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Widodo begins 2nd term pledging to make Indonesia developed

Oct. 20, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo was sworn in Sunday for his second and final five-year term with pledges to champion democracy and take bolder actions against poverty and entrenched corruption in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. Known for his down-to-earth style,...

Sri Lanka presidential hopeful vows probe into Easter blasts

Oct. 20, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A former Sri Lankan defense chief who is a front-runner in next month's presidential election said he'll order a fresh probe into the Easter Sunday blasts that killed 263 people by appointing a presidential commission if he wins. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said the commission would be...

The Latest: Lebanon party pulls out of embattled government

Oct. 19, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Lebanon (all times local): 12:20 a.m. A Lebanese Christian leader has asked his four ministers in the Cabinet to resign amid nationwide protests against the country's political elite. Samir Geagea, who heads the right-wing Lebanese Forces party, said...

Body of US Rep. Cummings will lie in state at Capitol

Oct. 19, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The body of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol next week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office said in a news release that a formal ceremony open to members of Congress, the Cummings family and invited guests will be held...

Cummings remembered as a mentor to many in Baltimore

Oct. 18, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The top prosecutor in Baltimore knew exactly where to go for guidance after she made the decision to file charges in an explosive case involving the death of a black man in police custody. She called Rep. Elijah Cummings, her trusted adviser and friend. After that call in May 2015, State's...

Syria crisis tests Trump's global religious freedom vows

Oct. 18, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

The Turkish invasion of northern Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's troop withdrawal from the region could put to the test Trump's stated commitment to global freedom of worship for religious minorities. The fighting between the Turks and Kurds has raised fears for the safety of Syrian Christians,...

Federal attorneys file petition in SC church attack ruling

Oct. 18, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Federal attorneys have asked that a three-judge panel's decision allowing survivors and relatives of victims in a racist attack at a South Carolina church to sue the government should be reheard by the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Post and Courier reports a petition...

Trump, in Texas, bashes Democrats as 'crazy,' unpatriotic

Oct. 18, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to turn impeachment rancor into a political rallying cry Thursday, using a Texas rally to bash Democrats as "crazy" and unpatriotic as they push forward with their investigations. Setting a dire tone, Trump told his supporters, "At stake in this fight is the...

Cummings recalled as powerful orator who took on White House

Oct. 18, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cumming, who died Thursday at age 68, was remembered as a moral voice of conscience in a divisive era — a leader who fought for civil rights and took on the White House as a prominent figure in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Born to a...

The Latest: Trump imagines easier 2020 win by popular vote

Oct. 17, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Texas (all times local): 10:15 p.m. President Donald Trump, who lost the popular vote in 2016 by nearly 3 million votes, claims it would be easier for him win the next presidential election if the U.S. did away with the Electoral College. Trump...