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Revealed: how Associated Press cooperated with the Nazis

AP wprled with NazisThe Associated Press news agency entered a formal cooperation with the Hitler regime in the 1930s, supplying American newspapers with material directly produced and selected by the Nazi propaganda ministry, archive material unearthed by a German historian has revealed.

When the Nazi party seized power in Germany in 1933, one of its first objectives was to bring into line not just the national press, but international media too. The Guardian was banned within a year, and by 1935 even bigger British-American agencies such as Keystone and Wide World Photos were forced to close their bureaus after coming under attack for employing Jewish journalists.

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Journalist jailed by Karadžić tribunal is released early

Florence Hartmann freedA former prosecution spokeswoman for the UN court trying alleged criminals from the 1990s Balkan wars has been released early from the jail where she had been serving a one-week sentence for contempt of court, the tribunal said on Tuesday.

Florence Hartmann, who reported for French newspaper Le Monde on the wars that accompanied the collapse of multi-ethnic Yugoslavia, was arrested by UN officials as she sought to attend the sentencing of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić last Thursday.

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Al Jazeera announces 500 job cuts

Al Jazeera to cut 500 jobsThe international news broadcaster Al Jazeera is undergoing a severe reduction in its workforce.

About 500 employees will be laid off beginning Monday, the broadcaster said on Sunday.

The cutbacks are a result of budget cuts by Al Jazeera's owner, Qatar, tied to the falling price of oil. The Middle Eastern emirate is highly dependent on oil and gas revenues.

Al Jazeera's various news channels employ about 3,500 people. Earlier this year the broadcaster decided to shut down its English language channel in the United States, Al Jazeera America. About 700 jobs will be eliminated once the channel signs off on April 12.

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French journalist Florence Hartmann jailed by war crimes tribunal

Florence HartmannThe journalist Florence Hartmann, a former correspondent for Le Monde, has been jailed at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague, the body established to try the criminals she devoted her life to exposing. She was arrested ahead of the verdict handed down to former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić.

Hartmann’s lawyer said she was being held in isolation, She is entirely isolated, under 24-hour fluorescent light, a situation that will last until at least Tuesday because of the Easter holiday.

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Turkey takes journalists' trial behind closed doors

journalists held in TurkeyA Turkish court took the trial of two prominent journalists charged with espionage behind closed doors on Friday, in a decision swiftly condemned by human rights groups.

Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gul, 49, the newspaper's Ankara bureau chief, stand accused of trying to topple the government with the publication last May of footage purporting to show Turkey's state intelligence agency helping to truck weapons to Syria in 2014.

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Thousands of Palestinian children injured in conflict

Palestinian children injured by the thousandsKufr Qaddum, occupied West Bank - Eleven-year-old Khalid Ishtawy is among more than 2,100 Palestinian children injured during direct conflict in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since the start of October, according to the United Nations.

Khaled was shot in the thigh on March 5, during what residents in the northern West Bank village of Kufr Qaddum called a peaceful protest. His face was etched with pain as his father, Fatah spokesperson and protest organiser Murad, slowly helped him into the family's living room.

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Miami fellowships for Cuban journalists announced by Knight Foundation

Knight FoundationThe John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in conjunction with the International Center for Journalists, unveiled a new $110,000 fellowship program on Tuesday morning designed to allow Cuban reporters and bloggers to work with their U.S. colleagues to receive multimedia storytelling and core journalism training.

Five journalists from the Cuban independent digital news outlet 14ymedio, which was launched in 2014 by the award-winning blogger Yoani Sánchez, will be embedded within Miami-based, Spanish-language newsrooms over the course of one year. They will collaborate on stories depicting the rapidly changing relations between the U.S. and Cuba and the impact of those changes on both countries.

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