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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at the courtroom Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 in Paris. Sarkozy goes on trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling in a phone-tapping scandal, a first for the 65-year-old politician who has faced several other judicial investigations since leaving office in 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Corruption trial for France's Sarkozy to go ahead Monday

Nov. 26, 2020 10:53 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A landmark trial involving allegations of corruption and influence-peddling by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will begin in earnest Monday, after a Paris court rejected an appeal for a delay by an ailing co-defendant. After the co-defendant, 73-year-old magistrate Gilbert Azibert, was...

District attorney seeks to oust embattled Wichita councilman

Nov. 25, 2020 12:19 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Sedgwick County district attorney's office has filed a civil petition seeking the ouster of a Wichita city councilman for his role in a plot to frame the local GOP chairman for a false ad against a mayoral candidate. District Attorney Marc Bennett in a filing Tuesday seeks a court...

FILE - In this  June 19, 2018 file photo, Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso speaks at a press conference in Mexico City. Videgaray has angrily denied accusations by a lawyer for another former Cabinet secretary on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, who claims he used embezzled government money to finance election campaigns, calling the accusations “completely false.”  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

Ex-Mexico treasury chief rejects 2nd set of accusations

Nov. 24, 2020 9:49 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s former treasury and foreign relations secretary, Luis Videgaray, angrily denied accusations Tuesday by a lawyer for another former Cabinet secretary who claimed he used embezzled government money to help finance election campaigns. The accusations by a lawyer for...

Hungary: Planned election law change could hamper opposition

Nov. 24, 2020 12:26 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s government is considering an electoral law amendment that would make it harder for opposition parties to pursue their unity strategy against the powerful ruling party in future elections. After a 2012 overhaul by the ruling Fidesz party and its leader, Prime...

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at the courtroom, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Paris. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial Monday on charges of corruption and influence peddling in a phone-tapping scandal, a first for the 65-year-old politician who has faced several other judicial investigations since leaving office in 2012. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

French ex-President Sarkozy's trial for corruption suspended

Nov. 23, 2020 10:09 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The trial of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for corruption and influence peddling was suspended Monday less than two hours after it started, to allow a medical report on one of the defendants. Sarkozy is accused of having tried to illegally obtain information from a magistrate about...

Sentencing set for ex-NW Indiana mayor over campaign funds

Nov. 22, 2020 9:53 AM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A former northwestern Indiana mayor faces a January sentencing after pleading guilty to charges that he illegally used public campaign donations to cover gambling losses. Joseph Stahura, 64, pleaded guilty in September to wire fraud and filing a false tax return, felonies that carry a...

Undersheriff indicted in concealed-gun permit probe

Nov. 20, 2020 7:42 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Santa Clara County's undersheriff has been indicted by a grand jury for his alleged role in a scheme to trade concealed weapons permits for donations to the sheriff's 2018 re-election campaign. Undersheriff Rick Sung, a fierce supporter of Sheriff Laurie Smith, is the fifth person...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington. The president's legal entanglements are likely to intensify when leaves the White House in January 2021 and loses immunity from prosecution. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Criminal probe, legal fights await Trump after White House

Nov. 20, 2020 1:02 AM EST

A few miles south of the namesake tower where Donald Trump began his run for president, New York prosecutors are grinding away at an investigation into his business dealings that could shadow him long after he leaves office in January. The probe led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is one of several...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2020 file photo, workers count Milwaukee County ballots on Election Day at Central Count in Milwaukee. President Donald Trump's campaign has paid $3 million for a recount of two heavily Democratic Wisconsin counties, saying Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, that they were the site of the

Trump pursues recount of 2 liberal Wisconsin counties

Nov. 19, 2020 12:36 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump filed Wednesday for a recount of Wisconsin's two largest Democratic counties, paying the required $3 million cost and alleging that they were the sites of the “worst irregularities” although no evidence of illegal activity has been presented. The...

Eyman trial over campaign funds paused because of illness

Nov. 18, 2020 9:38 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Thurston County Superior Court judge has paused a civil trial involving anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman after a state attorney informed the court that a family member of a member of its legal team had become ill. Judge James Dixon on Wednesday recessed the trial until...