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US takes down Iran-linked news sites, alleges disinformation

American authorities have seized a range of Iran’s state-linked news websites they accuse of spreading “disinformation."
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FILE - This Monday, June 21, 2021 photo shows Iran's new President-elect Ebrahim Raisi during a news conference in Tehran, Iran. Iran said Tuesday, June 22, that several state-linked news websites have been seized by the U.S. government under unclear circumstances. While there was no immediate acknowledgement of the seizures from American authorities, it comes amid the wider heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran over Tehran's now-tattered nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
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Iran likely had failed rocket launch, preparing for another

Iran likely conducted a failed launch of a satellite-carrying rocket in recent days and now appears to be preparing to try again
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This satellite image provided by Planet Labs Inc. that has been annotated by experts at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies shows preparation at the Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran's Semnan province on June 20, 2021 before what experts believe will be the launch of a satellite-carrying rocket. Iran likely conducted a failed launch of a satellite-carrying rocket in recent days and now appears to be preparing to try again, their latest effort to advance their space program amid tensions with the West over its tattered nuclear deal. (Planet Labs Inc., James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies via AP)
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5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves

Five years ago Wednesday, Britons voted in a referendum that was meant to bring certainty to the U.K.’s unsettled relationship with its European neighbors, but it most certainly did not
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 31, 2016 file photo, a 'Leave' supporter holds a banner near the Electoral Commission, in London. Five years ago, Britons voted in a referendum that was meant to bring certainty to the U.K.’s fraught relationship with its European neigbors. Voters’ decision on June 23, 2016 was narrow but clear: By 52 percent to 48 percent, they chose to leave the European Union. It took over four years to actually make the break. The former partners are still bickering, like many divorced couples, over money and trust. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
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Colombia reaches 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 as cases surge

Colombia has reached 100,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 this week, becoming just the tenth country in the world to hit the grim milestone
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A cat sits on a new coffin in a storage area of the Zipaquira's Park Cemetery in Zipaquira, Colombia, Friday, June 18, 2021. Funeral workers in Colombia are struggling to dispose of bodies as the country experiences a surge in deaths from COVID-19. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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Germany hosts conference to push for progress in Libya

Germany and the United Nations are bringing together representatives of Libya with powers that have interests in the country at a conference which aims for progress toward securing elections in the North African nation and the removal of foreign fighters
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AP Interview: Belarus regime 'frightened,' says opponent

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya says President Alexander Lukashenko may have miscalculated last month by diverting a Ryanair passenger jet to Minsk, where a dissident journalist aboard was arrested
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Man is first to stand trial under Hong Kong's security law

The first person to stand trial under Hong Kong’s national security law has pleaded not guilty to charges of terrorism and inciting secession by driving a motorcycle into police officers while carrying a protest flag
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A prison van, left, which a police officer says is carrying Tong Ying-kit arrives at a court in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Tong, accused of inciting secession, is the first person to stand trial under the national security law in Hong Kong since it was implemented nearly a year ago, as Beijing tightens its grip over the semi-autonomous city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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5.8-magnitude quake shakes Peru coast; no reports of damage

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake has hit Peru’s central coast, causing some residents of the capital to run out of shaking homes or buildings
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Brutal Mexico prison riot leaves 6 dead, 9 wounded

A brutal fight between two rival groups of inmates at a prison on Mexico's Gulf coast has left six dead and nine wounded
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June 22

Journalist killed in northern Mexico, 4th this year

A journalist has been found stabbed to death in the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna, across the border from Del Rio, Texas
June 22
June 22

By the Numbers: Great Barrier Reef could be listed as heritage site ‘in danger’

The United Nations recommends downgrading Australia’s Great Barrier Reef status to a heritage site “in danger,” while Australian officials oppose the move.
June 22
VIDEO: By the Numbers: Great Barrier Reef could be listed as heritage site ‘in danger’
June 22

