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Patients wear personal protective equipment while maintaining social distancing as they wait in line for a COVID-19 test at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo sounded his most dire warning yet about the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, saying the infection rate in New York is accelerating and the state could be as close as two weeks away from a crisis that sees 40,000 people in intensive care. Such a surge would overwhelm hospitals, which now have just 3,000 intensive care unit beds statewide. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

New York struggles with coronavirus, US deaths top 1,000

Mar. 26, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York authorities mobilized to head off a public health disaster Wednesday, with the city's emergence as the nation's biggest coronavirus hot spot a warning flare — and perhaps a cautionary tale — for the rest of the country as U.S. deaths from the pandemic topped 1,000. A...

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses Russian citizens on the State Television channels in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Putin has postponed a nationwide vote on proposed constitutional amendments that include a change that would allow him to seek another term in power. He also announced during a televised address to the nation that the government doesn't want Russians except those working in essential sectors to come to work next week. He said that stores, pharmacies and banks will stay open. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Citing virus, Putin delays vote that would extend his rule

Mar. 25, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Citing the coronavirus, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday postponed a nationwide vote on proposed constitutional amendments that include a change potentially allowing him to stay in office until 2036. Putin didn't set a new date for the plebiscite, which was originally scheduled...

Russian President Vladimir Putin leads a cabinet meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin orders Russian constitutional vote despite virus fears

Mar. 17, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered a vote on changes to the constitution which could allow him to extend his rule to be held next month as planned, but warned it could be delayed if the coronavirus situation worsens. Putin issued a decree on holding the vote on April 22, a...

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Education Minister Sergei Kravtsov during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian court approves law that could extend Putin's reign

Mar. 16, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Constitutional Court on Monday approved a law on constitutional amendments that could allow Vladimir Putin to remain in power for another 16 years. The law still must be approved in a national referendum that has been scheduled for April 22. The court's approval came just two days...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session prior to voting for constitutional amendments at the State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Putin says he supports a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow him to seek another term and remain in power. Putin gave his support Tuesday to the amendment put forward by a lawmaker who as a Soviet cosmonaut became the first woman to fly to space.(Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian lawmakers move to keep Putin in power past 2024

Mar. 11, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Wednesday rapidly rubber-stamped sweeping constitutional changes that could keep President Vladimir Putin in power until 2036. If Putin won and completed two more terms as president, it would make him the ruler of Russia for 36 years — longer than any other leader...

Military representatives stand upon arrival of Parliament Chairman T Khun Myat during a regular session of the Union Parliament Wednesday, March. 11, 2020, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Myanmar MPs reject bid to allow Suu Kyi to become president

Mar. 11, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's parliament rejected on Wednesday a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to officially become president. The rejection had been expected because the proposal was opposed by the military, which under the...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session prior to voting for constitutional amendments at the State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Putin says he supports a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow him to seek another term and remain in power. Putin gave his support Tuesday to the amendment put forward by a lawmaker who as a Soviet cosmonaut became the first woman to fly to space.(Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin backs term limit freeze allowing him to stay in office

Mar. 10, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed his tightly guarded political plans Tuesday and supported a constitutional amendment that would allow him to seek reelection in 2024 by restarting the term count. The constitutional change would pave the way for the 67-year-old Putin to stay in office...

Russian President Vladimir Putin supports proposed constitutional amendment allowing him to seek another term in power

Mar. 10, 2020 8:39 AM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin supports proposed constitutional amendment allowing him to seek another term in power.
House Speaker Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, center, speaks to Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County, left, as Del. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, second from left, House minority leader Del Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, and House majority leader, Del. Charniele Herring, D- Alexandria, look on in the entrance to the Senate at the Capitol Saturday March 7, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Both chambers agreed to extending the session to accommodate the budget and conference committee reports. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia reshaped as Democrats put historic stamp on laws

Mar. 8, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic legislators in Virginia have dramatically reshaped the state in two months, sweeping aside many of the state’s old business-friendly and socially conservative laws and replacing them with a broad, progressive policy agenda. Lawmakers wrapped up this year's session...

House Speaker Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, center talks with Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, left, and House majority leader Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, right, during a break in the session at the Capitol Friday March 6 , 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia lawmakers approve redistricting measure

Mar. 6, 2020 6:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers approved a proposed change to the state's constitution on Friday that supporters said would curb political gerrymandering, prompting an outcry by some Democrats who called it harmful to African Americans. The state House narrowly voted to approve the proposed...