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FILE - This June 9, 2016 file photo shows Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard answering questions from Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart during his trial in Opelika, Ala. Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been moved to a state prison from a county jail to serve time for his ethics convictions, records showed Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 (Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News via AP, Pool, file)

Judge reduces prison sentence for former Alabama speaker

Nov. 25, 2020 5:06 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday slashed former House Speaker Mike Hubbard's prison sentence from four years to 28 months, significantly reducing the time the once-powerful Republican will spend behind bars for an ethics conviction. Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker reduced Hubbard's...

Inflatable yellow ducks, which have become a good-humored symbol of resistance during anti-government rallies, are held by a protester during a rally Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand on Wednesday again took to the streets of the capital, even as the government escalated its legal battle against them, reviving the use of a harsh law against defaming the monarchy. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

Thai protesters push on despite charges of royal defamation

Nov. 25, 2020 12:17 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand took to the streets of the capital again on Wednesday as the government escalated its legal battle against them, reviving the use of a harsh law against defaming the monarchy. Their rally was peaceful, but less than two hours after it was declared over...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden puts on his face mask after introducing nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Congress is bracing for Biden to move beyond the Trump administration’s state-by-state approach to the COVID-19 crisis and build out a national strategy to fight the pandemic and distribute the eventual vaccine.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Congress braces for Biden's national coronavirus strategy

Nov. 25, 2020 10:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is bracing for President-elect Joe Biden to move beyond the Trump administration’s state-by-state approach to the COVID-19 crisis and build out a national strategy to fight the pandemic and distribute the eventual vaccine. The incoming administration’s approach...

Scotland to make period products freely available to all

Nov. 25, 2020 9:40 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Scottish lawmakers have unanimously passed legislation that will make period products freely available to anyone who needs them - a move that leader Nicole Sturgeon says makes Scotland the first country in the world to do so. Lawmakers in the Scottish Parliament unanimously approved a bill...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 2, 2016 file photo, participants walk towards the Parliament building during the Pride March of the 21th Budapest Pride LGBTQ Festival in Budapest, Hungary. A Hungarian court has requested constitutional review of a law disallowing transgender individuals from changing their names and genders in official documents. The move marks a challenge to a wave of recent legislation restricting the rights of LGBTQ Hungarians.(Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP, File)

Hungary's constitutional court to review transgender law

Nov. 25, 2020 9:01 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian court has requested constitutional review of a law disallowing transgender individuals from changing their names and genders in official documents, a potential blow to a wave of recent legislation restricting the rights of LGBTQ Hungarians. In its decision last week,...

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer speaks during a questioning of the Federal Government as part of a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. On Wednesday Germany’s Cabinet has approved legislation that would provide compensation to gay servicepeople who experienced discrimination in the military until a change of policy in 2000. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

Germany to compensate gay servicepeople for discrimination

Nov. 25, 2020 8:54 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved legislation that would provide compensation to gay servicepeople who experienced discrimination in the military before a change of policy 20 years ago. The decision comes two months after Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer issued an apology for...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference after delivering her policy address in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Lam lauded the city's new national security law on Wednesday as

Hong Kong leader lauds new security law despite criticism

Nov. 25, 2020 3:38 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam lauded the city’s new national security law on Wednesday as “remarkably effective in restoring stability,” despite criticism that it is severely narrowing the space for free speech and political opposition in the semi-autonomous Chinese...

FILE- In this March 28, 2019, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, speaks with Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state Yogi Adityanath during an election campaign rally in Meerut, India. India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party has approved legislation in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous state, that lays out a prison term of up to 10 years for anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change religion. The decree was passed Tuesday and follows a campaign by Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party against interfaith marriages. The party describes such marriages as “love jihad,” an unproven conspiracy theory used by its leaders and Hindu hard-line groups to accuse Muslim men of converting Hindu women by marriage. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

Indian state outlaws religious conversion by marriage

Nov. 25, 2020 2:34 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party has approved legislation in the country’s most populous state that lays out a prison term of up to 10 years for anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change religion. The decree for the state of Uttar Pradesh was...

FILE - In this May 24, 2010, file photo, an SUV with a personalized license plate is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif. A federal judge said Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, that California can’t ban vanity license plates it considers “offensive to good taste and decency,” because that violates freedom of speech. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Judge: California can't ban offensive license plates

Nov. 24, 2020 10:35 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California can't enforce a ban vanity license plates it considers “offensive to good taste and decency” because that violates freedom of speech, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled in a case filed in March against Department of Motor...

Relatives carry the dead body of a boy who was killed by a mortar shell attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Mortar shells slammed into different parts of the Afghan capital on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

EU, other donors step up with funds to help Afghanistan

Nov. 24, 2020 3:52 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The European Union, the United States and other donors on Tuesday pledged billions in new funds for Afghanistan, hoping to salvage years of work aimed to foster peace and stability in the country and coax along uncertain peace talks between the government and Taliban rebels — at a time...