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Lawsuit challenges social media disclosure rule for visas

Dec. 5, 2019 4:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two organizations of documentary filmmakers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday arguing that new rules requiring U.S. visa applicants to register their social media handles are making them fearful of publicly speaking their minds. State Department rules took effect in May and apply to more...

Tennessee ordered to pay white nationalist group $46K

Dec. 4, 2019 3:32 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ordered the state of Tennessee to pay more than $46,000 in legal fees to a white nationalist group it unsuccessfully tried to charge for event security costs. The Tennessean reports the Tuesday ruling approved a large portion of the original $56,000 in legal fee...

Top Alabama court upholds Confederate monument protections

Nov. 27, 2019 4:40 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the majority-black city of Birmingham violated a state law protecting Confederate monuments when it put plywood panels in front of a towering obelisk in a downtown park. The all-Republican court reversed a circuit judge’s ruling...

Judge denies challenge to Indiana religious objection limits

Nov. 27, 2019 1:47 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana judge has canceled a trial challenging limits on the state’s religious objections law, finding conservative groups failed to prove they were harmed by changes the Republican-dominated Legislature approved shortly after then-Gov. Mike Pence signed it. In calling off the...

Polish professor defends himself against defamation charge

Nov. 27, 2019 9:10 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s ruling party is suing a law professor of international renown for defamation over comments he made on Twitter. The case against Wojciech Sadurski, a constitutional law professor who is a vocal critic of Poland’s right-wing government, opened Wednesday in...

Ukrainian journalist painted to ‘keep alive’ in Russian jail

Nov. 26, 2019 2:08 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Ukrainian journalist convicted in Russia of spying and jailed for three years has described how he created paintings of cathedrals, lighthouses and soothing landscapes as a form of psychological therapy during his imprisonment. Roman Sushchenko, who denies spying, said Tuesday that...

High school journalists who fought censorship win award

Nov. 25, 2019 5:19 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Four Vermont high school journalists have won an award for fighting and conquering censorship. The Burlington High School student newspaper, The BHS Register, was awarded the Courage in Student Journalism Award on Saturday. It is sponsored by the Student Press Law Center, the Center...

Moroccan rapper gets year in prison for critical video

Nov. 25, 2019 1:49 PM EST

FES, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan rapper Gnawi knew the police would come when he and two friends released an unusually outspoken video exposing their country’s problems with migration and drugs and expressing frustration with the king. And sure enough, they did. Gnawi, a former military serviceman whose...

US senator visits home of imprisoned Bahrain rights activist

Nov. 24, 2019 9:44 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. senator visited the home of a prominent human rights activist in Bahrain long detained by the island kingdom on internationally criticized charges and called for “freedom of expression” to be defended there. Activists shared photographs with The...

Over 5,000 rally against 100 German far-right protesters

Nov. 23, 2019 9:57 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — More than 5,000 people followed the call by the governor of a northern German state on Saturday to join rallies against a far-right protest in Hannover. Lower Saxony’s Stephan Weil had asked people to rally against a protest by the far-right NPD party, which is marching to intimidate...