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Pro-democracy activists protest in front of Government House, the prime minister's offices in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Thailand's prime minister on Wednesday pleaded with his countrymen to resolve their political differences through Parliament, as student-led protests seeking to bring his government down continued for an eighth straight day. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai protesters march in show of strength against government

Oct. 21, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Student-led protesters in Thailand defiantly marched to the streets near the prime minister's office on Wednesday night, repeating their demand that he step down even as he urged them to let Parliament deal with their calls for democratic reforms. The demonstrators pushed through lines of...

Court ruling could block thousands of Iowa ballot requests

Oct. 21, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A split Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a new Republican-backed law that could bar county elections commissioners from mailing absentee ballots to thousands of people who omitted information on their applications. The 4-3 ruling means that voters who want to cast mail-in...

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to North Carolina. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump grants clemency to five backed by ally Alice Johnson

Oct. 21, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted clemency to five people convicted of committing drug and financial crimes, all of them cases that were pushed by prison reform advocate and Trump ally Alice Johnson. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday in a statement...

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, arrives for closed meetings with senators, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats to boycott Barrett vote, Senate GOP pushes ahead

Oct. 21, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are set to boycott voting on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but there is little they can do to prevent Republicans from rushing to confirm President Donald Trump's pick before Election Day. The Judiciary Committee,...

Canada avoids snap election after Parliament vote

Oct. 21, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Justin Trudeau's Liberal government avoided being toppled in a confidence vote Wednesday after a majority of Parliament members voted against a Conservative motion to create a special anti-corruption committee The Liberal government had declared the motion to be a matter of confidence....

Ex-Blue Bell Creameries CEO charged in deadly listeria case

Oct. 21, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The former president of Blue Bell Creameries has been charged with wire fraud for allegedly trying to cover up a 2015 listeria outbreak linked to the company's ice cream that killed three people in Kansas and sickened several others, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. A federal...

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Oct. 21, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it's clear the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress. The only thing that seems certain beyond that is uncertainty, with Capitol...

Voting in western Kansas county delayed by ballot misprint

Oct. 21, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — In-person absentee voting is scheduled to resume Thursday in one western Kansas county after being shut down for three days because of a ballot error. The incorrect ballot listed a Kansas Senate 40th District race as a U.S. Senate race. The names of the candidates, Republican incumbent...

Pope Francis, center, makes the sign of the cross during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

Oct. 21, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue. The papal thumbs-up came...

Senate workers remove posters and ribbons placed by demonstrators protesting against Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s effort to eliminate trust funds which he says are sources of corruption, at an entrance to the Senate in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The Senate passed various laws on Wednesday eliminating over 100 trusts which finance everything from science to movie productions to disaster relief. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Mexico Senate kills 109 government disaster, science funds

Oct. 21, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party pushed legislation through the Senate on Wednesday to eliminate 109 semi-independent government trust funds that finance everything from science to movie productions to disaster relief. In a party-line vote,...