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Germany: Merkel partners set ballot on new leader this fall

Jun. 24, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-left coalition partner on Monday decided to ballot its 440,000 members this fall on who the party's new leader or leaders will be, a decision that may determine how much longer the current government lasts. The Social Democrats, who have provided three...

Georgia's ruling party announces electoral changes

Jun. 24, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The leader of Georgia's ruling party said Monday that the ex-Soviet nation will hold the next parliamentary election based entirely on a proportionate system, fulfilling a key demand of anti-government protesters. The statement from Bidzina Ivanishvili, the founder of the Georgian...

Georgia: Protests held by parliament for 4th straight day

Jun. 23, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Thousands of protesters convened for a fourth straight day outside the Georgian parliament building, calling Sunday for the resignation of the interior minister and for changes in the election code. The anti-government protests that started Thursday also focus on Russian control of...

Turkey: Key facts in Istanbul's rerun election

Jun. 22, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Voters in Istanbul return to the polls Sunday for a rerun of the Turkish city's mayoral election. Turkey's top election authority voided the first vote, which an opposition candidate narrowly won. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party challenged the March 31 vote, alleging irregularities....

Prague set to see biggest protests since Velvet Revolution

Jun. 22, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prague won't have seen anything like this since the protests of 1989 which brought down the communist regime in what was then Czechoslovakia. Some 400,000 have signed a petition calling on Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to step down over fraud allegations and subsidies paid to his former...

Who will choose the next UK leader? Mostly older white men

Jun. 21, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — There's an election underway to choose Britain's next prime minister, but only one in 400 people gets a vote. And most of those are well-off older white men. The country's next leader will be chosen by about 160,000 members of the governing Conservative Party in a runoff between two...

EU fails to reach top jobs deal, will try again June 30

Jun. 20, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed to reach a deal early Friday on candidates for a full slate of the bloc's top jobs and announced a special summit for June 30 to try and break the deadlock. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the issue was still far too complicated to reconcile...

UK Treasury chief issues stiff 'no-deal' Brexit warning

Jun. 20, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Treasury chief urged those seeking to be Britain's next leader to be honest with the public and spell out what they would do if their plans for leaving the European Union falter. Philip Hammond used a speech in London on Thursday to say the candidates should outline what their Plan...

Israel's Arab parties reunite for upcoming elections

Jun. 20, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Four political parties representing Israel's Arab minority have announced they will unite for the upcoming parliamentary elections. After last spring's disappointing showing, the move looks to boost turnout and improve Arab representation in parliament. The four factions first united in...

UN envoy: Goal now must be Afghan-Taliban peace negotiations

Jun. 19, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — All peace efforts in Afghanistan including a new initiative by Germany and Qatar for talks among Afghans must be aimed at starting formal negotiations between the government and the Taliban, the U.N. envoy for the war-torn country said Wednesday. Tadamichi Yamamoto told the Security...