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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Turkey’s president has criticized the United States for kicking his country out of the F-35 fighter jet program after Ankara purchased a Russian missile defense system. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey paid “very serious money” for the F-35 stealth jets and that America had committed “a very serious mistake” with its NATO ally. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkey slaps advertising ban on Twitter, Pinterest

Jan. 19, 2021 8:42 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday slapped advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest over their non-compliance with a controversial new law that requires social media platforms to appoint legal representatives in the country. The law — which human rights and media freedom groups say...

Facebook bows to Turkish demand to name local representative

Jan. 18, 2021 11:26 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Facebook announced Monday it has begun the process of assigning a legal entity in Turkey to comply with a controversial law governing social media companies. The law, which passed in July, requires social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to maintain representatives in Turkey to...

Members of the Boogaloo Boys attend protest Sunday at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Sunday protests quiet; officials brace for more

Jan. 17, 2021 6:15 PM EST

The Latest on demonstrating Sunday at statehouses across the country. ___ After a small, peaceful protest at the Ohio Statehouse on Sunday, Gov. Mike DeWine says security levels will remain high in Columbus for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration. DeWine praised demonstrators for exercising their free...

Ex-Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones plans to surrender

Jan. 16, 2021 8:36 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman fired from her job as a COVID-19 data curator said she'll surrender to authorities Sunday amid an investigation of allegations that she had hacked into the state’s emergency response system. Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Rebekah Jones has...

In this Jan. 6, 2021 image from video provided by Robyn Stevens Brody, a line of men wearing helmets and olive drab body armor walk up the marble stairs outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington in an orderly single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the man ahead. The formation, known as

Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

Jan. 15, 2021 6:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead....

Danish Rozario, left, of Silver Spring, Md., wheels baggage down Pennsylvania Avenue for a guest at the Trump Hotel in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump supporters among those seeking Jan. 20 protest permits

Jan. 15, 2021 6:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of President Donald Trump are among a handful of groups that have applied for permits to hold protests during Joe Biden's inauguration. But it appears unlikely their application will be approved as the National Park Service greatly curtails protests as part of a major security...

FILE - This file photo from Wednesday Jan. 6, 2021, shows Trump supporters swarming the Capitol, as Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory. A little used Civil War-era statute that outlaws waging war against the United States is getting a fresh look after the attacks on the Capitol. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Rare sedition charge gains interest after Capitol attack

Jan. 15, 2021 12:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Civil War-era sedition law being dusted off for potential use in the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol was last successfully deployed a quarter-century ago in the prosecution of Islamic militants who plotted to bomb New York City landmarks. An Egyptian cleric, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, and...

Arizona Republicans figure prominently in election turmoil

Jan. 14, 2021 7:38 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Several Arizona lawmakers figure prominently in the controversy over the Republican effort to overturn President Donald Trump’s election loss and the ensuing chaos after a mob stormed the Capitol. From raising objections to the state’s election results to attending or...

Tunis' landmark Avenue Habib Bourgiba, where massive protests took place in 2011, is empty on the tenth anniversary of the uprising, due to a national lockdown after a surge in COVID-19 cases, in Tunis, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Tunisia is commemorating the 10th anniversary since the flight into exile of its iron-fisted leader, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, pushed from power in a popular revolt that foreshadowed the so-called Arab Spring. But there will be no festive celebrations Thursday marking the revolution in this North African nation, ordered into lockdown to contain the coronavirus.  (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Tunisia marks revolution's 10th anniversary in lockdown

Jan. 14, 2021 6:20 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia on Thursday commemorated the 10th anniversary since the flight into exile of iron-fisted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was pushed from power in a popular revolt that foreshadowed pro-democracy uprisings, strife and civil war in the region during what became known as...

CNN’s Tapper won’t take back criticism of congressional vet

Jan. 14, 2021 5:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s Jake Tapper, under fire for a comment questioning a Republican congressman and combat veteran’s commitment to democracy, said Thursday the criticism is an attempt to change the subject from the attack on the U.S. Capitol. During coverage of Wednesday's House vote to...