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Lithuania bans Russian television channel RT, follows Latvia

Jul. 8, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania's media watchdog says it has banned the broadcasts of the state-controlled Russian television channel RT, effective Thursday, following a similar decision made in Baltic neighbor Latvia last week. The Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania said Wednesday’s...

Children wearing face shields as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak sit spaced apart in individual tables at the Pereira Agustinho daycare, nursery school and pre-school, after it reopened amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Duque de Caxias, Monday, July 6, 2020. The city of Manaus in the Amazon rainforest and Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro’s metropolitan region, became on Monday the first Brazilian cities to resume in-person classes at private schools since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the nation's private school federation. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

First major Brazilian cities resume classes amid pandemic

Jul. 6, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

DUQUE DE CAXIAS, Brazil (AP) — The Brazilian cities of Manaus in the Amazon rainforest and Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro's metropolitan region on Monday resumed in-person classes at private schools, the first large cities to do so since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both cities have been hard hit...

The Voice of America building, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump allies take aim at his global media chief for firings

Jul. 1, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven U.S. senators, including two strong allies of President Donald Trump, harshly criticized Trump's new chief of U.S.-funded global media on Wednesday for firing the heads of several international broadcasters without consulting Congress. They expressed concern that the independent...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the members of his ruling party in a televised address, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Erdogan vowed on Wednesday to tighten government control over social media, following alleged insults on Twitter to his daughter and son-in-law who announced the birth of their fourth child on the website. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Turkey: 11 detained over tweets dealing with leader's family

Jul. 1, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — At least 11 people were detained in Turkey for social media postings that allegedly insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s daughter and son-in-law after they announced the birth of their fourth child on Twitter, police said Wednesday. Erdogan vowed to tighten the Turkish...

Latvia bans Russian television channel RT

Jun. 30, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The Baltic nation of Latvia has banned the state-controlled Russian television channel RT, saying that it is effectively controlled by a media figure who is under European Union sanctions. But the man in question, Dmitry Kiselev, mocked the move Tuesday, saying that he never was in charge...

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea, gestures after her meeting with Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, June 29, 2020. Hitti and Shea discussed a court ruling issued over the weekend in which a Lebanese judge banned local and foreign media outlets in the country from interviewing the ambassador for a year over comments she made regarding the powerful Hezbollah group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon judge who banned interviews of US envoy resigns

Jun. 30, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese judge who issued a ruling banning foreign and local media from interviewing the U.S. ambassador in Beirut resigned Tuesday, according to state media. Judge Mohammad Mazeh was referred to questioning by the Judicial Inspection Board for the ban, which caused an uproar in Lebanon....

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, June 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

GOP lawmakers urge action after Russia-Afghanistan briefing

Jun. 29, 2020 11:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight Republican lawmakers attended a White House briefing Monday about explosive allegations that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan — intelligence the White House insisted the president himself had not been...

President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he walks on the South Lawn after arriving on Marine One at the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Washington. Trump is returning from Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump denies briefing on reported bounties against US troops

Jun. 28, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he was made aware of U.S. intelligence officials’ conclusions that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan. The Trump administration was set to brief select members of...

Hezbollah and Amal supporters wave Hezbollah and Iranian flags as they shout slogans against Israel and U.S. during a protest in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, June 28, 2020. The protest came hours after Lebanon's foreign minister summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beirut over comments, she made recently in which she criticized Hezbollah. The meeting between Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti and Ambassador Dorothy Shea is scheduled for Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Lebanon's FM to summon US envoy over comments on Hezbollah

Jun. 28, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s foreign minister summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beirut over comments she made recently in which she criticized the militant Hezbollah group, state-run National News Agency reported Sunday. In Hezbollah's stronghold south of Beirut, some 500 protesters marched on foot and...

In this photo released on Thursday, June 11, 2020 by the Lebanese Government, President Michel Aoun, left, meets with U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. A Lebanese court issued a ruling Saturday barring local and foreign media in the country from interviewing the U.S. ambassador to Beirut for a year, calling a recent interview in which she criticized the powerful Hezbollah group seditious and a threat to social peace. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Government via AP)

Lebanese judge bans media from interviewing US ambassador

Jun. 27, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese judge Saturday banned local and foreign media outlets in the country from interviewing the U.S. ambassador to Beirut for a year, calling a recent interview in which she criticized the powerful Hezbollah group seditious and a threat to social peace. The court decision reflected the...