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Kurdish party behind referendum wins regional polls in Iraq

Oct. 21, 2018 10:52 AM EDT

ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi Kurdish party behind last year's ill-fated independence referendum has won the most seats in parliamentary elections held in the autonomous Kurdish region, authorities said Sunday. The elections commission says the Kurdistan Democratic Party won 45 seats, 12 short of an...

The Latest: 'Over half a million' march for new Brexit vote

Oct. 20, 2018 11:02 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on anti-Brexit protest Saturday in London (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Organizers of a major protest in London calling for a new Brexit referendum are estimating that 670,000 people have turned up for the event. Activists want a fresh referendum in which Britons can have a say on...

Transgender rights lie in the hands of a state's electorate

Oct. 19, 2018 8:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Nicole Talbot isn't quite old enough to vote next month, but she isn't shy about urging Massachusetts residents who are to keep a state law that protects transgender people from discrimination, including the right to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. It makes...

Ex-UK prime minister: Brexit issue 'had to be gripped'

Oct. 16, 2018 10:34 AM EDT

CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) — Former British Prime Minister David Cameron says it was right for the United Kingdom to hold the referendum that resulted in his nation voting to leave the European Union. Cameron, the UK's prime minister from 2010 to 2016, spoke Monday night as part of Hamilton College's program that...

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...

Judge to decide 'Marsy's Law' ballot question in Kentucky

Oct. 9, 2018 6:04 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — On election day, the Kentucky legislature will ask voters a yes or no question: "Are you in favor of providing constitutional rights to victims of crime, including the right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and the right to be informed and to have a voice in the...

Romanians back marriage redefinition, but referendum voided

Oct. 8, 2018 9:50 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — More than 90 percent of those who took part in a national referendum in Romania supported defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but the vote was invalidated as too few people cast ballots, officials said Monday. The Central Electoral Commission said near-final...

Macedonia opposition leader urges PM to drop renaming deal

Oct. 7, 2018 5:56 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The leader of Macedonia's opposition has urged the left-wing government to call early elections and to give up on a deal that would change the country's name in exchange for the chance to fulfill its NATO ambitions. Hristijan Mickoski, head of the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party,...

Romania: Weak voter turnout voids gay marriage referendum

Oct. 7, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A referendum aimed at putting same-sex marriage further out of reach in Romania was invalidated Sunday after a quick tally showed too few voters cast ballots, election officials said. The weekend vote on a constitutional amendment that would have changed the definition of family...

The Latest: Low turnout voids Romania marriage vote

Oct. 7, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Latest on Romania's vote to change the definition of marriage (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Election officials in Romania say too few voters participated in a weekend referendum that sought to put a same-sex marriage ban into the country's constitution, so the vote is void. The...