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Alaska governor says he quit race to boost Democrat

Oct. 20, 2018 4:49 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's surprising announcement that he was quitting his bid for re-election with less than 21 days to go was an effort to boost Democratic rival Mark Begich's chances of beating Republican Mike Dunleavy. Walker, the only independent governor in the country, said...

Former Dutch PM Wim Kok dies at 80, haunted by Srebrenica

Oct. 20, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok, a trade unionist-turned-politician who inspired a new breed of pragmatic Social Democratic leaders who swept to power in Europe in the 1990s, has died at 80. Current Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Kok, who died Saturday, "was a man to...

The Latest: Alaska governor seeks to boost Begich's odds

Oct. 20, 2018 1:40 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska governor's race (all times local): 9:40 a.m. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker dropped his re-election bid in hopes of boosting Democratic rival Mark Begich's chances of beating Republican Mike Dunleavy. Walker, an independent, said Friday he could not win a three-way...

Alaska's independent governor drops re-election bid

Oct. 20, 2018 12:09 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker dropped his re-election bid Friday, three days after the sudden resignation of his lieutenant governor over what Walker described as an inappropriate overture toward a woman. Walker's announcement, made at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in...

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker suspends re-election bid, three days after his lieutenant governor resigned

Oct. 19, 2018 6:50 PM EDT
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker suspends re-election bid, three days after his lieutenant governor resigned.

Alaska governor's campaign moving ahead 'a day at a time'

Oct. 18, 2018 6:53 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said Thursday his re-election campaign is moving ahead but is taking it "a day at a time" after being rocked this week by the abrupt resignation of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Mallott resigned Tuesday over what Walker has described as an inappropriate overture to a...

The Latest: Rivals downplay talk of deal in Alaska race

Oct. 18, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska governor's race (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and his Democratic rival are downplaying suggestions of a possible deal between them before next month's election. During a debate Thursday, presumed front-runner Republican Mike Dunleavy...

Indian gov't minister resigns, denies sex harassment claims

Oct. 18, 2018 7:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — M.J. Akbar, India's junior external affairs minister, resigned Wednesday amid accusations by 20 women of sexual harassment during his previous career as one of the country's most prominent news editors, becoming the most powerful man to fall in India's burgeoning #MeToo movement. Akbar...

Peru's president soars as he channels anger over corruption

Oct. 18, 2018 12:11 AM EDT

CALEMAR, Peru (AP) — Martin Vizcarra stepped down from a military helicopter into a small Peruvian jungle village where no president had ventured before. Donning thick-soled boots, he journeyed across the banks of an Amazonian tributary to inaugurate a new bridge replacing a rope-and-basket system people...

Lt. governor's resignation sparks doubt in Alaska politics

Oct. 17, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Some supporters of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker struggled Wednesday to understand the abrupt resignation of Walker's lieutenant governor and what that means for his re-election hopes. Byron Mallott resigned Tuesday after what Walker, an independent, described as an "inappropriate overture...