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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, a man waves an Afghan national flag during Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. Washington’s watchdog warns, Thursday, June 25, 2020,  that “systemic” corruption within the Afghan government is weakening its bargaining position in future peace negotiations with the Taliban, even as the insurgent group's political spokesman says the group was ready with its agenda for talks. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

Pompeo calls Taliban leader amid Russian bounty scandal

Jun. 30, 2020 3:08 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called and spoken with the Taliban’s chief negotiator, a spokesman for the insurgents said Tuesday, amid a raging controversy in Washington over when President Donald Trump was told about U.S. intelligence that Russia was paying the Taliban to...

In this photo taken on Sunday, June 28, 2020, former Israeli Air Force general and leading critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel poses for a photo in Tel Aviv, Israel. After 32 years in the Israeli Air Force, retired Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel wasn't looking to politics. But as his prime minister became further enmeshed in corruption, he felt he could no longer stay silent. So, he picked up a sign and took to the streets in an individual act of protest. Now, after his highly-publicized weekend arrest during a peaceful demonstration, he has become the unquestioned leader of the growing grassroots movement demanding that Benjamin Netanyahu step down. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

A quiet Israeli ex-general emerges as new foil to Netanyahu

Jun. 29, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Unlike many of his fellow Israeli generals, Amir Haskel wasn't looking to politics in retirement. After 32 years in the Israeli Air Force, he became a Holocaust researcher and was satisfied with publishing books, leading student delegations to former concentration camps in Poland and...

France's former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, right, and his wife Penelope wear protective masks as they arrive at Paris courthouse, in Paris, Monday, June 29, 2020. A Paris court is set to render or postpone a verdict in the fraud trial of former Prime Minister Francois Fillon on Monday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

French ex-prime minister Fillon, wife found guilty of fraud

Jun. 29, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon was found guilty Monday in a fraud case of having used public funds to pay his wife and children more than 1 million euros ($1.13 million) since 1998 for work they never performed. The couple's lawyers immediately appealed Monday's verdict from the...

Protesters against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wave flags and banners outside his residence in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Hundreds of protesters calling him the

Israeli court releases anti-Netanyahu activist after arrest

Jun. 28, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A court ordered the release of a former Air Force general and leading critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from jail on Sunday, a day after hundreds of people protested outside the Israeli leader's residence calling for him to be freed. Retired Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel has been a...

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh leaves the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in Annapolis, Md., after pleading guilty to a state perjury charge Friday, June 19, 2020, for failing to disclose a business interest relating to her “Healthy Holly” children’s books on her financial disclosure forms when she was a state senator. Pugh, a 70-year-old Democrat, already has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for netting hundreds of thousands of dollars in the self-dealing scandal over the books that touted exercise and nutrition. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Attorney: Ex-Baltimore mayor surrenders for prison term

Jun. 26, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

Baltimore’s disgraced former mayor surrendered to federal authorities Friday to begin serving a three-year prison sentence stemming from a public corruption scandal. Catherine Pugh's attorney, Steven Silverman, told The Associated Press his client “surrendered as directed.” Pugh was sentenced...

Greece mulls damages claim over drugmaker bribe scandal

Jun. 26, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government said Friday that it is planning to seek damages from Swiss drugmaker Novartis following a settlement in the United States over bribery allegations. The settlement worth more than $345 million was announced Thursday by the Securities and Exchange Commission...

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh leaves the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in Annapolis, Md., after pleading guilty to a state perjury charge Friday, June 19, 2020, for failing to disclose a business interest relating to her “Healthy Holly” children’s books on her financial disclosure forms when she was a state senator. Pugh, a 70-year-old Democrat, already has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for netting hundreds of thousands of dollars in the self-dealing scandal over the books that touted exercise and nutrition. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Disgraced former Baltimore mayor to report to prison Friday

Jun. 25, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s disgraced former mayor will report to a federal prison in Alabama on Friday. Catherine Pugh was en route to the state Thursday, the Baltimore Sun reported. She was sentenced in February to three years in prison in a public corruption scandal over the sales of her...

Republican state Sen. Chris Jacobs wins special election for House seat vacated by convicted congressman in western NY

Jun. 24, 2020 12:40 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Republican state Sen. Chris Jacobs wins special election for House seat vacated by convicted congressman in western NY.

Voters could get say on abolishing police after Arbery death

Jun. 22, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A bill to let local voters decide whether to abolish the scandal-plagued Glynn County police department has gone to Gov. Brian Kemp for his approval or veto, having gained support in the Georgia legislature after the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. The state House voted 159-3 on Monday to...

FILE - In this Nov. 6. 2018, file photo, Democratic congressional candidate Nate McMurray makes his concession speech following his loss to Republican incumbent Chris Collins who was re-elected to New York's 27th Congressional District, in Hamburg N.Y. The special election in the Republican-leaning district pits state Sen. Chris Jacobs, a wealthy developer, against Democrat Nate McMurray, a former town supervisor who lost to Collins by about 2,500 votes two years ago.(AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, FIle)

Pandemic puts convicted representative's seat on 2 ballots

Jun. 20, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. House district once represented by Chris Collins is on two separate ballots Tuesday in a special election to fill out the convicted former congressional member's fourth term and in a Republican primary for the GOP line in November’s general election. The unusual...