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Bougainville vote could help create world’s newest nation

Nov. 22, 2019 5:18 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Pacific people of Bougainville on Saturday began voting in a historic referendum to decide if they want to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea. The referendum runs over two weeks and is a key part of a 2001 peace agreement...

UK party leaders grilled by wary voters on Brexit and more

Nov. 22, 2019 4:08 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Dec. 12 vote has been dubbed the “Brexit election,” dominated by the country’s stalled exit from the European Union. But political parties are also trying to win over voters more worried about the U.K.’s stuttering economy and frayed social fabric....

Hong Kong election a referendum on anti-government protests

Nov. 22, 2019 7:57 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Cathy Yau remembers the first time she was called a “dirty cop” by Hong Kong’s anti-government protesters, days after police deployed tear gas to repel tens of thousands of black-clad demonstrators blocking the legislature. The former officer, exasperated at the...

Former Conservative minister urges UK to reject the party

Nov. 13, 2019 1:01 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A former Conservative Party Cabinet minister said Wednesday that giving the party a majority in next month's election would be ``disastrous'' for the U.K., in the latest example of how the Brexit debate has shattered traditional party alliances in this deeply divided country. David Gauke, who...

New Zealand lawmakers pass euthanasia bill, referendum next

Nov. 13, 2019 4:26 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill to legalize euthanasia, a watershed moment that ended a contentious two-year debate. But the final decision will rest with voters, who will need to approve the bill in a referendum next year for it to go into effect....

Brexit Party shifts tactics, won't challenge Tories in vote

Nov. 11, 2019 2:24 PM EST

HARTLEPOOL, England (AP) — Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage changed course Monday, announcing that his party would not challenge Conservative candidates in nearly half of the U.K.'s districts, a tactical move that may make it easier for pro-Brexit forces to prevail in the Dec. 12 election. Farage said his...

Tech companies rush to fight misinformation ahead of UK vote

Nov. 10, 2019 10:05 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook is opening up a war room to quickly respond to election hoaxes. Twitter is banning political ads. Google plans to crack down on bogus videos on YouTube. Social media platforms say they are mounting a vigorous campaign against misinformation in the lead up to next month's general...

Tech companies rush to fight misinformation ahead of UK vote

Nov. 8, 2019 2:58 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook is opening up a war room to quickly respond to election hoaxes. Twitter is banning political ads. Google plans to crack down on bogus videos on YouTube. Social media platforms say they are mounting a vigorous campaign against misinformation in the lead up to next month's general...

EU court cancels decision against UKIP ally over misspending

Nov. 7, 2019 7:04 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a victory for Brexit activist Nigel Farage, the EU's top court on Thursday annulled a decision from the European Parliament that demanded a political group linked to the British party UKIP reimburse tens of thousands in EU funds. The Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe had been asked...

Minnesota town approves $34M expansion of crowded schools

Nov. 6, 2019 7:13 AM EST

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Citizens in the southwestern Minnesota town of Worthington have approved nearly $34 million in new borrowing to expand schools filled to overflowing in recent years by an influx of immigrants. Voters in the Worthington-area school district had rejected five similar measures since...