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Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings

Apr. 22, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

Sri Lankan authorities flicked the off switch on most social media after Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels killed hundreds of people, a dramatic reaction that reflects distrust in the capability of American internet companies to control harmful content. The block on social media including Facebook and...

Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

Apr. 21, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites on Easter Sunday killed more than 200 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since a devastating civil war in the South Asian island nation ended a decade ago. Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena...

The Latest: Muslim organization chief condemns attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The secretary general of the world's largest organization of Muslim nations has condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday. The Organization of Islamic...

Timeline of police response to New Zealand mosque attacks

Apr. 17, 2019 1:26 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police on Wednesday released a detailed timeline of their response to the March 15 shootings that left 50 dead at two Christchurch mosques, confirming they arrested the suspected shooter 18 minutes after receiving the first emergency call. Commissioner Mike Bush...

New Zealand's new gun laws get final assent to take effect

Apr. 11, 2019 3:57 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's governor general on Thursday formally signed into effect sweeping gun laws outlawing military style weapons, less than a month after a man used such guns to kill 50 people and wound dozens at two mosques in Christchurch. Governor General Patsy Reddy signed the...

New Zealand Parliament passes sweeping gun restrictions

Apr. 10, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Parliament on Wednesday passed sweeping gun laws that outlaw military style weapons, less than a month after the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch where 50 people were killed and dozens were wounded. A bill outlawing most automatic and semi-automatic...

UN refugee chief sees more 'poison' focused against migrants

Apr. 9, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. refugee chief said Tuesday he has never seen "such toxicity, such poison" in politics, the media, social media and every day conversation focused on refugees, migrants and foreigners. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said the March 15 attack on a mosque in...

Capitol Hill hearing on online hate sees it firsthand

Apr. 9, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional hearing on online hate turned into a vivid demonstration of the problem Tuesday when a YouTube livestream of the proceedings was bombarded with racist and anti-Semitic comments from internet users. YouTube disabled the live chat section of the streaming video about 30...

The Latest: Facebook, Google grilled on white supremacy rise

Apr. 9, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House Judiciary Committee hearing on white nationalism and social media (all times local): 1:05 p.m. David Cicilline, a Democratic lawmaker from Rhode Island, grilled Facebook's Neil Potts and Google's Alexandria Walden about their companies' responsibility in the spread...

Facebook, Google face House hearing on white nationalism

Apr. 9, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress Tuesday to answer questions about their role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. Neil Potts, Facebook's director of public policy and Alexandria Walden, counsel for free expression and human rights at Google, will speak...