In Ethiopian civil war, famine and sexual violence shatter Tigray region

The northernmost regional state of the country is torn apart by civil war.
June 22
This handout picture taken and released by the Ethiopia Prime Minister Office in Beshasha, Ethiopia on June 21, 2021, shows Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed casting his ballot at a polling station.
June 22

Newly sanctified Tunisian cemetery for migrants filling fast

A newly sanctified cemetery for Tunisia's migrant dead is filling quickly
June 22
74-year-old Algerian artist Rachid Koraïchi poses for a photo, in Tunis, Wednesday June 16, 2021. A newly sanctified cemetery for Tunisia's migrant dead is filling quickly. Rachid Koraïchi bought the plot of land in the port city of Zarzis a few years ago and started designing what he hoped would be the final resting place for people who died on the move. (AP Photo/Mehdi El Arem)
June 22

AP PHOTOS: Indian police train villagers for border security

For nearly three months, from dusk to dawn, Rita Devi has followed a similar drill. Her day begins with physical training, followed by classes on border management and on collaborating with police and border guards in the event of skirmishes along the frontier between India and Pakistan. Toward evening, she receives training in weapon handling and law and order. Devi, along with 73 other young men and women, is working hard to become a “special police officer” to assist law enforcement officers in dozens of mountain villages in the frontier district of Kathua in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Pakistan also controls part of Kashmir, which is claimed by both countries. Devi said she always wanted to join the police. “This position will allow me to help people,” she said. Special police officers are lower-ranked police officials who are mainly recruited for intelligence gathering and counterinsurgency operations. In recent years, the force has assisted in border areas as well because of...
June 22
Special police officer recruits who completed nearly three months physical training demonstrate their skills at Kathua in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Saturday, June 5, 2021. Special police officers are lower-ranked police officials who are mainly recruited for intelligence gathering and counterinsurgency operations. In recent years, the force has assisted in border areas as well because of local recruits' familiarity with the topography and ability to assist police and border guards during emergencies. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
June 22

UAE's capital apparently offering COVID vaccines to tourists

The capital of the United Arab Emirates has apparently started offering free coronavirus vaccines to tourists flying into emirate, a move that could entice travelers and help revive the country’s struggling tourism industry
June 22
FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2021 file photo, a man receives his Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine from a medical staffer at Guru Nanak Darbar temple in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, has apparently started offering free coronavirus vaccines to tourists flying into the emirate, a move that could entice travelers and help revive the country's struggling tourism industry. While no official announcement was made on the matter, the health authority's phone application showed updated criteria for vaccine access on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, saying visitors to the capital could now get the COVID-19 shot by presenting their passports. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
June 22

Brazil probes Health Ministry deal to buy Covaxin vaccine

Brazil’s federal prosecutor’s office is investigating possible irregularities in a Health Ministry contract to purchase 20 million doses of the Covaxin vaccine manufactured by Indian laboratory Bharat Biotech
June 22
A demonstrator holds a sign that reads in Portuguese; "'Vaccine now", during a protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic on Paulista Avenue, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, June 19, 2021. Brazil's COVID-19 death toll is expected to surpass the milestone of 500,000 deaths on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Marcelo Chello)
June 22

Mexico's Caribbean coast hit by heavy seaweed, more expected

Environmentalists and tourism operators on Mexico's Caribbean coast are complaining about mounds of foul-smelling sargassum — a seaweed-like algae — piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown
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Infighting in Gulf cartel blamed for Mexico border killings

The top prosecutor in Mexico's border state of Tamaulipas says infighting between rival factions of the Gulf drug cartel was the apparent motive behind weekend shooting that killed 19 people, 15 of them apparently innocent bystanders
June 22
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Gunmen kill 11 police officers in Burkina Faso; 4 missing

Authorities in Burkina Faso say at least 11 police officers are dead and four others are missing after they were ambushed by gunmen
June 22
June 22

