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Russian-linked cybercampaigns put a bull's-eye on France. Their focus? The Olympics and elections

Jul. 24, 2024 04:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Photos of blood-red hands on a Holocaust memorial. Caskets at the Eiffel Tower. A fake French military recruitment drive calling for soldiers in Ukraine, and major French news sites improbably registered in an obscure Pacific territory, population 15,000. All are part...

Pakistan police raid former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party office and arrest its spokesman

Jul. 22, 2024 21:25 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's police raided the imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan's political party office in Islamabad on Monday and arrested its spokesman for carrying out anti-state propaganda, the Interior Ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said officers also...

'One screen, two movies': Conflicting conspiracy theories emerge from the Trump rally shooting

Jul. 18, 2024 09:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former president is wounded in a shooting, the gunman quickly neutralized, and all of it is caught on camera. But for those who don't believe their eyes, that's just the start of the story. For some supporters of Donald Trump, the failure of the Secret Service...

Political ads on social media rife with misinformation and scams, new research finds

Jul. 10, 2024 09:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The online advertisement to Donald Trump supporters was clear enough: Click here, and receive a free Trump 2024 flag and a commemorative coin. All in exchange for taking a quick survey and providing a credit card number for the $5 shipping and handling. ...

Iran encourages Gaza war protests in US to stoke outrage and distrust, intelligence chief says

Jul. 09, 2024 22:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Iranian government is covertly encouraging American protests over Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza in a bid to stoke outrage ahead of the fall election, the nation's top intelligence official said Tuesday. Using social media platforms popular in the U.S.,...

US disrupts Russian government-backed disinformation campaign that relied on AI technology

Jul. 09, 2024 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian propaganda campaign backed by the Kremlin that spread online disinformation in the United States and was boosted by artificial intelligence has been disrupted, the Justice Department said Tuesday. U.S. officials described the internet operation as part...

Macron keeps France's prime minister in place for 'stability of the country' after chaotic election

Jul. 08, 2024 13:38 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron refused the resignation of France’s prime minister, asking him on Monday to remain temporarily as the head of the government after a chaotic election result left the government in limbo. Voters split the legislature on the left, center and...

French vote gives leftists most seats over far right, but leaves hung parliament and deadlock

Jul. 07, 2024 23:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A coalition of the French left won the most seats in high-stakes legislative elections Sunday, beating back a far-right surge but failing to win a majority. The outcome left France, a pillar of the European Union and Olympic host country, facing the stunning prospect of a hung...

Officers who defended the Capitol fight falsehoods about Jan. 6 and campaign for Joe Biden

Jul. 05, 2024 10:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell is mostly recovered from the brutal assaults he endured from Donald Trump’s supporters on Jan. 6, 2021. But not completely. His shoulder still has limited endurance and there are screws and a metal plate holding his right foot...

American and British voters share deep roots. In 2024, they distrust their own leaders, too

Jun. 30, 2024 05:46 AM EDT

DARTFORD, England (AP) — Distrust has settled over the campaign trails in the United States and United Kingdom ahead of July 4 like a soggy summer haze. On that day, British voters will choose a new Parliament in an election expected to finish with a Labour government after 14...