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Apple Daily to close, last pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper

Hong Kong's sole remaining pro-democracy newspaper will publish its last edition Thursday, forced to shut down after five editors and executives were arrested and millions of dollars in its assets were frozen as part of China's increasing crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous city.

People buy Apple Daily at a news stand at a downtown street in Hong Kong Friday, June 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

U.S. takes down Iran-linked news sites, alleges disinformation

American authorities seized a range of Iran's state-linked news website domains they accused of spreading "disinformation" on Tuesday, a U.S. official said, a move that appeared to be a far-reaching crackdown on Iranian media amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

Ebrahim Raisi, a candidate in Iran's presidential elections waves to the media after casting his vote at a polling station in Tehran, Iran Friday, June 18, 2021.(AP / Ebrahim Noroozi)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)