Cyberbullying trial tests French tools to fight online abuse

A landmark cyberbullying trial in Paris is blazing a trail in efforts to punish and prevent online abuse
June 22
FILE - In this June 21, 2021 file photo, the teen who has been identified publicly only by her first name, Mila, leaves the courtroom in Paris. The landmark cyberbullying trial in Paris, involving thousands of threats against a teenager who savaged Islam in online posts, is blazing a trail in efforts to punish and prevent online abuse. It's also raising uncomfortable questions about France's freedom of expression, and freedom to commit blasphemy. But most of all, it's been a trial about the power of the online word, and prosecutors hope it serves as a wake-up call to those who treat it lightly. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus,File)
June 22

International criticism of Nicaragua crackdown grows

International criticism of the Nicaraguan government has grown following another night of arrests in Managua
June 22
FILE - In this March 21, 2019 file photo, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks next to first lady and Vice President Rosario Murillo during the inauguration ceremony of a highway overpass in Managua, Nicaragua. Nicaragua’s National Police have arrested on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, two more potential challengers to President Ortega, the third and fourth opposition pre-candidates for the Nov. 7 elections detained in the past week. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga, File)
June 22

Veteran lawmaker to lead N. Ireland's DUP after turmoil

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party has named veteran lawmaker Jeffrey Donaldson its new leader
June 22
FILE - In this Friday, May 14, 2021 file photo, Democratic Unionist Party member Jeffrey Donaldson MP leaves the party headquarters in east Belfast after voting took place to elect a new leader. Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party has named veteran lawmaker Jeffrey Donaldson its new leader., it was reported on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, The choice comes just weeks after Donaldson narrowly lost an election to lead the senior partner in Northern Ireland’s government. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
June 22

Aid group halts work in migrant detention centers in Libya

Aid group Doctors Without Borders says it is suspending activities in two overcrowded Libyan detention centers in Tripoli due to increased violence, abuse and ill treatment of migrants and refugees held there by Libyan authorities
June 22
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Pablo Picasso, elephant and farmers: World in Photos, June 22

A look at the top photos from around the globe.
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VIDEO: Pablo Picasso, elephant and farmers: World in Photos, June 22
June 22

Greek pilot jailed before trial over UK wife's murder

A helicopter pilot charged with the murder of his young British-Greek wife, Caroline Crouch, and faking a robbery has been jailed to await trial, while a prosecutor will decide on the custody of their infant daughter
June 22
Babis Anagnostopoulos, center, escorted by police officers arrives to the prosecutor's office at a court, in Athens, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The 33-year-old helicopter pilot and flight instructor Babis Anagnostopoulos has been detained as a suspect in the murder of his British wife Caroline Crouch, 20, outside Athens last month after publicly claiming she'd been killed during a brutal invasion of the couple's home, police said. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
June 22

France's Sarkozy faces jail term in campaign financing trial

The trial of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has concluded in Paris, after a month during which the court sought to determine whether he broke laws on campaign financing in his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid
June 22
FILE - In this Thursday, May, 24, 2007 file picture, French President Nicolas Sarkozy sits during an official and traditional ceremony with Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe, whose empty chair is at right, during which the newly elected President is met by the Paris mayor at the Paris city hall, France. The trial of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy concludes Tuesday in Paris, after a month during which the court sought to determine whether he broke laws on campaign financing in his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
June 22

EU approves 191.5 billion euros in recovery funds for Italy

The European Union's executive branch has given the formal nod to 191.5 billion euros in pandemic recovery funds for Italy
June 22
Italian Premier Mario Draghi receives a Next Gen EU plan brochure from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, at the Cinecitta' studios in Rome, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
June 22

EU warns Hungary, Poland of action over democratic standards

The European Union’s executive branch is warning Hungary and Poland that it will take action if they continue to violate the 27-nation bloc’s democratic standards
June 22
European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova, left, and French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune pose for a photo before their meeting during a European general affairs ministers meeting at the European Council building in Luxembourg, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (John Thys/Pool Photo via AP)
June 22

Iran says state-linked news websites seized by US government under unclear circumstances, US officials don't acknowledge

Iran says state-linked news websites seized by US government under unclear circumstances, US officials don't acknowledge
June 22
June 22

