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FILE - In this April 26, 2019 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, attend an event at the Friendship Palace in Beijing. Putin and Xi have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin's sudden announcement of constitutional changes that could allow him to extend control way beyond the end of his term in 2024 echoes Xi’s move in 2018 to eliminate constitutional term limits on the head of state. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Putin's, Xi's ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West

Jan. 17, 2020 6:44 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin's sudden announcement this week of constitutional changes that...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on drafting constitutional changes at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Putin proposed a set of constitutional amendments that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024.(Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia

Jan. 16, 2020 3:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to a working group created to draft constitutional changes, Putin cast...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, visit an Israeli army base in the Golan Heights, on the Israeli-Syrian border. Bennett is ordering plans for new settler housing in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. In a letter sent by his office to defense officials Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, Israel’s new pro-settler defense minister called for “planning processes to be advanced” for new Jewish settler housing. (Atef Safadi/Pool via AP, File)

Right-wing parties in Israel unite, rejecting fringe list

Jan. 16, 2020 2:59 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Religious-nationalist parties in Israel joined forces late Wednesday ahead of the country's unprecedented third straight election in one year. The parties came together after weeks of jockeying and shut out the fringe Jewish Power party which said it would run independently. It did so in...

German lawmaker's office window riddled with bullet holes

Jan. 15, 2020 12:45 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A black German lawmaker said Wednesday that bullet holes were found in the window of his constituency office in the eastern city of Halle. Karamba Diaby said on Facebook that police are investigating. The Senegal-born chemist became one of Germany's first black lawmakers in when he and...

Iran disqualifies thousands from running for parliament

Jan. 14, 2020 4:33 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s constitutional watchdog has barred thousands of people from running in next month's parliamentary elections, including 90 current lawmakers, most of whom are accused of corruption. The Guardian Council, a body of senior clerics and legal experts, vets candidates for office...

Catalonia's former regional president Carles Puigdemont, left, and former Catalan regional minister Antoni Comin stand in the plenary hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Puigdemont will attend his first session as a member of the European Parliament despite facing an arrest warrant against him in Spain. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Emboldened Catalan leader Puigdemont mulling visit to Spain

Jan. 13, 2020 4:50 PM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is considering going back to Spain if he gets assurances that he is immune from arrest through his new status as a European legislator. After his first plenary session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, he told The Associated...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, Poo)

Israel's weakened left-wing unites ahead of March election

Jan. 13, 2020 2:41 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's main left-wing parties have announced they will run on a single ticket in the upcoming March 2 election. Both Labor and Meretz had been polling dangerously close to the electoral threshold and were under intense pressure to unite into a single bloc so as not to lose valuable...

Protesters besiege the offices of Abkhazia President Raul Khadzhimba in the city of Sukhumi, in Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.  The demonstrators are demanding the resignation of Raul Khadzhimba, who was re-elected Abkhazia's president in September 2019, and some demonstrators scuffled with guards as they tried to break into the presidential administration building. (AP Photo)

Leader of Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia resigns

Jan. 13, 2020 5:47 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Legislators in Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia on Monday accepted the resignation of the region's leader, who stepped down under pressure from the opposition. Opposition protesters seized the presidential office last week and demanded Raul Khadzhimba's resignation over alleged...

Tunisian designated Prime Minister Habib Jemli, delivers his speech at the parliament, Friday Jan. 10, 2020. Tunisia's parliament is expected to hold a confidence vote Friday on designated prime minister Habib Jemli's government. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

Lawmakers vote down Tunisia's new government amid opposition

Jan. 10, 2020 6:48 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian lawmakers voted down the North African country's new government Friday, declaring no confidence in a Cabinet proposed by the moderate Islamist party that has the most parliament seats. The vote promises more political deadlock in Tunisia, after three months of trying to put...

In this Thursday Jan. 9, 2020 photo Polish Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland. Following fall elections, Speaker Tomasz Grodzki, from the centrist opposition, has become the only politician with any real power to put up roadblocks to the populist ruling party as it seeks to exert full control of the judicial system. A prominent surgeon, Grodzki is using that role as much as he can, angering the government, which has been seeking to discredit him with claims he took bribes as a doctor. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish Senate speaker pushes back against bribe allegations

Jan. 10, 2020 2:27 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A prominent transplant surgeon who serves as speaker of Poland's Senate defended himself from allegations that he took bribes from patients, claims that appeared in state-controlled media and which the doctor-politician's supporters said were an attempt to discredit a government...