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Macedonia's vote on name change faces multiple delays

Oct. 19, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A final debate in Macedonia's parliament to change the country's name was repeatedly delayed Friday as the government struggled to secure the supermajority needed to change the constitution. The debate was postponed for more than seven hours as Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's Social...

South African city set to seize land in national 'test case'

Oct. 19, 2018 6:03 AM EDT

EKURHULENI, South Africa (AP) — As South Africa's passionate debate over land redistribution grows, one city outside Johannesburg is preparing what the mayor calls a "test case" for the nation — the seizure of hundreds of acres of land from private owners, without paying for it, to build low-cost...

APNewsBreak: California revisits three-strike life sentences

Oct. 18, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Up to 4,000 California inmates serving life sentences for nonviolent convictions will have a chance at parole following the state's decision to let stand a judge's ruling saying those prisoners are eligible for freedom under a voter-approved law. The state will craft new...

Greek foreign minister resigns over Macedonia deal dispute

Oct. 17, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's foreign minister resigned Wednesday following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a deal for Greece to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country's name is changed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted Foreign...

Judges rule North Carolina elections board unconstitutional

Oct. 16, 2018 8:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Changes made to North Carolina's elections board over the last year were unconstitutional, but the board can remain in place through the November elections, a three-judge panel ruled Tuesday. The 2-1 decision agrees with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's argument that the...

Ruling: Kansas gun law no defense to federal firearm charges

Oct. 16, 2018 6:56 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An appeals court on Tuesday upheld the firearms convictions against two Kansas men who mistakenly believed that a Kansas law can shield from federal prosecution anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Shane Cox and Jeremy...

Kentucky senator appeals 'Marsy's Law' ruling

Oct. 16, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky state senator has appealed a judge's ruling not to certify results of a constitutional referendum next month. Kentucky is one of six states scheduled to vote on "Marsy's Law" next month. It would amend the state's constitution to include rights for crime victims, like the...

Kentucky judge blocks certification of 'Marsy's Law' vote

Oct. 15, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge in Kentucky has ordered officials not to certify the results of an election next month on whether to add protections for crime victims to the state's constitution, saying the question posed to voters on the ballot is misleading. Kentucky is one of six states scheduled to vote...

Macedonian lawmakers debate putting new name in constitution

Oct. 15, 2018 7:54 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament started Monday to debate constitutional amendments that are part of an agreement with neighboring Greece to rename the country "North Macedonia," changes that would go a long way to ensuring the country can join NATO. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's left-led...

Hungary: Ban on living in public areas taking effect

Oct. 14, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A constitutional amendment that prohibits people from living in public areas takes effect Monday in Hungary, but Ferenc Ribeny's biggest concern is the fate of his dog. The revision empowers police to issue warnings to anyone seen living rough. Penalties for homeless people who...