Pakistan premier criticized for comments on sexual violence

Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing growing criticism at home for seemingly blaming a rise in sexual violence in Pakistan on women wearing “very few clothes.”
June 22
FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020 file photo, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khan is facing growing criticism at home for seemingly blaming a rise in sexual violence in Pakistan on women wearing “very few clothes.” Khan drew nationwide condemnation Tuesday, June 22, 2021, from human rights activists and the country’s opposition, which sought an apology. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)
June 22

ABC News Update: Chadwick Boseman’s death raises colon cancer awareness

Plus, girl scouts in California raise money for oxygen masks used to save pets caught in fires.
June 22
VIDEO: ABC News Update: Chadwick Boseman’s death raises colon cancer awareness
June 22

EU chief suggests shift in migration aid for Turkey

The head of the European Union’s executive Commission says she will propose shifting the bloc’s financial aid for migrants in Turkey away from emergency humanitarian relief to long-term support
June 22
June 22

Putin hails WWII heroes, warns of degrading Europe security

Russian President Vladimir Putin is marking the 80th anniversary of the Nazi attack on the Soviet Union by hailing the country’s World War II heroes and calling for efforts to strengthen European security
June 22
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony in memory of those killed during WWII as he takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, marking the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
June 22

Belarus denounces Western sanctions as 'economic war'

Belarus says that new prospective Western sanctions over the diversion of a passenger plane amount to the declaration of an “economic war,” and is threatening to retaliate
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Catalan separatists eye freedom after Spain's Cabinet pardon

Nine Catalan separatist leaders jailed for sedition are eyeing freedom, after Spain’s Cabinet pardoned them in the hope of starting what Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called a much-needed reconciliation in the country’s restive northeast
June 22
In this photo provided by the Spanish Government in Madrid, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, centre, speaks with three of his ministers, during a cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Tuesday June 22, 2021. The Spanish Cabinet met on Tuesday to issue pardons for nine imprisoned Catalans who spearheaded the 2017 effort to set an independent republic in the affluent northeastern region, a move that Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says is needed to bring reconciliation. (Borja Puig de la Bellacasa/Spanish Government via AP)
June 22

Hong Kong police arrest man for sedition over protest flag

Hong Kong police have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of using seditious words after a flag with a banned protest slogan was seen hanging outside his apartment
June 22
FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo, protesters show a banner "Librate Hong Kong, Revolution of out time," left, and "Hong Kong Independence" in a shopping mall during a protest in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of using seditious words after a flag with a banned protest slogan was seen hanging outside his apartment, Monday, June 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
June 22

Moscow imposes new virus restrictions as cases remain high

The mayor of Moscow has announced new pandemic restrictions, saying the situation in the capital remains “very difficult.”
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EU investigates Google's conduct in digital ad tech sector

European Union regulators have launched a fresh antitrust investigation of Google, this time over whether the company is stifling competition in digital advertising technology
June 22
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 file photo, a woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. France's anti-competition watchdog has decided to fine Google 220 million euros ($268 million) for abusing its “dominant position” in the complex business of online advertising. It said Monday, June 7, 2021 that the move is unprecedented. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
June 22

Polish intelligence agencies link cyberattack to Russia

Poland's government says it has evidence linking a recent cyber attack on thousands of email and social media accounts of politicians, public figures and other Poles to Russia’s secret services
June 22
June 22

Dubai investment arm posts $5.1 billion loss amid pandemic

Dubai’s sovereign wealth fund has announced a net loss of $5.1 billion over the past year, highlighting the toll that the coronavirus pandemic has wrought on its vast assets and the uncertainty around the emirate’s post-pandemic recovery
June 22
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2021 file photo, people embark on a dinner dhow cruise after sunset with a view of the city skyline and a sign promoting Dubai, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai's sovereign wealth fund announced Tuesday, June 22, 2021, a net loss of $5.1 billion over the past year, highlighting the toll that the coronavirus pandemic has wrought on the company's vast assets and the uncertainty around the emirate's post-pandemic recovery. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
June 22

