Protest in Turkey after arrest of journalists, academic
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Protest in Turkey after arrest of journalists, academic

ISTANBUL (AP) — Dozens of Turkish demonstrators gathered in Istanbul on Tuesday, June 21, to protest the arrests of two journalists and an academic on charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda.” A fourth journalist was released after a brief detention. Protesters chanted “a free press cannot be silenced” and “arrests, oppression cannot intimidate us.” Others held … Continue reading

Renzi praises Russian role in Libya
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Renzi praises Russian role in Libya

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Latest from the Russian Economic Forum in St. Petersburg (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has praised Russia for helping to resolve conflict in Libya. Speaking Friday, June 17,  after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Renzi expressed … Continue reading

Winner of award honoring AP photographer accustomed to risk
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Winner of award honoring AP photographer accustomed to risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — This year’s recipient of an award named for an Associated Press photographer who was killed in Afghanistan is a photojournalist who’s accustomed to working in isolated and dangerous conditions. Kenya-based freelance photographer Adriane Ohanesian will accept the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award on Thursday, June 9,  in Washington. The annual award, … Continue reading

IS militants retreat from Libya bastion as militias advance
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IS militants retreat from Libya bastion as militias advance

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Islamic State militants were retreating Thursday, June 9,  from their main bastion in Libya, as militiamen allied to a U.N.-brokered government pushed into the central city of Sirte, officials said. Some militants reportedly shaved off their beards to escape while the pro-government fighters, mostly from the western Libyan city of Misrata, … Continue reading