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KINSHASA, Congo | Congo’s ruling coalition retains power in national assembly

KINSHASA, Congo — Jan 12, 2019—The ruling coalition of Congo’s outgoing President Joseph Kabila has won a large majority of national assembly seats, the electoral commission announced Saturday, while the presidential election runner-up was poised to file a court challenge alleging fraud. The national assembly majority sharply reduces the chances of dramatic reforms under the … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo’s ruling coalition retains power in national assembly

HAVANA | Cuban assembly approves draft of new constitution

HAVANA — Cuba’s National Assembly on Saturday approved an update of the country’s constitution, the final step before a national referendum expected to approve the new charter in February. The new constitution contains more continuity than change, although it recognizes the de-facto modernization of Cuban society over the last decade. The constitution maintains Cuba as … Continue reading HAVANA | Cuban assembly approves draft of new constitution

HAVANA | Cuba eliminates gay marriage language from new constitution

HAVANA— Cuba’s government said Tuesday that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea. Gay rights advocates had proposed eliminating the description of marriage as a union of a man and woman, changing it to the union of “two … Continue reading HAVANA | Cuba eliminates gay marriage language from new constitution

PARIS | Media: French PM announces delay to fuel tax hikes

PARIS  — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a suspension of fuel tax hikes Tuesday, a major U-turn in an effort to appease a protest movement that has radicalized and plunged Paris into chaos last weekend, French media reported. Both Le Monde newspaper and France Info radio said the planned increase, which has provoked violent … Continue reading PARIS | Media: French PM announces delay to fuel tax hikes

Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as US Catholic bishops convene

As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for their national assembly next week, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda amid calls from critics that church leaders finally bring about meaningful reforms to root out misbehaving priests. The three-day assembly that starts Monday in Baltimore comes after a series of abuse scandals this year that have … Continue reading Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as US Catholic bishops convene

HANOI, Vietnam | Vietnam frees popular blogger on condition she leave for US

HANOI, Vietnam— Vietnam has freed a well-known blogger after two years in prison on the condition that she leave for the United States. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known as “Mother Mushroom,” was arrested in October 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of defaming the Communist government. The conviction of the popular … Continue reading HANOI, Vietnam | Vietnam frees popular blogger on condition she leave for US

PARIS | Macron ally heads France’s National Assembly amid probe

PARIS — French lawmakers have elected a close political ally of President Emmanuel Macron to head France’s lower house of Parliament. Richard Ferrand replaces Francois de Rugy as president of the National Assembly. Macron named Rugy as his environment minister last week. The 56-year-old Ferrand comfortably won Wednesday’s ballot by lawmakers, despite facing a judicial … Continue reading PARIS | Macron ally heads France’s National Assembly amid probe

PARIS | French president names 2 new ministers in mini-reshuffle

PARIS  — French President Emmanuel Macron picked a political ally and a former swimming world champion to plug two holes in his government left by the unexpected resignations of the environment and sports ministers. The presidential Elysee Palace announced the mini-reshuffle in a brief statement Tuesday. Francois de Rugy, president of the National Assembly, parliament’s … Continue reading PARIS | French president names 2 new ministers in mini-reshuffle