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Protests erupt as Spain convicts leading Catalan separatists

Oct. 14, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Riot police charged at protesters outside Barcelona's airport Monday after the Supreme Court sentenced 12 prominent Catalan separatists to lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2017 push for the wealthy Spanish region's independence. Police used batons against the protesters who converged...

The Latest: Riot police charge Barcelona airport protesters

Oct. 14, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the conviction of Catalan politicians and activists (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Police in riot gear have charged protesters blocking the entrance to Barcelona's international airport over the criminal convictions of a dozen politicians and activists who pushed for the Catalonia...

Ex-National Security Council official testifying to Congress

Oct. 14, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiona Hill, a former top National Security Council expert on Russia, was testifying to Congress behind closed doors Monday, the latest former Trump administration official to be subpoenaed as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Hill wouldn't comment as she...

EU moves closer to confirmation of first chief prosecutor

Oct. 14, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's member states have agreed to appoint Romania's Laura Codruta Kovesi as the first European chief prosecutor. Kovesi, whose anti-corruption efforts in Romania won her plaudits from the EU but criticism from the Romanian government, will lead the EU Public Prosecutor's...

Joe Biden's son Hunter stepping down from Chinese board

Oct. 14, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing intense scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden says he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not to work on behalf of any foreign-owned companies should his...

South Korean justice minister resigns during finance probe

Oct. 14, 2019 4:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's justice minister resigned Monday, citing the political burden of an investigation into alleged financial crimes and academic favors surrounding his family, a scandal that has rocked Seoul's liberal government and spurred huge protests. Cho Kuk has denied wrongdoing....

Spanish court convicts Catalan leaders for secession attempt

Oct. 14, 2019 3:41 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court has convicted 12 former Catalan politicians and activists for their roles in the secession movement of 2017. The court on Monday sentenced the former regional vice president, Oriol Junqueras, to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds. The 12 were tried for...

What's next in the impeachment inquiry as Congress returns

Oct. 14, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is returning from a two-week recess on Tuesday, but some lawmakers barely left Washington. Three House committees investigating impeachment worked through the break, issuing multiple subpoenas and holding depositions with State Department officials relevant to the inquiry ....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's premature win on trade, Syria fiction

Oct. 14, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of caustic rhetoric by President Donald Trump over Syria and the impeachment inquiry, and truth often took a beating. Seeking to justify pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, Trump spread false information about the total defeat of the Islamic State and misrepresented the scope...

South Korean Justice Minister offers to step down over political scandal that has led to large street protests

Oct. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean Justice Minister offers to step down over political scandal that has led to large street protests.