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New Zealand and France to call for an end to online terror

Apr. 24, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday that she and French President Emmanuel Macron will host a meeting in Paris next month seeking to eliminate acts of violent extremism and terrorism from being shown online. Ardern said she and Macron will ask world...

Australia political leaders use Chinese app to chase votes

Apr. 24, 2019 3:55 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister and his political rival said on Wednesday they were not tailoring their political messages to suit Chinese censors as the politicians increasingly use Chinese social media to woo Chinese-speaking voters. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition...

Broncos star Miller won't be charged for Florida shark catch

Apr. 23, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Authorities have declined to charge Denver Broncos star Von Miller for catching a hammerhead shark off the coast of Florida last year. The Denver Post reported Tuesday that a recently published list of enforcement actions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the owner...

As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

Apr. 23, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers, while the country's prime minister warned that several suspects armed with explosives are still...

Trump meets with Twitter CEO amid bias complaints

Apr. 23, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he had a "great meeting" Tuesday with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, hours after bashing the company and accusing it of not treating him well because he's a Republican. Trump uses Twitter extensively to get his message out, particularly since the release of special...

Kushner plays down Russia's interference in 2016 election

Apr. 23, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said Tuesday the investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election "had a much harder impact on our democracy" than what Russia actually did. Mere days after Americans read a redacted version of special counsel Robert...

Syria calls Instagram account closure 'war,' site says error

Apr. 23, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian Presidency says its official account on the social media site Instagram has been shut down, calling it an "unjustified" closure that is part of the war against the government of President Bashar Assad. Instagram, however, said Tuesday the Syrian Presidency account was removed "in...

Sri Lanka bombing victims were from at least 12 countries

Apr. 23, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 300 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Sri Lankan authorities say at least 31 foreigners died in the attacks. Some details on the victims: ___ SRI LANKA The vast majority of the victims were Sri Lankan, many from the...

Food truck owner gets heat for message on T-shirt

Apr. 23, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — The owner of a Kentucky barbeque food truck got more heat than he bargained for when he began selling T-shirts with the message "I support LGBTQ: Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump, BBQ." Belle's Smokin' BBQ owner Jamie Smith told news outlets the backlash started with a Facebook post...

EU wary of fake online accounts as Europe elections approach

Apr. 23, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is praising Facebook, Google and Twitter for tackling disinformation while urging the social media giants to do more in clamping down on fake accounts. Under an EU code of conduct, the three companies report routinely on their efforts to stop election interference....