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Georgia's president vetoes media legislation that has provoked weeks of protests

May. 18, 2024 16:38 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia’s president on Saturday vetoed the so-called “Russian law” targeting media that has sparked weeks of mass protests. The legislation would require media and non-governmental organizations to register as “pursuing the interests of a foreign...

EU bans 4 more Russian media outlets from broadcasting in the bloc, citing disinformation

May. 17, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday banned four more Russian media outlets from broadcasting in the 27-nation bloc for what it calls the spread of propaganda about the invasion of Ukraine and disinformation as the EU heads into parliamentary elections in three weeks. The...

Social divisions and hostile rhetoric in Slovakia provide fertile ground for political violence

May. 17, 2024 14:28 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — When a gunman shot Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico this week, shock rippled across the Central European country — even though the pro-Russia leader himself warned that the nation was so divided that an assassination attempt was possible. Slovaks have...

8 EU members say conditions in Syria should be reassessed to allow voluntary refugee returns

May. 17, 2024 09:34 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The governments of eight European Union member states said Friday the situation in Syria should be re-evaluated to allow for the voluntary return of Syrian refugees back to their homeland. In a joint statement, officials from Austria, the Czech Republic,...

Shaken by the Fico assassination attempt, the EU wonders if June elections can be free of violence

May. 16, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In an increasingly vitriolic political climate, the last thing needed in the runup to the June European Union elections was an assassination attempt on one of the bloc’s most controversial figures. As Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico lay recovering from...

Facebook and Instagram face fresh EU digital scrutiny over child safety measures

May. 16, 2024 12:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union opened fresh investigations Thursday into Facebook and Instagram over suspicions that they're failing to protect children online, in violation of the bloc's strict digital regulations for social media platforms. It's the latest round of scrutiny...

Georgia's leader says a divisive media bill passed by lawmakers is unacceptable and she'll veto it

May. 16, 2024 11:35 AM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — A controversial media bill passed this week by Georgia's parliament is “unacceptable” and will be vetoed, President Salome Zourabichvili said Thursday, reaffirming her opposition to a measure that critics describe as a threat to free speech. In an...

Majority of EU nations want more partnerships to stem migration from countries of origin

May. 16, 2024 10:32 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A majority of European Union members are calling for more agreements with countries where migrants depart from or travel through to get to Europe, saying the bloc needs to think outside the box to tackle irregular migration into the 27-member bloc. The...

Shooting of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico sends shockwaves across Europe

May. 16, 2024 09:17 AM EDT

The shooting Wednesday of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico in the town of Handlova following a political event sent shockwaves across Europe three weeks before EU parliament elections are scheduled to be held. Leaders from across the political divide denounced the apparent...

As countries tighten anti-gay laws, more and more LGBTQ+ migrants seek safety and asylum in Europe

May. 16, 2024 03:37 AM EDT

RIETI, Italy (AP) — Ella Anthony knew it was time to leave her native Nigeria when she escaped an abusive, forced marriage only to face angry relatives who threatened to turn her in to police because she was gay. Since Nigeria criminalizes same-sex relationships, Anthony fled a...