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A protester carrying an American flag as she is stopped by riot police during a protest outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, Saturday, July 4, 2020 to mark the American Independence Day or

US diplomat in Hong Kong says security law use a 'tragedy'

Jul. 6, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The top American diplomat in Hong Kong said Monday that it is a “tragedy” to use the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s new national security law to chip away at “fundamental freedoms” in the Asian financial hub and create an “atmosphere of...

FILE - In this Dec. 10. 2019 file photo, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during an event to sign an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the National Palace in Mexico City. Mexico celebrated on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the implementation of the new free trade agreement with Canada and the United States that it hopes will lead to more investment in its struggling economy. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexican president marks 2nd anniversary amid virus, violence

Jul. 1, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador celebrated the second anniversary of his July 1, 2018 election victory Wednesday amid an untamed pandemic, continued drug gang violence and a shrinking economy. Despite facing some of the toughest circumstances in modern Mexican...

In this June 6, 2016 image, New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya poses for a photograph in his home writing studio. Anaya, who helped launch the 1970s Chicano literature movement with his novel

Rudolfo Anaya, ‘godfather’ of Chicano literature, dies at 82

Jun. 30, 2020 11:07 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Rudolfo Anaya, a writer who helped launch the 1970s Chicano Literature Movement with his novel “Bless Me, Ultima,” a book celebrated by Latinos, has died at 82. Anaya’s niece, Belinda Henry, said the celebrated author died Sunday at his Albuquerque, New Mexico,...

FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia.  A conservative social media user whose memes have been repeatedly reposted by President Donald Trump has been kicked off Twitter for repeated copyright violations. Logan Cook, who posts under the name Carpe Donktum, was permanently suspended Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The move came days after Trump retweeted a Cook video that contained doctored CNN footage.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Twitter bans pro-Trump meme maker for copyright violations

Jun. 24, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

A conservative social media user whose far-right memes have been praised and reposted by President Donald Trump has been kicked off Twitter for repeated copyright violations. Logan Cook, a Kansas man who posts under the name Carpe Donktum, was permanently banned from the platform Tuesday night, days after he...

FILE - This April 18, 2019, file photo shows a sign for Zoom Video Communications ahead Nasdaq IPO in New York. 
Video app company Zoom said Thursday, June 11 2020, it regretted that some meetings involving U.S.-based Chinese dissidents were disrupted, as meanwhile a prominent Hong Kong activist said his account was blocked despite the city’s guarantees of free speech. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Zoom caught in China censorship crossfire as meetings foiled

Jun. 11, 2020 11:53 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Video app company Zoom says that it blocked several meetings and suspended the accounts of three activists at the request of the Chinese government. The company released details Thursday saying that in May and early June, the Chinese government notified it about several online meetings...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

Poland's main ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, wears an anti-coronavirus mask in parliament during work on new legislation that is to ensure the health and safety of the postponed presidential election to be held this summer, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Song critical of Polish leader disappears from hit chart

May. 20, 2020 5:50 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A song took aim at an alleged abuse of power by Poland's ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski. It rose to the top of the chart of a public radio station. Then it disappeared. The public broadcaster is now accused of censorship. The scandal, which has been a top issue of public...

Study: WeChat content outside China used for censorship

May. 8, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Documents and images shared by users outside China on WeChat, the country’s most popular social media platform, are being monitored and cataloged for use in political censorship in China, a new report says. Citizen Lab, the University of Toronto online watchdog, says in...

Alaska school board postpones decision on banned books

May. 8, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

PALMER, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska school board postponed a vote over rescinding a ban on selected English course books after taking public testimony on the issue that attracted national attention when a Grammy-winning rock group pledged to purchase the banned books for students. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough...