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A DirectTV dish stands on home in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Venezuelan President Maduro’s opponents want AT&T’s DirecTV unit to restore a number of channels it was required to take down from its lineup. But forcing AT&T to do the political bidding of Maduro’s foes could lead to retaliation and likely exit from a market where it has a whopping 44% market share. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
January 17, 2020 - 8:06 am
MIAMI (AP) — Last April, as a military uprising roiled Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government ordered pay TV providers to immediately cease transmission of CNN and the BBC. DirecTV, which is wholly owned by AT&T, quickly obliged, yanking the two networks off the air as live images of...
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The Virginia state Capitol building is surrounded by fencing, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Richmond, Va., in preparation for Monday's rally by gun rights advocates. Gun-rights groups are asking a judge to block the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a massive pro-gun rally scheduled for next week. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, Jan. 15, announced a state of emergency and banned all weapons from the rally at the Capitol. (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
January 17, 2020 - 6:18 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A gun-rights group has filed an emergency appeal of a judge's ruling upholding the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a pro-gun rally that's expected to draw thousands of gun activists to the state Capitol on Monday. The Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 file photo, a woman checks the Grindr app on her mobile phone in Beirut, Lebanon. Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy infringements” in its analysis of how shadowy online ad companies track and profile smartphone users. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, file)
January 15, 2020 - 8:23 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — A legal adviser at the European Union’s highest court said Wednesday that the bloc's data protection rules should prevent member states from indiscriminately holding personal data seized from Internet and phone companies, even when intelligence agencies claim that national security...
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FILE — In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 file photo police clash with protesters outside the U.N. refugee agency's offices in Cape Town, South Africa. The Home Affairs Ministry says that, as of Jan. 1 2020, South Africa can strip refugees of their status if they engage in any political activity related to their home countries.(AP Photo, File)
January 14, 2020 - 9:14 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa can now strip refugees of their asylum status if they engage in any political activity related to their home countries, according to a new law that critics call illegal and deeply ironic after the ruling party fought the former apartheid government for years as a...
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Gun rights protesters hold signs prior to the start of a meeting of the Senate Judiciary committee at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The Committee passed several bills related to gun laws. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
January 13, 2020 - 12:24 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Some top Virginia Democratic senators are expressing reservations about plans to ban assault weapons — a key part of the new Democratic majority's gun-control proposals and one that's drawn fierce resistance from gun-rights advocates. “A lot of people don't really understand...
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Judges from Italy, the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, many wearing their professional gowns, take part in a march in support of judicial independence in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday Jan. 11, 2020. The judges marched silently in Warsaw in a show of solidarity with Polish peers who are protesting a bill that would allow the government to fire judges who issue rulings officials don't like. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)
January 11, 2020 - 4:18 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Judges from across Europe, many of them dressed in their judicial robes, marched silently in Warsaw on Saturday in a show of solidarity with Polish peers who are protesting a bill that would allow the government to fire judges who issue rulings officials don't like. The judges...
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In this Thursday Jan. 9, 2020 photo Polish Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland. Following fall elections, Speaker Tomasz Grodzki, from the centrist opposition, has become the only politician with any real power to put up roadblocks to the populist ruling party as it seeks to exert full control of the judicial system. A prominent surgeon, Grodzki is using that role as much as he can, angering the government, which has been seeking to discredit him with claims he took bribes as a doctor. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
January 10, 2020 - 12:37 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A prominent transplant surgeon who serves as speaker of Poland's Senate defended himself from allegations that he took bribes from patients, claims that appeared in state-controlled media and which the doctor-politician's supporters said were an attempt to discredit a...
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, photo, Amy Braley Franck, a civilian victim advocate with the 416th Theater Engineer Command, poses for a portrait with more than 800 pages from several sexual abuse reports at her home in Oswego, Ill. Leaders of the U.S. Army Reserve unit that controls thousands of soldiers across the western United States have mishandled at least two sexual assault complaints by not properly referring them for outside investigation, according to victims, their advocate and documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
January 10, 2020 - 11:14 am
WOODRIDGE, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of a U.S. Army Reserve unit that controls thousands of soldiers across the western United States have mishandled at least two sexual assault complaints by not referring them for outside investigation, according to victims, their advocate and documents obtained by The...
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January 09, 2020 - 10:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing to speed up approval for pipelines and other major oil and gas projects as part of a sweeping change in enforcement of one of the country's landmark environmental laws. President Donald Trump was set to present a proposed overhaul of the half-...
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January 09, 2020 - 5:49 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Law experts are holding talks in Poland on a controversial draft law that would give politicians the power to fire or fine judges in defiance of Europe's principle of judicial independence. Three members of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe were meeting Thursday...
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