China, Canada spar at UN body over human rights failings

Canada and China have sparred over human rights at the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council
June 22
Zachary Orchard, of the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation on the Manitoba and Ontario border, listens during a ceremony and vigil for the 215 children whose remains were found buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday, June 21, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 22

Palestinian Authority arrests activist over online criticism

The Palestinian Authority has detained a prominent activist and held him overnight after he criticized its policies in a series of online posts and accused it of detaining another individual for political reasons
June 22
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2017 file photo, prominent Palestinian activist Issa Amro speaks after his release from detention, in the West Bank city of Hebron. The Palestinian Authority detained a prominent activist on Monday, June 21, 2021, and held him overnight after he criticized its policies in a series of online posts and accused it of detaining another individual for political reasons. He was released Tuesday, but told to return Wednesday, when he could be charged. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi, File)
June 22

Conservationists rehab and release sea turtles

REHABILITATE & RELEASE: A conservation group protects endangered sea turtles that wash up on the beach in Dubai.
June 22
REHABILITATE & RELEASE: A conservation group protects endangered sea turtles that wash up on the beach in Dubai.
June 22

China's wandering elephants on the move again

ELEPHANT ENERGY: New drone footage shows a famous ​herd of migrating Chinese elephants on the move again.
June 22
ELEPHANT ENERGY: New drone footage shows a famous ​herd of migrating Chinese elephants on the move again.
June 22

Dutch talks on forming coalition government still deadlocked

Talks to form a new ruling coalition remain deadlocked nearly 100 days after Dutch national elections
June 22
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, center, applauds in the stands prior to the Euro 2020 soccer championship group F match between North Macedonia and Netherlands, at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday, June 21 2021. (Koen van Weel/Pool via AP)
June 22

German lawmakers fault finance minister, auditor on Wirecard

German lawmakers examining the collapse of the payment processing company Wirecard have accused the country’s finance minister and auditors Ernst & Young of numerous oversight failings
June 22
FILE - In this Monday, July 20, 2020 file photo, the logo of payment company Wirecard is pictured at the headquarters in Munich, Germany. German lawmakers presenting a report into the collapse of payment processing company Wirecard accused the country's finance minister and auditors Ernst and Young of numerous oversight failings. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)
June 22

EXPLAINER: Why has Spain pardoned 9 Catalan separatists?

Spain’s government has granted pardons to nine instigators of an illegal 2017 secession bid for Catalonia
June 22
Demonstrators hold "esteladas" or Catalan pro-independence flags during a protest against Spain's prime minister Pedro Sanchez outside the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, June 21, 2021. Sanchez's said Monday that the Spanish Cabinet will approve pardons for nine separatist Catalan politicians and activists imprisoned for their roles in the 2017 push to break away from Spain. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)
June 22

Spanish Cabinet signs pardons for 9 Catalan separatists to defuse political crisis

Spanish Cabinet signs pardons for 9 Catalan separatists to defuse political crisis
June 22
June 22

Activists: Vatican is 'meddling' in Italy's LGBT rights law

The Vatican has formally opposed a proposed Italian law expanding anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community
June 22
FILE - In this Friday, May 7, 2021 filer, Italian lawmaker Alessandro Zan paints a bench in the colors of the rainbow, in Milan, Italy. The Vatican has formally opposed proposed Italian legislation that seeks expand anti-discrimination protections to people who are gay and transgender, along with women and people with disabilities, the leading Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported on Tuesday. Activists immediately denounced Vatican meddling in the Italian legislative process as “unprecedented. Italian politicians and activist groups reacted strongly to what they see as an attempt to derail the so-called Zan Law, named for a Democratic Party lawmaker and gay rights activist Alessandro Zan. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
June 22

Europol: Extremists sought to use pandemic to spread hate

The European Union's police agency says extremists sought to use the global pandemic to “spread hate propaganda and exacerbate mistrust in public institutions” in 2020
June 22