Latest Civil service News

The Latest: Austrian leader expects far right to quit gov't

May. 20, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on the video scandal that's rocked the Austrian government (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he expects the far-right Freedom Party to leave his government as it has threatened to do. Kurz, who has asked Austria's president to remove Interior...

In Iran, a plunging economy trumps fears of US confrontation

May. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Across Iran's capital, the talk always seems to come back to how things may get worse. Battered by U.S. sanctions and its depreciating rial currency, Iran's 80 million people struggle to buy meat, medicine and other staples of daily life. Now they wonder aloud about America's intentions...

Iowa Supreme Court upholds law ending rights for some unions

May. 17, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld a 2017 law that took away bargaining rights for many state employees, an early signal of the court's new conservative majority solidified by two recent appointments by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. In cases filed by the Iowa State...

As Lebanon leaders talk austerity, protesters cry 'thieves!'

May. 10, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Lebanese military and security veterans burned tires and shouted angrily outside government offices on Friday, their second protest in less than two weeks amid fears a proposed austerity budget may affect their pensions and benefits. The protesters gathered in downtown Beirut as...

Turkey's opposition seeks cancellation of 2018 elections

May. 8, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's main opposition party on Wednesday appealed to the country's top electoral body to annul local election results in Istanbul's 39 districts, as well as last year's presidential and parliamentary results, after the authority annulled the opposition's victory in Istanbul's...

American's stabbing of German burglar deemed self-defense

May. 8, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have dropped an investigation of a U.S. Army employee who killed a burglar during a home break-in, saying he acted within his rights to defend his family. Prosecutors said the 41-year-old American fought off three masked men at his Landstuhl home in February, but a fourth...

Lebanon stock trading suspended over central bank strike

May. 6, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Beirut Stock Exchange suspended trading on Monday due to an open-ended strike declared by the employees of Lebanon's central bank, adding to the country's economic crisis as the government discusses an austerity budget to avoid an economic crash. The ongoing strike by the Central Bank of...

Thai king is officially crowned, boosting his regal power

May. 4, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned amid the splendor of the country's Grand Palace, taking the central role in an elaborate centuries-old royal ceremony that was last held almost seven decades ago. The coronation represents a renewal of the monarchy's power after the...

Macron offers tax cut to French workers to quell anger

Apr. 25, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron announced tax cuts for middle-class workers and plans for a more representative parliament Thursday as part of a promised response to the weekly yellow vest protests that damaged his presidency. In a nationally televised speech followed up by a news conference,...

Gov. Bevin appears to blame shooting on teacher sickout

Apr. 25, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican governor on Thursday connected a young girl's shooting with a school closing caused by teachers who called in sick to rally at the state Capitol, ramping up his feud with some education groups as he runs for reelection. Teachers using sick days to mobilize at...