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France media attacker jailed for 25 years

Paris - A French court has sentenced a man who wounded a photographer in a shooting in 2013 to 25 years behind bars, in a case that predated the string of jihadist attacks that has since struck the country.

Trump says he turned down Time's 'Person of the Year'

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Friday said he turned down being named Time's "Person of the Year" after the magazine asked him for an interview and photo shoot but did not confirm he would be chosen.

Women have 'just started' to speak out on sexual harassment: UN Women

New York - The avalanche of sexual misconduct allegations that has rattled Hollywood, US media and beyond is just beginning, says the head of UN Women, who expects many more women to come forward before behaviors change.

In 'unprecedented' hiatus, IS media offline for a day

Birut - The Islamic State group's online propaganda channels went mysteriously quiet for more than a full day between Wednesday and Thursday, in what analysts said was an "unprecedented" silence.

Third journalist killed in India in three months

New Delhi - An Indian soldier shot dead a journalist following a dispute, police said Wednesday, the country's third high-profile media killing in barely three months.

US networks suspend Rose over sexual harassment allegations

New York - Charlie Rose, one of America's most respected broadcasters, an award-winning television host and interviewer, was suspended Monday after eight women accused him of years of sexual harassment and unwanted advances.

German TV boss to leave job early after controversial comments

Berlin - The boss of major German television channel will leave his post earlier than expected, the company said Sunday, after he sparked anger by describing core viewers as "a bit fat and a bit poor".

Cambodian reporters charged with espionage for filing news to US

Phnom Penh - Two Cambodian journalists were charged on Saturday with spying over news reports they allegedly filed to US-based Radio Free Asia, amid a sweeping government crackdown on dissent that has tipped the country's democracy into crisis.

Murdoch's Fox in talks with multiple buyers for TV, film assets

New York - Shares in media-entertainment giant 21st Century Fox surged to seven-month highs Friday after news it has been holding talks with at least three potential buyers for some of its television and film operations.

Russian 'foreign agent' media law an attack on free speech: HRW

Moscow - A Russian law that could require international media outlets to register as "foreign agents" in response to US pressure on the Kremlin-backed RT television is an attack on free speech, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

Russia says Radio Free Europe, Voice of America risk 'foreign agent' tag

Moscow - Russia's justice ministry said Thursday it had warned US-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty they risked being legally forced to label themselves as "foreign agents.

Malta activists mark month since journalist's murder

Valletta - Activists in Malta marked on Thursday the assassination a month ago of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, stepping up their calls for the country's prime minister to hunt down her killers. "He who does not want to know is a fool.

Hungary anger over US 'objective' media funding plan

Budapest - Hungary expressed "shock" Wednesday at a US plan to finance independent media outlets outside Budapest, a move it called "intervention in an ally's internal affairs".

Russian MPs back law targeting foreign media

Moscow - Russian MPs on Wednesday backed new legislation that could force foreign media outlets to register as "foreign agents" in a reciprocal response to US pressure on Kremlin-backed TV channel RT.

Russian MPs back law targeting foreign media

Moscow - Russian MPs on Wednesday backed new legislation that could force foreign media outlets to register as "foreign agents" in a reciprocal response to US pressure on Kremlin-backed TV channel RT.

Russia could target any foreign media under new law: MP

Moscow - Russia would be able to list any foreign media outlet as a "foreign agent" under new measures expected to be approved Wednesday, a lawmaker said, as Moscow responds to US pressure on the Kremlin-backed RT channel.

More governments manipulate media with 'bots,' trolls: study

Washington - More governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said on Tuesday.

Trump Jr bares messages with WikiLeaks during campaign

Washington - President Donald Trump's son released Monday a series of messages he had with WikiLeaks after a report suggested he had secretly liaised with the group that published Hillary Clinton's emails during last year's election.

Kremlin channel RT registers as foreign agent in US

Moscow - The Russian state-controlled television channel RT bowed to US pressure Monday and registered as a foreign agent in the United States, as Moscow moved to impose reciprocal measures on US media.

Kremlin channel RT confirms registering as foreign agent in US

Moscow - The Russian state-controlled television channel RT confirmed Monday it has registered as a foreign agent in the United States, as Moscow moved to impose reciprocal measures on US media.

Italy's Ostia, Mafia-by-the-sea where silence is safe

Ostia - The resort town of Ostia, on Italy's west coast, is a magnet for tourists in the summer but is also mafia territory where clans carve up the drugs and extortion business.

Mafioso assault sparks Italian media protest

Ostia - Dozens of Italian journalists protested Friday to defend freedom of speech after a colleague was violently assaulted by the brother of a mafia boss.

'Dope n dreads' stereotypes as Germany mulls 'Jamaica' coalition

Frankfurt - A German news weekly illustrated the outcome of September's election with a picture of Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing a Rastafarian hat and passing a joint to stoned fellow leaders sporting dreadlocks.

Head of Cuban state-run newspaper sacked over 'errors'

Havana - Cuba's Communist Party sacked the director of state-run newspaper Granma after "errors" in management, the daily reported Thursday.

Chinese dissident writer dies on medical parole

Bejing - A veteran Chinese dissident who had nearly completed a 12-year prison sentence for "subversion" has died on medical parole, rights groups said Wednesday.

Charlie Hebdo gets fresh death threats over Islam cartoon

Paris - French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo said Monday it was pressing charges after receiving fresh death threats against staffers over a cartoon of the Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan who faces rape allegations.

EU pushes for tax blacklist after Paradise Papers leak

Brussels - The EU on Tuesday pushed for Europe to draw up a blacklist of tax havens after the "Paradise Papers" revealed loopholes used by Apple and Nike as well as celebrities such as Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.

Leaks show US commerce chief's ties to Putin-linked businesses

Washington - US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has business ties to a shipping firm linked to Vladimir Putin's inner circle, leaked documents showed Sunday.

Italy wiretaps bill would 'benefit mafia, harm press freedoms'

Rome - A contested wire-tapping bill in Italy risks landing journalists in jail for up to three years and could see mafia-related crimes go undetected, critics said Sunday.

British MPs ask Twitter for details on Russian-linked accounts

London - A House of Commons committee investigating "fake news" and its influence on British politics asked Twitter on Friday for details of Russian-linked accounts, days after making a similar request of Facebook.
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