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Federal judge tosses Ohio voting restrictions on voters with disabilities

Jul. 23, 2024 14:31 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge has struck down part of Ohio’s sweeping 2023 election law, which voting rights groups said restricted people from helping voters with disabilities cast absentee ballots. Voting advocates argued that the Republican-backed law went too far by...

Far-right leader Le Pen says France is in a political 'quagmire' 9 days before Olympics start

Jul. 17, 2024 20:30 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With nine days to the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics, France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Wednesday that the deeply divided country is "in a quagmire” after chaotic legislative elections produced a fragmented parliament. France has been on the brink...

Tunisia's opposition says politically motivated arrests and gag orders are chilling election efforts

Jul. 17, 2024 12:28 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Leading opposition parties in Tunisia asserted Wednesday that politically motivated arrests and gag orders are creating impossible conditions for holding democratic elections later this year. Members of the National Salvation Front, a coalition of secular and...

French president accepts prime minister's resignation but keeps him as head of caretaker government

Jul. 16, 2024 12:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron accepted the prime minister’s resignation Tuesday but kept him on as head of a caretaker government, as France prepares to host the Paris Olympics at the end of the month. The president's office said in a statement that Macron...

Global leaders condemn assassination attempt targeting former US President Donald Trump

Jul. 14, 2024 19:24 PM EDT

Global leaders expressed concern Sunday over an assassination attempt targeting former U.S. President Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania that left one attendee dead and critically injured two others. Trump’s campaign said the presumptive Republican nominee was doing “fine”...

New top US envoy to Taiwan pledges to help the island with self-defense as threats from China loom

Jul. 10, 2024 23:26 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The United States’ new top envoy to Taiwan promised Wednesday that Washington will help the self-ruled island defend itself as China ramps up its military threats. The weight of the message from Raymond Greene, who assumed his new role as director of the...

A defiant Biden borrows some tactics from his rival as he tries to put debate debacle behind him

Jul. 10, 2024 15:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He’s calling in to his favorite morning cable news show, bashing the “elites” of his party and dismissing unfavorable polls. He’s even talking up his crowd sizes. As an increasingly defiant President Joe Biden rejects calls to step aside after a disastrous...

Belarusian authorities are depriving Nobel Peace Prize laureate of medicine in jail, his wife says

Jul. 10, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The wife of an imprisoned Belarusian Nobel Peace Prize laureate said Wednesday that the country's authorities are depriving her husband of medicine as his health deteriorates. The 61-year-old pro-democracy activist, Ales Bialiatski, is serving a 10-year...

Myanmar's ethnic rebels say they captured an airport in a new setback for the military government

Jul. 08, 2024 10:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — One of Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic minority groups battling the military government said it captured an airport serving the country’s top world-class beach resort, marking the first time resistance forces have seized such a facility. Residents of the area in...

Post-communist generation is hoping for a new era of democracy in Mongolia

Jul. 05, 2024 04:52 AM EDT

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Tsenguun Saruulsaikhan, a young and newly minted member of Mongolia's parliament, is unhappy with below-cost electricity rates that she says show her country has yet to fully shake off its socialist past. Most of Mongolia’s power plants date from the...