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Judge limits public comments in Trump confidant Stone's case

Feb. 15, 2019 8:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday placed some limits on what President Donald Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone and his lawyers can say publicly about his criminal case in the special counsel's Russia probe. But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson stopped short of imposing a broad ban on...

Security guard arrested in shooting outside LA synagogue

Feb. 15, 2019 3:21 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police arrested a security guard on suspicion of shooting a self-described First Amendment activist after the two engaged in a videotaped confrontation outside a Los Angeles synagogue and school. Edduin Zelayagrunfeld, 44, was arrested Thursday for investigation of assault with a deadly...

AP Interview: Philippine journalist sees threat to democracy

Feb. 14, 2019 7:37 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The head of a Philippine online news site who was arrested on a libel complaint accused President Rodrigo Duterte's administration of acting like a dictatorship and using the law as a weapon to muzzle dissent. "What we're seeing ... is a level of impunity that I frankly haven't...

Journalist and Duterte critic posts bail after libel arrest

Feb. 14, 2019 3:21 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's administration was freed on bail Thursday after her arrest in a libel case. National Bureau of Investigation agents served the warrant against Maria Ressa late...

Philippine journalist, Duterte critic arrested in libel case

Feb. 13, 2019 7:44 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's administration was arrested Wednesday by government agents in a libel case. Maria Ressa, who was selected by Time magazine as one of its Persons of the Year last...

Serbs protest populist President Vucic for 10th week

Feb. 9, 2019 1:45 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Several thousand people have marched in Serbia's capital of Belgrade to protest populist President Aleksandar Vucic, who is showing signs of nervousness after 10 consecutive weeks of anti-government demonstrations. The protests, which have spread outside of Belgrade, accuse Vucic of...

Jailed Reuters reporters appeal to Myanmar's Supreme Court

Feb. 1, 2019 3:59 AM EST

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — A lawyer for two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act filed an appeal Friday with the Supreme Court seeking to overturn their convictions. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in December 2017 for having...

Interior proposal to limit records requests draws challenge

Jan. 24, 2019 3:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for a free press are challenging an Interior Department proposal to limit requests for access to public records under the federal Freedom of Information Act, saying Thursday the moves would "clamp down on transparency." Separately, Arizona Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva, chairman...

Judge lets Arkansas law against Israeli boycotts stand

Jan. 23, 2019 5:14 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday let stand an Arkansas law requiring state contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel, ruling that such a boycott is not protected by the First Amendment. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller dismissed the lawsuit the Arkansas Times had filed challenging...

Al Jazeera says Sudan withdraws journalists' work permits

Jan. 22, 2019 9:46 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese authorities have cracked down on Arabic-language foreign media working inside the country, news channels said, as major protests against President Omar al-Bashir enter their second month. Qatari satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera said that its correspondents in Sudan had their work...