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Syria, UAE leaders discuss coronavirus, a thaw in relations

Mar. 27, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's president and one of the United Arab Emirates' most powerful leaders spoke on the phone on Friday — signalling a major thaw in Damascus' troubled relations with Arab countries, which had mostly boycotted President Bashar Assad and backed his opposition. The official...

In this March 4, 2020 photo, Roslyn Pope shows her Spelman College yearbook at her home in Atlanta. As a 21-year-old Spelman senior in March 1960, Pope wrote

60 years later, 'An Appeal for Human Rights' still resonates

Mar. 10, 2020 5:42 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Sixty years have passed since Roslyn Pope came home from Europe to a segregated South and channeled her frustrations into writing “An Appeal for Human Rights.” The document published on March 9, 1960, announced the formation of the Atlanta Student Movement, whose campaign of...

House Speaker Tina Kotek, left, and Senate President Peter Courtney appear before the press on Thursday, March 5, 2020, after Oregon's 2020 legislative session abruptly ended early amid an impasse with minority Republicans over a climate change bill and their tactic of walking out to deny a quorum and prevent the Senate and House from voting on bills. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon 2020 legislative session implodes amid GOP walkout

Mar. 5, 2020 9:57 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's 2020 legislative session imploded Thursday amid a boycott by minority Republicans over a climate change measure, an action they have taken repeatedly and which Democrats say threatens democratic rule. In response, Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, is finalizing executive actions that...

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic speaks during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, March 4, 2020.  Serbia's president on Wednesday set April 26 as the date of new parliamentary election which many of the opposition parties plan to boycott because of his firm control of media and the electoral process. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia's opposition-boycotted general election set for April

Mar. 4, 2020 7:18 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president on Wednesday set April 26 as the date of a parliamentary election which many opposition parties plan to boycott because of his firm control of media and the electoral process. Aleksandar Vucic’s right wing Serbian Progressive party is expected to...

Guinea's president delays vote on contested referendum

Feb. 28, 2020 6:54 PM EST

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea’s president has delayed Sunday’s legislative and constitutional referendum vote for two weeks, citing concerns from international observers. President Alpha Conde, 81, made the announcement late Friday on state television in the wake of the withdrawal of...

Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney pauses after declaring in the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2021, that amid a boycott by Republican senators, not enough lawmakers were present to reach a quorum. The drastic move by Republicans in Oregon highlights how pitched the debate over how to respond to global warming is becoming, with the GOP saying leaving the Capitol was the only way to halt legislation they view as too extreme in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. Democrats warn that doing nothing at this point is too dangerous. In an interview with The Associated Press, Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, said he has not found a way out of the impasse and is broken hearted. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon Democrats subpoena boycotting GOP lawmakers

Feb. 27, 2020 9:42 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Stymied by a walkout by Republican lawmakers in the Oregon Legislature over a climate change bill, Democrats on Thursday said they will issue subpoenas to try to compel their return. Oregon has become a front line in the battle over how to address global warming, with Democrats...

FILE - In this May 2, 2018 file photo, director Roman Polanski appears at an international film festival, where he promoted his latest film,

Top nominee Polanski to skip French Oscars after rape claim

Feb. 27, 2020 6:05 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Filmmaker Roman Polanski is skipping the awards ceremony for France's equivalent of the Oscars — where his latest movie leads this year's nominations — because of protests prompted by a new rape accusation against him. Women's rights activists have called for a boycott of...

Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney pauses after declaring in the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2021, that amid a boycott by Republican senators, not enough lawmakers were present to reach a quorum. The drastic move by Republicans in Oregon highlights how pitched the debate over how to respond to global warming is becoming, with the GOP saying leaving the Capitol was the only way to halt legislation they view as too extreme in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. Democrats warn that doing nothing at this point is too dangerous. In an interview with The Associated Press, Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, said he has not found a way out of the impasse and is broken hearted. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Democrats: GOP walkout in Oregon is stalling key bills

Feb. 26, 2020 8:11 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Democrats in Oregon tried Wednesday to pressure boycotting Republican lawmakers back to the Statehouse by emphasizing bills that would help their constituents, but GOP senators stayed away for a third day to block a bill on climate change they say should go before voters. "I wish the...

Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon denounces a walkout by Republicans in the state Senate that prevented a quorum on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 in Salem, Ore. Republican lawmakers are trying to doom a contentious climate change bill. Brown said the Republicans are not against the climate policy but are against the Democratic process. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

GOP lawmakers walk out after Oregon climate bill advances

Feb. 24, 2020 5:23 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican senators slipped out of the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, preventing the state Senate from convening in an attempt to doom a bill aimed at stemming global warming. The walkout was a repeat of action the GOP took last year to kill similar climate change legislation, a...

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during the launch of the upcoming UK-hosted COP26 UN Climate Summit in London, Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020, that will take place in autumn 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Chris J Ratcliffe/Pool via AP)

Renzi challenge threatens stability of Italian government

Feb. 14, 2020 5:47 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s government is facing a challenge from within after former Premier Matteo Renzi instructed lawmakers from his small party to vote against a judicial reform and told ministers to boycott a Cabinet meeting. Renzi’s actions threatened to plunge into crisis the five-month-old...