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Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko delivers his speech during a state-of-the-nation address ahead of Sunday's election in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Belarus's authoritarian leader is vowing to maintain a close alliance with Russia despite the latest tensions as he seeks a sixth term in office amid a surge of opposition protests. President Alexander Lukashenko's comments in a state-of-the-nation address ahead of Sunday's election contrast with his diatribes against Russia last week. (Maxim Guchek/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus leader pledges allegiance to Russia despite rift

Aug. 4, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus's authoritarian president vowed to maintain a close alliance with Russia even as he blasted the country Tuesday for sending in military contractors with allegedly nefarious purposes as he campaigns to win a sixth term in office in a weekend election. In a state-of-the-nation...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 29, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Track bribes before moving nuke deal Scranton Times-Tribune July 29 Nuclear power remains crucial to Pennsylvania and should become even more so as pressure mounts for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Pennsylvania...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019 file photo, people gather as they celebrate first anniversary of mass protests that led to the ouster of former president and longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. in Khartoum, Sudan. On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the United States, Germany and France have pledged hundreds of millions in aid to Sudan. The funds are intended to help the struggling African nation a year after pro-democracy protesters forced the removal of its long-time autocratic ruler, Omar al-Bashir.(AP Photo, File)

Sudan protest movement rejects gov't plans to cut subsidies

Jul. 23, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s protest leaders announced Thursday that they oppose the government’s economic reform plan to slash fuel subsidies and float the Sudanese currency, raising the specter of unrest as the country makes a fragile transition to democracy. The rejection came a day after Prime...

Sudan’s premier appoints civilians as provincial governors

Jul. 22, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s prime minister announced the appointment of civilian governors for the country’s 18 provinces Wednesday, another key step forward in a fragile transition to democracy over a year after the military ousted long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir. Abdalla Hamdok said at televised...

Governor backs petrochemical tax break bill in Pennsylvania

Jul. 14, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he supports legislation that extends millions of dollars in tax breaks to turn natural gas into fertilizer and industrial chemicals as it sped through the Legislature after emerging from closed-door negotiations with top Republican lawmakers. Wolf, a...

Petrochemical tax break bill speeds through Senate

Jul. 13, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — New legislation to extend millions of dollars in tax breaks to turn natural gas into fertilizer and other chemicals won approval in Pennsylvania's Senate on Monday, barely hours after the measure emerged from closed-door negotiations between Gov. Tom Wolf and top Republican...

Vetoed petrochemical tax break bill revived in Pennsylvania

Jul. 12, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers could vote on legislation this week that provides millions of dollars in tax breaks to turn natural gas into fertilizer and other chemicals, emerging from closed-door negotiations after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a similar bill earlier this year, officials...

Solar power continues growth in Minnesota

Jul. 6, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Thomas Rekstein no longer minds looking at the electric bill for his Great River Insurance business on North Riverfront Drive. “My electric bill used to be $4,500 annually, now it’s down to $1,200 a year.” Rekstein, who had 38 solar panels installed on the roof...