government and politics

Brazil police: 2 men arrested in killing of Marielle Franco

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police on Tuesday arrested two suspects in the killing of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, a brazen assassination that shocked and angered Brazilians and sparked protests in several countries. The arrest of the men comes two days before the anniversary of the killings on March 14, … Continue reading Brazil police: 2 men arrested in killing of Marielle Franco

Estonian party start talks with populists despite promise

HELSINKI (AP) — A senior Estonian politician has resigned from the Center Party’s leadership to protest a decision to start government formation talks with a euroskeptic populist party that made big gains in last week’s general election — despite promises not to talk with them. Raimond Kaljulaid said Tuesday the Center Party and the nationalist, … Continue reading Estonian party start talks with populists despite promise

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: FAA JOINS ETHIOPIA CRASH PROBE U.S. aviation experts join the investigation into the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner, as a growing number of airlines and countries ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN AGENDA … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

Questions about Russian’s death revived by judge’s ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died of blunt force … Continue reading Questions about Russian’s death revived by judge’s ruling

US envoy calls China’s Muslim camps ‘horrific,’ wants probe

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A U.S. envoy on religion has described China’s internment of an estimated 1 million Muslims as a “horrific situation.” Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, on Tuesday called for an independent investigation into the detentions and the release of those being held. China has already angrily protested Brownback’s remarks … Continue reading US envoy calls China’s Muslim camps ‘horrific,’ wants probe

New Mexico mulls state-run pot shops, subsidized medical use

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states weighs legislation that would legalize recreational sales and consumption. The idea for state-run … Continue reading New Mexico mulls state-run pot shops, subsidized medical use

Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

ALGIERS, Algeria(AP)— Algeria’s president of two decades abandoned his bid for a fifth term Monday following unprecedented protests over his fitness for office, but his simultaneous postponement of an election set for next month had critics worried he intends to hold on to power. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has rarely been seen in public since … Continue reading Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

WASHINGTON(AP)— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it” even as some on her left flank clamor to start proceedings. Pelosi said in an interview with The Washington Post that “I’m not for impeachment” of Trump. “Unless there’s something so compelling … Continue reading Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

9-year-old Los Angeles area girl found in duffel bag ID’d

LOS ANGELES (AP)— Investigators have identified a Los Angeles-area girl found dead in a duffel bag along a suburban equestrian trail, and two people have been detained in connection with the case. The coroner’s office determined the girl was 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones and ruled her death a homicide, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department … Continue reading 9-year-old Los Angeles area girl found in duffel bag ID’d

The Latest: Algeria to get new constitution, government

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Latest on the political situation and protests in Algeria (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Algerian state news agency APS says President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has named the interior minister in his government as the new prime minister. Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui is close to the president’s brother. Bouteflika charged Bedoui with … Continue reading The Latest: Algeria to get new constitution, government

UK leader holds last-ditch Brexit talks with EU before vote

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled to win last-minute changes from the European Union to her Brexit deal Monday, a day before a crucial vote in Britain’s Parliament that could derail the country’s withdrawal from the EU — and cost May her job. May flew by Royal Air Force jet to Strasbourg, France, … Continue reading UK leader holds last-ditch Brexit talks with EU before vote

Tunisia: 12 infants die of hospital-acquired infection

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Twelve newborn babies have died in Tunisia after acquiring infections at the public maternity hospital where they were born prematurely, the country’s interim health minister reported Monday. Sonia Ben Sheikh, who hastily took over when Tunisia’s health minister resigned amid growing outrage, said during a news conference in Tunis that the … Continue reading Tunisia: 12 infants die of hospital-acquired infection

US senator vows to seek recognition of Israeli rule in Golan

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senator Lindsey Graham says he will push for American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a territory it captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war. The South Carolina Republican toured the mountain plateau Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said he aims “to persuade the administration to … Continue reading US senator vows to seek recognition of Israeli rule in Golan

Wonder Woman to the rescue: Gal Gadot takes on Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (AP) — Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has come to the rescue of a fellow Israeli celebrity in a spat with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Gadot, who typically shies away from politics, is rallying behind Rotem Sela, one of Israel’s top models and TV hosts, who drew fire from Netanyahu for criticizing his fearmongering … Continue reading Wonder Woman to the rescue: Gal Gadot takes on Netanyahu

