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Egypt lawmakers approve possible 3-decade rule by president

Feb. 14, 2019 9:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to extend term limits for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi until 2034, part of a package of constitutional amendments also set to further enshrine the military's role in politics that will now face a national referendum. Of the 596-seat...

Germany: Voters abuzz over referendum to save the bees

Feb. 13, 2019 11:51 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — To bee, or not to bee? Bavarian environmentalists look set to get a referendum they wanted on their plan to save bees that's drawn fierce criticism from farmers. German news agency dpa on Wednesday quoted backers saying they've collected over a million signatures, about 10 percent of the...

AP Explains: Catalans appear at 'trial of century' in Spain

Feb. 12, 2019 11:56 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — It's being billed as Spain's "trial of the century": A dozen politicians and activists are in in the Supreme Court on Tuesday stemming from their involvement in Catalonia's push for independence in 2017. The defendants face charges including rebellion and sedition in a proceeding that is...

South Africa leader in national speech looks toward election

Feb. 7, 2019 2:01 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation address said Thursday the country had begun to recover from "a period of uncertainty and a loss of confidence and trust" under his scandal-ridden predecessor, and he announced that the presidential election will be on...

AP Interview: Puigdemont says Catalan trial 'vengeance'

Feb. 4, 2019 8:18 AM EST

WATERLOO, Belgium (AP) — The leader of Catalonia's failed secession bid in 2017 says that Spain will seek "vengeance" rather than justice when 12 of his separatist allies stand trial next week accused of rebellion and other charges. Carles Puigdemont, who will follow the trial from self-imposed exile in...

Voters reject plan to name streets in German municipality

Feb. 3, 2019 4:25 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Voters in a municipality in northwestern Germany have delivered a clear message: no street names, thanks. Official results from a referendum held on Sunday showed 60 percent of voters in Hilgermissen rejected the local council's plan to name the streets, while 40 percent supported the...

Papuans get independence petition to UN despite obstacles

Jan. 31, 2019 1:03 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Activists in Indonesia's mountainous jungle-clad Papua region risked imprisonment to collect 1.8 million signatures for a petition calling for self-determination but had a final dilemma: They were blocked from presenting it to the intended recipient, the United Nations. An attempt...

Macedonia parliament rejects request for 2nd name referendum

Jan. 30, 2019 11:35 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament has rejected a diaspora group's request for a second referendum on a deal to rename the country North Macedonia in exchange for NATO and potentially European Union membership. Lawmakers voted 49-9 on Wednesday against the request from the World Macedonian...

Filipino Muslims approve new autonomous region in referendum

Jan. 25, 2019 8:43 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Muslims in the southern Philippines overwhelmingly approved in a referendum the creation of a new autonomous region in hopes of ending nearly half a century of unrest, election officials said. The Commission on Elections announced late Friday that the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region...

Bolivia's Morales marks 13 years in power, seeks new term

Jan. 22, 2019 1:31 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales celebrated his 13 years in office on Tuesday amid controversy over whether he should be allowed to run again for the presidency. Last year, Bolivia's top electoral court accepted Morales' candidacy for a fourth term despite a constitutional ban and...