Iran state TV: US resident held as spy to be released

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state television is reporting that a U.S. permanent resident held for years in Tehran "will be released in the coming hours." The report Monday on state T...

Iran considers releasing Lebanese detainee

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is considering releasing a Lebanese resident of the United States who is serving a 10-year sentence on espionage charges following a request from Lebanese officials. ...

Lebanon calls on Iran to release citizen who is US resident

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon is calling on Iran to use the upcoming holy month of Ramadan to grant amnesty to a Lebanese citizen who is also a U.S. resident imprisoned there for more than three years. ...

Iranian minister makes public prisoner swap offer to US

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's top diplomat on Wednesday made public an offer to the U.S. government for a prisoner swap that he said he made six months ago. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad ...

Russia's parliament votes to unplug internet from world

Russian Duma deputies on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported a bill allowing Russia to create its own autonomous internet. The law will create an independent infrastructure for the Russian internet, or &...

EU to hold final vote on contentious copyright reform

A controversial reform on EU copyright law aimed at ensuring the rights of artists and news publishers in the digital age is to face a final vote by the bloc's member states on Monday. The vote wi...

In India's election, voters feed on false information

NEW DELHI (AP) — New Delhi shop owner Ram Shankar Rai spends at least two hours a day going through political news and videos shared with him on social media. Rai looked intently at a flurry ...

Moscow protesters rally against Russia's 'online Iron Curtain'

Thousands of protesters gathered in Moscow on Saturday to rally against a draft law that aims to reconfigure the foundation of Russia's internet. More than 14,000 people participated, according to...

Kremlin aims to unplug Russian internet from World Wide Web

Authorities regularly present Russia, which faces international sanctions and hacking accusations, as a country under siege. Now Russia is looking into pulling up its virtual drawbridges. The national...

Vietnam artists seek 'liberation' from cybersecurity law

Mai Khoi (pictured above) is not afraid to push boundaries in her native Vietnam. The 35-year-old musician is known for criticizing the country's communist government and has built a large followi...

Can China take a lesson from Estonia in using public data?

Earlier this month, China hosted the "World Internet Conference" to advance an open digital economy. Chinese President Xi Jinping said the development of the internet "knows no national...

Russia tightens control of anonymous messenger apps

MOSCOW (AP) — Tightening its control over popular anonymous chat apps, the Russian government has approved regulations that would identify users by their cellphone numbers. The measu...

China's Tencent partners with law enforcement to limit online gameplay for minors

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In response to criticism from the public and the Chinese government, the Chinese tech giant Tencent is responding by increasing monitoring and identity verification measur...

Freedom House 2018 Report: China the worst abuser of internet freedom, again

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China is ranked as the world's worst abuser of internet freedom once again, according to the latest report issued by Freedom House, for bringing its internet controls ...

Google app tested in Venezuela takes swipe at press censors

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Google has unveiled a tool meant to help fight press censorship around the world, testing it first in Venezuela, where journalists say they're battling a government bent on b...