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In this Monday, July 6, 2020, file photo, a police van is surrounded by press photographers at a court in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's professional journalism association on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, protested new rules restricting who can provide press coverage during demonstrations, saying the government has no right to determine who is or isn't a reporter. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu/ File)

Hong Kong journalists protest new accreditation rules

Sep. 24, 2020 2:42 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s professional journalism association on Thursday protested new rules restricting who can provide press coverage during demonstrations, saying the government has no right to determine who is or isn't a reporter. The rules outlined in a Tuesday letter from police have been...

FILE - This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, shows the icon for TikTok in New York. TikTok asked a judge to block the Trump Administration’s attempt to ban its app, suggesting the Chinese-owned app’s deal with Oracle and Walmart remains unsettled. An app-store ban, delayed once by the government, is set to go into effect Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/File)

TikTok asks judge to block Trump's ban as deadline looms

Sep. 23, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese-owned TikTok asked a judge to block the Trump Administration's attempt to ban its app, suggesting the video-sharing app's forced deal with Oracle and Walmart remains unsettled. An app-store ban of TikTok, delayed once by the government, is set to go into effect Sunday. A more...

Police officers stand near barriers added to block access to downtown, Sept. 22, 2020 in Louisville. Officials in Louisville were preparing Tuesday for more protests and possible unrest as the public nervously awaits the state attorney general’s announcement about whether he will charge officers in Breonna Taylor’s shooting death. Taylor's shooting has been followed by months of protests in the city. (AP Photo/ Dylan Lovan)

Kentucky city prepares for Breonna Taylor announcement

Sep. 22, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Kentucky’s largest city were preparing Tuesday for more protests and possible unrest as the public nervously awaits the state attorney general’s announcement about whether he will charge officers in Breonna Taylor’s shooting death. With timing of the...

Finnish top court bans Finland's main neo-Nazi group

Sep. 22, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's Supreme Court on Tuesday banned a neo-Nazi group on the grounds that its activities are “significantly contrary to law.” Finland’s national police had sought to dissolve the right-wing Nordic Resistance Movement, known for being violent and openly racist, and...

FILE - A federal judge has approved a request from a group of WeChat users to delay looming U.S. government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government’s actions would affect users’ First Amendment rights as an effective ban on the app removes their platform for communication. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Judge agrees to delay US government restrictions on WeChat

Sep. 21, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has approved a request from a group of U.S. WeChat users to delay looming federal government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government's actions...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, a man opens social media app 'TikTok' on his cell phone, in Islamabad, Pakistan. President Donald Trump said Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal between Oracle and Walmart for the U.S. operations of TikTok, the Chinese-owned app he’s targeted for national security and data privacy concerns. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

Trump backs proposed deal to keep TikTok operating in US

Sep. 19, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday he's given his “blessing” to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart and form a U.S. company. Trump has targeted Chinese-owned TikTok for national security and data privacy...

FILE - In this  Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing.  The U.S. government is cracking down on the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting by barring them from app stores on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Q&A: What does banning TikTok and WeChat mean for users?

Sep. 19, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

The U.S. government is cracking down on the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting by barring them from app stores on Sunday. President Donald Trump has cited concerns about Chinese government snooping as his administration prepares to follow through on executive orders that could make it increasingly...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rings the bell as he gives the annual independence shout from the balcony of the National Palace to kick off subdued Independence Day celebrations amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Instead of the throngs of supporters who pack the Zocalo in a typical year, this Independence Day the president faced an empty plaza as he gave the traditional

Mexican intellectuals claim freedom of expression threatened

Sep. 18, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied Friday that his administration has hurt freedom of expression in Mexico, as claimed this week in an open letter signed by hundreds of people, including dozens of well-known intellectuals. The group objected to López...

In this September 2020 photo, an electric fence surrounds a campaign sign for President Donald Trump in John Oliveira's yard in New Bedford, Mass. Oliveira said he installed the fence to protect his sign after several were stolen from his lawn during the summer. (John Oliveira via AP)

Current events: Electric fence deters Trump sign thieves

Sep. 18, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man tired of people stealing his Donald Trump campaign sign has come up with a shocking solution: an electrified fence around it. John Oliveira, 54, a disabled Navy veteran and a member of the New Bedford School Committee, put the fence up a few weeks ago. Oliveira...

Yury Ambrazevich, Head of Belarus' delegation and Permanent Representative to the UN Office, listen to the speeches, during the opening of 45th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, September 14, 2020. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

After showdown, UN rights body OKs more scrutiny of Belarus

Sep. 18, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body on Friday passed a resolution backed by the European Union seeking quick and enhanced scrutiny of alleged violations in Belarus by authorities under President Alexander Lukashenko, after rejecting efforts to squelch speakers and water down the text. The Human...