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FILE - This Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 file photo shows Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio as Pope Francis, right, arrives at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The longtime head of the Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn said Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, that a ruling by the Supreme Court that barred New York from enforcing certain restrictions on religious services in areas hit hard by the coronavirus is a “good decision” that guarantees constitutional protections for the free exercise of religion. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Pool, File)

Brooklyn bishop hails ruling, says diocese in line with pope

Nov. 27, 2020 7:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime head of the Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn said Friday that a ruling by the Supreme Court that barred New York from enforcing certain restrictions on religious services in areas hit hard by the coronavirus is a “good decision” that guarantees constitutional...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference after delivering her policy address in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Lam lauded the city's new national security law on Wednesday as

Hong Kong leader lauds new security law despite criticism

Nov. 25, 2020 3:38 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam lauded the city’s new national security law on Wednesday as “remarkably effective in restoring stability,” despite criticism that it is severely narrowing the space for free speech and political opposition in the semi-autonomous Chinese...

FILE - In this May 24, 2010, file photo, an SUV with a personalized license plate is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif. A federal judge said Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, that California can’t ban vanity license plates it considers “offensive to good taste and decency,” because that violates freedom of speech. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Judge: California can't ban offensive license plates

Nov. 24, 2020 10:35 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California can't enforce a ban vanity license plates it considers “offensive to good taste and decency” because that violates freedom of speech, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled in a case filed in March against Department of Motor...

Court puts halt on local conversion therapy bans in Florida

Nov. 20, 2020 6:00 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal appeals court is blocking the enforcement of local ordinances in Florida that ban therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of LGBTQ minors. The ruling issued Friday could put similar prohibitions at risk. The U.S. 11th District Court of Appeals in Atlanta...

FILE— In this May 30, 2019 file photo, graduates of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government hold aloft inflatable globes as they celebrate graduating during Harvard University's commencement exercises in Cambridge, Mass. A petition circulating at Harvard University demands that school officials create new accountability standards for former Trump administration officials who seek to work or speak on campus, an idea that has drawn outrage from prominent conservatives. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Harvard petition demands scrutiny of ex-Trump officials

Nov. 20, 2020 5:05 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A petition circulating at Harvard University demands new accountability standards for former Trump administration officials who seek to work or speak on campus, an idea that has drawn outrage from prominent conservatives. The online open letter calls for a new “system of...

Egypt crackdown on leading rights group sparks condemnations

Nov. 20, 2020 4:12 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A crackdown by Egyptian authorities on the most prominent human rights group still operating in the country sparked sharp criticism Friday by the U.N. the U.S. and other Western countries. This week, security forces arrested three senior staff members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal...

Global tech giants threaten to leave Pakistan over new rules

Nov. 20, 2020 6:04 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Internet and technology companies have threatened to leave Pakistan after the government granted blanket powers to authorities to censor digital content, a move critics say was aimed at curtailing freedom of expression in the conservative Islamic nation. Thursday’s warning from the...

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City repeals noise rule on only Mississippi abortion clinic

Nov. 18, 2020 5:04 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's capital city has repealed a year-old local law that sought to restrict noise levels outside the state's only abortion clinic by limiting amplified sound and banning protesters from approaching patients without their permission. A group that sued the city of Jackson said...

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...