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FILE - This combination of file photos shows a Google sign and the Facebook app. Global digital platforms The author of proposed Australian laws to make Facebook and Google pay for journalism said Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Australia, his draft legislation will be altered to allay some of the digital giants’ concerns, but remain fundamentally unchanged. (AP Photo/File)

Australia to amend law making Facebook, Google pay for news

Sep. 17, 2020 2:14 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The author of proposed Australian laws to make Facebook and Google pay for journalism said Thursday his draft legislation will be altered to allay some of the digital giants’ concerns, but remain fundamentally unchanged. Australia’s fair trade regulator Rod Sims,...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, a photographer takes pictures of a wildfire burning near a residential area in Lake Elsinore, Calif. Photographers have captured searing, intimate images of active and dangerous wildfires burning California, due in large part to a state law that guarantees press virtually unfettered access to disaster sites. That’s not the case everywhere as rules about media access vary by state, and even by government agency.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Media access to wildfires, disasters varies widely by state

Sep. 11, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Journalists have captured searing, intimate images of active and dangerous wildfires burning in California, due in large part to a decades-old state law that guarantees press virtually unfettered access to disaster sites in evacuated areas that are off-limits to the public. That's not...

Richmond bans guns on public property during protests

Sep. 9, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's capital city has adopted a law banning guns on public property during protests and other events. The Richmond City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt the ordinance, which is aimed at preventing violent confrontations during demonstrations against racial inequality...

In this image made from a video, The Australian Financial Review journalist Michael Smith speaks to the media on his arrival at Sydney airport, Australia Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Smith and Australian Broadcasting Corp. journalist Bill Birtles, the last two journalists working for Australian media in China have left the country after police demanded interviews with them, the Australian government and Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported on Tuesday. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP)

Last 2 journalists working for Australian media leave China

Sep. 8, 2020 7:58 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The last two journalists working for Australian media in China have left the country after police demanded interviews with them and temporarily blocked their departures, marking a further twist in China's increasingly troubled relationship with the foreign media. The absence of...

Uganda seeks to register online bloggers ahead of election

Sep. 8, 2020 6:38 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Authorities in Uganda say bloggers and others publishing or broadcasting online must register with authorities, drawing criticism from some who see it as an attack on free speech ahead of next year's election. The Uganda Communications Commission in a statement on Monday said...

A woman argues with a policeman during a protest in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Several hundred students on Tuesday gathered in Minsk and marched through the city center, demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader after an election the opposition denounced as rigged. Many have been detained as police moved to break up the crowds. (Tut.By via AP)

Belarusian journalists face charges for covering protests

Sep. 2, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of journalists gathered Wednesday outside a police station in the capital of Belarus to protest the detention of colleagues covering a demonstration against the nation's authoritarian president and an election the opposition sees as rigged. Police detained several journalists...

Police detain a student during a protest in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Several hundred students on Tuesday gathered in Minsk and marched through the city center, demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader after an election the opposition denounced as rigged. Many have been detained as police moved to break up the crowds. (Tut.By via AP)

Scores detained as students march against Belarus president

Sep. 1, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus detained scores of university students who took to the streets Tuesday to demand that authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko resign after an election the opposition has denounced as rigged. Hundreds of students gathered outside universities across the...

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 3, 2020 file photo, a woman waves an old Belarusian national flag standing on the roof as Belarusian opposition supporters march to Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus. The Belarus government has cracked down hard on the news media, deporting some foreign journalists reporting in the country and revoking the accreditation of many Belarusian journalists. Two Moscow-based Associated Press journalists covering the recent protests in Belarus were deported to Russia on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. In addition, the AP’s Belarusian staff were told by the government that their press credentials had been revoked. The AP said it decries the moves as a “blatant attack on press freedom.” Protests in Belarus began after the Aug. 9 election that officials said gave President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term. Protesters say the election results were rigged and are demanding that Lukashenko resign after 26 years in power. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletk

Belarus cracks down on journalists, 2 AP staff deported

Aug. 29, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Belarus, shaken by three weeks of massive protests against its authoritarian president, on Saturday cracked down hard on the news media, deporting some foreign journalists reporting in the country and revoking the accreditation of many Belarusian journalists. Two Moscow-based Associated Press...

Patrol: Tesla Autopilot driver was watching movie, crashed

Aug. 28, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

ZEBULON, N.C. (AP) — A Tesla driver, whose car was on Autopilot mode, was watching a movie on his phone when he crashed into a sheriff’s deputy's car, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said. A state trooper and a Nash County deputy on Wednesday were on the side of U.S. Highway 64 and...

FILE - This June 15, 2020, file photo shows the Voice of America building in Washington. More than a dozen journalists with the U.S. government's premier international broadcaster, Voice of America, may soon have to leave the United States as their visas expire with no action from the agency's new leadership. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Some VOA journalists forced to leave US soon as visas expire

Aug. 21, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen journalists with the U.S. government’s premier international broadcaster may soon be forced to leave the United States as their visas expire with no action from the agency’s new leadership. Some 16 Voice of America journalists will have to return to their...