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Bolivia clashes after opposition leader assumes as president

Nov. 12, 2019 6:35 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Clashes broke out in the streets of the Bolivian capital Tuesday evening after an opposition leader in the Senate declared herself the country's interim president following the resignation of Evo Morales. Jeanine Añez assumed temporary control of the Senate late in the day,...

Tear gas and fires: Hong Kong protests from morning to night

Nov. 12, 2019 11:19 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong battled police on multiple fronts Tuesday, from major disruptions during the morning rush hour to a late-night standoff at a prominent university, as the 5-month-old anti-government movement takes an increasingly violent turn. Gasoline bombs and fires lit up the...

Poor air quality closes schools in Iran's capital

Nov. 12, 2019 11:06 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Dangerously poor air quality has forced Iran's government to close all primary schools in the capital, Tehran, a city home to 10 million people. A thick smog is hanging over the city, caused by heavy traffic and factory pollution. It's been worsened by a lack of wind and rain in recent...

Democrats' wins could help bring down Confederate statues

Nov. 12, 2019 10:33 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An army of Confederate monuments dots Virginia's landscape but some of those statues could soon start coming down after Election Day gave Democrats control of the General Assembly for the first time in decades. Members of the new legislative majority say they plan to revive proposals...

Air quality sinks to 'severe' in haze-shrouded New Delhi

Nov. 12, 2019 6:56 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A thick gray haze blanketed India's capital on Tuesday, with authorities attempting to reduce the pollution by sprinkling water to settle dust and banning some construction. The air quality index exceeded 400, considered "severe" and about eight times the recommended maximum, according to...

Top Shiite leader backs UN plan to resolve Iraqi crisis

Nov. 11, 2019 6:16 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most powerful Shiite religious leader said Monday he backs a U.N. roadmap aimed at meeting the demands of anti-government protesters who have been rallying in recent weeks despite a bloody crackdown by security forces, but he expressed concern that political parties would not carry...

Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

Nov. 11, 2019 4:02 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Following a day of violence in which one person was shot by police and another set on fire, Hong Kong's leader pledged Monday to "spare no effort" to halt anti-government protests that have wracked the city for more than five months. The comments by Carrie Lam are likely to fuel...

The Latest: Hong Kong leader refuses to accept demands

Nov. 11, 2019 4:01 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 6 p.m. Hong Kong's leader says her administration will "spare no effort" in bringing an end to anti-government protests that have wracked the city for more than five months. Carrie Lam spoke to reporters Monday during a day of spiraling...

Lobbying by sitting Illinois lawmakers under scrutiny

Nov. 11, 2019 12:01 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal bribery charge against an Illinois state legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers should be allowed to lobby other units of government. The federal bribery charge last month against former Rep. Luis Arroyo laid bare the potential ethics tangle. Most states...

Australian state declares emergency due to wildfires

Nov. 11, 2019 5:12 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's most populous state declared a state of emergency on Monday due to unprecedented wildfire danger as calls grew for Australia to take more action to counter climate change. New South Wales state Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said residents were facing what...