Freedom of speech

August 07, 2019 - 1:52 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court on Wednesday upheld a government decision to fire a public servant who used a pseudonym to criticize government immigration policy on Twitter. The High Court's seven judges unanimously overturned a lower court's decision that Michaela Banerji's...
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Vice President Mike Pence follows President Donald Trump as he walks off after speaking about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 05, 2019 - 9:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Following two mass shootings over the weekend, President Donald Trump called on federal authorities Monday to do a better job identifying violent extremists in the U.S. But that won't be easy. Federal investigators looking to prevent acts of domestic terrorism, like the massacre...
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Clarissa Hernandez holds Ezra Magallanes as they visit a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 05, 2019 - 2:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An anonymous online forum called 8chan has drawn attention in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio because violent U.S. extremists have used it to share tips and encourage one another. The site suffered sporadic outages Monday after its cybersecurity provider cut off support...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a speech at Siam Society in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministerial meetings. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)
August 01, 2019 - 10:16 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday hit out at China for predatory trade practices and human rights abuses that harm economic development. "For decades, China has taken advantage of trade," Pompeo said. "It's time for that to stop." A day after President Donald Trump...
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A Lebanese activist holds an Arabic placard that read: "If you are scared for your faith because of a song, reconsider your faith, not the song," during a protest expressing solidarity with Mashrou' Leila or "Leila's Project" band, a popular Mideast rock band known for its rousing music and lyrics challenging norms in the conservative Arab world, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, July 29, 2019. The group is at the center of a heated debate about freedom of expression after church leaders demanded that their concert, scheduled to take place in the coastal city of Byblos on Aug. 9, be canceled, saying the group's songs are an insult to Christianity. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
July 30, 2019 - 11:24 am
BEIRUT (AP) — A multi-day international music festival in Lebanon said Tuesday that it's cancelled a planned concert by a popular Mideast rock band whose lead singer is openly gay, apparently caving to pressure after weeklong calls by some Christian groups to pull the plug on the show, as well as...
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FILE - In this Monday, July 15, 2019 file photo, a districts map is shown as a three-judge panel of the Wake County Superior Court presides over the trial of Common Cause, et al. v. Lewis, et al at the Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, N.C. The three-judge North Carolina panel was considering Friday, July 26, 2019, whether politicians can be too extreme in drawing legislative voting districts to their advantage, a judgment the U.S. Supreme Court refused to make about congressional elections. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
July 26, 2019 - 5:36 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina trial that concluded Friday leaves state judges to decide whether they can identify when politicians go too far in drawing voting districts to their advantage, a judgment the U.S. Supreme Court refused to make. A three-judge panel will likely spend weeks...
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Journalist Yeang Sothearin, second from right, speaks to reporters as he and co-accused Uon Chhin step out of the municipal court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, July 26, 2019. The espionage trial of the two Cambodian journalists who formerly worked for a U.S.-government funded radio station began Friday, almost two years after their arrests. (AP Photo/Sopheng Cheang)
July 26, 2019 - 9:34 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The espionage trial of two Cambodian journalists who formerly worked for a U.S. government-funded radio station began Friday, almost two years after their arrests. Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin testified at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to defend themselves against the...
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July 25, 2019 - 8:59 pm
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The espionage trial of two Cambodian journalists who formerly worked for a U.S. government-funded radio station began Friday, almost two years after their arrests. Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin appeared at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to defend themselves against the...
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks at the AARP Presidential Candidates Forum at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP)
July 25, 2019 - 6:45 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is suing Google for $50 million, accusing the internet company of suspending her advertising account in the hours after last month's debate because it was trying to silence her. Tulsi Now Inc., a campaign committee for the candidate...
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Hamed Sinno, 24, lead singer and song writer of the Lebanese group Mashrou' Leila performs with the band in the ancient Roman amphitheater in the Jordanian capital Amman. A Lebanese band that supports gay rights has found itself at the center of a heated debate in Lebanon about freedom of expression. Church leaders and conservative politicians demand that a concert by Mashrou' Leila in the coastal city of Byblos be canceled, setting off a storm of indignation on social media. (AP Photo/Diaa Hadid, File)
July 24, 2019 - 11:33 am
BEIRUT (AP) — A popular Mideast rock band known for its rousing music and lyrics challenging norms in the conservative Arab world is once again at the center of a heated debate about freedom of expression — this time over a planned concert in its hometown in Lebanon. Church leaders and conservative...
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