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Report: Dozens of El Salvador journalists, activists hacked

Jan. 14, 2022 10:53 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dozens of journalists and human rights defenders in El Salvador had their cellphones repeatedly hacked with sophisticated spyware over the past year and a half, an internet watchdog said Wednesday. Reporting on its latest findings about use of the Israeli firm...

Indiana GOP Rep. Hollingsworth won't seek reelection

Jan. 12, 2022 16:41 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth announced Wednesday that he wouldn’t seek reelection to the southern Indiana congressional seat that he first won in 2016 despite criticism that the wealthy Tennessee transplant had little connection to the state. ...

Macron warns against fake news ahead of French election

Jan. 11, 2022 14:39 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said people spreading fake news online should be held accountable and possibly brought to justice, an issue that is becoming even more significant ahead of the country’s presidential election in April. In a speech Tuesday in Paris,...

Rome church condemns swastika-draped casket at funeral

Jan. 11, 2022 10:14 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The Catholic Church in Rome on Tuesday strongly condemned as “offensive and unacceptable” a funeral procession outside a local church in which the casket was draped in a Nazi flag and mourners gave the fascist salute. Photos and video of the scene outside St. Lucia...

Israel's national library sees Arabic site traffic boom

Jan. 09, 2022 13:00 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's national library says the number of visitors to its Arabic website more than doubled last year, driven by a growing collection of digitized materials and an aggressive outreach campaign to the Arab world. Around 650,000 users, predominantly from the...

Turkmenistan's leader wants 'Gates of Hell' fire put out

Jan. 08, 2022 11:15 AM EST

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — The president of Turkmenistan is calling for an end to one of the country’s most notable but infernal sights — the blazing natural gas crater widely referred to as the “Gates of Hell.” The desert crater located about 260 kilometers (160 miles)...

Conservative networks minimize insurrection on anniversary

Jan. 06, 2022 22:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — At one point Thursday afternoon, Rep. Adam Kinzinger was on CNN recounting what he was doing a year earlier when the U.S. Capitol was attacked. At the same time, MSNBC was reporting on the Justice Department probe into what led up to the riot. Yet on Fox News...

New York Times buys sports site The Athletic for $550M

Jan. 06, 2022 18:27 PM EST

The New York Times Co. is buying sports news site The Athletic for $550 million, the latest move in its strategy to expand its audience of paying subscribers as the newspaper print ads business fades. The Times, unlike many local news outlets, has thrived in the past several years....

Georgia mayor resigns day before fraud hearing in court

Jan. 04, 2022 13:51 PM EST

STONECREST, Ga. (AP) — A suburban Atlanta mayor announced he's resigning from office Tuesday, a day before he was scheduled to appear before a federal judge on fraud charges. Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary waived indictment in November on federal charges that he stole $650,000 in...

Zimbabwe journalists mourn passing of editor Iden Wetherell

Jan. 04, 2022 06:09 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean journalists are praising Iden Wetherell, one of the country's most principled and exacting editors, who died on Dec. 23 after a battle with Alzheimer's. He was 73. “He was one of the most tenacious journalists around, never afraid to speak truth...