pakistan anti-graft body arrests newspaper, TV mogul Rehman

Mar. 12, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's anti-graft body Thursday ordered the arrest of the owner and editor-in-chief of Pakistan's largest independent group of newspapers and TV stations in a decades-old case related to allegations of tax evasion in a real estate purchase. Mir Shakilur Rehman's Jang Group of...

In this Oct. 17, 2020, photo, Pakistani civil society activists hold candle vigil to pay tribute to Aziz Memon in Hyderabad, Pakistan. In Pakistan, being a dissident or even raising a critical voice is dangerous business. Rights groups say that despite the election in 2018 of a civilian government, the army still rules from behind with an iron fist. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih)

In Pakistan, criticism grows dangerous as dissent stifled

Mar. 11, 2020 4:47 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Being a dissident — or even raising a critical voice — in Pakistan is growing more dangerous, regardless of whether the target is political parties, the judiciary or the powerful military and security agencies. Intimidation of dissidents has increased on multiple fronts,...