Dutch firebrand Wilders: Man with knives detained at event

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A man carrying two knives and an ax was detained over the weekend shortly before anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders was due to hand out political flyers before provincial elections. Wilders tweeted about the incident Monday. The country’s counter-terrorism coordinator confirmed that the man was carrying knives and an ax but … Continue reading Dutch firebrand Wilders: Man with knives detained at event

Colorado residents seek to block major oil and gas project

DENVER (AP) — Frustrated residents of a Denver suburb say state law is forcing them to participate in a major oil and gas drilling project against their wishes, so they launched legal challenges with potentially significant consequences for the industry. Backed by a federal judge, they have a chance this week to ask state regulators … Continue reading Colorado residents seek to block major oil and gas project

Restive Algeria awaits decisive move from returned president

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian teenagers and lawyers held protests Monday, and workers held scattered walkouts, as their tense nation waits to see whether ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika offers any concessions in the face of unprecedented protests. Algerian media and protest leaders expect it could be a decisive day for the gas-rich North African country, … Continue reading Restive Algeria awaits decisive move from returned president

Some Democrats in 2020 campaign reaching out to rural areas

DENMARK, S.C. (AP) — Deanna Miller Berry doesn’t often see presidential candidates. So when New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker recently came to Bamberg County, South Carolina, she was primed to unload about a contaminated water system. “What is your plan to fix it?” Berry asked, her eyes narrowed. Booker, former mayor of Newark, the largest … Continue reading Some Democrats in 2020 campaign reaching out to rural areas

The Latest: Trump to seek another $8.6 billion for wall

WASHINGTON(AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s budget proposal for the 2020 budget. (all times local): 4:20 p.m. President Donald Trump will be seeking $8.6 billion in his new budget to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall, setting up another showdown with lawmakers who have resisted giving him more money for his signature campaign promise. The … Continue reading The Latest: Trump to seek another $8.6 billion for wall

Powell says Trump’s attacks played no role in rate pause

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says political attacks by President Donald Trump played no role in the Fed’s decision in January to signal that it planned to take a pause in hiking interest rates. He also said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he can’t be fired by the president and that he … Continue reading Powell says Trump’s attacks played no role in rate pause

Presidential hopeful Castro isn’t ruling out reparations

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro isn’t ruling out direct payments to African-Americans for the legacy of slavery — a stand separating him from his 2020 rivals. “If under the Constitution we compensate people because we take their property, why wouldn’t you compensate people who actually were property,” the former Obama-era housing … Continue reading Presidential hopeful Castro isn’t ruling out reparations

Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest

MOSCOW (AP) — Several thousand people have rallied in Moscow to protest legislation they fear could lead to widespread internet censorship for Russian users. The sanctioned rally on Sunday was organized in response to a bill in parliament that would route all internet traffic through servers in Russia, making virtual private networks (VPNs) ineffective. The … Continue reading Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest

Trump expected to seek $8.6B for border wall in new budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will seek $8.6 billion in his new budget to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall, an administration said Sunday, setting up another showdown with Congress, which has resisted giving him more money for his signature campaign promise. The request would more than double the $8.1 billion already available to the … Continue reading Trump expected to seek $8.6B for border wall in new budget

First time in Baghdad: Iran’s president to visit Iraq

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president is making his first official visit to Iraq this week as he faces mounting pressure from hard-liners at home in the wake of the Trump administration’s unraveling of the nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani‘s trip — billed as “historic and noble” by his foreign minister — is meant to solidify … Continue reading First time in Baghdad: Iran’s president to visit Iraq

Abbas picks ally for new Palestinian premier

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president on Sunday chose a longtime adviser, Mohammed Ishtayeh as his new prime minister, a step that deepens the rift with the Gaza Strip‘s ruling Hamas militant group. The official Wafa news agency made the announcement, saying “President Abbas has given Mohammed Ishtayeh a mandate to form a … Continue reading Abbas picks ally for new Palestinian premier

7-phased voting for India’s national election in April, May

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Election Commission announced Sunday that the upcoming national election will be held in seven phases in April and May, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s Hindu nationalist party seeks a second term. About 900 million people are eligible to vote in a staggered process that allows the government to deploy tens … Continue reading 7-phased voting for India’s national election in April, May

North Korea goes to polls to rubber-stamp parliament lineup

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Millions of North Korean voters, including leader Kim Jong Un, went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new lineup of roughly 700 members for the next session of the national legislature, though the vote was more of an endorsement than a competitive contest. Voters were presented with just … Continue reading North Korea goes to polls to rubber-stamp parliament lineup