Freedom of speech

This undated image provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows proposed graphic warnings that would appear on cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, proposed 13 new large, graphic warnings that would appear on all cigarettes, including images of cancerous tumors, diseased lungs and bloody urine. (FDA via AP)
August 15, 2019 - 2:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are making a new attempt at adding graphic images to cigarette packets to discourage Americans from lighting up. If successful, it would be the first change to U.S. cigarette warnings in 35 years. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed 13 new...
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President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Washington, as he prepares to leave Washington for his annual August holiday at his New Jersey golf club. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 09, 2019 - 3:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he believes he has influence to rally Republicans around stronger federal background check laws as Congress and the White House work on a response to last weekend's mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. At the same time, Trump said he had assured the...
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August 07, 2019 - 2:52 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 - 10:26 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 - 3:23 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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FILE - In this Thursday, April 28, 2016 file photo, Lebanese Hamed Sinno, second left, lead singer and song writer of the Lebanese group Mashrou' Leila or "Leila's Project" band, speaks during a press conference with his band musicians, in Beirut, Lebanon. 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/Hussein Malla, File)
August 04, 2019 - 7:33 am
BEIRUT (AP) — European rock band Within Temptation says it is cancelling its concert at a Lebanese music festival in solidarity with a local group whose show was pulled from the program under pressure from Christian groups. In a statement posted on Facebook, Within Temptation said Sunday they would...
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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 - 11:16 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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President Donald Trump waves as he steps off Air Force One, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Democrats' claims that Trump's campaign conspired with Russia were tossed out Tuesday by a judge who noted there were no allegations that anyone from the campaign stole documents from the Democratic National Committee. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 30, 2019 - 9:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats' claims that President Donald Trump's campaign conspired with Russia were tossed out Tuesday by a judge who noted there were no allegations that anyone from the campaign stole documents from the Democratic National Committee. The lawsuit brought by the committee alleged...
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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 - 1:44 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — An international music festival in Lebanon said Tuesday that it has 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 online...
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July 30, 2019 - 1:17 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans sued Tuesday to block the creation of Michigan's new, voter-approved redistricting commission, challenging eligibility guidelines that prohibit politicians and others from serving on the panel. The lawsuit, filed in federal court, says the provisions violate...
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