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German parliament speaker rebuffs far-right party

Apr. 20, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The speaker of Germany's parliament says the far-right Alternative for Germany has no legal right to a deputy speaker, a position it has been unable to get other parties' support to fill. It is customary for each party in the lower house to have a deputy alongside speaker Wolfgang Schaeuble,...

Key events in Egypt since the 2011 pro-democracy uprising

Apr. 20, 2019 3:30 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Here are key events in eight years of turmoil and transition in Egypt, leading up to a national referendum on constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030. ___ Feb. 11, 2011: Autocrat Hosni Mubarak steps down after 18 days of...

2nd phase of Indian elections ends amid Kashmir lockdown

Apr. 18, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Voting in the second phase of India's general election on Thursday remained largely peaceful amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Indian officials said the turnout was over 60% across 13 Indian states where voting took place....

Populists expected to gain seats in May's EU elections

Apr. 18, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament is predicting that nationalist, populist and anti-migrant groups will make significant gains in the May 23-26 EU elections but says it thinks mainstream parties will keep control over the assembly. Projections released Thursday suggest the center-right European...

Israel's president formally nominates Netanyahu as PM

Apr. 17, 2019 11:34 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president on Wednesday formally nominated Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth consecutive term as prime minister, officially launching a process that is expected to result in a new government dominated by religious and nationalist parties in the coming weeks. In one of the president's...

German parliament fines far-right party for PR firm donation

Apr. 16, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament has fined the far-right Alternative for Germany party more than 400,000 euros ($452,200) for accepting illegal campaign donations. The Bundestag said in a statement on Tuesday that two senior party members received free advertising from a public relations firm based in...

Finland's Center Party head to step down after election loss

Apr. 16, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's outgoing prime minister says he will step down as head of the Center Party, which had one of its worst performances in decades in Sunday parliamentary election. Juha Sipila tweeted Tuesday "the election result leaves me with no choices," referring to the centrist party's meager...

France's Le Pen wants Salvini to form populist EU group

Apr. 15, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — France's Marine Le Pen, one of the leading voices of the far right in the European Union, is throwing her political weight behind Italian hard-line interior minister Matteo Salvini to set up a major populist group in the EU legislature after next month's elections across the bloc....

Riding populist wave, Finns Party nearly wins Finland vote

Apr. 15, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Riding a wave of populism across Europe and campaigning to slow down Finland's efforts to fight climate change, the euroskeptic Finns Party came within 6,800 votes of winning the country's parliamentary election — a result that smashed even the party's own predictions. One newspaper...

Israeli president begins consultations before tapping new PM

Apr. 15, 2019 2:26 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has begun consultations with representatives of the new parliament's factions ahead of tapping the country's next prime minister. The talks should be a formality, given the results of last week's general election. The ruling Likud and its traditional...