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Netflix's first Arabic original sparks backlash on home turf

Jun. 19, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On a high school trip to Jordan's ancient city of Petra, a group of teenagers sneak out at night to drink beer, smoke weed and gossip around a bonfire. A girl asks her frisky boyfriend to take things slow. By global Netflix standards, its first original Arabic series "Jinn" hardly...

Netflix's first Arabic original causes controversy in Jordan

Jun. 14, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Netflix's first Arabic original series, the supernatural teen drama "Jinn," has debuted worldwide with much fanfare, but sparked uproar in Jordan where it is set. State-run media reported that the thriller's release prompted condemnation from several government officials who vowed to...

ACLU: Georgia sheriff revises policy on ban of jail books

Jun. 7, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says a Georgia sheriff's office has revised a policy that had prohibited inmates from receiving outside books and magazines by mail or from visitors. In April, the ACLU accused the Chatham County Sheriff's Office of violating the rights of inmates at...

Artists who've dared to broach Tiananmen pushed into shadows

Jun. 2, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — It has been three months since Chinese rock musician Li Zhi disappeared from public view. First, an upcoming tour was canceled and his social media accounts were taken down. Then his music was removed from all of China's major streaming sites — as if his career had never existed at...

Univision says it recovered contentious Maduro interview

May. 30, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Univision television network said Thursday that it has recovered the video of a contentious interview with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro that was confiscated after he cut it short, angered by critical questions from journalist Jorge Ramos. Ramos said the recovery of...

Facebook isn't deleting the fake Pelosi video. Should it?

May. 30, 2019 3:16 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — one altered to show the Democratic leader slurring her words — began making the rounds on Facebook last week, the social network didn't take it down. Instead, it "downranked" the video, a behind-the-scenes move...

Arizona prisons urged to end ban on book about black men

May. 21, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men, drawing outcry from First Amendment advocates who say the move is censorship. The American Civil Liberties Union called on the Arizona Department of Corrections this week...

White House launches survey looking for tech industry bias

May. 15, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On the heels of President Donald Trump's repeated assertions claiming anti-conservative bias by tech companies, the White House has launched an online form asking people to share their experiences if they think political partisanship has led them to be silenced by social media sites....

China voices strength, pushes nationalism around trade war

May. 15, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — What do tilapia, Jane Austen and Chinese revolutionary poster art have in common? All have been used to rally public support around China's position in its trade dispute with the U.S., as the ruling Communist Party takes a more aggressive approach — projecting stability and stirring...

Holocaust survivor opens book fair after neo-fascist banned

May. 9, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A Polish-born Holocaust survivor opened a book fair in Italy on Thursday to a standing ovation, after organizers agreed to ban a publisher linked to a neo-fascist group. Halina Birenbaum, an 89-year-old poet who lives in Israel, was quoted by Italy's Corriere della Sera daily as saying "this is...