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Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) chairman Chen Yaw-shyang makes remarks during a press conference explaining the rejection of the license renewal for the pro-China news channel CTi TV, Wednesday, Nov. 128, 2020, in Taipei, Taiwan. Chen said CTi TV was found to have repeatedly violated regulations and failure to implement an internal control mechanism. It has been fined for 21 violations over the past six years. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

Taiwan refuses to renew pro-China news channel's license

Nov. 18, 2020 6:56 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s government refused to renew the broadcast license of a leading pro-China cable news channel on Wednesday, prompting complaints of political interference. The National Communications Commission cited repeated violations of rules on accurate reporting in saying it had...

Demonstrators wearing masks stage a protest by the National Assembly against the security bill in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. French lawmakers start debating Tuesday a security bill that would ban the publication of images of police officers with intent to cause them harm, a measure that provokes outrage from journalist organizations and rights campaigners. Banner reads, stop to the global security bill. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

France mulls ban on police images, alarming rights defenders

Nov. 17, 2020 12:31 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers start debating a security bill Tuesday that would ban the publication of images of police officers with intent to cause them harm, a measure that has provoked outrage from journalist organizations and rights campaigners. Critics, including the United Nations, France’s...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, media organizations set up outside the White House in Washington. The Associated Press and the major TV networks have long played a major role in announcing the victor in elections based on their own data. There is no national elections commission to tell the world who wins on election day, unlike in many other countries. Instead, the news media has historically stepped into this role — a tradition that evolved from the simple need to report the news.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

EXPLAINER: Why do the media call races in US elections?

Nov. 11, 2020 3:06 AM EST

Fifty-one separate elections — one in each state and one in Washington, DC. Each with different rules and regulations, and no national elections commission to tell the world who wins. How, then, to quickly and accurately determine who won the highest office in the land? That’s where the news media...

Hong Kong's pro-democracy legislators pose a picture before a press conference at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. The lawmakers said Monday that they would resign en masse if Beijing disqualifies any of them. The announcement came amid unconfirmed reports that Beijing would oust four legislators for filibustering meetings and violating their oath. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

China denounces US sanctions over Hong Kong crackdown

Nov. 10, 2020 4:06 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday denounced new U.S. sanctions against four Chinese officials over a crackdown on political rights in Hong Kong, saying such moves “grossly interfere in China’s internal affairs.” The U.S. State Department said Monday the four would be banned from...

Hong Kong journalist Choy Yuk-ling, bottom, speaks before entering a local court in Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 10, 2020. Hong Kong police charged journalist Choy Yuk-ling on charges of knowingly making a false statement about why she was obtaining license plate information from a vehicle database. Her arrest comes after she helped produce an investigative documentary into Hong Kong police behavior during protests last year. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong journalist charged as press freedom fears grow

Nov. 10, 2020 2:59 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong journalist appeared in court Tuesday on charges of making false statements while obtaining information from a vehicle database, amid growing concerns that press freedom is at risk in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Choy Yuk-ling, a freelance producer affiliated with public...

Indian television news anchor Arnab Goswami sits inside a police vehicle after he was produced in a court following his arrest in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Indian police on Wednesday said they arrested the Republic TV founder and charged him with abetment to suicide in connection with the 2018 deaths of an interior designer and the designer's mother. (AP Photo)

Indian police arrest, charge firebrand TV station founder

Nov. 4, 2020 5:34 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police on Wednesday said they arrested a firebrand television news anchor and charged him with abetment to suicide in connection with the 2018 deaths of an interior designer and the designer's mother. Senior Mumbai police officer Sanjay Mohite said the charges against Republic TV...

A mail-in official ballot for the 2020 General Election in the United States is shown Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 in Havertown, Pa. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

EXPLAINER: From the 2020 election, some new political terms

Nov. 3, 2020 12:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — “So 2020” is a new phrase that made its way into America’s political lexicon this year. It has come to describe all things unexpected, unsettling and unprecedented. This includes the vitriolic political discourse that has deepened the partisan divide, the...

Schoolchildren observe a minute of silence for slain history teacher Samuel Paty, Monday Nov.2, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France. French schools reopened for the first time since the beheading of a teacher who opened a class debate on free speech by showing students caricatures of the prophet of Islam, in mourning and under tight security for a national homage. At schools throughout the country, students will read the letter of Jean Jaurès, a 19th century French thinker and politician, to instructors urging them to teach the country's children to

French schools reopen in mourning after beheading of teacher

Nov. 2, 2020 10:43 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French schools held a nationwide minute of silence Monday in honor of a teacher who was beheaded for opening a class debate on free speech by showing students caricatures of the prophet of Islam. Invoking France's cherished rights of expression and secularism, officials recalled the country's...

FILE - This Jan. 9, 2014 file photo shows a sign outside of an entrance to the U.S. Naval Academy campus in Annapolis, Md. A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman has asked a federal judge in Maryland to block his expulsion over messages he posted on social media, including one in which he said Breonna Taylor received “justice” when police killed the Black woman during a drug raid on her Kentucky home. U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander didn't immediately rule Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 after presiding over a hearing on Chase Standage’s request for an order allowing him to graduate. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Midshipman asks judge to block his removal over tweets

Oct. 30, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Chase Standage, a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman facing expulsion over social media posts, sees himself as a casualty of a campus “culture war." Academy leaders say the damage to his military career was self-inflicted. An academy official recommended disenrolling the white...

Police work behind a restricted zone near the Notre Dame church in Nice, southern France, after a knife attack took place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. An attacker armed with a knife killed at least three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, prompting the prime minister to announce that France was raising its security alert status to the highest level. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Tunisian carrying Quran fatally stabs 3 in French church

Oct. 29, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — A young Tunisian man armed with a knife and carrying a copy of the Quran attacked worshippers in a French church and killed three Thursday, prompting the government to raise its security alert to the maximum level hours before a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. The attack in...