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South Africa's ex-president denies corruption at inquest

Jul. 15, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has denied corruption allegations against him, saying the charges are part of an international intelligence conspiracy that started more than 25 years ago to assassinate his character. Zuma is appearing before a state commission that is probing...

Pentagon to get unprecedented 3rd acting chief this year.

Jul. 15, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of delay, President Donald Trump is expected Monday to ask the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation opened an unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon. Esper's nomination has been in...

German defense minister resigns to pursue EU's top job

Jul. 15, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says she is resigning from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet to focus on becoming the next head of the European Commission, the top job in the European Union. Von der Leyen tweeted Monday that "tomorrow I will ask for the confidence of the...

Rakhimov resigns from troubled boxing body AIBA

Jul. 15, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman with alleged links to organized crime, resigned Monday as president of the International Boxing Association after his tenure played a role in the body being stripped of the right to organize the Olympic boxing events. The Uzbekistani became interim...

Puerto Rico governor rejects calls to resign amid scandal

Jul. 14, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Protesters in Puerto Rico gathered outside La Fortaleza governor's residence on Sunday, demanding Gov. Ricardo Rosselló step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board...

Leaked UK memo says Trump axed Iran deal to spite Obama

Jul. 14, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A U.K. newspaper has published more leaked memos revealing a British ambassador's blunt assessments of the Trump administration, including one in which the envoy to Washington claimed President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal to spite predecessor Barack Obama. In the May 2018...

Top Puerto Rican officials resign over profanity-laced chat

Jul. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Saturday that his chief financial officer and secretary of state will step down following their participation in a private chat that used profanities to describe an ex-New York City official and a federal control board...

UK police urge publishers not to use leaked diplomatic memos

Jul. 13, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British police investigation into the leak of confidential diplomatic memos is raising press freedom issues, as police warned Saturday that U.K. media outlets might face a criminal inquiry if leaked documents are published. The Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command is investigating...

Acosta exits; Trump's big Cabinet turnover keeps growing

Jul. 12, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adding to the lengthy list of departures from President Donald Trump's Cabinet, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he's stepping down amid the tumult over his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing underage...

Brexit, domestic drama and Trump drive UK leadership race

Jul. 12, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The race to become Britain's next leader has been dominated by Brexit, but disrupted by domestic drama and Donald Trump. Britain's 2016 decision to leave the European Union divided the country, upended its politics and ultimately defeated Prime Minister Theresa May. She resigned as...