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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

ISLAMABAD | New premier Imran Khan pledges to restore Pakistan’s economy

ISLAMABAD  — Prime Minister Imran Khan said in his first televised speech in office that Pakistan is in the worst economic condition it has seen and pledged to cut government spending, end corruption and repatriate public funds. A day after he was sworn in, Khan promised reforms across all fields. “I want to see Pakistan … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | New premier Imran Khan pledges to restore Pakistan’s economy

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan’s Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister

ISLAMABAD  — Pakistan’s cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan has been sworn in as prime minister after his party won the most votes in last month’s election despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf. Khan took the oath of office on Saturday, a day after being elected by a … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan’s Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister

ISLAMABAD | Pakistani lawmakers elect Imran Khan as prime minister

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani lawmakers on Friday elected former cricket star and longtime politician Imran Khan as the country’s next prime minister, in a step toward the country’s third civilian transfer of power. In the vote at the National Assembly, Khan secured 176 votes, defeating the opposition’s candidate, Shahbaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League party, … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistani lawmakers elect Imran Khan as prime minister

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia | Cambodia’s ruling party swept seats, official results show

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia  — Final results showed Cambodia’s ruling party swept elections last month for the National Assembly, ensuring long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen another term but reinforcing skepticism of the vote’s legitimacy. The National Election Committee confirmed Wednesday the Cambodian People’s Party won all 125 seats in the National Assembly in the July 29 … Continue reading PHNOM PENH, Cambodia | Cambodia’s ruling party swept seats, official results show

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia | With opposition silenced, Cambodia’s Hun Sen coasts to win

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia  — Cambodia’s ruling party has won Sunday’s general election, the chief government spokesman said, a widely expected outcome in an election slammed by rights groups as illegitimate, and which ensures that long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen will serve another five year-term. Although 20 parties contested the election, the only one with the … Continue reading PHNOM PENH, Cambodia | With opposition silenced, Cambodia’s Hun Sen coasts to win

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia | The Latest: Cambodia’s Hun Sen on his way to election win

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia  — The Latest on Cambodia’s national election (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Preliminary partial vote counts from Cambodia’s national election show Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party well on its way to victory as expected for almost all of the 125 National Assembly seats, with the longtime leader on the verge of … Continue reading PHNOM PENH, Cambodia | The Latest: Cambodia’s Hun Sen on his way to election win

ISLAMABAD | The Latest: UN congratulates Pakistanis for voting

ISLAMABAD — The Latest on results of Pakistan’s national election (all times local): 11:25 p.m. The U.N. says Secretary General Antonio Guterres is congratulating the Pakistani people for voting and reaffirming “their commitment to a democratic Pakistan.” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres “looks forward to the formation of the new government and wishes it … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | The Latest: UN congratulates Pakistanis for voting

ISLAMABAD  | Cricket star Imran Khan wins in Pakistan but needs coalition

ISLAMABAD  —and MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — It’s official: Pakistan’s Election Commission on Friday declared former cricket star Imran Khan’s party the winner of Pakistan’s historic third consecutive election of a civilian government, but he didn’t win an outright majority and must form a coalition government. After two days of tediously slow vote … Continue reading ISLAMABAD  | Cricket star Imran Khan wins in Pakistan but needs coalition

ISLAMABAD | The Latest: Polls close in Pakistan national elections

ISLAMABAD— The Latest on Pakistan’s elections (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The spokesman for Pakistan’s Election Commission says the commission has issued a notice to aspiring prime minister Imran Khan saying his vote could be disqualified after he cast his ballot in front of television cameras, violating “the secrecy of the ballot paper.” Nadeem Qasim … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | The Latest: Polls close in Pakistan national elections

ISLAMABAD | The Latest: Khan votes, hoping to become Pakistan’s next PM

ISLAMABAD — The Latest on Pakistan’s elections (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Pakistan’s opposition leader Imran Khan, who aspires to be the country’s next prime minister, has cast his ballot near his suburban home in the capital, Islamabad. Khan voted as elections got underway in Pakistan where the nation is electing a new National Assembly, … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | The Latest: Khan votes, hoping to become Pakistan’s next PM

SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korean ex-leader sentenced to 8 more years in prison

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean court on Friday sentenced former South Korean President Park Geun-hye to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws. She now faces the prospect of more than three decades behind bars. She’s already serving a 24-year prison term over a massive corruption scandal that … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korean ex-leader sentenced to 8 more years in prison

HAVANA | The Latest: US lawmaker sees no real change in Cuba

HAVANA | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Latest on Raul Castro’s handover of Cuba’s presidency (all times local): 1:25 p.m. One of the fiercest congressional critics of Cuba’s government says the island’s new president is a “thug” who is just the “same as the old boss.” Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen says Congress sees Thursday’s … Continue reading HAVANA | The Latest: US lawmaker sees no real change in Cuba

HAVANA | Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba’s president

HAVANA | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) A 57-year-old bureaucrat replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba on Thursday, launching a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world’s last communist states. The National Assembly announced that Miguel Mario … Continue reading HAVANA | Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba’s president

HAVANA | Cuba launches process of replacing Raul Castro as president

HAVANA  | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Cuba on Wednesday launched the daylong process of selecting Raul Castro’s successor as president of Cuba, the centerpiece of an effort to ensure that the country’s single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it. State media said the government would announce Castro’s replacement on Thursday, installing someone from … Continue reading HAVANA | Cuba launches process of replacing Raul Castro as president

HAVANA | A two-day session of the Cuban legislature has started with some bureaucratic business as lawmakers prepare to elect the country’s new president

HAVANA  | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Latest on the meeting of Cuba’s legislature and the scheduled end of Raul Castro’s presidency (all times local): 10:30 a.m. A two-day session of the Cuban legislature has started with some bureaucratic business as lawmakers prepare to elect the country’s new president. It started with an oath of … Continue reading HAVANA | A two-day session of the Cuban legislature has started with some bureaucratic business as lawmakers prepare to elect the country’s new president

New Venezuela assembly leader calls for opposition to unite

CARACAS, Venezuela/January 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Venezuela’s congress has selected a new leader who is urging the nation’s fractious opposition to unite and press for a fair vote in the upcoming presidential election. Lawmakers swore in 73-year-old Omar Barboza as National Assembly president Friday. The body is a rare opposition-controlled entity amid a federal government dominated by … Continue reading New Venezuela assembly leader calls for opposition to unite

Raul Castro confirms he will stay Cuba’s president to April

HAVANA /December 21, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Raul Castro confirmed Thursday that he will continue as Cuba’s president into April, two months longer than expected, as parliament extended the political cycle citing delays made necessary by a damaging hurricane. “I wish to ratify what has already been expressed in the congresses of the Communist Party of … Continue reading Raul Castro confirms he will stay Cuba’s president to April