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Al Jazeera says Sudan withdraws journalists' work permits

Jan. 22, 2019 9:46 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese authorities have cracked down on Arabic-language foreign media working inside the country, news channels said, as major protests against President Omar al-Bashir enter their second month. Qatari satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera said that its correspondents in Sudan had their work...

Top journo who fled Nicaragua says nation's press threatened

Jan. 22, 2019 12:03 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of Nicaragua's most prominent journalists says President Daniel Ortega is working to close any spaces of freedom in the Central American country. Carlos Fernando Chamorro, who had the offices of his media outlets Confidencial and the television programs "Tonight" and "This Week"...

Reverend urges Lee to act during Nashville MLK Day event

Jan. 21, 2019 8:31 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A civil rights leader gave an impassioned speech in front of thousands as he urged Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee and others in attendance to not just love Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy but act. The Tennessean reports the Rev. William Barber II delivered a fiery and sometimes...

Judge: GOP can't block liberal group's Twitter comments

Jan. 18, 2019 2:48 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Top Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature violated the First Amendment when they blocked a liberal advocacy group from seeing their Twitter feeds, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge William Conley's decision marks liberal group One Wisconsin Now's second legal victory...

Danish newspaper, chief editor fined for ex-spy boss book

Jan. 18, 2019 9:26 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A major Danish newspaper and its chief editor were fined 150,000 kroner ($22,900) on Friday for publishing a book based on interviews with Denmark's former domestic intelligence agency chief that the spy service had claimed could contain secrets. The Copenhagen City Court says...

Thousands protest against al-Bashir's rule across Sudan

Jan. 17, 2019 5:46 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Thursday in cities across Sudan, including the capital, where activists said two people were killed in clashes between police and protesters attempting to reach the presidential palace to demand longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir step down. The...

The Latest: UK minister summons Zimbabwe's ambassador

Jan. 17, 2019 1:33 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe unrest (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The UK's minister for Africa says she has summoned Zimbabwe's ambassador to discuss the country's growing crisis and "disturbing reports of use of live ammunition, intimidation and excessive force" against protesters....

The Latest: Zimbabwe doctor group reports 68 gunshot wounds

Jan. 16, 2019 3:53 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe protests (all times local): 10:50 p.m. In a grim recounting, the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights says it has treated 68 cases of gunshot wounds amid a government crackdown on protests over a fuel price hike. Its statement reports more than 100...

Final defendant sentenced in Bundy ranch standoff in Nevada

Jan. 15, 2019 7:53 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's bodyguard in confrontations with U.S land management agents became the last of 19 defendants from 11 states to be sentenced on Tuesday in an armed standoff nearly five years ago. Brian "Booda" Cavalier, 47, of Mesa, Arizona, was told he won't serve any more...

Judge voids Alabama law protecting Confederate monuments

Jan. 15, 2019 3:23 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge has overturned an Alabama law meant to prevent the removal of Confederate monuments from public property, ruling the act infringed on the rights of citizens in a mostly black city who are "repulsed" by a memorial in a city park. The 10-page ruling issued late Monday by...