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AP Explains: How new criminal laws threaten Nepal journalism

Sep. 21, 2018 6:01 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Journalists in Nepal are demanding changes to new criminal and civil codes they say undermine freedom of speech and expression. The laws that took effect last month are general codes of conduct that apply to all citizens of Nepal, but press freedom groups say harsher sentences for...

Dakota Access pipeline developer defends racketeering claims

Sep. 20, 2018 4:15 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline says environmental group Greenpeace should be held legally accountable for violating federal racketeering laws. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners sued Greenpeace and two other groups for up to $1 billion last year, arguing they...

Court: Anti-gay preachers had right to protest outside Pride

Sep. 20, 2018 11:19 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Court of Appeals says the city of Nashville violated the First Amendment rights of anti-gay preachers at a 2015 LGBT pride festival. The Tennessean reports the decision filed Wednesday reverses the district court's ruling. John McGlone and Jeremy Peters filed the lawsuit...

German anti-abortion activist loses case against injunctions

Sep. 20, 2018 6:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a German anti-abortion activist's case against injunctions ordering him to stop referring to abortions performed by various doctors as "aggravated murder" and comparing them with the Holocaust. The Strasbourg, France-based court ruled Thursday...

Amnesty calls Egypt an 'open-air prison' for critics

Sep. 18, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's crackdown on freedom of expression under the rule of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has reached "alarming" and "unprecedented" levels, Amnesty International said Tuesday, calling for the unconditional release of Egyptians jailed for peacefully expressing their views....

80 US lawmakers seek release of jailed Myanmar reporters

Sep. 17, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 80 U.S. lawmakers have urged the Trump administration to step up efforts to win the release of two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar for reporting about massacres against Rohingya (ROH'-hihn-jah) Muslims. Republican and Democratic House members say it's the latest example of...

DeVos to students: Don't hide behind a Twitter handle

Sep. 17, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday encouraged students to engage others with respect and not to "be nasty" while hiding behind Twitter handles, leading one student to wonder why her boss, President Donald Trump, doesn't appear to abide by those rules. DeVos appeared at the...

Belgian court rules out extradition for Spanish rapper

Sep. 17, 2018 5:43 AM EDT

GHENT, Belgium (AP) — A Belgian court on Monday ruled that Spanish rapper Valtonyc should not be sent back to Spain, where he was sentenced to prison accused of writing lyrics that praise terror groups and insult the royal family. The rapper, whose real name is Jose Miguel Arenas Beltran, was supposed to...

Egypt says it fights fake news, critics see new crackdown

Sep. 17, 2018 2:15 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Echoing some of President Donald Trump's rhetoric, authorities in Egypt are taking aim at an alleged barrage of "fake news" they say is meant to sow division and undermine the rule of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Under a new law, the state's top media regulatory agency can...

Taskmaster judge presides over Chicago cop's murder trial

Sep. 16, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The judge hearing the trial of a white Chicago police officer accused in the deadly shooting of a black teenager has presided over some of the biggest cases in the city's recent history — and he has a reputation as a fearless taskmaster. To anyone who has watched Cook County Judge...