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Apple, Google remove opposition app as Russian voting begins

Sep. 17, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Facing Kremlin pressure, Apple and Google on Friday removed an opposition-created smartphone app that tells voters which candidates are likely to defeat those backed by Russian authorities, as polls opened for three days of balloting in Russia's parliamentary election. ...

Organizer of Saturday rally looks to rewrite Jan. 6 history

Sep. 17, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The architect of a Washington protest planned for Saturday that aims to rewrite history about the violent January assault on the U.S. Capitol is hardly a household name. Matt Braynard worked as an analyst for the Republican Party, crunched data for a...

Russia votes in parliament election without main opposition

Sep. 16, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — After a few weeks of desultory campaigning but months of relentless official moves to shut down significant opposition, Russia began three days of voting early Friday in a parliamentary election that is unlikely to change the country’s political complexion. ...

Three Iranian dissidents to be honored by PEN America

Sep. 16, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three imprisoned Iranian dissidents will be honored next month at Pen America's annual gala. The literary and human rights organization announced Thursday that writer-filmmaker Baktash Abtin, novelist-journalist Keyvan Bajan and author-critic Reza...

Russia opposition stifled but unbowed as Duma election nears

Sep. 14, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In the months before Sunday's parliamentary election in Russia, authorities unleashed an unprecedented crackdown on the opposition, making sure that the best-known and loudest Kremlin critics didn’t run. Some were barred from seeking public office under...

EXPLAINER: How Navalny election tool challenges the Kremlin

Sep. 14, 2021 02:43 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his embattled allies are not running in the Sept. 19 parliamentary election, but they still hope to challenge the ruling United Russia party with their strategy known as Smart Voting. Hardly any...

Capitol rally seeks to rewrite Jan. 6 by exalting rioters

Sep. 13, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — First, some blamed the deadly Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol on left-wing antifa antagonists, a theory quickly debunked. Then came comparisons of the rioters to peaceful protesters or even tourists. Now, allies of former President Donald Trump are...

Russia complains of 'election interference' to US ambassador

Sep. 10, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday summoned U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan, to complain about alleged interference by American “digital giants” in Russia’s upcoming parliamentary election. A ministry statement said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei...

Theater kid turned militant stars in Israeli prison break

Sep. 09, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — For nearly two decades, Zakaria Zubeidi has been an object of fascination for Israelis and Palestinians alike, who have seen his progression from a child actor to a swaggering militant, to the scarred face of a West Bank theater promoting “cultural resistance” to...

Guinea junta releases dozens of political prisoners

Sep. 08, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's new military rulers have released dozens of political prisoners jailed by the previous civilian government, in a move likely to win them favor with the opposition that had protested against now-deposed President Alpha Conde. The 79...