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Finland's local elections a test for nation's young leader

Jun. 13, 2021 05:37 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's local elections Sunday are seen as a first test for its popular young Social Democratic Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who took office 18 months ago shortly before the pandemic and whose party is behind in the polls. The vote to renew local...

Two Algerian opposition figures arrested ahead of elections

Jun. 11, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A politician and a journalist who are prominent opposition figures in Algeria have been arrested days ahead of the country's parliamentary election, according to a group of lawyers defending jailed activists of the pro-democracy movement. The...

Israel's Netanyahu lashes out as end of his era draws near

Jun. 11, 2021 01:40 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In what appear to be the final days of his historic 12-year rule, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not leaving the political stage quietly. The longtime leader is accusing his opponents of betraying their voters, and some have needed special...

Cyprus elects its 1st-ever female parliament speaker

Jun. 10, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Lawmakers in Cyprus on Thursday elected a woman to the country's second most powerful political post for the first time since its founding as an independent republic in 1960. Annita Demetriou was elected parliamentary speaker on the second ballot...

Russian court outlaws opposition leader Navalny's groups

Jun. 09, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Wednesday night outlawed the organizations founded by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by labeling them extremist, the latest move in a campaign to silence dissent and bar Kremlin critics from running for parliament in September. ...

German panel suggests pension age of 68; politicians say no

Jun. 08, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An expert panel advising the German government has suggested the country's retirement age could be raised to 68, an idea that was swiftly rejected by senior officials on Tuesday as a national election nears. The panel advising the Economy Ministry released...

Russian opposition figure leaves country for Ukraine

Jun. 06, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A well-known Russian opposition politician who was held in police custody for two days last week in a criminal investigation said Sunday that he has left the country for Ukraine. Dmitry Gudkov said in a Facebook post that sources in Kremlin circles had...

Merkel's party fends off far-right challenge in state vote

Jun. 06, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives handily batted away a challenge from the far right in a state election Sunday that was seen as the last big test for Germany's political parties before a national vote in September. Projections by public broadcaster...

Netanyahu foes push for quick vote to end his 12-year rule

Jun. 03, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents pushed Thursday for a quick parliament vote to formally end his lengthy rule, hoping to head off any last-minute attempts to derail their newly announced coalition government. The latest political...

Russian police release opposition figure held for 2 days

Jun. 03, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police on Thursday released a well-known opposition politician from custody after holding him for two days. Dmitry Gudkov was detained at his country house on Tuesday in connection with an investigation into money allegedly owed to the city for...