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Trumps signs stopgap spending bill, averting shutdown

Nov. 21, 2019 6:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump on Thursday signed a short-term funding bill, averting the threat of a government shutdown until next month. Trump signed the bill, which will extend funding through December 20, hours before government funding was set to expire. The Senate, by a 74-20 vote, passed the...

Governor vetoes bill outlawing abortions over Down syndrome

Nov. 21, 2019 5:33 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill that would have prohibited abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome was vetoed Thursday by Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor. One day after it passed the Republican-controlled Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf made good on a promise and rejected the...

Pennsylvanians to get more time on sex abuse charges, suits

Nov. 21, 2019 3:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state where a grand jury’s groundbreaking report set off a new wave of reckoning over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church passed legislation Thursday giving victims more time to sue and police more time to file charges. The Pennsylvania House sent the...

Religious freedom trackers chafe at congressional proposal

Nov. 21, 2019 12:26 PM EST

The federal commission that tracks global religious freedom is facing a rift with Capitol Hill over a proposal that some members warn would hurt its effectiveness. At issue is bipartisan legislation introduced two months ago to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom for four years. The...

Russia passes bill targeting bloggers and journalists

Nov. 21, 2019 7:46 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s lower house of parliament has passed a bill that gives the government the right to register bloggers, journalists and social media users as foreign agents. The bill, which was almost unanimously approved by the State Duma on Thursday, extends an existing law involving...

China demands Trump veto bills on Hong Kong

Nov. 21, 2019 4:46 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday demanded President Donald Trump veto legislation aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong and renewed a threat to take “strong countermeasures” if the bills become law. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy...

Congress adopts bills to support human rights in Hong Kong

Nov. 20, 2019 7:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved two bills aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong following months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The House overwhelmingly approved the bills Wednesday, a day after the Senate passed them on voice votes. The bills now go to the White House for...

Bolivian interim leader proposes new elections as toll rises

Nov. 20, 2019 6:00 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s self-proclaimed interim president sent a bill on holding new elections to congress Wednesday amid escalating violence that has claimed at least 30 lives since a disputed Oct. 20 vote and the subsequent resignation and exile of former leader Evo Morales. Officials...

Main Gulf port in southern Iraq shut for a third day

Nov. 20, 2019 1:42 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters blocked access to Iraq’s main Gulf port in Umm Qasr for a third day Wednesday, as protesters said recent efforts by political parties to placate them were insufficient. At least 27 protesters were also wounded in the capital Baghdad in the early morning...

Senate passes bill to support human rights in Hong Kong

Nov. 19, 2019 10:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday easily approved a bill to support human rights in Hong Kong following months of often-violent unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was passed by voice vote. It now goes to the House, which has already passed similar...