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Democrats call for a Senate vote on elections reform package

Aug. 22, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic congressmen held an event Thursday in Rhode Island to try to pressure Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell into allowing a vote on a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package. Maryland Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes, who is the bill's main...

Indian court orders ex-finance minister held for questioning

Aug. 22, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Thursday ordered that a former finance minister belonging to the opposition Congress party be held for four days for questioning by investigators in suspected bribery and money laundering cases. Palaniappan Chidambaram appeared before Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar a day after...

Hong Kong students plan class boycott for protest demands

Aug. 22, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong university student leaders said Thursday they'll call for a boycott of the start of classes to pressure the government to respond to the protest movement gripping the city since June. Student union leaders from 10 universities said they want students to skip the first two weeks...

2 whistleblowers appear in Australian court over leaks

Aug. 22, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two whistleblowers appeared in a Canberra court on Thursday charged separately with leaking classified government information that alleges Australia bugged East Timor's Cabinet and potential war crimes committed by Australian troops in Afghanistan. Free speech demonstrators...

Longtime Democratic congressman supports impeachment inquiry

Aug. 21, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A longtime Democratic congressman from Rhode Island says he supports an impeachment inquiry against Republican President Donald Trump. Rep. Jim Langevin (LAN'-jih-vin) said Wednesday the prospect of impeachment isn't something he takes lightly, but he came to his decision after...

Trump-shaped ecstasy pills bring drug charge for Florida man

Aug. 21, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Ecstasy pills shaped like President Donald Trump have led to charges against a Florida man. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Brendan Dolan-King of Clearwater was charged Friday with felony drug possession after police confirmed five Trump-themed orange tablets...

Polish judges want lawmakers to probe hate campaign

Aug. 21, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some Polish judges on Wednesday urged lawmakers to investigate an online hate campaign against some of them that was apparently encouraged by a deputy justice minister who has resigned over the allegations. The judges of the independent Iustitia association also demanded that Justice...

Honduras' ex-first lady convicted of fraud, embezzlement

Aug. 20, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran court convicted former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla on Tuesday of embezzling about $600,000 in government money between 2010 and 2014, when her husband Porfirio Lobo was president. Bonilla's sentence will be announced Aug. 28 and could run between 58 and 87 years in...

Public weighs in on gun bills after Virginia mass shooting

Aug. 20, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Members of the public and special interest groups made their case Tuesday to a Virginia commission studying a broad range of gun safety proposals after a deadly mass shooting in Virginia Beach earlier this year. The bipartisan Virginia State Crime Commission heard hours of testimony...

Ethics commission to investigate complaint against governor

Aug. 20, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state ethics commission has decided to open a formal investigation into Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo's dealings with the company that runs Rhode Island's lottery. The Rhode Island Republican Party filed a complaint. WPRI-TV reports the commission voted Tuesday to open the...