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Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London, Wednesday July 8, 2020. Johnny Depp is facing a second day of cross-examination by lawyers for British tabloid The Sun, which is defending a libel claim after calling the Hollywood star a “wife beater.” Depp is suing The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that said he’d been abusive to ex-wife Amber Heard. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

In UK libel case, Depp denies hitting ex-wife Amber Heard

Jul. 8, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp denied hitting ex-wife Amber Heard in a jealous rage, dangling her tiny dog out a car window and being a Jekyll-and-Hyde monster, as he was cross-examined for a second day Wednesday by a lawyer for British tabloid The Sun. The newspaper is defending a libel claim after calling the...

Sanity trial in newspaper shooting postponed amid pandemic

Jul. 8, 2020 6:48 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Court proceedings to determine criminal sanity for a man who pleaded guilty to killing five people at Maryland newspaper have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Jarrod Ramos' pre-trial hearings have been moved to August and a sanity trial was moved to December in the...

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Fox's Carlson criticized for saying Democrats hate America

Jul. 7, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Television's most popular political host, Tucker Carlson, says leaders of the Democratic party should be disqualified from running the country because they “despise” it. That led the Biden campaign to accuse the Fox News Channel host on Tuesday of using “hate speech...

Ivan Safronov, an adviser to the director of Russia's state space corporation, stands behind bars in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Safronov, a former journalist who worked as an adviser to the director of the Russian state space corporation, pleaded innocent to the treason charges against him. Ivan Safronov, a former journalist who served as an adviser to Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin, was detained in Moscow by agents of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main KGB successor agency. (Sofia Sandurskaya, Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

Russian space official, ex-journalist, charged with treason

Jul. 7, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A former journalist who worked as an adviser to the director of Russia's state space corporation was arrested and jailed Tuesday on charges of passing military secrets to Czech intelligence, accusations that many of his colleagues dismissed as absurd. Ivan Safronov, who had written about...

Actor Johnny Depp leaves the High Court in London, Tuesday, July 7, 2020.  The libel case by Depp against a British tabloid newspaper started Tuesday over a 2018 article that branded him violent and abusive to then-wife Amber Heard. Depp strongly denies the claim. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

At libel trial, Depp blasts Amber Heard's 'sick' abuse claim

Jul. 7, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp said Tuesday that ex-wife Amber Heard had made “sick” claims of abuse and falsely branded him a monster, as the actor testified in a U.K. libel case that hinges on who was the aggressor in the celebrity couple’s violent, toxic relationship Depp is suing...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong grappling with future under national security law

Jul. 7, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam offered scant reassurance Tuesday over a new national security law that critics say undermines liberties and legal protections promised when China took control of the former British colony. A year ago, Hong Kong residents felt secure enough in their...

Executive turmoil at Essence, Ebony magazines prompt changes

Jul. 6, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two storied magazines that focus on news and culture in the Black community, Essence and Ebony, are in the midst of turmoil at their top levels. Ebony late last week forced out CEO Willard Jackson following an initial inquiry into some of his financial transactions. The general interest...

FILE - In this April 16, 2018 file photo, Dana Canedy announces of The Pulitzer Prize winners in New York. Canedy has been named senior vice president and publisher at Simon & Schuster. The publishing house announced Monday that Canedy will start the role July 27. She will become the first African American to hold the position.. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Dana Canedy named as publisher at Simon & Schuster

Jul. 6, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dana Canedy will take on one of the biggest roles at Simon & Schuster. The New York-based publishing house announced Monday that Canedy has been named as senior vice president and publisher of the imprint — the first African American to hold the position. The Pulitzer...

Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva holds a bunch of flowers after a court session in Pskov, Russia, Monday, July 6, 2020. A court in the city of Pskov convicted Prokopyeva on charges of condoning terrorism on Monday and ordered her to pay a fine in a case that has been widely criticized as an attack on freedom of speech. (AP Photo)

Russian journalist fined in case that drew broad outrage

Jul. 6, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian journalist on Monday was convicted on charges of condoning terrorism and ordered to pay a fine in a case that has been widely criticized as an attack on freedom of speech. The court in the city of Pskov found Svetlana Prokopyeva guilty of “justifying terrorism” and...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020 file photo, Egyptian security forces cordon off roads during curfew hours as prevention measures due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Cairo, Egypt. Coronavirus infections are surging in the country of 100 million, threatening to overwhelm Egyptian hospitals. Egypt has the highest death toll in the Arab world. Yet even as authorities fight the swelling outbreak, they have also tried to stifle nearly all criticism about the government’s handling of the health crisis. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egypt arrests doctors, silences critics over virus outbreak

Jul. 6, 2020 6:36 AM EDT

A doctor arrested after writing an article about Egypt’s fragile health system. A pharmacist picked up from work after posting online about a shortage of protective gear. An editor taken from his home after questioning official coronavirus figures. A pregnant doctor arrested after a colleague used her...