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Rep. Ilhan Omar condemns GOP state lawmaker's Facebook post

Oct. 22, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar has condemned a Republican state senator from North Dakota who posted a long-debunked photo on his Facebook page that purports to show the Minnesota Democrat holding a weapon at an al-Qaida training camp. Omar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Somalia and is one...

47 attorneys general back antitrust probe into Facebook

Oct. 22, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's latest foes: nearly every U.S. state. A state-level antitrust investigation into the social networking giant now has the backing of a bipartisan group of 47 attorneys general, New York Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday. The Democrat launched the probe last month with...

Trump likens House impeachment inquiry to 'a lynching'

Oct. 22, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump triggered outrage Tuesday by comparing the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry to a lynching, assigning the horrors of a deadly and racist chapter in U.S. history to a process laid out in the Constitution. "That is one word no president ought to apply to himself," said...

The Latest: McConnell calls Trump lynching tweet unfortunate

Oct. 22, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's comparison of impeachment to lynching (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling President Donald Trump's use of the word "lynching" to describe the House impeachment investigation "unfortunate." In a Tweet...

UK lawmaker challenges Facebook on political ads

Oct. 22, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An influential British lawmaker challenged Facebook's new effort to safeguard elections on Tuesday, warning that they will place a heavy constraint on the company's ability to combat misinformation. Damian Collins, the chair of the Parliament media committee, wrote to Facebook after the...

Facebook ramps up election security efforts ahead of 2020

Oct. 21, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

With just over a year left until the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Facebook is stepping up its efforts to ensure it is not used as a tool to interfere in politics and democracies around the world. The efforts outlined Monday include a special security tool for elected officials and candidates that monitors...

Thieves steal Amazon fertility statues as synod nears end

Oct. 21, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' controversial meeting on the Amazon took a criminal twist Monday after thieves stole indigenous fertility statues from a Vatican-area church and tossed them into the Tiber River. Video of the pre-dawn theft from the Santa Maria in Traspontina church was shared and...

Donald Trump Jr.: A potent voice for father's campaign

Oct. 21, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The shout of "2024!" from the crowd was unmistakable. It stopped Donald Trump Jr. cold. President Donald Trump's eldest son had been in the midst of a humor-laced screed in which he decried Joe Biden as too old and Elizabeth Warren as too liberal and insisted his father's 2016 campaign...

Bangladesh police say violence over Facebook post kills 4

Oct. 20, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least four people were killed and dozens injured Sunday after security officials in southern Bangladesh opened fire to disperse hundreds of Muslims during a protest over an alleged social media post undermining Islam's Prophet Muhammad, police said. The violence took place in...

Rights lawyers: Egypt frees more than 100 held in crackdown

Oct. 19, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities released more than 100 people who were among hundreds more arrested in a sweeping crackdown following small but rare anti-government protests last month, rights lawyers and officials said Saturday. Lawyers Mustafa el-Demiry and Khaled Ali said 101 detainees, including 30...