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Ecuador newspaper columnist requests US asylum

MIAMI (AP) - A former Ecuadorean newspaper columnist who faces prison and millions of dollars in fines for his criticism of President Rafael Correa requested asylum Wednesday in the U.S., claiming he is the victim of persecution aimed at Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Rights groups urge Jordan to release publisher

AMMAN Jordan (AP) - International rights groups urged Jordan Thursday to immediately release the publisher of an online newspaper who was arrested after his website posted an article alleging misconduct by royal officials. Jamal Muhtaseb, the publisher of Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Critic of Jordan's king faces possible prosecution

AMMAN Jordan (AP) - Prominent Jordanian political analyst and government critic Labib Kamhawi said Wednesday that he may face prosecution and even jail for inciting revolt and defaming Jordan's King Abdullah II, but he denied any wrongdoing and vowed he will fight back. The Amman general prosecutor...

Lawyer: Bahrain overturns activist's Twitter case

MANAMA Bahrain (AP) - A Bahrain judge on Thursday overturned a conviction against a prominent human rights campaigner for posting alleged anti-government comments on social media, but the activist remained jailed while appealing another prison sentence. The decision shifts the focus among Full version...

Vietnam convicts 3 bloggers for anti-gov't posts

HANOI Vietnam (AP) - Vietnam issued jail sentences ranging from four to 12 years on Monday to three bloggers who wrote about human rights abuses, corruption and foreign policy, intensifying a crackdown on its citizens' use of Internet to criticize the government. The cases are particularly Full...

Morocco expels 19 foreigners from W Sahara

RABAT Morocco (AP) - Morocco has expelled 19 foreigners from the annexed territory of the Western Sahara, saying they were journalists who entered without permission. The action, which underlines Morocco's intense sensitivity over criticism of its policies in the mineral rich region, came as...

Russia expands treason law, critics fear crackdown

MOSCOW (AP) - Adding to fears that the Kremlin aims to stifle dissent, Russians now live under a new law expanding the definition of treason so broadly that critics say it could be used to call anyone who bucks the government a traitor. The law took effect Wednesday, just two days after Full version...