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Blue water lines the coast of Koh Chang island in March 2018, Trat Province, southern Thailand. American expat Wesley Barnes, an English-language teacher in Thailand, was sued for criminal defamation by a hotel at which he stayed on the island because of derogatory reviews he posted online. He could face up to five years in prison on two charges if tried and found guilty. (AP Photo/Phusit wirutthanatporn)

US man could get prison for review of Thailand hotel

Sep. 29, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Labor activists, journalists and whistleblowers in Thailand have been targets in recent years of criminal defamation lawsuits for exposing alleged corporate wrongdoing, but now a disgruntled hotel guest has joined their ranks and could face prison time for his online comments disparaging a...

This undated booking file photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows Christopher Cantwell, of New Hampshire. On Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, a federal jury in Concord, N.H., found a Cantwell guilty of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing and bullying him. (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP, File)

Jury finds white nationalist guilty of rape threat

Sep. 28, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H (AP) — A self-proclaimed white nationalist who rose to prominence during a deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was found guilty Monday by a federal jury of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing and bullying him. Christopher...

FILE - This undated booking photo provided by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, in Colorado, shows Cynthia Abcug. Abcug, accused of plotting with supporters of QAnon to have her son kidnapped from foster care, pleaded not guilty to second-degree kidnapping on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.  (Douglas County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Woman accused in QAnon kidnapping plot pleads not guilty

Sep. 25, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of plotting with supporters of QAnon to have her son kidnapped from foster care pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping on Friday. Cynthia Abcug's lawyer, Ara Ohanian, entered the plea during an online court hearing. Abcug, who has been...

FILE - This undated booking file photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows Christopher Cantwell, of New Hampshire. Cantwell went on trial Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, on federal charges of threatening to rape the wife of a person with whom he was having a dispute.  (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP, File)

Jury gets case of white supremacist accused of rape threat

Sep. 25, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H (AP) — A federal jury began deliberating Friday in the case of a self-proclaimed white nationalist accused of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing him. Christopher Cantwell, a New Hampshire resident and radio host who became known after...

FILE - In this July 11, 2019 file photo, Tanya Gersh, a Montana real estate agent, embraces her father Lloyd Rosenstein following a hearing at the Russell Smith Federal Courthouse in Missoula.  The real estate agent’s attorneys are eyeing the assets of a neo-Nazi website operator to collect on a $14 million court judgment against the man for an anti-Semitic harassment campaign that he orchestrated online against the Jewish woman and her family.  (Ben Allen/The Missoulian via AP)

Lawyers eye neo-Nazi website founder's assets for $14M award

Sep. 23, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

Attorneys for a Montana real estate agent are eyeing the assets of a neo-Nazi website operator to collect a $14 million court judgment against the man for an anti-Semitic online “troll storm” that he orchestrated against the Jewish woman and her family, court filings show. More than a year has...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang speaks at a press reception for his book on China's property market in Shanghai. Ren, who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in a corruption case, the government announced. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years in graft case

Sep. 21, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday on corruption charges, a court announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who became known for speaking up about...

British man sentenced to 5 years for hacking US companies

Sep. 21, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A British man who was part of a hacking collective called The Dark Overlord was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for helping the group steal information from several companies in the U.S., including Missouri, Illinois and Georgia. Nathan Francis Wyatt, 39, was sentenced after he...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020, photo Attorney General William Barr participates in a roll call with police officers from the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City, Mo. In a private conference call this week with his U.S. attorneys nationwide, Attorney General William Barr said he wanted prosecutors to be aggressive in charging demonstrators who cause violence. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo, File)

Justice Dept.: Sedition charge may apply to protest violence

Sep. 17, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a memo to U.S. attorneys Thursday obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department emphasized that federal prosecutors should aggressively go after demonstrators who cause violence — and even sedition charges could potentially apply. The sedition statute doesn't require...

Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael R. Sherwin speaks, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at the Justice Department in Washington. The Justice Department has charged five Chinese citizens with hacks targeting more than 100 companies and institutions in the United States and abroad, including social media and video game companies as well as universities and telecommunications providers. Officials announced the prosecution on Wednesday.  (Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP)

US charges 5 Chinese citizens in global hacking campaign

Sep. 16, 2020 11:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has charged five Chinese citizens with hacks targeting more than 100 companies and institutions in the United States and abroad, including social media and video game companies as well as universities and telecommunications providers, officials said Wednesday. The...

Feds: Men hacked US sites after killing of Iranian general

Sep. 15, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two computer hackers have been indicted on charges that they defaced websites across the U.S. in retaliation to the killing of Iran Gen. Qassem Soleimani, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The men, whom authorities believe to be living in Iran and the Palestinian territories, are accused of...