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Bangladesh's leading cellphone companies in legal tussle

Sep. 18, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's two leading cellphone companies are negotiating with a regulator over claims of about $1.5 billion in unpaid taxes as they face a possible loss of their licenses amid a legal battle that could hurt investor confidence. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory...

Landline phones back in Kashmir, but calls don't go through

Sep. 5, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The government in Indian-administered Kashmir said landline telephone service has been restored a month into a near-total communications blackout and security lockdown while India's Hindu nationalist-led government downgraded the Muslim-majority region's autonomy. On Thursday, people...

Bangladesh bans cellphone services in Rohingya camps

Sep. 3, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's telecommunications regulatory body has asked operators to shut down cellphone services in sprawling camps in the southeast where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar live, citing a security threat and illegal phone use, an official said Tuesday....

Restrictions continue in Kashmir despite security ease

Aug. 18, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Restrictions continued in much of Indian-administered Kashmir on Sunday, despite India's government saying it was gradually restoring phone lines and easing a security lockdown that's been in place for nearly two weeks. Soldiers manned nearly deserted streets and limited the movement of...

FCC fines networks for wrongly using emergency alert system

Aug. 16, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel has learned an expensive lesson: don't mess with the government's emergency alert system. Kimmel's network, ABC, was one of four media organizations fined by the Federal Communications Commission this week for improper use of the emergency signal that is sent over television,...

Hannity to de Blasio: 'You drive me crazy!'

Aug. 7, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sparred, clashed and laughed with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday when the Democratic presidential hopeful faced the conservative TV titan who has disparaged him for years. For one hour on cable news' top-rated show, their raised voices overlapped as...

Unrest feared after India revokes Kashmir's special status

Aug. 5, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Hindu nationalist-led government moved Monday to revoke the special status of Muslim-majority Kashmir, cutting off communications and deploying thousands of troops in the restive Himalayan region amid fears the action could lead to uprisings there. Home Minister Amit Shah announced...

Wisconsin Assembly speaker denies paralyzed lawmaker request

Aug. 1, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly told a paralyzed Democratic state representative in a letter Thursday that he will not grant his request to call in to committee meetings by phone but will pursue other accommodations to appease the lawmaker. Speaker Robin Vos sent Rep....

Legislature enters summer recess with unfinished business

Aug. 1, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Legislature has begun a summer recess without finalizing several key bills. The House and Senate met until nearly midnight on Wednesday but never took what had been a widely anticipated vote on legislation aimed at cracking down on distracted driving by prohibiting motorists...

T-Mobile's $26.5B Sprint deal OK'd despite competition fears

Jul. 26, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts, in a deal that would leave just three major cellphone companies in the country. Friday's approval from the Justice Department and five state attorneys general...