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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, file photo, Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks prior to Vice President Mike Pence speaking at the

Despite rhetoric, GOP has supported packing state courts

Oct. 24, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

Republican claims that Democrats would expand the U.S. Supreme Court to undercut the conservative majority if they win the presidency and control of Congress has a familiar ring. It's a tactic the GOP already has employed in recent years with state supreme courts when they have controlled all levers of state...

Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes while listening to the national anthem outside Siam Paragon, one of the largest shopping malls, in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Thailand's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests. The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai Cabinet approves Parliament session to debate protests

Oct. 20, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests. The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27. The...

Pro-democracy activists wave mobile phones with lights during a demonstration at Kaset intersection, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai authorities seek to censor coverage of student protests

Oct. 19, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. The efforts by Prime Minister Prayuth...

Sri Lanka Catholic bishops oppose proposed charter amendment

Oct. 13, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Catholic leaders urged the government on Tuesday not to proceed with a constitutional amendment that would consolidate power in the president’s hands, saying it would undermine democracy. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka said the government...

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. The governor delivered remarks addressing Michiganders after the Michigan Attorney General, Michigan State Police, U.S. Department of Justice, and FBI announced state and federal charges against 13 members of two militia groups who were preparing to kidnap and possibly kill the governor. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

13 charged in plots against Michigan governor, police

Oct. 8, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Agents foiled a stunning plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, authorities said Thursday in announcing charges in an alleged scheme that involved months of planning and even rehearsals to snatch her from her vacation home. Six men were charged in federal court with...

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during the vice presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (Justin Sullivan/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Harris says Breonna Taylor didn't get justice

Oct. 7, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential election (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Democrat Kamala Harris says she doesn’t believe justice has been done in the case of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in a police drug raid that went bad. Taylor was shot multiple times in March after being...

FILE - In this  July 17, 2020, file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro who is infected with COVID-19, wears a protective face mask as he flashes thumbs-up at supporters during a Brazilian flag retreat ceremony outside his official residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro announced his illness in July and used it to publicly extol hydroxychloroquine, the unproven malaria drug that he’d been promoting as a treatment for COVID-19 and was taking himself. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil's Bolsonaro baffles evangelicals with top court pick

Oct. 2, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday nominated a judge with a record of flexible rulings to the country’s Supreme Court, frustrating evangelical members of his conservative base who had been promised one of their own for the opening. Bolsonaro announced his nomination of...

FILE - In this  July 17, 2020, file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro who is infected with COVID-19, wears a protective face mask as he flashes thumbs-up at supporters during a Brazilian flag retreat ceremony outside his official residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro announced his illness in July and used it to publicly extol hydroxychloroquine, the unproven malaria drug that he’d been promoting as a treatment for COVID-19 and was taking himself. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil's Bolsonaro baffles evangelicals with top court pick

Oct. 2, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday nominated a judge with a record of flexible rulings to the country’s Supreme Court, frustrating evangelical members of his conservative base who had been promised one of their own for the opening. Bolsonaro announced his nomination of...

European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova speaks during a media conference on the Rule of Law Report 2020 at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

European report finds waning of democracy in Poland, Hungary

Sep. 30, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Democratic standards are facing “important challenges” in some European Union countries, particularly in Hungary and Poland, where the judicial systems are under threat, the EU's executive commission said Wednesday in its first report on adherence to the rule of law. The...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Harrisburg International Airport, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Middletown, Pa. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's dubious claims on health care, court

Sep. 28, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't providing all the facts when he promises that people with preexisting medical problems will always be covered by health insurance if “Obamacare” is ruled unconstitutional. Eager to get conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett quickly confirmed to the...