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This aerial view taken on September 16, 2019 shows the haze covered airport in Palangkaraya, central Kalimantan. - Thousands of…
Philip Jacobson's lawyer said his client was accused of violating his visa conditions by undertaking reporting activities in Palangkaraya
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Wed, 01/22/2020 - 17:12
Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, delivers remarks at the grand opening of the Washington Post newsroom in Washington, Jan. 28, 2016.
UN investigators call hack an attempt by crown prince to 'influence, if not silence' Washington Post reporting on kingdom; Saudi foreign minister calls hacking allegations 'absolutely illegitimate'
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Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:59
Journalist Glenn Greenwald listens to a question during a press conference before the start of a protest in his support in front of the headquarters of the Brazilian Press Association, known as ABI, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 30 , 2019.
A prosecutor in the Federal District, Wellington Divino Marques de Oliveira, said the journalist helped a group of six people who hacked into phones of hundreds local authorities
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Tue, 01/21/2020 - 14:20
FILE - Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 16, 2020.
Members of the public who want to follow President Donald Trump's impeachment and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's rape trial through the media will sit in obstructed seats
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Tue, 01/21/2020 - 08:54
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers Friday prayers sermon, in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 17, 2020. Official…
Summaries by Iran’s Fars News Agency and ISNA ignore how Western outlets highlighted perceived shortcomings in his responses to domestic problems
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Sat, 01/18/2020 - 03:33
FILE - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi attends a ceremony at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 27, 2019, in this handout picture provided by the Egyptian Presidency.
Police raided their Cairo office Tuesday and formally arrested them Wednesday at a time of rising tensions between the rival nations
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Thu, 01/16/2020 - 11:54
FILE - An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, Aug. 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv.
The spyware has also been implicated in the gruesome killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018
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Thu, 01/16/2020 - 11:14
Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama delivers a speech to the parliament with the seats of the main opposition Democratic party, left, empty, during an assembly session in Tirana, Feb. 23, 2017.
Regional press freedom advocates, international observers have long warned the legislation would violate constitutional principles, stifle free speech
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Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:25
Security and police vehicles guard Cairo's Tora prison, where the trial of ousted Egyptian Islamist President Mohamed Mursi…
Anadolu Agency said it had no information on where its employees, including one Turkish citizen, were taken to following the raid late Tuesday. The Turkish citizen is in charge of the office’s finances and management
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Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:27
FILE - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 26, 2019. (Presidential Press Office/Handout)
Turkey was the only country in the world apart from China to entirely block access to the online encyclopedia
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Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:06
Stanislav Aseyev and Oleh Halazyuk, two contributors to RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, were among the civilians released by Russia-backed separatists in a prisoner swap on December 29, 2019.
Stanislav Aseyev and Oleh Halazyuk were among the civilians released by Russia-backed separatists in a prisoner swap on December 29, 2019.
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Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:01
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang gestures as he speaks during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs…
Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms have tried for years without success to be allowed into the lucrative Chinese market
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Tue, 01/14/2020 - 21:59
FILE - An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, Aug. 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv.
NSO came under particular scrutiny over the allegation that its spyware played a role in the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi
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Tue, 01/14/2020 - 16:51
Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi, attends an event marking the one-year anniversary of his killing, in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 2, 2019.
The brutal murder and dismemberment of the Saudi dissident writer with a bone saw occurred as Hatice Cengiz awaited his return outside the consulate walls
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Tue, 01/14/2020 - 13:50
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Iran's missile attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq, in the Grand Foyer at…
Last year, CPJ ranked Iran as the 7th-most-censored country in the world
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Mon, 01/13/2020 - 23:57

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