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Thai lawmakers put off vote on constitutional amendments

Sep. 24, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Scheduled voting by Thai lawmakers on six proposed amendments to the country’s military-backed constitution was canceled at the last minute Thursday as Parliament voted instead to set up a committee to further consider such proposals. The action, taken after two days of debate, means...

Federal judge awards $440,000 in forced catheterization suit

Sep. 16, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge has approved legal settlements totaling $440,000 for people in South Dakota who were subjected to forced catheterizations to check for drug use. U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange ruled in April that police who used forced catheterizations violated the Fourth...

Split North Carolina appeals court retains 2 amendments

Sep. 15, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court panel overturned on Tuesday a court ruling that voided alterations to the state constitution because legislators who put referendums on the ballot were elected from racially biased districts. The challenge to actions by the Republican-dominated General...

FILE - In this March 17, 2020 file photo, voters head to a polling station to vote in Florida's primary election in Orlando, Fla.    Florida felons must pay all fines, restitution and legal fees before they can regain their right to vote, a federal appellate court ruled Friday, Sept, 11. Reversing a lower court judge's decision that gave Florida felons the right to vote regardless of outstanding legal obligations, the order from the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals was a disappointment to voting rights activists and could have national implications in November’s presidential election.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Judges: Florida felons can't vote until they pay fines, fees

Sep. 11, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida felons must pay all fines, restitution and legal fees before they can regain their right to vote, a federal appellate court ruled Friday in a case that could have broad implications for the November elections. Reversing a lower court judge's decision that gave Florida...

Albania to hold parliamentary election on April 25 next year

Sep. 6, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president has set April 25 as the date for the country’s next parliamentary election, a key condition for starting negotiations to join the European Union. President Ilir Meta on Sunday announced the date to elect 140 new lawmakers following talks with the political...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, file photo, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves after addressing parliament during the ceremonial inauguration of the session, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s government in early September has proposed changes to the constitution to aggrandize powers of the president, that will allow him hold key ministries and appoint officials to key positions, powers that were taken away by  a reformist government elected in 2015. The draft of the 20th Amendment to the  constitution will allow Rajapaksa to appoint top  judges, police chief, members of the public service, elections, bribery and  human rights commissions at his discretion. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Sri Lanka government proposes increased presidential powers

Sep. 4, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s government has drafted a constitutional amendment that would increase the powers of the president, allowing him to lead ministries and appoint officials to key positions, powers that were taken away by a reformist government elected in 2015. The draft of the...

Supporters of the Thai monarchy hold up images of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a rally in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday Aug. 30, 2020. Royalists led by a group calling itself

Thai royalists rally in riposte to anti-government movement

Aug. 30, 2020 8:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — About 1,000 people gathered in a Bangkok sports arena on Sunday, swearing to defend Thailand's monarchy from a student-led mass movement that they believe is a threat to the institution’s existence. Calling themselves “Thai Pakdee,” or “Loyal Thai,” most...

Activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, front center, raises a three-finger salute, a symbol of resistance, with anti-government protesters before he turns up at Samranrat police station in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug, 28, 2020. Anti-government protesters tussled with police on Friday as 15 of their movement leaders turned up at a police station to answer a summons linked to demonstrations denouncing the arrests. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Anti-government protesters in Thailand tussle with police

Aug. 28, 2020 5:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Anti-government protesters tussled with police in the Thai capital on Friday as 15 leaders of their movement turned themselves in at a police station to answer a summons linked to a demonstration last month. About 130 supporters joined the 15 activists as they made their way to the station,...

Election officials wait for people to vote on the first day of the Senate elections inside a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Egyptians started voting on Tuesday for the Senate, the upper chamber of parliament that was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year — an election that comes as the country faces an uptick in daily numbers of new coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egypt to prosecute some 54 million who boycotted Senate vote

Aug. 26, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s election commission said Wednesday it would refer to prosecutors about 54 million people who did not vote in elections earlier this month for two-thirds of the Senate, the upper and mainly powerless chamber of the country’s Parliament. The development is unlikely to lead...

Panumas Singprom, left, and Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree raise a three-finger salute, a symbol of resistance, as they arrive at the Samranrat police station in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug, 26, 2020. The two are among the leaders of a student movement organizing protests critical of the government. The police have arrested several other members of the movement on various charges, including sedition. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai leader says tensions over protests endanger nation

Aug. 26, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister on Wednesday described the country’s future as dire if escalating political tensions over demands by pro-democracy demonstrators for his government to resign aren't resolved. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said political polarization due to the...