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Columbia council bans conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors

Jun. 16, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The city council in Columbia, South Carolina, has banned licensed therapists from offering conversion therapy to minors in attempts to change their sexual orientations or gender identities. News outlets reported that the body passed the ordinance...

India says Twitter knowingly not complying with local laws

Jun. 16, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The standoff between the Indian government and Twitter escalated Wednesday when the country’s technology minister accused the social media giant of deliberately not complying with local laws. Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Twitter has...

Australia's highest court upholds foreign interference law

Jun. 15, 2021 23:56 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court on Wednesday rejected a challenge to foreign interference laws in a case that involved a U.S. conservative political organization and free speech arguments. China has condemned the laws introduced in 2018 that are...

House accedes to Senate on 'divisive concepts' budget insert

Jun. 15, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — House budget negotiators on Tuesday went along with the Senate version of a provision that would prohibit teaching school children or public employees that one race is superior to another or that one inherently discriminates against another. The...

News executives protest Trump-era probe with Garland

Jun. 14, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Executives from CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post met Monday with Attorney General Merrick Garland to protest the Trump-era Justice Department's efforts to seize phone and email records of journalists. After the hourlong meeting in...

WVa judge halts implementation of payroll deduction law

Jun. 14, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge on Monday sided with labor groups in halting implementation of a new state law that prohibits union dues or fees from being automatically deducted from state employee paychecks unless they provide written consent. Kanawha...

French far-left chief floured in march against far right

Jun. 12, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French far-left leader got a face full of flour at the start of a Paris march Saturday against “the ideas of the far right,” days after the French president was slapped while greeting a crowd. Unions, associations and left-wing political parties in...

Schools to appeal teacher's return after transgender remark

Jun. 11, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia school system plans to appeal a judge's order to reinstate a suspended gym teacher who spoke at a school board meeting against a proposal requiring that transgender students be addressed by their preferred pronouns. WTOP-FM...

European ministers vow to protect reporters, free expression

Jun. 11, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Ministers from 47 Council of Europe member states have agreed to seek new regulations to protect freedom of expression online and in news media amid growing concerns that artificial intelligence may be used to curtail the right, officials said Friday. ...

Hong Kong to censor films 'endangering national security'

Jun. 11, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong censors now have the power to ban films that endanger national security, prompting concerns that freedom of expression is being further curtailed in a city once known for its vibrant arts and film scene. Authorities are cracking down on...