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Polish opposition celebrates taking control of Senate

Nov. 12, 2019 5:31 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition parties elected their candidate as speaker of the Senate on Tuesday, a small victory that allows them to check the power of the populist right-wing ruling party. Senator Tomasz Grodzki was chosen speaker in a 51-48 vote with one abstention during the first sitting...

Rainsy: EU trade move to bolster bid for Cambodian democracy

Nov. 12, 2019 6:53 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Tuesday the European Union's assessment of whether to suspend trade privileges for his country will add momentum to efforts to restore democracy despite a government crackdown. The EU finalized a preliminary report Tuesday...

In Poland, thousands join nationalist Independence Day march

Nov. 11, 2019 1:17 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tens of thousands of Poles joined on Monday in a yearly Independence Day march organized by nationalist groups, an event that has grown over the past decade as the far right across Europe has strengthened and gained a degree of social acceptance. Participants burned flares and shot...

Cambodian court eases detention of top opposition figure

Nov. 10, 2019 11:45 PM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court has lifted some restrictions on detained opposition leader Kem Sokha, essentially freeing him from house arrest and taking some of the spotlight off his exiled colleague who is attempting to return to the country. Sam Rainsy, the co-founder with Kem Sokha of...

Cambodia's exiled opposition leader makes it part way home

Nov. 9, 2019 8:51 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Cambodia's exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrived in Malaysia, making partial progress in his quest to return to his home country to try to oust long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen. Although he failed to make it to Cambodia on Saturday — the country's Independence...

Correction: Trump-Native Heritage Month story

Nov. 6, 2019 4:00 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a story Nov. 5 about Native American Heritage Month, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Nathan Wright is Sioux. He is from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. A corrected version of the story is below: Trump honors Native Americans, US founders in same...

Polish citizens to travel visa-free to US from next week

Nov. 6, 2019 1:40 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish citizens will be able to travel to the U.S. without a visa from next week, officials said. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that including Poland — a "trusted partner" — in the Visa Waiver Program was testament to the two countries' "special...

Penske jumped at chance to protect iconic Indianapolis track

Nov. 6, 2019 11:37 AM EST

Roger Penske spent part of Tuesday walking Indianapolis Motor Speedway, using a cool, sunny day to look over the historic venue that will soon be his. There is work to be done at the speedway, lots of work before it can be the entertainment mecca he envisions. But more than that, there is a legacy to worry about...

Essence Fest staying in New Orleans

Nov. 5, 2019 6:04 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival will be returning to New Orleans for at least the next five years. News outlets report New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday announced the contract extension to 2024. This year's festival, the 25th overall, was the last under the...

Cambodian opposition chief readies return from exile

Nov. 5, 2019 7:28 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Cambodia's most prominent opposition politician says he's ready to risk imprisonment or death by returning to his country from self-imposed exile to unseat the country's longtime ruler. Sam Rainsy, co-founder of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, told The Associated Press that he hopes his...